First Wave Of Applicants

As UND enters week 2 of the ‘post-Mussman’ era, there appears to be some movement in the coaching search as 24 applicants have been uncovered by Mike McFeely of KFGO radio in Fargo and the Grand Forks Herald.  The initial list of applicants are (with current job or most recent job listed – thank you to KFGO and the Grand Forks Herald for doing the background work).

We thought a good way to break them down would be to group them up in tiers.  Legitimate candidates vs. not likely candidates vs.”not-a-chancer’s”.  One thing you will notice is that not one name from our last blog post of potential candidates has officially applied.  That is intentional.  We are not saying all of them will apply but we know for a fact that a few of them will apply and are waiting due to their current obligations to their employers, etc.  Also, not one applicant thus far with UND ties.  Look for some big-name applicants to surface on or around the December 1oth application deadline, which is the last official day that the job is required to be open, according to North Dakota hiring procedures/laws.  We expect a new coach to be in place, at least verbally, by that day and announced on the 10th-12th.

Legitimate Candidates

Robert Ianello, Wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator at University of Kansas. Ianello is the former Head Coach at Akron but only compiled a paltry 2-22 record during his stay with the Zips.  He has a ton of experience, including time at Alabama, Wisconsin, and Arizona.

Jamie Marshall, Assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Montana State.  MSU’s defense has been pretty good overall in recent years, finishing near the top of the Big Sky in all of Marshall’s 7 years at MSU as DC.  Prior to MSU, Marshall worked at FCS member Drake as the DC.

Jovan Dewitt, Defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Florida Atlantic.  Was defensive coordinator at Northern Iowa from 2009-2011.

Not Likely

Nick Garrett, Passing game coordinator/QBs at Western New Mexico University.
Robert Lancaster, Defensive coordinator at Catawba College, N.C.
Marcus Patton, Defensive coordinator at Fairmont State University, W.Va.
Lane Powell, Assistant coach at Alcorn State University, Miss.
Robin Ross, Special teams coordinator/linebackers coach at University of Wyoming.  He is now out of a job, based on Head Coach Dave Christensen recently being fired.  Interestingly, he was one of former UND coach Chris Mussman’s coaches at Iowa State.
Nicholas Siciliano, (most recent job) offensive assistant coach with Cincinnati Bengals (also was quarterbacks coach at Ohio State from 2005-2012).
Steven Smith, Offensive coordinator at Albany State University, Ga.
David Taynor, Head coach at Urbana University, Ohio.
Seth Wallace, Defensive coordinator at Valdosta State, Ga.
Eric Young, Head coach at New Mexico Highlands University, N.M.
Daren Wilkinson, Offensive coordinator, Colorado State-Pueblo, a Division II program.
Michael Kelly, Former head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.
Damian Mincey, Former assistant coach at Massachusetts, a Division I FBS program (supposedly).

Not a Chance

Dale Carlson, Head Coach at Valparaiso.
Larry Willis
, Radio analyst for South Carolina Sports Radio Network.
Ryan Held, Head coach at Highland Community College, Kansas.
Camm Richmond, Teacher at Mechanicsburg High School, Pa.
Douglas Madoski, Head coach Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College
Mario Felix, Running backs coach at NAIA Mid-America Nazarene.
Charles Coe, Offensive coordinator, Missouri Baptist, an NAIA school.
Alex Pateras, Secondary coach at Ventura High School, Calif.

Like we said when the list came out, not a lot of quality yet for an FCS level job at North Dakota in the Big Sky Conference.  We’re sure there are a bunch of good coaches on the list but location/experience is going to be huge in this process.  One of the strongest criteria that we are looking for is experience in the upper midwest.  Any recruiting experience in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin should be a primary factor.

6 Responses

    1. In my opinion, he’s just not the right guy for this UND job right now. I know about him and his resume and where he’s been, but I just feel UND needs something different.

  1. Jon

    You probably refered to this in upper Midwest but I would argue Minnesota is one of the most important states along with illnois. Both have more talent than SD and those kids would probably go USD or SDSU before UND anyways. ND MN WI are the key states with Illnois Nebraska IA & SD after that.

    1. The 3 most important states are ND, MN and WI in that order. In terms of recruiting volume and top end talent, ND is obviously down the list, but UND has to start winning back the state in order to turn this thing around, whether it’s recruiting or just simple PR.

      EDIT: We just realized we accidentally omitted Minnesota as one of the states in the post. Obviously a crucial state for UND recruiting past, present and future. Thanks for pointing that out Jon.

      1. Mark J Smith

        A big issue with UND in the Big Sky is no rivals. Heck, I would argue NDSU is bigger rivals with EWU (Fette screwjob), Montana St (playoff upset, which really wasn’t an upset), & Montana ( Miracle in Missoula) than UND is. That is a big issue. The fans don’t have a Northern Iowa like NDSU did right away to immediately dislike.

        just my 2 cents

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