Is it Summit League tournament week yet?
SDSU on Monday filled the vacancy on its football staff created when Shannon Moore left for Florida International by hiring former North Dakota player and assistant Luke Schleusner to lead the tight ends. Jacks coach John Stiegelmeier said that he didn’t previously know Schleusner – the UND offensive coordinator and receivers coach last season – despite facing him as a player and a coach. But he came highly recommended by Southern Illinois coach Dale Lennon, formerly of North Dakota and a longtime friend of Stiegelmeier’s.
Schleusner was chosen from four finalists brought on campus.
"Just a real good handle on offensive football," Stiegelmeier said. "Has been a coordinator so he’s made decisions. Coached tight ends. Does a really good job recruiting in the Chicago area, and that’s one area we want to do a good job in. There were a lot of matches."
Also, Schleuser has experience coaching special teams and will help out in that capacity. But he won’t be the special teams coordinator – that role will be shared by receivers coach Josh Davis and defensive backs coach Jay Christensen.
The Jacks are switching up some recruiting duties, too, according to Stiegelmeier. Schleusner and Davis will handle the Chicago gig vacated by Moore, doubling the SDSU presence there, while Christensen will cover Florida and pass his old Iowa duties on to defensive coordinator Clint Brown.
SDSU point guard George Marshall, a redshirting transfer from Wisconsin, had surgery to clean up a wrist issue that dated to his time with the Badgers, Jacks coach Scott Nagy said. The cast extends from his right hand to above the elbow with couple odd angles in between in order to keep the wrist properly positioned.
Nagy said the situation won’t prevent Marshall from being on schedule to play at the midpoint of next season when he becomes eligible.
The SDSU baseball team takes a 5-3 mark into a series this weekend at fellow NCAA Division I tournament qualifier Texas San Antonio. Jacks coach Dave Schrage said he’s most impressed with the defense to this point – just five errors in eight games – led by Cody Sharrow, Tyler Shannon and Al Robbins up the middle. He’s also encouraged by the pitching depth, the early starts by former reliever Chad Hodges (2-0, 1.29 ERA) and the hitting of Robbins (.471 BA) and Aaron Machbitz (9 RBI).
Jacks wrestling coach Chris Bono said he didn’t sleep much Sunday night after a lopsided loss at North Dakota State in a dual that could have clinched the Western Wrestling Conference crown. He called it a wasted opportunity with the caveat that there will be more of those ahead.
In an attempt to regroup, the team was given two days off – a rarity. That will be the preamble to prepping for the West Regional meet on March 8 at Utah Valley.
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