The Coyotes are in Eugene, Ore., for a season-opening game against No. 3/4 Oregon (9:30 p.m. CDT). Follow the game on the Pac-12 Network, but before you do, check out the three things each South Dakota coach looks to accomplish against the Ducks. Head Coach Joe Glenn kicks us off:
The hole left by the graduation of All-American linebacker Tyler Starr will no doubt be the first thing mentioned as folks catch a preview of the 2014 South Dakota defense. But if fans want to know what is weighing on defensive coordinator Jason Petrino's mind most, then they would have to focus on another position.
Petrino has teamed up with head coach Joe Glenn for the third time since 2003, this time as defensive coordinator, a position Petrino has held in seven of the last nine college football seasons. The 2014 season will be his third with the Coyotes who are sporting a 3-4 look under Petrino's tutelage.
Petrino was a team captain and defensive back at his alma mater, Carroll College (Mont.), from 1995-99. He stayed on staff upon graduation and served as defensive backs coach for three seasons under coach Mike Van Diest. The Fighting Saints were conference champs in all three of those seasons and went on to win the 2002 NAIA National Championship.
Glenn, the head coach at Wyoming at the time, brought Petrino aboard the Cowboys' staff in 2003 as a graduate assistant. He would rehire him again in 2008 to be Wyoming's director of football operations. Petrino worked with the safeties in his two seasons as a GA and helped the Cowboys defeat UCLA 24-21 in the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl.
Prior to his second stint in Laramie, Petrino spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator at University of Mary, a Division II school located in Bismarck, N.D. Along with coordinating the Marauder defense, Petrino also coached the defensive backs and was the recruiting coordinator.
Mary was 20-10 with Petrino on its staff. The Marauders were the best defense in the Northern Sun Conference in 2007 when the team allowed just 291 yards per game.
Before arriving in Vermillion, Petrino served as co-defensive coordinator at Winona State in 2010 and as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Central Oklahoma in 2011.
Petrino, a native of Kalispell, Mont.,is married to the former Heather Fries and the couple has three children. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Carroll in 2002 and his master's degree from Mary in 2009.
"Jason is an intelligent individual and is one of the finest young coordinators I've been around," said Glenn. "He lives and sleeps the game and can flat out coach. He has had great experiences as a defensive coordinator and he can not only coach the players, but can coach the coaches."
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