Bubba Schweigert was named head coach at the University of North Dakota on Dec. 24, 2013, bringing with him a wealth of collegiate coaching experience and success.
The Zeeland, N.D., native returned to Grand Forks after 10 years away from a program that he helped lead to the 2001 NCAA Division II national title as defensive coordinator.
Most recently, Schweigert was the defensive coordinator at Southern Illinois for the previous six seasons (2008-13) and served as associate head coach for the last five of that stretch. His 2010 defense led the Missouri Valley in total defense and his unit finished in the top half of the league in four of his six campaigns at SIU.
In his six seasons at SIU, Schweigert has had three first team All-Americans and 20 all-conference selections (10 first team, six second team, four honorable mentions). His defensive standouts have included linebacker and 2012 graduate Jayson DiManche, currently playing for Cincinnati Bengals, and cornerback Korey Lindsey, a three-time All-American and a 2011 draft pick of the Bengals. In 2013, SIU linebacker Bryan Presume earned first team All-MVFC honors after ranking third in the league with 104 tackles. His 55 solo stops were tops in the conference.
“It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve the University of North Dakota as its head football coach,” said Schweigert at the time of his hiring. “I am looking forward to hiring a staff and building a program that will represent UND in a first-class manner, both on and off the field. We will put forth great effort to facilitate positive relations with fans, alumni, the community and the student body. We look forward to playing exciting championship football in front of thousands of loyal fans as we strive to win the Big Sky Conference championship and, ultimately, reach the pinnacle of FCS football.”
Prior to arriving at SIU, Schweigert took on his first head coaching job at the collegiate level, leading the Division II program at Minnesota Duluth from 2004-07. He guided the Bulldogs to a 22-21 overall record during his tenure, including the program’s first North Central Conference title in 2005. The NCAA playoff berth that season was the program’s second in four seasons. That same season, Schweigert was also named the D2football.com Northwest Region Coach of the Year and the AFCA Division II Coach of the Year for Region 5.
This will be the second stint at UND for Schweigert. He spent 15 seasons as an assistant coach in Grand Forks (1989-2003) where he was part of eight NCAA playoff teams and six NCC title squads.
Schweigert was elevated to defensive coordinator at UND prior to the 1997 season and left for Duluth after the 2003 UND team finished as national runner-up. Schweigert was named the American Football Coaches Association Division II Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000.
In his seven seasons as UND’s defensive coordinator, Schweigert’s defensive players earned 14 All-America honors and 23 first-team All-NCC accolades. His 2001 defense yielded just 191.4 yards of offense and 50.3 rushing yards per game, while limiting opponents to 12.5 points per game on the way to the program’s first national championship.
Schweigert began his coaching career at his alma mater, now the University of Jamestown, from 1985-1988. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Jamestown and a master’s degree from UND. In 2002, he was honored with Jamestown’s Rollie Greeno Award for outstanding commitment in the field of education and coaching.
Schweigert and his wife, Laura, have two sons, Alex and Cooper.