Sources: Northwestern finalizing coordinator employs
Pete Thamel, ESPNJan 7, 2024, 06:52 PM ET
David Braun’s very first staff as Northwestern’s full-time coach is starting to take shape.Braun is close to settling 2 planner employs, sources told ESPN, with Northwestern linebackers coach Tim McGarigle being elevated to protective coordinator.The team’s new offensive planner is set
to be South Dakota State’s Zach Lujan, according to sources. Lujan, 28, called the national-title-winning game for the Jackrabbits on Sunday afternoon. South Dakota State went into the game as the No. 3 scoring offense in the FCS.Editor’s Picks 2 Related Braun called Northwestern’s defense in 2023 after being named interim head
coach in July in
the wake of Pat Fitzgerald’s shooting. He had actually been the Wildcats’protective planner and preserved that role while serving as head coach.Braun now passes the protective play-calling responsibilities on to McGarigle, a family name amongst Northwestern fans.
He has coached there because 2018 and also set the FBS record for total profession tackles(545)during his Wildcats playing profession. That record lasted from 2005 until 2022, when Troy’s Carlton Martial broke the mark.McGarigle is a veteran assistant who has actually worked for the Green Bay Packers and also at Illinois and Western Michigan. At Northwestern, he’s been the position coach for linchpin players like Blake Gallagher and Paddy Fisher.Lujan matured in Alaska and has actually rapidly become a high-end organizer. He has actually served as offending planner on South Dakota State’s back-to-back championship game teams.He ‘d received interest from Vanderbilt earlier in this training cycle, and his handle Northwestern is anticipated to come together in the upcoming week.Lujan’s offenses are known for utilizing shifts, movements and
formations to optimize the readily available skill and ability players. South Dakota State ended up No. 6 in the FCS in overall offense, No. 1 in group passing efficiency and No. 5 in rushing
offense.Lujan has actually coached quarterbacks at South Dakota State because 2019. The Jackrabbits balanced 34.2 points per game in 2022 en path to winning the program’s first-ever nationwide title.