Eric Schmidt Named Defensive Coordinator

UND and Head Football Coach Bubba Schweigert announced the hiring of Eric Schmidt as defensive coordinator last Friday afternoon.  The Mandan, ND native comes with Schweigert from Southern Illinois where both were members of the defensive staff under Head Coach Dale Lennon for the past 6 seasons.  Schmidt recently also served as Special Teams coordinator in Carbondale.

A familiar name to UND Football, Schmidt was an All-American linebacker for the dominant defense that led UND to a playoff run and eventual National Championship in 2001.  Following his playing days, Schmidt was named Head Coach at Crookston High School where he coached from 2002-2005.  In 2006, he joined Dale Lennon at UND as linebackers coach for 2 seasons before heading to Southern Illinois, taking on the same role for the Salukis.

Obviously, UND will be running the 3-4 scheme that they have ran for the past 24 years.  The 3-4 has evolved and morphed over the years under the direction of Schmidt and Schweigert at SIU.  We are not quite sure what tweaks there will be to the scheme but it will look similar to last years version in alignment, etc.

Schmidt will be recruiting the state of North Dakota, as he did back in 2005-2006 for UND.  The UND coaching staff will have instant familiarity with most of the ND high school coaches now that Coach Schweigert (Zeeland), Coach Rudolph (Stanley), and Schmidt (Mandan) are on staff and will be roaming the countryside.  UND needs to get more ND kids, especially along the OL and DL.


2 Responses

  1. Geaux_sioux

    I am pumped to see what his d will be like. Back to Bubba’s attacking d? I hope so. Great local rep for recruiting too.

  2. smiley

    Geaux_sioux is always good for a chuckle:

    geaux_sioux says:
    September 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm
    If the crowd gets into it like they were at the end of the SDSU game it will be deafening in the Alerus once more and a team who thought they knew what loud was will get introduced to LOUD. False starts, missed checks, useless timeouts, we’re talking the UC Davis treatment. We need to put those metal walls to use and give our team a huge homefield advantage. Joe is gonna play great. I’m expecting the defense to play better than last week and the Griz secondary will get scorched by the actual best receiving corps in the nation. We have a huge edge in coaching against the Griz and it will show. I can’t wait to see how Schleusner is going to attack their D and the type of blitzes Kotelnicki will throw at them. We win this game and send the Griz back home with leftovers of humble pie.

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