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Defensive Coaching Staff

Nick Postma
Co-Defensive Coordinator

 Nick Postma enters his eighth year in charge of the Laker secondary and his third as the co-defensive coordinator. The Laker secondary had been one of the most oportunistic in the country since his arrival on staff. Nine different players have earned 25 All-GLIAC honors under Postma and his secondary units have picked off 110 passes, including 73 the last four years. 

    The 2016 defensive backfield picked off 19 passes and tallied a combined 135 pass deflections/pass breakups in 13 games. Marquez Gollman, Garrett Pougnet and Donte Carey earned All-GLIAC honors. In addition, the GVSU defense held four opponents to seven points or less. His 2015 defensive backfield picked off 20 passes, the 10th-best total nationally and tallied 74 pass breakups as a group in 2015.  
 
    Postma tutored a young secondary in 2014 that intercepted 13 passes. Deonte Hurst was the lone defender in the secondary that had seen a significant amount of playing time entering that season and he earned all-america honors.
 
    Postma mentored a defensive secondary that earned three All-GLIAC plaudits in 2013. Reggie Williams, Deonte Hurst and Erik Thompson each earned honors and played a major role in the Lakers’ stellar defensive play. The Laker defensive backfield picked off 21 passes and held opponents to 216.8 passing yards per game. The aggressive unit played run support as well as defending the pass, evidenced by five secondary performers ranking among the top 10 in total tackles. In addition, the Laker secondary recorded 58 pass breakups. In this time of pass happy offenses, the GVSU secondary yielded just 20 passing TDs.
    Postma tutored three All-GLIAC performers (Matt Bakker, Zach Breen, Rob Carlisle) in 2010 as GVSU’s secondary picked off 18 passes and notched 35 pass deflections as a group in 2010. The Laker defensive secondary ranked among the leaders nationally in pass defense, pass breakups and interceptions.
 
    Prior to his return to GVSU, Postma spent two years as an assistant coach at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio where he coached the defensive backs. Nick spent the 2006 campaign at Gannon University as a defensive backs coach. 
 
    A graduate of Saginaw Valley State, Postma earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science in June of 2005. Postma was a four-year letterwinner and a three-year starter for the Cardinals on the gridiron as a strong safety. Saginaw Valley State appeared in the NCAA Division II playoffs each of his playing seasons, while also capturing a GLIAC Championship in 2003. SVSU compiled an overall record of 39-9 and a GLIAC mark of 34-6 during his career. Postma, who recorded 110 career tackles, earned All-GLIAC honors as a senior.

Jim Louis
Co-Defensive Coordinator

Jim Louis enters his fourth year as linebacker coach and co-defensive coordinator for the Laker football program. Louis has helped mold a defense that has had signeture games against a variety of attacks. The GVSU defense has ranked among the league leaders in virtually every defensive category since his arrival.


    The 2016 Laker defense ranked second in the GLIAC in points allowed per game (21.2), while leading the league in sacks (3.08) and tackles for loss (7.3) per game. In addition, the Lakers ranked second in interceptions (19) and red zone defense (0.651), while holding four opponents to seven points or less. David Talley, Collin Schlosser and Marquez Gollman earned All-GLIAC plaudits.     


    Louis’ 2015 unit limited opponents to 132.5 yards per game rushing, while leading the nation in QB sacks with 49 (-294) and tallied 111 tackles for loss (-454). The Lakers also produced 37 turnovers. Talley, who earned All-GLIAC honors, led the team with 128 tackles and 12 TFL, while Gollman, who was a first-team all-american, tallied 117 tackles and three interceptions. Schlosser garnered All-GLIAC honors and ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 84. The 2014 defense limited opponents to 351.0 yards per game and recorded 92 tackles for loss (360). 


    St. Cloud State experienced a great deal of success on the gridiron since his arrival in 2008. The Huskies were a combined 52-20 overall, including a 45-15 mark in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action. In addition, St. Cloud State captured two NSIC co-championships in 2010 and 2011 and advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs three times during his tenure on the defensive coordinator.
    St. Cloud State led the nation in turnover margin in 2010 (+23) and ranked third during the 2013 campaign (+22). His 2011 defense ranked 10th in scoring (17.8 ppg) and 16th in pass defense (167.7 ypg). SCSU ranked among the top four in six defensive categories 22 times since 2008 in the NSIC and he coach a defensive all-american in each of the last three years.


    Louis joined the St. Cloud State coaching staff after three seasons as an assistant coach at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. At Wartburg, he was hired as the defensive line coach in 2005, and in 2006 was named the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Louis directed his Wartburg defense to the number one ranking in nearly every category in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC). In 2007, the Knights were ranked in the top 15 nationally in five defensive categories, including second in the nation in scoring defense.


    Louis was a part of the St. Cloud State football program from 1993 to 1997. A three-year starter, he earned All-North Central Conference recognition in 1996 as an Honorable Mention player and in 1997 as a Second Team honoree. He was also named to the 1996 and 1997 Academic All-North Central Conference teams. He ranked among the top five in Husky tackles during the 1995, 1996, and 1997 seasons. He was the second leading tackler for the Huskies in 1997 recording 94 that season. Louis currently ranks 14th on the St. Cloud State tackles chart with 236 during his career.

Jim and his wife, Stacy, are the proud parents of Zoe (16), Ben (13) and Trey (11).


E.J. Whitlow
Defensive Line

Jalon Bibbs is in his first year as the Lakers' defensive line coach.
 
Bibbs most recently finished his second year as the defensive line coach at Northern State (N.D.). He began his career as a student-assistant for the Wolves in the spring of 2015, working specifically with the defensive line. He then went on to St. Cloud State where he was the outside linebackers coach for the Huskies. In his two seasons with SCSU, four outside linebackers were named to the NSIC All-Conference team, including two first-team honorees in 2015.
 
Off the field, Bibbs was the head compliance and admissions liaison for the program. He also served as the Assistant Academic Director for Athletes for Success in the Classroom from April of 2016 to May of 2017. Bibbs helped provide student-athletes with tutoring services, study-skills development, and test-taking strategies.
 
He was a three-year starter for the Wolves on the defensive line, appearing in 39 games in his career with 33 starts. He recorded 64 total tackles, including a career high of 23 in the fall of 2012. The Phoenix native, added seven tackles for a total loss of 23 yards including four sacks as well as five blocked PAT/FG attempts. In his senior season, the Wolves went 8-3 overall and 6-1 in the NSIC North recording the most wins since 1999 as Bibbs was named to the NSIC All-Conference honorable mention team. Bibbs was also selected as a team captain for the Wolves in 2014, which is the highest honor given within the program.
 
He is a 2015 graduate of Northern State with a bachelors in criminal justice and sociology.