The 2013 season will be Austin Flyger's fourth year at Southern Illinois and his seventh year coaching college football. In 2012 he returned to SIU as the defensive line coach, where he had served as a graduate assistant and defensive line coach for two seasons (2008-09).
The veteran defensive line was one of the strengths of the 2012 team and featured an AFCA All-American in defensive end Ken Boatright. SIU's three starting defensive linemen, Boatright, Eze Obiora and Kayon Swanson combined for 15.5 sacks on the season. Obiora had 8.0 of those sacks, which tied for second in the MVFC and 18th in the nation. The line helped SIU rank third in the conference in rushing yards allowed in 2012.
During both seasons of Flyger's previous tenure, SIU's defensive line was a key component of the team's championship defenses, 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.
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 was a 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.