Ex-Bulldogs Schlafke, Yelk Hired at WIU

By KBJR News 1

Ex-Bulldogs Schlafke, Yelk Hired at WIU

January 14, 2013 Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 5:33 PM CDT

Macomb, IL (NNCNOW.com) --- Former University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) football players Ted Schlafke and Tyler Yelk have been hired as assiatant coaches at Western Illinois University (WIU), it was announced on Monday.

The pair were hired by former UMD head coach Bob Nielson, who left the Bulldogs after 10 seasons to take the Leathernecks' head coaching gig this past December.

Schlafke will serve as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator for WIU, that after spending the past two years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Montana Tech.

The former UMD quarterback was the starter in 2008, leading the Bulldogs to a (15-0) record and the school's first of two NCAA Division II championships.

Schlafke was a three-year captain at UMD and led the team to a (33-14) overall record during his four seasons as starting quarterback.

Yelk, meanwhile, goes to WIU after spending the past four seasons working as an assistant coach under Nielson at UMD. He worked primarily with the defensive backs and this past season was promoted to special teams coordinator, and he will maintain both those titles at WIU.

The only person to win a NCAA Division II championship at UMD as both a player and a coach, Yelk has spent the past eight years in some way associated with UMD football.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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