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Eric Peterson, Published January 21 2011

Fenwick makes his pitch for MSUM football coaching job

Tyler Fenwick was part of the only winning season Minnesota State Moorhead has had since 1999, serving as the Dragons offensive coordinator in 2006.

Fenwick is hoping he can return to MSUM, this time as the head coach, and mold the program back into a winner. Fenwick had the chance to make his case Thursday at Alex Nemzek Hall, taking part in an open forum.

Fenwick was the third of four finalists to interview on campus.

“He is a great fit within our athletic department,” MSUM athletic director Doug Peters said. “He’s been here. People have good things to say about him. … He’s been part of winning programs.”

The Dragons went 6-5 in 2006 as Fenwick guided an offense that averaged 22.7 points and 353.1 yards per game. After that season, Fenwick applied for head job, but the position was ultimately given to Damon Tomeo.

“That year we had a good staff. We had good people within the whole staff,” Fenwick said. “I think that year we also had good players. … We got to the point where our kids felt they could line up with anybody and play with them.”

Fenwick – who has 11 years of football coaching experience (10 in college) – has been the Missouri Western State offensive coordinator the past four seasons. Missouri Western, a Division II school in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, averaged 31.8 points and 372.2 yards per game last season.

If hired, Fenwick said he would handle play-calling duties and run a spread offense. Fenwick added he would use a hybrid-style on defense, using both four-man and three-man fronts.

“I want to be a multiple defense, but also a simple defense,” Fenwick said. “You want your kids to be able to line up and fly around and hit people.”

Fenwick would also look for coaches from the region to fill out his staff. That would go along with his philosophy to recruit the Fargo-Moorhead area first with efforts extending to the Twin Cities area and all points in between.

“I think there are a lot things that this campus has to offer,” Fenwick said.

The Dragons have posted 2-9 records in each of the past three seasons.

Fenwick is hoping he can turn that around like he does when he’s worked on staffs at other programs, including his one year as an assistant at MSUM.

“I’ve always been a part of turnaround programs and I would like to thing I could do that again,” said Fenwick.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com