North Dakota football head coach Bubba Schweigert announced the hiring of Shawn Kostich on Tuesday, naming the Moorhead, Minn., native his special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.
“Shawn will bring a lot of energy to our coaching staff,” Schweigert said. “He has Big 10 coaching experience and was part of a Minnesota staff that helped spark one of the best turnarounds in the history of that program.
“He understands that there is more to getting our program going in the right direction than just the things on the field and knows that a big part of that is developing the character of these young men off the field too.”
Kostich arrives 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.
“I’m excited to join Coach Schweigert’s staff,” Kostich said. “All I have heard are good things about him and I’m glad to get back closer to home having grown up in Moorhead. I’m ready to get started and start building this program up.”
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.