SIU adds three assistant football coaches

    Dale Lennon will also take over defensive coordinator responsibilities, and Bill O'Boyle has been promoted to offensive coordinator.

    Dale Lennon will also take over defensive coordinator responsibilities, and Bill O'Boyle has been promoted to offensive coordinator.
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    Jan. 13, 2014

    CARBONDALE, Ill. – Saluki football has hired three new assistant coaches for the 2014 season. Todd Auer will coach linebackers, David Elson is the new secondary coach and former Saluki quarterback Nick Hill will be the new quarterbacks coach.

    Along with the additions to the staff, head coach Dale Lennon will take over defensive coordinator duties, and offensive line coach Bill O’Boyle has been promoted to offensive coordinator. O’Boyle will still coach the offensive line.

    Auer was the defensive coordinator at Colorado Mesa University for the past two seasons. Prior to that, he spent 23 years on the coaching staff at Division II Chadron State (Neb.), including 17 seasons as defensive coordinator. There he worked with 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. Auer was a four-year letterwinner at Western Illinois where he holds the school record with 28 career sacks. He played one season for the Green Bay Packers.

    Elson returns to SIU where he was a graduate assistant for the Salukis in 1994 and 1995. He spent the previous two years as defensive coordinator at New Mexico State. Prior to that, Elson was the head coach at Western Kentucky for seven seasons from 2003 to 2009 and led the Hilltoppers through their transition from the FCS to the FBS. Prior to his head coaching tenure, he served as defensive coordinator at WKU under Jack Harbaugh and helped the team to the 2002 I-AA national championship. A three-year letterwinning safety at Butler, Elson also spent one season on the Indiana University coaching staff before his time at New Mexico State.

    One of the most successful quarterbacks in SIU history, Hill set single-season school records for passing yards, completion percentage and touchdown passes as a senior in 2007. A two-year Saluki starter, he is a native of nearby Du Quoin, Ill. This will be his first collegiate coaching position after one year as the head coach at Carbondale High School. Prior to his coaching career, Hill spent parts of six seasons in professional football. He played for four different arena league teams and also signed free agent contracts with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.

    After these three additions, Lennon still has one spot left to fill to complete the coaching staff.