Mingo served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Bluefield College (Virginia) from 2013‑15. He helped the offense at the NAIA school improve from 14.6 points per game to 30.5 points per contest and Bluefield’s yards per game increased from 219 to 414 in those three seasons. The 2014 team ranked 5th in the country in rushing yards and 20th in total yards of offense per game. He coached eight all‑conference selections in three seasons.
“The hiring of Aaron Mingo is a great momentum builder for the Dordt football program. It’s not every day that you get to hire someone that you previously recruited, coached, and traded ideas with professionally,” said Dordt College head football coach Joel Penner. “His previous offensive production in his career is matched by his commitment to invest in others and make everyone around him better. Fans should look forward to an exciting brand of offensive football and I look forward to seeing his influence on our players and our campus.”
Prior to his time at Bluefield, Mingo coached from 2009‑2012 at Greenville College (Illinois) and served in a variety of roles including assistant head coach, junior varsity head coach, recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach. His 2011 offense scored 39 points per game and was 3rd in NCAA Division III football with 501 yards of total offense per game. Greenville was the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference South Champion in 2009 and 2010 and UMAC Co‑Champions in 2012. Greenville also participated in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association Victory Bowl in 2009 and 2011 and Greenville won the game in 2012. He coached two UMAC Lineman of the Year honorees and 13 offensive all‑conference honorees in four years as offensive line coach.
“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to join Coach Penner’s staff at Dordt College,” said Mingo. “I believe in Dordt College’s mission as a Christ‑centered institution and see great potential for the Defender football program members to excel on the field and in the classroom.”
Mingo played offensive line at Greenville and earned all‑conference honors and academic all‑conference honors.
Mingo earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in teacher leadership both from Greenville.