Mike Fossum has been member of the Wisconsin Lutheran College football coaching staff since the program's inception as he enters his 17th season as an assistant coach for the Warriors. Fossum serves as WLC's assistant head coach and offensive line coach.
Since WLC has been affiliated with a conference (2002-2014), Fossum has coached 17 offensive linemen who have been named to various all-conference teams.
In 2014, running back Mike Reeves was named First Team All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference and finished third in the NACC in rushing yards per game. Reeves finished his Warriors career tied for the all-time lead in rushing touchdowns (23) and as the sole leader in average yards per carry (5.62).
From 2009-2012, the Warriors finished no worse than second in the conference in rushing and led the league in 2009 with 138.6 rushing yards per contest.
WLC produced two of the conference's top three running backs in 2011, when Jesse Muldrow and Donavin Tucker combined to create a formidable duo in the backfield. Fossum's offensive line also helped pave the way for Tucker to break the single-game rushing record with his 220-yard performance against Rockford that season. The Warriors offensive line also led the way in a 42-20 win over Minnesota-Morris in which WLC had three players rush for over 100 yards.
Fossum had five seasons of experience at the NCAA Division II and III football ranks prior to his appointment at Wisconsin Lutheran. His most recent assignment was as an assistant coach for two years (1997-1998) at Division I-AA South Dakota State University for head coach John Stiegelmeier. There he worked primarily with the defensive secondary, and assisted with special teams and scouting. For three seasons (1994-1996), Fossum coached the defensive line at his alma mater, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. During his stint, six linemen earned all-conference honors and one was selected to the all-region team.
An offensive lineman while at St. Olaf, Fossum was an all-conference selection under former head coach Don Canfield and earned the team's Most Inspirational Leadership Award his senior season. During his prep days at Black River Falls High School, Fossum played football for Warren Rosin, a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Fossum earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from St. Olaf (1994), a master's degree in athletic administration from South Dakota State (1998), and a master's in business administration from the University of Phoenix (2004).
Fossum is a member of both the American and Wisconsin Football Coaches Associations. He and his wife, Astrid, have two sons, John and Will, and a daughter, Julia. The family resides in Milwaukee.