UND has hired two football coaches to complete their staff for the 2013 season. Mike Cunningham was hired as the offensive line coach, a position that was being filled by Head Coach Chris Mussman. Jason Thier was hired as the outside linebackers coach.
Cunningham comes to UND from Mankato State, a former rival of UND’s from the old NCC days. Cunningham was the run game coordinator and O-line coach at Mankato for the last seven years. He is a graduate of New Mexico State University.
Thier comes to UND from Montana Western, an NAIA school. He served as the team’s defensive coordinator the past two years. Prior to UMW, Thier coached at Augustana, another former NCC rival of UND’s. Thier played linebacker at Truman State from 2005-2008, being coached one of those years by current UND defensive coordinator Josh Kotelnicki.
The most intriguing addition is Cunningham. The UND run game has fallen off in recent years and definitely needs a shot in the arm. Cunningham helped Mankato to a 13-1 record in 2012, losing in the national semi-finals to Valdosta State. The Mavericks averaged 235 yds/game rushing during that run, which is encouraging for UND fans in that they were able to run the ball under Cunningham’s watch.