Bisch introduced as Beaver Football defensive coordinator

Bisch introduced as Beaver Football defensive coordinator
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Bisch introduced as Beaver Football defensive coordinator

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University football head coach Brent Bolte announced today the hiring of Jamie Bisch as the Beavers’ defensive coordinator for the 2018 season. Bisch comes to BSU after serving at Midland University for two seasons in the same position.

“I am thrilled and very grateful to have the opportunity to come to such a special place with incredible people,” said Bisch. “I am very thankful to Coach Bolte and Tracy Dill for considering me for this position. Also, I am ready to get to work learning the culture and beginning to build relationships with the players and coaches.”

“Coach Bisch and I have known each other for a long time,” said Bolte. “ He’s a great young man that has an infectious personality that young men will follow and I am excited to have him come in and continue our strong defensive play at BSU.”

At Midland, Bisch helped guide the Warriors to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2011. Also during his time at Midland, the team produced 15 All-GPAC selections and two NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In 2016, Bisch's defense finished among the top ten nationally in takeaways with 31, recorded 27.5 sacks (top 25 nationally) and was one of the top teams in the country in both third and fourth down defense.

“BSU certainly has a number of dynamic weapons on all three levels defensively,” said Bisch. “You see that when you look at the top 10 finishes in multiple defensive categories over the last couple seasons. We will be working on building on those successes every day. I am extremely fortunate to have a tremendous defensive staff in place around me who will help to make our student-athletes be the best they can be in all phases of their lives.”

“Specifically, I believe it is of great importance to focus on fundamentals and technique within each position group as well as building and reinforcing our culture at BSU. Spending time focusing on tackling and takeaway techniques is also a huge prt of who I am as a defensive coach and these will be emphasized.”

Prior to coaching at Midland, Bisch spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator/defensive backs and linebackers coach at the New Mexico Military Institute that won the 2013 El Toro Bowl, the first bowl victory for NMMI since 1999, and helped lead the Colts to three consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1969. Bisch began his coaching career as a graduate assistant followed by running backs coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato from 2010-2012.

Bisch graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2008 with a degree in health and human performance studies and was a defensive back for the Falcons, being named All-WIAC in 2007 and 2008. He later graduated from Minnesota State in 2011 with a master’s in physical education in sport management.

“Our expectations, like every year, are to be one of the top defenses in Division II,” said Bolte. “We lost some great players this past fall but with departures is an opportunity for Bisch to work with the younger players to make their name on this defense.”

Bisch is originally from Madison Lake, Minn., and currently lives in Bemidji with his wife, Tarrah (Sweet), and three-month-old son, Ezra.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).