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Schillinger named Blue Hawks' offensive coordinator

So it was logical the running backs and quarterback coach was named the program’s offensive coordinator. He accepted the position on Wednesday.

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As a former Blue Hawk and having coaching experience at numerous levels, first-year head coach Pete Stanton said Schillinger brings new ideas forward, as well as an understanding of the program’s past.

“The main thing he brings is experience and, with Jace, he’s got an outstanding rapport with our athletes,” Stanton said. “He’s a good teacher on the field and he’s someone that is going to bring the best out of our guys.”

Schillinger was a standout tailback for DSU and helped his team to three consecutive Dakota Athletic Conference championships from 2002-04. He was a two-time NAIA all-American and an all-DAC first-team selection.

He has coached at all levels of football, from high school to Division I Football Championship Subdivision. He was the head coach at Park High School in Livingston Mont., and coached the running backs at the University of North Dakota for two years.

Schillinger said he doesn’t plan to change much from what former head coach Hank Biesiot did, since it was so successful in the past. However, the presentation of plays may differ and Schillinger wants his offense to be fully aware of what happens on the field.

“As a running back, it was important to know what the offensive line was doing and understand the whole scheme and why everything was called the way it was and the timing of it,” he said. “That part is very important, going through this program and understanding how things work and how they operate.”

With a new outlook for the Blue Hawks, Schillinger said he hopes to bring the program back to its glory days and again win championships.

“I have a lot of passion for this program and willing to do whatever it takes for this program to be successful and get back to winning conference championships like we were just a few years ago,” Schillinger said.

Meaghan MacDonald

Meaghan is the sports page designer and copy editor for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.  After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism and was a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press and covered Dickinson State athletics. Meaghan has been working for the Forum since June 2015.

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