USD football coach names new assistant coaching staff

USD football coach names new assistant coaching staff John Austin, who was named the 23rd head football coach at South Dakota in December, announced Jan. 13 the hiring of a new Coyote assistant coaching staff.

Austin will be complimented by Brad Salem (running backs, recruiting coordinator), Brent Salem (offensive coordinator, quarterbacks, wide receivers), Brett Chambers (defensive line coach, strength coach) and Mark Hodson (offensive line coach). Their appointments are subject to the approval of the South Dakota Board of Regents.

"I'm extremely excited and fortunate to have these people on our staff," stated Austin. "I know they are looking forward, along with myself, in getting this program turned around."

Austin noted that a number of factors were involved when making the final decisions on his coaching staff.

"The important thing to me was putting together a staff with quality people," he said. "I wanted good family people, people who relate well to kids and are outstanding teachers. Those are things that are very important to me and are crucial when you look at what we need to get accomplished here."

Brent Salem and Brad Salem are the sons of former USD head coach Joe Salem, who constructed a record of 51-38-2 from 1966-74 and directed the Coyotes to three North Central Conference titles in 1972, 1973 and 1974.

Brent Salem earned his bachelor's degree in 1993 from Northern Arizona and his Master's degree in 1995 from Purdue University. Prior to coming to South Dakota, he was the offensive coordinator at NAIA Olivet Nazarene University (Kankakee, IL) for three years. In 1998 his offense ranked third in the nation averaging 499 yards in total offense per game. In 1997, Olivet ranked fifth nationally with 461 total yards and third in scoring with 41 points per game.

Salem was a graduate assistant at Purdue coaching the tight ends in 1994 and 1995. He played wide receiver at Northern Arizona where he was a three-time scholar athlete, and later served as a graduate assistant for one season working with the running backs.

Brad Salem earned his bachelor's degree in 1992 from Augustana College in Sioux Falls and his Master's degree in 1996 from Michigan State University. Salem was the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Luther College (Decorah, IA) for the past two years. He coached the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs.

In 1996, Salem was the defensive coordinator at Lansing (MI) Everett High School. Prior to Lansing, Salem served as a graduate assistant for two seasons at Michigan State where he worked with the quarterbacks along with coordinating the defensive and special team scout teams.

Salem played quarterback and wide receiver at Augustana from 1990-92 and was a quarterback at Northern Arizona from 1988-90. Salem's first coaching experience came in 1993 when he was the offensive coordinator for Robinson Sphinx of the European Professional Football League in Paris, France. Salem later came back to Augustana where he coached the defensive backs.

Brett Chambers earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1996. Chambers, who was a graduate assistant at Iowa coaching the outside linebackers for the 1998 season, was the defensive line and strength coach at Iowa Wesleyan College in 1997. Before the beginning of spring drills at Wesleyan, Chambers was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Chambers was a three-year letterwinner at Iowa, and in 1996 started all 12 games at defensive end for a Hawkeye team that posted a 9-3 record and won the Alamo Bowl.

Mark Hodson earned his bachelor's degree in 1991 from Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) and his Master's degree in 1995 from Olivet Nazarene. Hodson has been the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Olivet Nazarene for the last three years.

Prior to Olivet Nazarene, Hodson was the assistant head football coach at Grandview (WA) High School in 1995-96 and a graduate assistant football coach at Olivet Nazarene in 1994-95. Hodson's first coaching experience came at Mid-America Nazarene (Olathe, KS) where he was the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 1992-94.

Hodson was a three-year starter at linebacker and offensive guard at Pacific Lutheran. While in the starting lineup, Pacific Lutheran posted a combined record of 43-9-2 and the 1987 national championship.

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