Schillinger tabbed as offensive coordinator

Schillinger tabbed as offensive coordinator

DICKINSON, N.D. – The Dickinson State University Blue Hawks have announcedJace Schillinger as the new offensive coordinator for the football program.  

"Jace is a proven coach and recruiter," Head Coach Pete Stanton said.  "He has experience at both the high school and collegiate levels, as well as head coaching experience at the high school level.  His combined experiences of playing for and coaching with some of the best in the game has certainly helped prepare Jace to take on the role."

Schillinger has a strong football pedigree.  His father, Jim, was a long time successful coach in Baker, Mont.  His uncle, Don, was elected to the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009.  His brother, Shann, has played four years in the National Football League and is currently a member of the Tennessee Titans.

The 2013 season marked the first season for Schillinger as the running back and quarterback coach on the Blue Hawks' coaching staff.  Prior to Dickinson State he served in a similar role at the University of North Dakota.  He also served as the head coach at Park High School in Livingston, Mont.

Schillinger graduated from Dickinson State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in health and physical education with a minor in coaching.  While in attendance at Dickinson State Schillinger played tailback and helped guide the Blue Hawks to three straight DAC-10 championships from 2002 to 2004.

"Jace was one of the top players to ever go through our program," Stanton said.  "He still holds several individual records and did everything right as a player.  Jace is a team first kind of guy and has strong leadership skills.  He has the ability to get the best out of our players and is an exceptional teacher on the field."

Schillinger was the Blue Hawks' team captain in 2003 and 2004, a two-time All-Dakota Athletic Conference first team selection and NAIA All-American.  In 2004 he received the Champions of Character Award and honored as the DAC-10 Football Athlete of the Year. 

His performance on the field as a running back spoke for itself.  Schillinger is Dickinson State's all-time leader in rushing yards (4,149), all-purpose yards (4,719), points scored (322), rushing attempts (846), most rushing touchdowns scored (48), and most total touchdowns scored (53). 

He also holds several season records for the Blue Hawks.  Schillinger currently holds the record for most points scored in a season (126, 2003), most touchdowns in a season (21, 2003), most rushing attempts (299, 2004), most rushing touchdowns in a season (19, 2003), and most all-purpose yards in a season (1,648, 2003).

For more information contact Caleb Dunlop, sports marketing and information director, at (701) 483-2159 or caleb.dunlop@dickinsonstate.edu.