Frank Haege will be entering his 14th season as the Augsburg College football head coach, and will also serve as Offensive Coordinator for 2018.
AUGSBURG COACHING HIGHLIGHTS:
2013: Led the program to its third consecutive .500 or better finish and fifth in the last sevens season with a 5-5 overall record, including 4-1 at home. Four of those losses were by a combined 12 points, never losing by more than four. The Auggies had two players earn D3football.com All-America first team honors with TE Adam Carl being named All-American for the second consecutive season, and was named as a D3football.com All-America first-team honoree for the second time, while DB/WR Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane was named to the team as a return specialist for the first time in his career. Augsburg was one of only four teams -- and the lone Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference program -- to have multiple players named to the 25-member first team.
2012: Led team to its best record since the 1997 MIAC championship campaign with a 7-3 overall, 5-3 MIAC finish, its second straight winning season. The seven wins matched the 1973 season as the second-most wins in a single season in school history. Augsburg has recorded .500-or-above seasons in four of the last six campaigns, with a 31-29 mark since 2008. TE Adam Carl was named as a D3football.com All-America first-team honoree, while Carl, DB/WR Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane, OL Brian Rud and QB Ayrton Scott joined D3football.com All-West Region honors. Carl, Rud, Scott and WR Tyler Swanson were All-MIAC first-team selections, and Bourne-McFarlane, DL Chris DeVet, OL Chad Thompson and LB Bryce Vee were All-MIAC second-team honorees. Thompson and Vee were Capital One Academic All-District (CoSIDA) honorees, and Thompson was named to the Capital One Academic All-America (CoSIDA) first team.
2011: Led the program to its best record since the 1999 season, as the team finished 6-4 overall, and 4-4 in league play. Recorded four or more wins for the fifth consecutive season, and finished above .500 for the 13th time in school history. Defeated St. John's 32-31 in Collegeville, Minn. for the first time in 32 seasons. Tight end Adam Carl and defensive lineman Edmond Smith were named to the D3football.com All-West Region squad. Carl and running back Tyler Maxwell were named All-MIAC first team.
2010: Maintained competitive level of play with a 4-6 overall record; earned a stunning come-from- behind win (42-38) over Hamline to recapture the "Hammer" for the fifth time in six seasons; led team to 17-14 win over Gustavus Adolphus on Senior Day to earn the teams fourth home victory of the season at Edor Nelson Field; fell to national semi-finalist Bethel 19-6 in "Snowbowl" on Nov. 13, 2010; A stunning picture of Muneer Al-Hameed passing through the snow during that game was featured as on the top 50 pictures of the year for Sports Illustrated; Al-Hameed (WR) and Josh Pronchinske were both named to the D3football.com All-American Honorable Mention team for their performance during the season.
2009: Third straight competitive season ending with 4-6 record; team earned three consecutive conference wins over Carleton, Concordia (OT) and Gustavus Adolphus;QB Marcus Brumm earned first team All-MIAC honors following the season.
2008: Second straight .500 season, including a 30-24 overtime win over Wartburg, a 49-21 homecoming win over St. Olaf and a 22-20 thriller over St. Thomas; finished the season ranked first in the MIAC in passing offense and red zone offense; ranked second in the MIAC in scoring offense, total offense, pass defense and takeaway defense; 12 All-MIAC performers, MIAC Most Valuable Player Royce Winford, NCAA Player of the Year finalist Jordan Berg and All-West Region outside linebacker Brandon Rudenick.
2007: After recording just four victories in its prior three seasons, Augsburg finished 5-5 overall, winning four of its final six games; defeated #10 ranked Wartburg 14-13 on the road on Oct. 6, 2007; finished the season ranked No. 4 nationally in passing offense; quarterback Jordan Berg set single-season school records in passing while receiver Royce Winford earned All-America second-team honors.
During Haege's tenure as head coach, Augsburg has experienced a dramatic turnaround in its football program, from a 1-9 finish his first two seasons to five or more wins in four of the last six seasons. Along the way, the roster has increased from 52 to more than 90 players each year. The team's grade-point average has also risen to consistently over 3.0 year after year, with 100 percent of football seniors graduating.
In his tenure, Haege has coached 62 All-MIAC players (20 first-team, 24 second-team and 18 honorable-mention), 48 Academic All-Conference players, 17 D3football.com All-West Region players, seven D3football.com All-Americans, 26 Hampshire Honor Society members, two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, one MIAC Most Valuable Player and one National Student-Athlete of the Year (Gagliardi Trophy) finalist.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Head Coach - Arena Football League - (2002) - New Jersey Gladiators: Haege's first season produced another milestone, as the Gladiators set a league record for the greatest single-season team turnaround, as his squad finished 9-5 to make the league playoffs, after compiling a 2-12 mark the previous year. The Gladiators moved from New Jersey to Las Vegas in 2003.
Head Coach - af2 (arenafootball2) - (2000-01) - Quad Citie Steamwheelers: With Hvistendahl as one of his receivers, the Steamwheelers set several professional football records, winning the first two af2 championships. The Steamwheelers went 37-1, including a professional-record 28-game winning streak and a record 19-0 campaign in 2000. The Steamwheelers also set a professional football record for most points in a game, with a 103-point effort in a 2000 contest.
Offensive Coordinator - Augsburg College - (1997-98): 1997 MIAC Champions; First NCAA Division III playoff appearance in school history; averaged 424.3 yards of total offense per game and set virtually every team and individual school record in offense and passing; In 1998, Haege's offense helped produce an NCAA career record for Augsburg receiver Scott Hvistendahl, who surpassed football legend Jerry Rice for the NCAA all-divisions record for career receiving yardage (4,696 yards, 1995-98), a record since broken. The 1998 Auggies averaged 394.8 yards of total offense per game.
PLAYING EXPERIENE / ACHIEVEMENTS: Haege played collegiately at Wisconsin-Stout as a tight end, earning conference all-academic awards three times and leading the team in receiving his senior season.
PERSONAL / FAMILY NOTES: A native of Virginia, Minn., Haege and his wife, Michele reside in south Minneapolis with their three sons -- Frank Jr., M.J. and A.J. Haege earned his master's degree in physical education/coaching from Bemidji State University in 1995. Haege is active as a volunteer coach for youth baseball with the Minneapolis Park Board (Matthews Park). Haege is the son of the late Art Haege, a longtime high school, college and professional football coach.