Fargo, ND –
The Fargo Invaders and Derek Bakken part ways after 3 seasons. On Friday, the Fargo Invaders accepted the resignation of Derek Bakken as the Defensive Coordinator.
Bakken was the Defensive Line Coach during the 2014 MPFL Championship season, and came back to the Invaders as Co-Head Coach with Brent Lundgren for the 2016 undefeated campaign and NSFL Title. Under the defense of Bakken, the Invaders gave up 2.0 points per game in 2016 which earned him Coach of the Year honors in the Northern States Football League. For the 2017 season, Derek was the Defensive Coordinator as the Invaders moved into the highly touted Northern Elite Football League.
Fargo finished the year 6-2 in league play, tying for the best record in the West Division regular season. The Invaders season ultimately came to an end last Saturday in the playoffs, losing to the St Paul Pioneers 44-3. “Derek has made a great impact on the Invaders. Not just from a football perspective, but from an organizational level as well”, states Invaders President Matt Petznick, “We are grateful for his dedication to our team and wish him the best of luck at Mayville State.”
Derek will continue coaching football as part of the Mayville State University program, as the Defensive Line coach. Coach Bakken is a 1985 graduate of Drake High School, ND. Following his selection to the 12th Annual ND Shrine Bowl, he continued his education at Dickinson State University, playing linebacker for the Blue Hawks led by Coach Hank Biesiot. Bakken started his high school coaching career in Fargo, ND in 1994, and served as Head Football Coach at Oak Grove Lutheran High School through the 2015 season. Coach Bakken is married to Janet and they have 4 children, Keegan, Kiana, Kyla, and Kaleb.
With the departure of Bakken, the Fargo Invaders will be looking for a Defensive Coordinator for the 2018 season. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to contact the Fargo Invaders via email [email protected].