Head coach Dale Lennon met with the media to discuss his 26-member 2015 recruiting class
Press conference is set to start at 4 p.m. and will be open to the public
Allen, Hadfield earn honorable mention honors
Pruitt, Willis earn first-team All-MVFC
Both players are eligible for Academic All-America honors, which will be released in December
Photos from the press conference to appoint Tommy Bell SIU's new Athletic Director; May 1, 2015, Saluki Stadium Club.
Football vs. Illinois State Nov. 22, 2014
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.
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 seven seasons, the program has had eight First-Team All-Americans, eight CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, and 10 players sign NFL contracts.
In Lennon's seven seasons, Southern has 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) have signed NFL contracts and five of those players are still in the league.
Lennon ranks among the winningest head coaches in school history. He is third in winning percentage (.585), second in playoff appearances (2), fifth in games coached (82), and is one of just three Saluki coaches to lead the Dawgs to a 10-win season. During Lennon's tenure, the program has won 11 games against ranked opponents.
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.
|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)||---|
|AT SIU||Head Coach||48-34||34-22|
Updated May 15, 2015