Ian Shields named Lead Beaver
MINOT – The beavers have their man.
Minot State Director of Athletics Kevin Forde is pleased to introduce veteran college coach Ian Shields as the next head coach for the Beaver football program.
Shields, a former NCAA Division I, FCS, NCAA Division II and NAIA head coach, is immediately joining the Minot State Football Program as the 22nd head coach.
“Today is a great day to be a part of Beaver Nation: I am pleased to announce that our next head of football coach is Ian Shields,” said Forde. “Ian was a very impressive candidate on paper, he really impressed the committee in his Zoom interview and when he came on campus you could feel his passion and desire to serve Minot State University and the community of Minot to make a home.”
“I’m thrilled, I’m excited for the opportunity,” said Shields, who has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach, analyst and top advisor to UNLV head coach Marcus Arroyo. “I think it’s a great opportunity to build a program there in Minot State and a great opportunity for my family. We are excited to join the community.”
Prior to his time at UNLV, Shields was the four-season head coach at NCAA Division I Jacksonville University, Florida (2016–2019), an FCS program that led Shields to a 7–4 record and a league third place finish in 2017, his second season with the team. Shields compiled an overall record of 17-26 in his four seasons in Jacksonville.
Before leading the Jacksonville Dolphins, Shields spent two seasons with NCAA Division II Lenoir-Rhyne in North Carolina, where he posted a 16-6 record and won the 2014 South Atlantic Conference title.
During his career, Shields also spent time as an offensive coordinator at Army, Cal Poly, Bucknell (Pa,) and Saint Mary’s (California) and served as the NAIA’s Frontier Conference’s Eastern Oregon head coach from 2006-2007.
“With his wealth of knowledge and experience in college football, I look forward to the positive strides our program takes over the coming months,” Forde said.
Shields is also excited to begin building a successful program at Minot State.
“Our young men will play with enormous commitment,” he said. “We will win, but we will strive to win with everything we do: personally, sportingly, academically.
“We are excited to build this program and win with these young men in every aspect of their lives.”
The first step in that for Shields is the recruitment process, and with National Signing Day – Wednesday, February 1 – fast approaching, the Beavers’ new manager is aware of the importance of this time of year.
But the Beavers’ new coach says his early recruits already have ties to Minot State.
“We have to keep recruiting with the class of 23, obviously they’ve done a good job but we have to find the right kids and there are still great kids out there.
“But the main recruits are the guys on the team and I need to get to know them,” Shields added. “I need to get to know our current squad; We need to get into our offseason program and look at their development personally.”
A graduate of Oregon State, where he played both football and baseball, Shields earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communications in 1994 and his Masters of Arts in Education with a focus on Human Performance and Speech Communications in 1997 while beginning his coaching career as a research assistant at the OSU Beavers.