Beschorner named USD offensive coordinator

Beschorner named USD offensive coordinator Ed Meierkort, the head football coach at The University of South Dakota, has announced that Wesley Beschorner has been named the new Coyote offensive coordinator. Beschorner replaces Gordy Shaw, who resigned in February to become offensive line coach at the University of Hawaii. "I am very excited to announce Wesley Beschorner as our offensive coordinator," Meierkort said. "Wesley will carry on the great offensive tradition we have built here at USD. I have stated many times that Wesley is one of the best football players ever to play at USD. His desire to win and passion for this University will drive him to become one of the best coordinators ever to coach here." Beschorner is no stranger to Coyote football fans. He starred at quarterback at USD from 2002-05 and was a record holder in passing yards, total offense and passing touchdowns when his Coyote career ended. The 2008 year marked Beschorner's first as a full-time assistant on the USD coaching staff. Beschorner served as quarterbacks coach and helped the Coyote offense to maintain its standing as one of the most productive units in the nation. USD achieved top 10 rankings in the following offensive categories: scoring offense (4th, 37.5), total offense (6th, 461.8) and rushing offense (7th, 240.1). In addition, Coyote quarterback Noah Shepard set career records in passing yardage and total offense under Beschorner's guidance. Prior to serving as quarterbacks coach, Beschorner worked with the USD running backs. The 2007 season saw a couple of records broke under Beschorner's instruction. In his only season at USD, running back Amos Allen set the school's single season and single game rushing record. He ran for 1,961 yards on the season, scoring 15 rushing touchdowns. In 10 of the 11 games of 2007, he ran for over 100 yards and he had four games in which he produced 200 or more rushing yards. Allen saved his best performance for last when he tallied a school record 306 yards and two touchdowns in the season finale against North Dakota. Allen's performance on the final day of the season also helped him secure the nation's rushing title with 178.3 yards per game. Before taking over the coaching duties for the running backs, Beschorner was the wide receivers coach in 2006. He worked with Brooks Little, who eventually became the all-time receptions leader at USD. In 2006, Little led the team with 43 catches for 571 yards. In two NCAA playoff games, he had 10 receptions and 121 yards. Beschorner also coached Desmond Allison who had over 500 yards receiving and nine receiving touchdowns. Prior to joining Meierkort's coaching staff, Beschorner was a record-setting quarterback at South Dakota. During his four-year career he set 33 records at USD and was the first player in school history to be named a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy. Beschorner threw for 6,240 yards and 64 TD passes. His 64 touchdown passes, a school record, are nearly double the previous record. In 2005 he set the USD single season total offense record with 3,500 yards and averaged 318.2 yards of total offense per game. Beschorner also racked up 23 rushing touchdowns, giving him a school-record 87 total career touchdowns. In a 59-14 win over Nebraska-Omaha in 2005, he became the first Coyote to record 500 or more yards of total offense in a game (519). Beschorner earned his bachelor's degree in history education from USD in 2005. In 2008, he completed his master's degree in health, physical education and recreation at South Dakota. USD finished 6-5 in 2008 and will begin its second year of transitioning to NCAA Division I FCS status in 2009.

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