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My Name Is: Karson Pike

Golden native, college football coach in Minnesota


A new job opportunity

I was born and raised in Golden and graduated from Golden High School in 2004.

After high school, I went off to college and played football at Central Lakes College in Minnesota. That’s a two year school, so then I transferred to St. Cloud State University, which is also in Minnesota, where I finished my degree in physical education and health education.

I started coaching football at Central Lakes after I transferred to St. Cloud. I’m 31. I played football for about 12 years before I started coaching.

I coached at Aspen High School for almost two years. There, I was the head high school football coach, and physical education and health teacher.

This December, I moved to Bemidji, Minnesota. I went to grad school here and a couple of guys I coached with back then reached out with a job opportunity. I am now the offensive coordinator at Bemidji State University.

Life lessons

Football is a unique sport. It takes a large amount of people executing together to be successful. It also teaches a lot of life lessons that are applicable later in life.

As a coach, I enjoy having an impact in helping to create successful young adults.

I enjoy spending time outdoors. Hiking is one of my favorite past times, as well as fly fishing. Spending time outdoors is a great way to get exercise, enjoy the beautiful scenery and offers a time to reflect. I’ve been able to explore a little bit of what Minnesota outdoors offers. It’s certainly a different kind of fishing, but I enjoyed ice fishing. And I’m looking forward to fishing on the lakes in the summer.

Nostalgic Golden

I have a lot of fond memories in Golden. I’m nostalgic about getting to grow up there.

But both my parents and grandparents are still in Golden. Visits probably won’t be as frequent as when I was living in Aspen, but I’ll come back as often as I can.

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