DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF

TUNDE AGBOKE  |  DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/LINEBACKERS

Tunde Agboke (Southeast Missouri State '06) enters his first year on the Augsburg football coaching staff, serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

Agboke has accomplished a lot in just short of a decade as a college football coach, serving in roles at all three NCAA levels. Most recently, he served as a defensive quality control coach at UCLA in the 2017 season, assisting in game plan implementation and creation, drills and recruiting.

Prior to his season in the Pac 12, he spent three years on the coaching staff at Division III Cortland State (N.Y.). He served as defensive coordinator and defensive line coach all three seasons, while also serving as assistant head coach in 2016. The Red Dragons won the Empire 8 Conference title in 2015, going 9-3 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III national tournament. He also oversaw community service and alumni engagement at Cortland State, and created a first-of-its-kind mentorship program at the school. He coached 12 all-conference selections and two players who earned invitations to NFL preseason camps.

Agboke served as special teams coordinator, running game coordinator and defensive line coach at Division I Marist (N.Y.) from 2011-14. The Red Foxes won the Pioneer Conference title in 2013, and his teams earned four top-10 (eight top-20) national defensive rankings. He coached 11 all-conference selections, including Marist's first-ever NFL Draft selection.

He also coached at Division II Shippensburg (Pa.) as a defensive graduate assistant in 2010 and was a linebackers coach at Division III William Paterson (N.J.) in 2009.

Agboke earned his bachelor's degree in public relations from Southeast Missouri State in 2006, and his master's degree in organizational leadership and development from Shippensburg in 2011.

 

KEANON COOPER |  SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR/DEFENSIVE BACKS

Keanon Cooper (Minnesota '11) enters his first season on the Augsburg football coaching staff in 2018, serving as special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach.

Cooper spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, assisting with the defensive backs. He worked in all aspects of coaching and recruiting during his Gopher tenure. Prior to coaching at Minnesota, he spent the 2015 season as an assistant at Augsburg's MIAC rival, Hamline University, coaching the linebackers. He also coached in 2014 at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, coaching the linebackers.

Cooper was the epitome of a "student-athlete" while a player at Minnesota. He was a three-year starting linebacker and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors three times. In 50 games for the Gophers, Cooper had 257 career tackles, 17.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks, five pass breakups and five forced fumbles. He received the Gophers' first "Gary Tinsley Award" in 2012, presented in honor of Tinsley's roommate, Tinsley, who passed away in April 2012. According to the Minnesota website, the award honors a player "who best embraces Tinsley's underdog persona."

An all-state player during his high school days in Dallas, Texas, Cooper earned his bachelor's degree in sport management in 2011, and his master's degree in applied kinesiology in 2018, both from Minnesota.

 

CORY HANSON  |  DEFENSIVE LINE

Cory Hanson (Northern Illinois '09) enters his first season on the Augsburg football coaching staff in 2018, coaching the defensive line.

From 2012-15, Hanson served on the University of Minnesota coaching staff under his former collegiate coaches, Jerry Kill and Tracy Claeys. He was a football operations assistant and assistant recruiting coordinator in 2012 and 2013, and was a defensive graduate assistant in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He also served as an intern coach at Northern Illinois in 2011.

As a collegiate player at Division I Northern Illinois, Hanson was a four-year starting linebacker. In 43 career games, he accumulated 247 tackles (109 solo), including 16.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and three interceptions. He earned Mid-American Conference Player of the Week honors during the 2009 season, and he was a team co-captain his senior season.

A native of Minneapolis (DeLaSalle HS), Hanson earned his bachelor's degree in business/corporate communications in 2009 and master's degree in higher education and higher education administration in 2012, both from Northern Illinois.

 

MATT HOWARD  |  OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Matt Howard (Wisconsin-Stout ‘03) returns to the Augsburg staff for his fourth stint as a volunteer assistant coach, guiding the outside linebackers. Howard previously served as a defensive backs coach from 2005-07 for the Auggies, and returned in 2008.

Prior to coming to Augsburg, Howard worked as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stout (2001-04), coaching the defensive backs and coordinating film and scouting reports. While at Wisconsin-Stout, Howard completed his undergraduate degree in marketing and business education, as well as his master’s degree in training and human resource development.

A native of New Hope, Minn., Howard, his wife Jaimee and their son Jackson live in Robbinsdale, Minn.

 

TOSIN ADEDEJI  |  GRADUATE FELLOW / CORNERBACKS

Graduate Fellow Tosin Adedeji is in his second year on the Augsburg coaching staff in 2018, coaching the cornerbacks. Adedeji was a defensive back at the NCAA Division II University of Sioux Falls, where he played a key role leading teams to earn a 36-11 mark in his career, won the NSIC championship in 2016, and earned NCAA national tournament berths in 2015 and 2016. He earned NSIC Academic All-League honors in 2016. A business administration and sport management major at USF, he is pursuing a master’s degree at Augsburg.

 

ALLY WESTFALL |  VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT (INSIDE LINEBACKERS)