CMU defensive coordinator leaving for D-1 job

Todd Auer, the defensive coordinator for the Colorado Mesa football team the past two seasons, has accepted a position as the linebackers coach at Division I Southern Illinois University.

Auer was hired by CMU head coach Russ Martin and built the Mavericks’ defense into one of the best in the RMAC. This past season, CMU was third in Division II football with 23 interceptions, and Auer also coached linebacker Jake Edmiston, who set the Division II single-season record for tackles (177) and solo tackles (102). Edmiston averaged a Division II-record 16.1 tackles per game.

He spent 23 seasons at Chadron State College, 17 as the defensive coordinator, before coming to Mesa, and will be reunited with former Chadron State head coach and CMU assistant Bill O’Boyle, now the offensive coordinator at Southern Illinois.

“I appreciate Russ Martin for giving me the chance to come to Mesa and be part of the football program,” Auer said in a release from CMU. “I would like to thank the staff for being first class. I am going to miss CMU, the town and the area, but I am going to miss the players and coaches the most. This is a great career move. I have been at Division II for a long time and this is an opportunity for me to move up.”


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