University of North Dakota head football coach Bubba Schweigert added Marty Rodgers as his defensive backs coach on Jan. 7, 2014
Joining the UND staff will be a reunion on a couple of fronts for Rodgers, who played safety for Schweigert at Southern Illinois (2006-09) and spent one season as a graduate assistant coach with the Salukis (2012). He will also reunite with newly hired offensive coordinator Paul Rudolphafter serving as his defensive backs coach at Minot State in 2013.
“Marty brings to us both the experience as a player and a coach in a 3-4 pressure defense,” Schweigert said. “He was the toughest player we had at Southern Illinois in my six years there. If we can find safeties like him, we are going to be in good shape.”
Rodgers was a two-time All-Missouri Conference performer during his playing days at SIU and has worked the previous two seasons in 3-4 defenses at his alma mater and Minot State.
“I’m excited for this chance to work under Coach Schweigert. It gets me back to my origins and what I know best,” Rodgers said. “I’ll be working with a group of guys that took a chance on me as a player and are doing the same for me as a coach.”
With the additions of Gigli and Rodgers to his staff, Schweigert has now filled four of nine openings. He named his offensive, Paul Rudolph; and defensive, Eric Schmidt; coordinators late last week.