|Position:||Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach|
Kostich's special teams units served a major role during UND's historic output in 2016 that saw the Fighting Hawks win a share of the Big Sky Championship and earn the program's first FCS Playoff berth. Sophomore John Santiago tied the school-record with a 100-yard kickoff return in the win over Weber State and went on to earn numerous All-America honors as a return specialist.
Junior placekicker Reid Taubenheim returned to his all-conference form in 2016, earning All-Big Sky second team accolades. He matched his make total from his freshman season with 16 and his 45 career makes are tied for the fifth most field goals in UND history. Newcomer Austin Dussold's punting average of 42.1 ypp was the sixth-best, single-season effort in program history.
His fullbacks and tight ends helped UND produce its second-straight season with more than 2,500 rushing yards.
The same was true in 2015 when his position groups contributed a great deal to that team's success. UND won seven games for the first time since the 2011 season. Senior fullback Zach Adler was named to the All-Big Sky second team after catching 18 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns and helping pave the way for a record-breaking ground game that amassed 2,645 yards.
Sophomore punter Mitch Meindel also earned second team All-Big Sky accolades after breaking a UND single-season record by averaging 44.5 ypp in 2015.
In his first season at UND, Kostich coached three of his players to All-Big Sky honors, including Taubenheim, who earned third-team honors after leading all FCS rookies with those 16 made field goals.
Taubenheim connected on 11 of his final 12 attempts during the season and hit a game-winner from 35 yards out with four seconds remaining to upset No. 22 Northern Arizona. Adler also had a productive season en route to honorable mention All-Big Sky honors as a tight end. He finished second on the team with 24 receptions and led the team with 265 receiving yards.
Adler and fullback Dwayne Pecosky, who also collected honorable mention honors, were key blockers for a run game that found its footing late in the season, averaging 170.0 ypg in the final five contests.
Kostich arrived in Grand Forks after a five-year stint that spanned two coaching staffs at Minnesota. In his first role as an offensive intern on head coach Tim Brewster's staff, Kostich worked with the tight ends and broke down opponent's defensive film from 2009-10.
When Jerry Kill took over as head coach, Kostich rejoined the staff as a defensive graduate assistant and worked primarily with the safeties for the past three seasons (2011-13). He was also the lead coach for the kickoff unit and coached individual positions on punt units, punt return units and kickoff return units.
His first coaching job after graduating with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Minnesota was at Breck High School where he worked with the wide receivers and defensive backs. Kostich also holds a master's degree from Minnesota in applied kinesiology.
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