DeBoer had a 67-3 record as a head coach and his Cougars averaged nearly 52 points per game in 2009
Feb. 5, 2010
By Jason Clay
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois University announced Friday the hiring of University of Sioux Falls head coach Kalen DeBoer, a three-time NAIA National Coach of the Year, as the new Saluki offensive coordinator.
DeBoer compiled an astonishing 67-3 (.957) record over the course of the last five seasons leading the Cougars. He guided them to three NAIA National Championships, which is the same number of games lost in five seasons. USF won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009 by winning 29-straight games, and that is the longest active winning streak in the nation at any level of college football.
"I'm excited to announce Kalen DeBoer as our offensive coordinator at Southern Illinois," SIU head football coach Dale Lennon said. "His 67-3 head coaching record speaks volumes about his coaching ability, but through the years I have become equally impressed with Kalen as a quality person. His offensive philosophy is the right fit for what we want to accomplish with the Saluki offense and his understanding of game management will be a good complement to our overall team philosophy."
Sioux Falls won the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championship in four of his five seasons as head coach and has won 50-straight home games. They beat Lindenwood University, out of St. Charles, Mo., 25-22 in the 2009 NAIA National Championship game.
"Although we will always remember our time at USF, my family and I are extremely excited to be a part of SIU and its football program," DeBoer said. "Under coach Lennon's leadership, I am looking forward to joining a staff that is committed to building on the tradition that exists in the program today."
Included on a long list of accomplishments are the two quarterbacks that garnered NAIA National Player of the Year honors under DeBoer's tutelage. In 2007 Chad Cavender received the NAIA top-honor after leading USF to the national title and this past season it was Lorenzo Brown. Brown threw for 3,221 yards with 40 touchdowns and ran for 844 with 16 more TDs, all in 2009 alone.
The offensive numbers that his team put up are just as mind-boggling as his career record. Under his direction, the Cougars averaged 51.7 points per game in 2009 and scored no less than 25 points in all 15 games. USF scored 40 or more points in 13-of-15 games and also put up 76 and 80 points in wins. Using a balanced attack, USF averaged 487.5 yards of total offense (256.1 rushing and 231.4 passing) last season.
Much like SIU in 2009, DeBoer's Cougars featured a tailback that averaged nearly a first down every time he touched the ball. Ryan Lowmiller ran for 1,487 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2009 while averaging 7.0 yards per carry.
USF had four offensive All-Americans last year, including two first teamers on the offensive line. Tight end Scott LeBrun was an honorable mention pick after catching eight touchdowns from Brown, another first team selection.
The Milbank, S.D. native is no complete stranger to the FCS level. On Oct. 17, 2009, DeBoer led his Cougars to a 28-13 victory over the University of North Dakota in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.
He now takes over a Saluki offense that returns six starters from the offense that averaged 34 points per game and 394 yards of total offense.
A graduate of USF, DeBoer played from 1993-1996, where he was an All-American wide receiver, setting records for receptions (234), receiving yards (3,400) and touchdown catches (33).
After his playing days were over he became a student assistant for the Cougars under coach Bob Young in 1997. From 2000-04, he served as USF's offensive coordinator and he succeeded Young as head coach in 2005. At the age of 32, he led Sioux Falls to the 2006 National Championship.
He and his wife, Nicole, have one daughter, Alexis.