University of South Dakota first-year head football coach Joe Glenn announced Monday the additions of two assistant coaches for the 2012 season. Jason Petrino was hired as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach, while Brett Harvey was hired as the offensive line coach.
Both Petrino and Harvey have ties to Glenn as Petrino coached with Glenn at Wyoming and Harvey was Glenn's first recruit when he took over at the University of Northern Colorado in 1989.
Petrino, a native of Kalispell, MT, was hired at University of Nebraska-Omaha in February of 2011, prior to the program being cut from the school. He then spent this past fall at Central Oklahoma where he was the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. In 2010, he served as co-defensive coordinator at Winona State.
He had two stints with Glenn at the University of Wyoming as Director of Football Operations in 2008 and 2009 and was a graduate assistant in 2003 and 2004 as he helped with the safeties as he helped lead the team to victories over rivals BYU and Colorado State in 2003 and helped the Cowboys defeat UCLA 24-21 in the 2004 Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas bowl.
Prior to his second stint in Laramie, Petrino spent three seasons at the defensive coordinator at the University of Mary, a Division II school located in Bismarck, ND. Along with coordinating the Marauder defense, Petrino also coached the defensive backs and was the recruiting coordinator.
In his three seasons at the University of Mary, Petrino helped lead the Marauders to a 20-10 record. In 2007, Mary had the best defense in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference as it led the conference in pass defense, only allowing 197.6 yards per game and ranked second in rush defense, giving up just 94.4 yards per game.
Before his time at Wyoming, Petrino was the defensive backs coach at his alma mater, Carroll College in Helena, MT. There, he coached under Mike Van Diest. Petrino coached the Fighting Saints defensive backs for three seasons from 2000-02, winning the 2002 NAIA National Championship and winning the Frontier Conference Championship all three seasons.
Petrino played defensive back at Carroll College from 1995-99, serving as a team captain his senior year. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Carroll in 2002, and his master's degree from the University of Mary in 2009.
He is married to the former Heather Fries and the couple has three children. Petrino is the cousin of Bobby Petrino, the head coach at Arkansas, and Paul Petrino, the offensive coordinator at Arkansas.
"Jason is a very intelligent individual and is one of the finest young coordinators I've been around," Glenn said. "He lives and sleeps the game and can flat out coach. He has had great experiences as a defensive coordinator and he can not only coach the players, but coach the coaches. I am looking forward to working with him again."
Harvey, a native of Longmont, CO, comes to Vermillion after one year as offensive line coach at Fort Hayes State in Fort Hayes, KS, from Aug. 2010 to July 2011. Prior to coaching at Fort Hayes, Harvey served as a graduate assistant coaching the running backs for two years at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX, from August 2008 to July 2010.
Before his time at Angelo State, Harvey was an offensive line and tight ends coach at the University of Northern Colorado for 11 years from 1995 to 2005. Under Glenn, he helped lead the Bears to the NCAA Division II national championships in 1996 and 1997.
Harvey played collegiately as an offensive lineman at Northern Colorado from 1990-94. Harvey earned the Vic Nottingham Award as the Most Valuable Offensive Lineman on the team in 1994. He also was an all-conference selection in 1994 and earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from UNC.
"He is a real student of the game and student of the offensive line," Glenn said. "He is very schooled in the offensive line and it is his passion. He will jump in and talk with anyone about offensive line play and continues to learn as much as he can about the position. He is everything you look for in an offensive line coach."