DICKINSON, ND - Dickinson State football coach Jace Schillinger has resigned his position with the program. Schillinger has served as the Blue Hawks offensive coordinator the past four seasons. Schillinger will be leaving to become the tight ends coach at the University of Montana.
"We are happy for Jace and the opportunity he has at Montana, especially to coach with his brother Shann," stated Blue Hawk head coach Pete Stanton. "The departure of Jace is a big loss for us as he is a great recruiter, coach, and person. He was very instrumental in the success we have had over the years. We can't thank him enough for all he has done for Blue Hawk football and the entire university. People should understand how dedicated he was to ensuring the success of all Blue Hawk sports. We wish him all the best and know he will always be a big part of our Blue Hawk football family."
Schillinger spent seven seasons coaching overall with the Blue Hawks. Under Schillinger the Blue Hawks broke several offensive school records, including points and yards in a season. He has helped guide the Blue Hawks to three-consecutive North Star Conference Championships and NAIA Play-off appearances.
"The past 5 years at DSU have been very special to me and my family", stated Schillinger. "I want to thank the faculty, staff, administration, foundation, and Blue Hawk Touchdown Club for treating me so well. I will miss all of the coaches, it was truly fun coming to 'work'. I want to thank the players for allowing me the opportunity to coach them. They were some of the most memorable times of my life. I am saddened I will not be coaching the tremendous group of current players. I cannot wait to follow their success.
Schillinger is a 2005 graduate of Dickinson State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Physical Education. Schillinger played tailback for the Blue Hawks where he was a two-time NAIA All-American running back. He was named team captain and led the team to three playoff appearances. He currently holds twelve school records, including the school's all-time leader in rushing yards, all-purpose yards, and touchdowns scored. In 2014 he was inducted into the Blue Hawk Hall of Fame.
Schillinger stated, "I would also like to thank Coach Hank Biesiot for allowing me the opportunity to come back and coach at DSU in 2013. I learned so much from him, not only about football, but life in general. Lastly, I would like to thank Pete Stanton for his leadership and friendship. He was a guy I tried to emulate everyday growing up in Baker and will continue to emulate moving forward. The program is in great hands and I feel very fortunate that I got the chance to work for such a great leader and person. Blue Hawk Football is going in the right direction, and it is because of his leadership. I am excited about joining Coach Hauck's staff at the University of Montana and I am also eager to work alongside my brother, Shann, which will be very special to me."