Austin Flyger
    Austin  Flyger

    Defensive Line

    Alma Mater:
    Augustana College, 2004

    6th Season (2015)

    Austin Flyger has completed his sixth year at Southern Illinois and his ninth year coaching college football. After serving as a graduate assistant and defensive line coach for two seasons (2008-09) at SIU, Flyger took a full-time position as the defensive line coach at Northern State, where he worked under former Saluki assistant coach Tom Dosch.

    Flyger returned to Southern in 2012 as the team's defensive line coach, and the unit experienced immediate success. The 2012 defensive line featured AFCA All-American defensive end Ken Boatright, and SIU's three starters (Boatright, Eze Obiora and Kayon Swanson) combined for 15.5 sacks on the season.

    SIU's defensive line was also a key component of the team's championship defenses in 2008 and 2009. Led by All-Conference nose tackle Chris Arthurs, the defense held opponents to 10 or fewer points in seven games in 2008 and 2009, as the Salukis posted a combined 20-5 record, including a 15-1 mark in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

    Flyger was a stand-out player at Augustana from 2000-03, where he earned All-North Central Conference honors and was named the league's most valuable defensive lineman as a senior in 2003. Flyger went on to play three seasons with the Sioux Falls Storm of the United Indoor Football League before embarking on a coaching career. His first coaching opportunity came in 2007, when he served on Dale Lennon's staff at the University of North Dakota, working primarily with the defensive line.