The 2013 season is Randy Hedberg's sixth season as the quarterbacks coach at Southern Illinois where he will again work with senior quarterback Kory Faulkner.
In 2012 Faulkner threw for 1,865 yards, the 12th highest single-season total in school history, and his 191 completions were the fourth highest in school history.
Under Hedberg's tutelage, Chris Dieker was a two-time All-Conference performer who moved into the top five in 13 different offensive categories in the school record books. Dieker rounded out his Saluki career in 2010 with a 20-9 record in three years starting under center. He became one of just three quarterbacks in Saluki history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a career and signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on July 27, 2011.
Dieker finished his Saluki career ranked third in career passing yards (5,237), career completions (446), career attempts (757), career completion percentage (.589), touchdown passes in a career (41) and total offense (5,735). Dieker was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for a career-high 279 yards and four touchdowns to go along with a pair of rushing touchdowns in a 49-21 win over Indiana State, Nov. 20, 2010.
Prior to SIU, Hedberg spent nine seasons as head coach at St. Cloud State, where he posted a 47-51 record. In 18 years as a collegiate head coach, he compiled an overall mark of 92-74-2.
Hedberg began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant (1979-81) and head coach (1982-90) at Minot State. He also worked as an assistant head coach and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Central Missouri State (1990-96). From 1996-99, Hedberg was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks/receivers coach at North Dakota.
A four-year letterwinner in football, basketball and baseball at Minot State, Hedberg was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1977 and started five games as a rookie. He was with Tampa Bay through 1978, Oakland in 1979 and Green Bay in 1980. He was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 50 North Dakota sports figures of the 20th century. Hedberg holds a bachelor's degree from Minot State and a master's from North Dakota. He and his wife, Chery Hysjulien, have four grown children - Jennifer, Katie, Christopher and Maddie.
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