Aarik Gault enters his fifth year with the Panther football program in 2020 after spending the previous six at Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institution, Franklin College.
In his first year with the Panthers in 2016, Gault guided a defense that was second in the HCAC in rushing yards allowed. The Hanover defense also recorded 28 sacks, marking the most by the program since 2013.
The 2017 campaign saw the Blue and Red's defense continue to improve, as the group was one of the conference's best at red zone and rushing defense. Conceding scores on just over 68 percent of red zone trips, the Panther defense was among the top 60 nationally in the statistical category. Hanover also ranked 52nd in NCAA Division III for rush defense, allowing just over 100 yards per game on the ground.
Following the success of the 2018 season, where the Panthers captured a share of the HCAC title, Gault saw six student-athletes garner All-Conference honors while ranking among the best in the league. The Blue and Red defense ranked first in yards per game, passing yards per game, and sacks.
The success carried into the 2019 campaign, where the Blue and Red claimed its second consecutive HCAC title as well as the NCAA Division III Tournament birth. He helped Hanover claim the HCAC Defensive Player of the Year accolade while landing five all-conference nominees. They ranked among the best in the league in total sacks and yards per game allowed.
Gault, a 2006 graduate from the University of Mount Union (Ohio), enjoyed a four-year playing career with the Purple Raiders. From 2002-2005, Gault was a part of two NCAA Division III National Championship teams. After graduating from Mount Union, Gault spent the 2007-2010 seasons as an assistant for the Purple Raiders, highlighted by another national championship in 2008.
Gault then went to Franklin, where he helped lead the Grizzlies to at least a share of the HCAC title in all six seasons.
Aarik is married to Michelle Gault and is the son of Dan and Jayne Gault.