Defensive Coordinator &
2011 - The 2011 season will be Tibesar’s third with the Alouettes and his first as Defensive Coordinator following two seasons as the team’s Linebackers coach.
In 2010, Tibesar played an integral role in the development of Chip Cox. Cox finished the season as the team-leader in defensive tackles with 80 and led the CFL in forced fumbles with four alongside fellow Alouettes linebacker Shea Emry.
Under his direction in 2007, the Wildcat defence ranked among the Big 12’s best in sacks (2nd) and turnover margin (5th), while tutoring six players who went on to earn All-Big 12 honors.
Regarded as one of the top defensive coordinators in all of Division II prior to his arrival at Kansas State, he originally joined the program as its special teams coordinator in 2005. Under his tutelage, K-State scored more special teams touchdowns – seven – than any team in the NCAA. The Wildcats led the country with a school-record three touchdowns on kickoff returns and ranked second nationally with three times on punt returns.
A 1995 summa cum laude graduate of North Dakota, he returned to his alma mater in 2001 as the program’s inside-linebackers coach. In 2004, he was promoted to defensive coordinator and proceeded to assemble a unit that ranked first in the North Central Conference in total defence, scoring defence, rushing defence, pass efficiency defence and quarterback sacks over the next two seasons. He joined the staff at North Dakota after spending one season as Cornell’s tight ends coach in 2000.
A standout linebacker at North Dakota from 1993 to 1996, he served as a team captain for the Fighting Sioux in 1995 and 1996. A three-time All-NCC performer and the 1996 NCC Most Valuable Linebacker, he earned multiple First-Team All-American honours in 1996 and was named a Football Gazette Third-Team All-American in 1995. He was also a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1996 and received a 1996 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholarship Award.
In 1996, he received the Stan Marshall Award as the NCC Male Athlete of the Year and during his four years there, he helped North Dakota to NCC titles and NCAA Division II playoff appearances in 1993, 1994 and 1995 as the Fighting Sioux posted a 36-11 record.
A native of St. Paul, MN, he graduated from North Dakota with a 4.0 grade-point average in economics. He earned a Master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State in 1998. He and his wife, Jill, have one daughter, Elle.