Bubba Schweigert
    Bubba Schweigert

    Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

    Sixth Year

    Alma Mater:
    Jamestown College, 1985


    Good give-and-take characterizes Saluki Football Spring Game

    Offense made big plays in passing game, but defense forced four turnovers.


    Salukis ready for season finale vs. Western Illinois

    Black Out Cancer game raised more than $45,000 for cancer research


    Salukis ready for season finale vs. Western Illinois

    Black Out Cancer game raised more than $45,000 for cancer research


    Salukis set to host No. 21/25 South Dakota State on Saturday

    Kickoff at 2 p.m. on Military Appreciation Day


    Salukis head to Fargo Saturday to face No. 3 North Dakota State

    SIU looking to knock off fourth-straight opponent that has been ranked in the top-10

    The 2013 season was Bubba Schweigert's sixth season as the defensive coordinator for the Salukis and his fifth year serving as the associate head coach.

    Schweigert features an aggressive, blitzing 3-4 scheme that emphasizes putting pressure on the offense. His 2013 defense showcased that pressure up front and disrupted opposing offenses with an average of 5.9 tackles for loss per game, which ranked third in the Missouri Valley Conference. In addition, SIU was again among the conference leaders in stopping the run. SIU's defense ranked second in the MVFC and tied for 18th in the nation in rush defense, holding opponents to an average of 122.8 rushing yards per game. The Salukis held six of 12 opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing and four times held their opponents to 50 rushing yards or fewer.

    The 2012 Salukis ranked third in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in rushing yards allowed and tied for fifth in the nation with 35 sacks. In addition, the opportunistic defense recovered 15 fumbles, tied for 10th most in the nation. Defensive end Ken Boatright was named an AFCA All-American and a third-team AP All-American in 2012.

    Schweigert's 2011 defense ranked third in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in total yardage, interceptions and sacks. Perhaps his most remarkable coaching effort took place in 2010, when four starters in the secondary were lost to season-ending injuries, and a total of 50 games were lost by players on the two-deep. Nevertheless, his unit still led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in total defense, yielding an average of 332.1 yards per game.

    His 2009 defense ranked second nationally with 23 interceptions, and the Salukis tied for fourth nationally with 33 forced turnovers. That year, his group also ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 15.92 points per game and led the MVFC with 36 sacks. In 2008, SIU was tied for 12th nationally in forced turnovers (29) and in five seasons his teams have forced an average of 2.2 turnovers per game (127 total).

    In his six seasons at SIU, Schweigert has had three first team All-Americans and 20 All-Conference selections (10 first team, six second team, four honorable mention). Cornerback Korey Lindsey garnered All-American accolades in each of his three seasons under Schweigert, was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals and is currently a member of the New Orleans Saints.

    Prior to SIU, Schweigert compiled a 22-21 record as head coach at Division II Minnesota Duluth (2004-07). He was named the North Central Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 after directing UMD to an 8-4 record, defeating three American Football Coaches Association top 20 teams along the way. His team won a share of the school's first NCC title and its second NCAA Division II playoff berth in four years. Schweigert was also named the D2football.com Northwest Region Coach of the Year and the AFCA Division II Coach of the Year for Region 5.

    Prior to UMD, Schweigert spent 15 seasons at the University of North Dakota where he helped guide the Fighting Sioux to six NCC titles, eight playoff appearances and a Division II National Championship in 2001. He was Dale Lennon's defensive coordinator from 1999-2003. Schweigert was named the AFCA DII Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000.

    Before joining North Dakota, Schweigert was the defensive coordinator at his alma mater, Jamestown College (N.D.), from 1985-88. He also served as admissions counselor and head baseball coach.

    Schweigert has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Jamestown College and a master's degree from North Dakota. In 2002, he was honored with Jamestown College's Rollie Greeno Award for Outstanding Commitment in the field of education and coaching. Schweigert and his wife, Laura, have two sons, A.J. and Cooper.