Dale Lennon
    Dale  Lennon

    Knox, N.D.

    High School:
    Rugby (N.D.), 1978

    Head Coach


    Alma Mater:
    North Dakota, 1985

    Eighth Season (2015)


    Coach Lennon Signing Day press conference transcript

    Head coach Dale Lennon met with the media to discuss his 26-member 2015 recruiting class


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    Press conference is set to start at 4 p.m. and will be open to the public


    Boemer, Williamson named first-team Academic All-MVFC

    Allen, Hadfield earn honorable mention honors


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    Pruitt, Willis earn first-team All-MVFC


    Boemer, Williamson named Academic All-District

    Both players are eligible for Academic All-America honors, which will be released in December


    Photo Gallery at Western Illinois

    Photo Gallery at Western Illinois, Oct. 3, 2015


    Tommy Bell Appointed Athletic Director at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

    Photos from the press conference to appoint Tommy Bell SIU's new Athletic Director; May 1, 2015, Saluki Stadium Club.


    Football vs. Illinois State

    Football vs. Illinois State Nov. 22, 2014


    At UNI

    October 12, 2013

    With a 42-28 record, Dale Lennon has the best winning percentage (.600) after six years as head coach in school history.

    Dale Lennon was named SIU's 20th head coach in program history on Dec. 27, 2007. He guided the Salukis to back-to-back Missouri Valley Football Conference titles in 2008 and 2009 and was named the MVFC and AFCA Region IV Coach of the Year in both seasons. During that stretch, the Salukis won 14-consecutive conference games, which was then the longest conference winning streak in MVFC history.

    Lennon is the fourth-winningest coach in SIU history with 48 career wins in seven years as the head coach. One of the most respected coaches in the country, Lennon was named to the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees in 2014.

    Lennon also guided SIU to back-to-back FCS Playoff appearances in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Southern won 11-straight games and became the first team in league history to go 8-0 in conference play, doing so in convincing fashion by winning road games at No. 2 Northern Iowa and at No. 9 South Dakota State.

    The Salukis finished the 2009 campaign with an 11-2 record and climbed to a No. 1 national ranking for the first time since Oct. 10, 2005. The Sports Network had SIU ranked as the No. 1 team for the last three weeks of the regular season. Southern was the No. 3 overall seed in the FCS Playoffs, and Lennon guided the team to the quarterfinals of the playoffs by posting a win over No. 17 Eastern Illinois, before falling to No. 6 William & Mary.

    In Lennon's eight seasons, the program had eight First-Team All-Americans, eight CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, and 10 players sign NFL contracts.

    Running back Deji Karim was the 2009 MVFC Offensive Player of the Year and one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, which is given to the most outstanding player in the FCS each year. Karim was a sixth-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010. Running back Larry Warner was also a finalist for the Walter Payton Award in 2008, finishing 10th in the balloting, and tight end MyCole Pruitt was a finalist in 2014. Linebacker Brandin Jordan (2009) and cornerback Korey Lindsey (2010) were finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award that goes to the FCS's most valuable defensive player. In 2010, Lindsey won the College Football Performance Awards' Elite Defensive Back Award. Lindsey was drafted in the seventh round by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2010 NFL Draft. In 2011, Bryan Boemer won the Rimington Award as the nation's top FCS center.

    In Lennon's eight seasons, Southern had eight First-Team All-Americans, plus eight CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. Before Lennon arrived at SIU, the Salukis had only six Academic All-Americans since the honor began in 1952. Ten of Lennon's former Saluki players (Ken Boatright, Jayson DiManche, Stephen Franklin, Jewel Hampton, Deji Karim, Korey Lindsey, Ray Agnew, Kory Faulkner, MyCole Pruitt and Malcolm Agnew) signed NFL contracts.

    Lennon came to SIU from North Dakota, where he had a string of five-consecutive playoff appearances.His success at both schools have made him one of the winningest active coaches in the country. In 16 seasons as a head coach, Lennon has compiled a 144-61 (.702) record. He has been to either the Division I or II playoffs in 10 seasons. Lennon also owns a national championship ring, which he captured in 2001 when he was the head coach at his alma mater, North Dakota.

    Lennon stands as the winningest coach in UND history with a 90-24 record in nine seasons. In addition to leading North Dakota to a national championship, Lennon's teams made seven playoff appearances, played in two national championship games and won five North Central Conference Championships.

    Lennon graduated from Rugby High School in Rugby, N.D., a town of less than 3,000 residents near the Canadian border. He went on to play fullback from 1979-83 for the University of North Dakota and was a team captain.

    Lennon's coaching tenure with the Fighting Sioux began on the defensive side of the ball. He was UND's defensive line coach for two seasons (1988-89) before being promoted to defensive coordinator (1990-96). The Fighting Sioux made four-straight playoff appearances from 1992-95, which led to Lennon's hiring as head coach of the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. in 1997. There he reversed the fortunes of the program and led it to an NAIA playoff appearance in 1998.

    Lennon returned to his alma mater as head coach in 1999, and he reached the pinnacle of success in 2001 by guiding his team to the NCAA Division II National Championship and earning AFCA Coach of the Year honors. He won NCC Coach of the Year laurels three times.

    Dale Lennon's Record

    Year School Assignment Overall Conference Postseason
    1986 Valley City State Defensive Backs 7-3 --- ---
    1987 Dickinson State Linebackers 9-1 --- NAIA Playoffs
    1988 North Dakota Defensive Line 7-4 5-4 (t-4th) ---
    1989 North Dakota Defensive Line 3-7-1 2-6-1 (9th) ---
    1990 North Dakota Defensive Coordinator 7-3 7-2 (2nd) ---
    1991 North Dakota Defensive Coordinator 7-2 6-2 (t-2nd)
    1992 North Dakota Defensive Coordinator 6-4-1 6-2-1 (2nd) NCAA Playoffs 1st Round
    1993 North Dakota Defensive Coordinator 10-3 7-1 (t-1st) NCAA Semifinals
    1994 North Dakota Defensive Coordinator 10-3 7-2 (t-1st) NCAA Semifinals
    1995 North Dakota Defensive Coordinator 9-2 8-1 (1st) NCAA Playoffs 1st Round
    1996 North Dakota Defensive Coordinator 7-3 6-3 (t-2nd) ---
    1997 Mary Head Coach 4-6 1-5 (6th) ---
    1998 Mary Head Coach 8-3 5-1 (t-1st) NAIA Playoffs
    1999 North Dakota Head Coach 9-2 8-1 (t-1st) NCAA Playoffs 1st Round
    2000 North Dakota Head Coach 8-3 6-3 (t-3rd) ---
    2001 North Dakota Head Coach 14-1 7-1 (1st) NCAA DII National Champions
    2002 North Dakota Head Coach 5-6 3-5 (7th) ---
    2003 North Dakota Head Coach 12-2 7-0 (1st) NCAA DII Runner-Up
    2004 North Dakota Head Coach 11-3 4-2 (t-2nd) NCAA Semifinals
    2005 North Dakota Head Coach 10-3 4-2 (t-1st) NCAA Playoffs 2nd Round
    2006 North Dakota Head Coach 11-2 7-1 (1st) NCAA Quarterfinals
    2007 North Dakota Head Coach 10-2 7-1 (2nd) NCAA Playoffs 2nd Round
    2008 Southern Illinois Head Coach 9-3 7-1 (t-1st) NCAA Playoffs 1st Round
    2009 Southern Illinois Head Coach 11-2 8-0 (1st) NCAA Quarterfinals
    2010 Southern Illinois Head Coach 5-6 4-4 (t-3rd) ---
    2011 Southern Illinois Head Coach 4-7 2-6 (t-7th) ---
    2012 Southern Illinois Head Coach 6-5 5-3 (t-3rd) ---
    2013 Southern Illinois Head Coach 7-5 5-3 (t-2nd) ---
    2014 Southern Illinois Head Coach 6-6 3-5 (t-7th) ---
    2015 Southern Illinois Head Coach 3-8 2-6 (9th) ---
    AT SIU Head Coach 51-42 36-28
    OVERALL Head Coach 153-75

    Updated Nov. 30, 2015