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U Mary football new coaching staff has tight bond

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Josh Kotelnicki is taking the reigns as U Mary head football coach-- and with him he's brought two familiar faces from his time at UND.
Jon Schaeffer has more on the trio of coaches making U Mary their home.


When Josh Kotelnicki came to U Mary he hit the ground running.
He brought in Jason Thier as his D- coordinator who he coached at Truman State-- then worked with at UND.


"Very confident in what he can do as a teacher and as a coach and as a coordinator and probably more importantly very confident in my understanding of what he's going to do for our defense."


"He's definitely someone I want to hitch my wagon to and I know we're going to do great things here so being able to come here with him was absolutely an easy decision to make."


Defense was a soft spot for the Marauders last season.
They gave up over 23 points against per game.
Thier says he's looking for a fundamentally sound and physical defense to try and bring that number down..


"I'm hoping when you come and watch us on game day what you're going to see is the guys doing the basics tackling pursuit and take away's. You're going to see a team that's really going after the football because every time we can get the ball back to our offense that's going to give us a better chance to score."


For any team-- recruiting is huge-- so Kotelnicki brought in Tim Belmore from the University of Jamestown to be his Offensive Coordinator-- the same coach who recruited Weston Dressler to UND.


"Good recruiter good family man, good person and very very good receiver and QB coach as well."


Belmore takes over an offense that has a fairly young quarterbacking crew.
Junior Zach Roberson leads in the experience category playing in close to a dozen games in his U Mary career.
Belmore plans on giving a lot of responsibility to whoever is under center.


"For me it's been more or less building the relationship with those guys hopefully getting them to a position where they're the coach on the field."


For this trio of coaches-- they've all been shaped the same way-- learning from some of the greatest coaches to go through UND.


"It was a legacy that just kept being passed on to each coach. Dale Lennon was where I was, was obviously a huge mentor for all of us, some unbelievable coordinators that we've all worked under and great players more than anything else."


Kotelnicki, Thier, and Belmore will now try to turn their time of coaching at U Mary into a continuing legacy of their own.
For KX sports Jon Schaeffer.

This Saturday is U Mary's spring football game.
Its a 3 pm start at Shiloh, its free and open to the public.

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