Grand Forks, N.D. - University of North Dakota Head football coach Chris Mussman announced on Friday that wide receivers coach Luke Schleusner has been promoted to the role of offensive coordinator on his staff.
Schleusner, a 1996 first-team all-Big Rivers Conference split end for Menomonie High School, who also played wide receiver at UND and was part of the 2001 Division II National Championship team, will continue to coach his former position players as well.
"Last year, we made Luke our passing-game coordinator and I was thoroughly impressed with how well he communicated his ideas and how organized he was," Mussman said. "The result was one of the best passing seasons in UND history, so this was an easy decision for me to make. He is ready for this role and excited for the opportunity."
Schleusner inherits an offense that did put up record-breaking numbers in the passing game a season ago as fifth-year senior quarterbacks Braden Hanson and Marcus Hendrickson combined to pass for a single-season record 3,268 yards and 30 touchdowns.
"I appreciate the trust that Coach Mussman has shown in me to take on this role," Schleusner said. "It's an exciting opportunity and one that I am looking forward too. Coach (Greg) Breitbach did a great job and I learned a lot from him the past two seasons.
"We will continue to use a lot of the system that we have in place, but we will also add some new wrinkles and continue to be an attacking offense. Fortunately, we have some great players returning and some younger guys with lots of potential that we will work hard with this spring to get ready for the fall."
Two of Schleusner's wide receivers garnered All-America recognition in 2012. Junior Greg Hardin became the first All-American in UND's Division I era (since 2008) after he was named to The Sports Network Third Team, while redshirt freshman Jameer Jackson was named to the College Sports Journal Freshman All-America Team.
Hardin was also a first team All-Big Sky performer and named the College Football Performance Awards Elite FCS Wide Receiver of the Year. Jackson was a Jerry Rice Award Finalist, which is an honor given annually to the top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision.
This will be Schleusner's third season on his alma mater's staff after spending six seasons at Minnesota State, including his last two as the Mavericks' passing-game coordinator.