Austin Flyger returns to Southern Illinois this year, where he served as a graduate assistant and defensive line coach for two seasons (2008-09).
Led by All-Conference nose tackle Chris Arthurs, SIU's defensive line was a key component of the team's championship defenses both seasons during Flyger's previous tenure. 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.
After the 2009 season, 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 is a former stand-out player at Augustana from 2000-2003. There, 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 Lennons's staff at the University of North Dakota, working primarily with the defensive line.
Flyger has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Augustana and is working towards his master's degree in sports management from SIU.