Rob Aurich enters his third season in 2016 as an assistant coach for the Bemidji State football program. Aurich, an All-American linebacker and two-time national champion at Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference's University of Minnesota Duluth, will assist with the defense, focusing specifically on the linebackers and special teams.
After multiple coaches led the different areas of special teams in past seasons, Aurich will serve as the main coordinator for the unit beginning in 2016. Head Coach Jeff Tesch had the following to say about the promotion of Aurich:
“As we looked about it, I want an enthusiastic guy, hard-working guy and that’s Coach Aurich to a T,” Tesch said. “That’s one of our main goals out of the spring is to improve our special teams. We thought putting (Aurich) in charge of all of them would help us to meet our goal.”
“One of the things when we evaluated our season last year that we need to improve on is special teams. What worked in the old days doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work now. We used to have different (coaches) on the staff responsible for different special teams… People will hear one voice instead of having six different guys teaching different special teams.“
In 2015 the Gang Green linebacking corps helped create the third best rush defense in the conference that only allowed an average of 113.8 yards per game. They also contributed in 30 sacks which was fourth highest in the conference. Linebackers Colton Blascyk and Greg Button were named First Team All-NSIC while playing under Coach Aurich in 2015.
In 2016 the Beaver Gang Green defense ranked fifth in the NSIC allowing 394 yards per game but just 4.9 yards per play on their way to a record 9 total wins and the programs first post season win in the Mineral Water Bowl. They also ranked fifth in the conference with 33 sacks and Linebackers Trysten Ross and Jamison Evans were selected to the All-NSIC First Team Defense.
Prior to his assignment at BSU, Aurich was using his Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology as an Outside Account Executive at Livingston International in Chicago. Before his most recent job, he worked as an account executive in Chicago and as a paralegal intern in Duluth, Minnesota.
A two-time captain, Aurich was named Daktronics and D2Football.com First Team All-American in 2009 and was honored as an honorable mention in 2010. He finished his career second at Minnesota Duluth in career tackles (310), while helping the Bulldogs to National Championships in 2008 and 2010. A three-time All-NSIC selection, Aurich was named first team in 2009 and 2010, while being named NSIC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. He also earned Daktronics Super Region 4 Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.
A Spring Lake, Michigan native, Aurich completed his criminology degree from Minnesota Duluth in 2010 and is pursing a master’s degree from Bemidji State in business administration.