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Tom Miller, Forum News Service, Published January 03 2014

UND adds Schmidt as defensive coordinator

GRAND FORKS - The newly formed University of North Dakota football coaching staff has developed a distinct North Dakota flavor.

UND head coach Bubba Schweigert has hired Mandan, N.D., native Eric Schmidt as his defensive coordinator, the school announced Friday.

Schmidt, a former UND linebacker, joins North Dakota natives Schweigert (Zeeland) and offensive coordinator Paul Rudolph (Stanley), who was announced Thursday.

Schmidt comes to UND from Southern Illinois, where he spent six seasons on the defensive staff under former UND coach Dale Lennon, as well as Schweigert, the defensive coordinator.

The past two years, Schmidt has coached inside linebackers and special teams. Prior, Schmidt worked with outside linebackers and the defensive line with the Salukis.

In 2012, SIU’s defense finished 10th in the FCS in rushing yards allowed.

Schmidt will be UND’s third defensive coordinator in three years. He will be the third straight former UND captain linebacker (Josh Kotelnicki and Mike Mannausau) and second straight member of the NCAA Division II national title team of 2001.

Schmidt coached with Lennon at UND from 2006-07.

Prior to that coaching experience at UND, Schmidt spent four years as head football coach at Crookston High School. He also coached the girls basketball team, led by standout Kamille Wahlin, to a state runner-up finish in 2006.

Schmidt played at UND from 1998-01 and was a two-time all-North Central Conference pick. He also received All-America honors as a senior when he had 10 sacks, setting a school record.