Craig Bagnell finished his second season as offensive coordinator in 2016 after serving as a graduate assistant coach for BSU during the 2014 season.
In 2017 Bagnell coached senior quarterback Jordan Hein into holding many Bemidji State records and was number one in passing in the conference with 2,082 yards and 26 touchdowns. Hein was also named to the All-Conference First Team Offense along with Jacob Krause, Andrew Lackowski and Brandon Shindler.
BSU continued its path to becoming a potent offense during the 2016 season as Coach Bagnell led the unit to the second best performance in the conference led by junior quarterback Jordan Hein. The Beavers led the NSIC in scoring with 45.6 points per game and were second with 523.8 yards per game which consisted of 293.7 passing yards per game to go along with 230.2 rushing yards per game. This all led to a program record 9 wins on the season including the first post season victory in team history with a win in the Mineral Water Bowl. Bagnell also had three student-athletes (Hein, Gena Adams and Brandon Schindler) named to the NSIC North Division All-Conference First Team Offense along with four being named to the NSIC North Division All-Conference Second Team Offense and two to the NSIC Honorable Mention Team. Jesse Hein was also named to the Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Super Region Three Second team while Jordan Hein and Schindler were named to the third team and Jordan Hein was nominated for the Harlon Hill Award. Off the field, the Beavers landed 24 student-athletes on the Fall Academic All-NSIC Team and running back Gena Adams was named to the 2016 Academic All-America Division II football team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The 2015 season was Coach Bagnell's first season as offensive coordinator and his offense finished in the top half of the conference in multiple categories. The Beavers finished the season with the seventh highest scoring offense by averaging 30.9 points per game and 411.2 yards per game. Bemidji State averaged 190.9 rushing yards per game and 220.3 passing yards per game in 2015. Running back, Tahi Nomane, finished sixth in the conference with 858 rushing yards while quarterback Jordan Hein's 2,407 passing yards also ranked sixth most in the conference. Hein also threw for 22 passing touchdowns and scored eight rushing touchdowns. Bagnell's offense landed three First Team All-NSIC selctions, three Second Team All-NSIC selctions and one All-NSIC Honorable Mention. Four offensive players were named to the 2015 Fall Academic All-NSIC Team.
In 2014, Bagnell mentored a group of 15 wide receivers that compiled 214 receptions for 2,840 yards and scored 22 touchdowns, which included First Team All-NSIC recipient, Blake Holder.
Prior to arriving at Bemidji State, Bagnell was a quarterback in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference for University of Mary. Bagnell was a four-year starter for the Marauders before graduating in 2014.
In addition to his efforts on the gridiron, Bagnell gained coaching experience with the U-Mary coaching staff game planning the opponent during the 2013 season. Between 2010-2013 he coached football camps for kids ranging from third to 12th grade. He also trained one high school and two junior high quarterbacks. During his collegiate career he organized and administered summer workouts for his teammates.
A three-time captain, Bagnell left U-Mary as the school's all-time leader in passing yards (9,170 yards), touchdowns (75 touchdowns), completions (759) and completion percentage (.620). He also rushed for 462 yards and nine touchdowns.
In 2013, Bagnell was named All-NSIC Honorable Mention while passing for 2,769 yards with 23 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. He also added 202 yards rushing and was named the team's most valuable player.
After leading the Marauders to the NSIC's top spot in total offense (447.2 ypg) in 2011, Bagnell was named All-NSIC Second Team and was honored as a 2012 Beyond Sports Network Pre-Season All-American.
Bagnell earned his Bachelor of Science degree from U-Mary in math education. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Bemidji State and will graduate May of 2016.
A Polson, Montana native, Bagnell currently resides in Bemidji, Minn.