Former North Dakota wide receiver Luke Schleusner begins his third season as an assistant coach at his alma mater and first as the team's offensive coordinator. Schleusner was elevated to that post in the spring after serving as passing game coordinator in 2012.
Schleusner, who is also UND's recruiting coordinator, doubles as the wide receivers coach and his unit put together one of the best seasons in program history during the 2012 campaign. Junior Greg Hardin became the program's first Division I All-American after being named to the Sports Network Third Team and redshirt freshman Jameer Jackson was named a Freshman All-American by the College Sports Journal.
Hardin was also named the College Football Performance Awards Elite Wide Receiver of the Year after catching 65 passes for 1,145 yards and 14 touchdowns.His 1,145 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns were the second most ever in a single season by a UND receiver. Jackson ranked third among FCS rookies with 56 catches for 709 yards and was second with six touchdown receptions.
In his first season back in Grand Forks, Schleusner worked with the tight ends and fullbacks during the team's Co-Great West Conference Championship run in 2011. Those positions combined for 29 catches and 254 yards and a touchdown, whlie also helping the UND ground game muster 147.9 ypg and score 19 rushing touchdowns.
Junior Seth Wisthoff earned second team All-Great West honors for his play on the field in 2011 and was also a member of the league's all-academic team as well.
An all-conference wide receiver during his playing days for the Fighting Sioux (1997-2001), Schleusner filled the final vacancy on head coach Chris Mussman's staff for the 2011 season.
Schleusner returns to Grand Forks after spending six seasons as an assistant coach at Minnesota State. The past two seasons, the UND alum was the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach after spending his first four seasons with the Mavericks as their special teams and recruiting coordinator.
The 2009 Minnesota State team finished with a school-record 10 wins and hosted its first ever home playoff game. The Mavericks ranked second in scoring in the NSIC that season (38.2 ppg).
Two of Schleusner's kick returners at Minnesota State earned All-America honors under his watch. Melvin Matlock collected those honors in 2006, while Kelvin Rodgers achieved the honor in 2008. Matlock helped the Mavericks lead all of Division II in kickoff return average during the 2006 season.
Schleusner's first collegiate coaching stint was as Western Illinois where he also received his master's degree in sport management (2004). While with the Leathernecks, Schleusner was the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. Western Illinois twice reached the NCAA FCS quarterfinals (2002 and 2003) during his tenure.
Under Schleusner's guidance at WIU, tight end R.J. Luke earned All-America honors and later spent the 2004-05 season with the Seattle Seahawks.
As a player at UND, Schleusner caught 57 passes during his senior season, but none were bigger than his 58-yard reception on a fourth-and-four play in the final minute of the 2001 NCAA Division II national championship game. Schleusner's reception helped set up a one-yard touchdown plunge that gave UND a 17-14 victory over Grand Valley State.
He earned All-North Central Conference honors during the 2001 season after racking up 762 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Schleusner led the Sioux with 16 catches for 191 yards during their postseason run. Schleusner earned a degree in sociology in 2001 from UND and was twice an All-NCC academic honoree.