Bemidji State’s Tesch agrees to six-year contract
Friday, July 27, 2012
Bemidji State’s Tesch agrees to six-year contract

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb has announced that head football coach Jeff Tesch has agreed to a six-year contract extension to keep him at the helm of the Beaver football program through the 2017 season.

“Coach Tesch is deserving of a long term contract,” Goeb said. “He has proven himself over the last 16 years. He’s developed a incredible football program that has a winning tradition. Jeff is a first class coach that not only produces wins on the football field, but also outstanding characters. The student-athletes graduate, do good things in the community and are stand-up citizens. Jeff is the perfect coach for Bemidji State University and an excellent role model.”

“There is some good security with the contract being a six-year commitment,” Tesch said. “There are a lot of exciting things that I want to finish here and be apart of. I’m excited to get one step further than we have and I want to be here when we get over that hurdle.”

A 1998 and 2006 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year, Tesch reached the 100 victory plateau in his 16th season as head coach of the Beavers in 2011, en route to the sixth time under Tesch the team has reached eight wins. Bemidji State was ranked in the national poll on three different occasions in 2011 and finished the campaign with an 8-3 overall record and a 7-3 mark in the NSIC to finish in a three-way tie for fourth in the league standings. The Beaver offense finished the season averaging 26.8 points per game, while the ‘Gang Green’ defense was one of the best in the conference allowing just 16.0 points per contest to rank No. 7 in the nation at the end of the regular season.

His teams have posted seven or more wins in 11 of the last 13 seasons and account for 13 of the school’s 33 winning campaigns. His 2006 squad matched a school record nine wins while posting a perfect 8-0 mark in league play to earn the team’s first outright regular-season conference title in more than 40 years. To cap that momentous season, Tesch lead the Beavers to the first post-season appearance in school history as the team received a bid to participate in the Mineral Water Bowl.

During his tenure, Tesch has worked his way to the top of all the major coaching categories at BSU. With 173 games coached, he has patrolled the sidelines more than any of the 14 coaches to proceed him in the position. His .613 winning percentage is the best in BSU history. He has 81 victories in NSIC play to top the list at BSU and, maybe the most significant, October 30, 2004 he surpassed H.J. Erickson (1938-54) to become the winningest coach in BSU history - a record he stretches with every victory. The 2012 campaign will tie Tesch with Erickson for seasons coached at Bemidji State with 17.

Tesch, the 15th mentor of a BSU program that got its start in 1928, grabbed the reigns of his first head coaching position prior to the 1996 season. Before he arrived at Bemidji State, Tesch had 15 years of collegiate coaching experience as an assistant coach with 12 of those coming at perennial, then-NCAA Division II powerhouse, University of North Dakota.

Tesch and his wife Susan reside in Bemidji with their daughter Tara and son Vincent.

The Beavers lift the lid on the 11-game (all NSIC) 2012 season at home with Upper Iowa University Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. - the only home night game on the schedule. BSU owns a 4-0 all-time record against Upper Iowa and are 1-0 in home games against the Peacocks, as it earned a 51-12 homecoming victory in 2010.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).