Lennon takes over at Southern Illinois
Carbondale, IL (Sports Network) - Southern Illinois named Dale Lennon its new head football coach Friday.
Lennon compiled a 90-24 record during the last nine years as head coach at Division II North Dakota, including seven playoff appearances, one National Championship and five North Central Conference Championships.
"I am thrilled that we were able to attract a coach of Dale Lennon's caliber," said Saluki athletic director Mario Moccia. "He has experienced tremendous success both on and off the field throughout his coaching career. I feel very confident in saying he is the total package."
Moccia replaces Jerry Kill, who left the school on December 13 to become head coach at Northern Illinois.
"The search process went smoothly," said Moccia. "I appreciate our screening committee's efforts and the time they took to ensure we found the best candidate for this position. We reviewed a staggering amount of candidates at all levels, and I felt that Coach Lennon was the best fit for Southern Illinois University."
The 47-year-old Lennon guided North Dakota to the 2001 Division II National Championship and earned American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year honors.
"I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to coach at Southern Illinois," said Lennon. "The Saluki football program has established itself as one of the nation's premier FCS programs, and the potential for future success is impressive."
12/28 20:24:30 ET