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Eric Peterson, Published May 17 2012

Roehl to leave NDSU job for teaching gig at Moorhead

FARGO – Tyler Roehl is going back to high school.

The North Dakota State offensive graduate assistant for football is leaving that position to take a teaching and assistant coaching job at Moorhead High School.

“It was a hard decision, but the potential that the program has, the program that Coach (Kevin) Feeney has started is really one I wanted to be a part of,” said Roehl, a former football standout at West Fargo High School and NDSU.

Roehl said he hasn’t signed a contract yet, but has a job offer. It’s contingent on Roehl getting his teaching license. He expects that to happen by mid-June.

Roehl was a tailbacks coach with the Bison last season, one that ended with a national championship – the first Division I Football Championship Subdivision title in NDSU history.

“It was huge. Will I ever get that chance again? I don’t know. It’s something that is very rare,” Roehl said. “There is a lot of hard work that goes into a season like that.”

Roehl, who is going to teach physical education, did his student-teaching with Feeney at Moorhead this spring. He enjoyed the teaching aspect, and that is one reason he decided to make the move. He will also help coach running backs with the Spuds.

“Once I sign a contract, it’s my first real career job,” Roehl said.

Feeney was one of Roehl’s coaches for the 2004 Shrine Bowl, North Dakota’s all-star high school football series. Feeney has been the Spuds head coach the past two seasons.

Roehl was a volunteer assistant football coach at West Fargo High School in 2009. In 2010, he was the running backs coach and junior varsity offensive coordinator at Concordia.

“I feel like I’m on the right path to spread my knowledge, and what I’ve gained over my playing career and now coaching career,” Roehl said.

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

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