Ken Conlin hired as offensive line coach

Ken Conlin hired as offensive line coach Ken Conlin, a graduate assistant coach for The University of South Dakota football program the past three seasons, has been hired as Ferris State University's offensive line coach.

The announcement was made by sixth-year FSU head coach Jeff Pierce. Ferris State is located in Big Rapids, MI.

Conlin succeeds Bill Bedenbaugh, who left in mid-December to take a graduate assistant coaching position at NCAA Division I Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.

"Ken is a great addition to our staff," said Pierce. "He comes highly-recommended from a (NCAA Division II) program like ours and is regarded as a bright and dedicated individual. We're fortunate to have him."

"I'm excited to be at Ferris State," said Conlin. "I'm ready to work hard in bringing another conference championship to Ferris."

The 26-year-old Conlin spent 1997-99 as the offensive line coach at USD. Last season, the Coyotes registered a 4-7 overall record, including a 3-6 mark in the North Central Conference (NCC), under head coach John Austin.

Conlin joined former head coach Ron Rankin's South Dakota coaching staff in 1997 upon the conclusion of his playing career for the Coyotes. A four-year USD letterwinner (1992-96) under former head coach Dennis Creehan, Conlin was a two-year (1995-96) starting offensive center. In 1995, the Coyotes posted an 8-3 overall record (6-3 NCC) which represented their best season performance in more than a decade.

A native of Robinsdale, MN, Conlin attained conference honorable mention all-academic laurels in 1996. He received a bachelor of science degree in physical education from South Dakota in 1997 and earned a master of arts degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration from USD in 1999.

Ferris State registered a 7-3 overall record last season while tying for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title with a 7-2 league mark. The Bulldogs have presently won or shared six conference championships since 1992.

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