Kevin Maurice is set to being his third season as UND's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator in 2016.
Maurice's position group was a key part of an offensive resurgence in 2015. Leading the way was true freshman John Santiago, who began fall camp playing wide receiver, but by the end of the campaign was an All-American running back.
The fleet-footed rookie, who shared Big Sky Co-Freshman of the Year honors, set UND Division I records for rushing yards (1,645), rushing touchdowns (16) and broke a single-season program record for all-purpose yards, finishing with 2,159.
He was the only running back in the FCS to rush for more than 100 yards in each of his conference games and finished four nationally, averaging 136.2 rushing yards per game. In fact, Santiago was one of three true freshmen running backs to each muster a 100-yard rushing game for Maurice in 2015. Classmates Brady Oliveira and Iwarri Smith also cracked the century mark as UND's stable of running backs finished with 2,213 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.
For Maurice, his first season in Grand Forks saw his hard work pay off in the end as senior Jer Garman emerged as an all-conference selection.
After losing two key contributors in the back field to season-ending injuries during the campaign, Garman took control of the ground attack in the final five games, averaging 146.0 ypg. That stretch included a 235-yard, two-touchdown effort in the upset of No. 22 Northern Arizona and helped him notch honorable mention All-Big Sky honors.
Maurice spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons at Purdue where he began his tenure as a graduate assistant before being named director of player personnel. In February of 2013, he was elevated to assistant recruiting coordinator at the Big Ten school for head coach Danny Hope.
Prior to his two years in West Lafayette, Ind., Maurice made stops at three other FBS programs with the latest coming as an offensive graduate assistant at Nevada in 2011. He briefly served as a recruiting assistant at Miami (Fla.) before joining the Wolfpack staff. Maurice spent the 2010 season as a recruiting assistant for head coach Butch Jones at Cincinnati.
Before making the move to the FBS level, Maurice spent a season as the running backs coach at Midwestern State (Texas) in 2009 and was an offensive coordinator at North Miami (Fla.) High School in 2008. The Miami native played collegiately at UTEP for two seasons in 2003 and 2004 and finished his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at St. Joseph’s (Ind.) College in 2005.
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