The 2014 season will be Auer's first with the Salukis after spending the previous two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Colorado Mesa University. He brings with him 25 years of coaching experience.
Prior to his time at CMU, Auer spent 23 years on the coaching staff at Division II Chadron State, including 17 seasons as defensive coordinator. There he worked with SIU offensive coordinator Bill O'Boyle, who was a long-time assistant at Chadron State and then the head coach for Auer's final seven seasons at CSC. Auer's Eagles had the top defense in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 13 of his seasons as defensive coordinator.Prior to being named defensive coordinator, Auer served as Chadron State's offensive line coach, as well as strength and conditioning coach/travel coordinator from 1990-1993.
During his tenure as defensive coordinator at Chadron State, the Eagles posted a 153-48 overall record and won eight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles. CSC was ranked in the final Division II national top 10 poll five times. He was a finalist for the 2008 Division II Coordinator of the Year, and in 2010 the Eagles ranked No. 4 in the country in total defense.
Auer began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Western Illinois in 1989. He was also a four-year letterwinner at Western Illinois where he holds the school record with 28 career sacks.
A native of Wisconsin, Auer played linebacker for the Green Bay Packers for three games in 1987. He and his wife, Kim, have three daughters -- Alyssa, Brayden and Aspen.