Damien Rochon-Washington: Head Coach

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Pioneers wide receivers coach, hall of fame member, and original Pioneer Damien Rochon-Washington was named the 6th head coach in Pioneers history.

Rochon-Washington has the passion and invested interest in the success of the Pioneers. He has been the Pioneers wide receiver coach since 2018. He started playing for the Pioneers during their inaugural season in 2002 and was a member of the Pioneers championship teams in 2003-2006 (MFL), 2009 NAFL, and 2010-2012 (NEFL).
Rochon-Washington is a graduate of Augsburg College and is the owner of Rochon Fitness LLC. He was voted the Best Personal Trainer by the Minneapolis city pages in 2012.

“Football is a part of who I am. To have the opportunity to win games with the Pioneers organization I love, now that’s a dream come true!”
“Now that the dream is a reality it’s time to show my appreciation by getting everyone with the right skillset and mindset to work to win games and have fun doing it.” With Rochon-Washington in charge the future of the Pioneers looks bright.

Ben Campbell: Asst. Head Coach/ Special Teams Coordinator

A longtime Pioneers defensive back and special teams stalwart, joins the coaching staff as Assistant Head Coach, Special Teams Coordinator after coaching with the Minnesota Brawlers in 2017.

Bryan Wrich: Offensive Coordinator

Bryan Wrich is the coach tasked with leading the potent Pioneers offense. He is more than up for the job.

As offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Sting, Bryan helped guide the Sting offense to Minnesota Premier Football League records for total offense, passing, rushing and scoring. Last season, in partnership with Anthony Minus, Bryan helped make the Pioneers even more potent, boasting the league Player of the Year and another championship at the end of the campaign.

Bryan, who once played guard for the Pioneers, returned to the Cardinal and Black as an offensive assistant in 2014.

Wrich is a 1995 graduate of Park of Cottage Grove High School who went on to play for Minnesota State University-Mankato. He came into adult amateur football with the Woodbury Warriors, before joining the Pioneers. A neck injury ended his playing career but Wrich was itching to get back into the game as a coach. In 2005, he was an assistant at St. Francis High School and with the Oakdale Outlaws, another amateur team.

Wrich went on to call the offense for the Minnesota Phoenix, who regularly faced the Pioneers in the Mid-America Football League and the North American Football League. He then spent a season coaching with the Minnesota Rhinos, before moving on to the Sting.

Jesse Luft: Defensive Coordinator

Jesse Luft started his semi pro career with the St. Paul Pioneers in 2005.
Where he played Safety and Linebacker until 2009 when the Pioneers won their first of 3 national championships. From 2005 until 2010 Jesse had been apart of 5 championship teams and 1 National title.

These experiences had helped Jesse learn a great deal about football and how to build a winning team.

That experience landed him a role on the Twin Cities Sabercats as a Defensive Backs coach in 2016-2017.
In 2017-2018 Jesse took over as the Defensive Coordinator for the Sabercats and led a league Leading defensive unit to its first championship game and a 11-1 record.

The 2018-2019 season found Jesse back with the Pioneers to join his ex teammates and life long brothers on a mission to get the team back to where this storied franchise belonged.
Jesse joined the Pioneers as the Assistant defensive Backs and Linebackers coach. The following season Jesse took over as the Defensive Line coach.

2021 brought on a lot of change in the organization. Jesse accepted the role of Defensive Coordinator for the St. Paul pioneers and is looking to create the same kinda run that he’s enjoyed as a player and coach.

Jesse bleed’s Cardinal and Black and can’t wait to win more championships with The Unit!

Shannon Champ Johnson: Offensive Line

who won several national championships as a tough-as-nails center on the Pioneers offensive line, will serve as the team’s offensive line coach this season after serving in the same role with the Brawlers in 2017

Will Staples: QB Coach

Scott Ramsdell: Linebacker Coach

who spent several seasons helping the Pioneers’ defensive terrorize opposing quarterbacks, will move over to the coaching ranks in 2021 as the Pioneers’ new Linebacker coach.

Fred  “KC” Shaw: Running backs Coach

Pete Suggs: Defensive Backs Coach

Chris M: D-Line Coach

Jim Walsh: Defensive Assistant
Jim Walsh has been involved with Minnesota semi-pro football since 1998, when he played defensive line for the Minneapolis Lumberjacks. In 2002, he joined his brother-in-law Adam Gold in forming the St. Paul Pioneers. He has been a coach for multiple league champions and several national champions.