|Position:||Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach|
In his first season at UND, Kostich coached three of his players to All-Big Sky honors, including true freshman placekicker Reid Taubenheim, who earned third-team honors after leading all FCS rookies with 16 made field goals in 2014.
Taubenheim connected on 11 of his 12 attempts and hit a game-winner from 35 yards out with four seconds remaining to upset No. 22 Northern Arizona late in the season. Tight end Zach Adler also had the best season of his caree en route to honorable mention All-Big Sky honors. 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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