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Assistant Coaches

TOM CASEY (Defensive Coordinator)
Tom Casey was named the defensive coordinator for the Vikings in the summer of 2012 after spending seven years in a similar position at NCAA Division I Western Illinois. Casey and Cushman coached together at Feather River College in Quincy, California from 2002-05. A 1995 graduate of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in history, Casey got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant with the Beavers in 1993. After receiving his Master’s of Education degree from Oregon State in 1997, he took a position as assistant coach at the United States Military Academy prep school in 1998. He was there for four years before joining Cushman at Feather River in 2002. He had a brief stint at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas before joining the Western Illinois staff in 2005. He coached a pair of finalists for the Buck Buchanan Player of the Year award while with the Leathernecks.

JEFF LINDMARK (Special Teams Coordinator)
From ball boy to player to coach, Jeff Lindmark has seen the Augustana program from a variety of angles. When his father worked the chain gang during his boyhood years, Jeff served as a ball boy for the Vikings. After graduating from Pleasant Valley High School in 1988 where he was a multi-sport standout, he played football and baseball at Augustana. During his senior year of 1991 he played an instrumental role in the Vikings 8-1 season that resulted in a CCIW championship.He joined the staff in a full-time capacity in 2005, serving as offensive coordinator until 2009. Since then, Jeff has worked as special teams coordinator. He spent five years as a teacher for at-risk students at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. He was an assistant baseball coach at Pleasant Valley from 2001 through the 2005 season.He taught physical education and sociology at Sherrard High School in Sherrard, Illinois from 1994 until 2000. Lindmark was the head football coach at Sherrard from 1995 through 1998. He was the head baseball coach at the school from 1994-00.After graduating from Augustana in February of 1993 with a degree in secondary/physical education he taught in the Riverdale (Illinois) school system and was an assistant football coach in the fall of 1993.

ANTHONY SCOTT (Offensive Line)
Hired in February of 2011, Anthony Scott comes to Augustana from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he held the same position and was responsible for recruiting central North Carolina and northeast Georgia. During his four seasons at St. Augustine’s, the Falcons led the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in rushing offense once (2010) and were second once (2008). Scott also had stints as an offensive line coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University and Brevard College—like St. Augustine’s, both NCAA Division II institutions. His first coaching job was at East Forsythe High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he served as an assistant coach from 2003-2006. He also taught history at East Forsythe.

Scott is a graduate of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, where he was an offensive lineman on the Eagles’ 1999 and 2000 NCAA Division I-AA national championship teams. He received his bachelor’s degree in broadcasting in 2001.

JORDAN MALONE (Defensive Backs)
Jordan Malone is the newest addition to the Augustana football coaching staff. Hired in January 2013, Malone came to Augustana from Washington Park High School in Racine, Wisconsin, where he was the defensive coordinator. Prior to that, Malone was the defensive coordinator at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. He also had stints as a defensive backs coach at the University of Central Arkansas and Waldorf College. His first coaching job was at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, where he served as defensive backs coach for the 2007 season.

Malone is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he was an All-American defensive back for the Mavericks in 2004. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2006. He earned his master’s degree in health, physical education, and recreation from Emporia State University in 2007.

DICK BLAIR (Tight Ends)
A 1975 Augustana graduate, Dick Blair will be in his 10th year as an assistant coach at his alma mater. A native of Savanna, Illinois, his coaching career spans 28 years, starting in Newton, Iowa in 1975. For 10 years (1989 to 1999) he was the head coach at Riverdale High School in Port Byron, Illinois. He was a volunteer coach at St. Ambrose during the 2000 season before joining the Augustana staff in 2001 as the linebacker coach. He has since moved to the defensive backfield and this year will be working with the tight ends. He was a three year letter winner for the Vikings from 1972-74.

AARON CALL (Defensive Line)
A native of Wilton, Iowa, Call began coaching the defensive line for the Vikings, a position he has had since 2006. He was a first team all conference performer at defensive end in 2005 and helped lead Augustana to the CCIW title and into the NCAA Division III playoffs.

MARK READE (Recruiting Coordinator)
Mark Reade returned to his alma mater in March of 2008 to take on the role of recruiting coordinator. The son of legendary Augustana head coach Bob Reade, Mark brings a plethora of experience to the position. He held coaching positions on the football staffs of Rice, Clemson, Concordia and Eastern Illinois as well as a two year stint at LaSalle-Peru High School. He served as the head men and women’s head track & field coach at Concordia for two years. He also spent time in the private sector, working for Country Insurance and The Home Depot. A Phi Beta Kappa student at Augustana who graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in business, finance and economics in 1993, Reade has also done graduate work at Clemson, Eastern Illinois and Rice. He was a two sport standout in track & field and football with the Vikings, serving as team captain of the 1993 track team and qualifying for the national meet in the 400 hurdles.

Dick Skillett, a familiar name in both Quad City and Augustana circles joined the Augustana staff in 2010 and will help coach the kickers. Skillett, who retired after a 38 year career at Alcoa and is a graduate of United Township High School in East Moline, has been involved with youth and high school programs and worked with several high school kickers in the area. Most notably was the work he did with his son Jeff, who was a national Punt/Pass/Kick champion and kicked for Iowa in the Rose Bowl. Dick, an Alleman High School graduate, and his wife Linda, a Rock Island Alleman graduate, are the parents of two sons: Jeff and Kevin. Kevin played one year of basketball at Augustana in 1990-91 and was a first team all-conference performer before transferring to Iowa where he enjoyed a three year career with the Hawkeyes. Both Jeff and Kevin are high school teachers and coaches.

ROB ERWIN (Running Backs)
A 2008 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Augustana with a degree in math, Rob Erwin spent three seasons (2007-09) working under then-head coach Jim Barnes. He worked with running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and linebackers during his time at his alma mater. In 2010 he took a position as a graduate assistant at Montana State where he worked with the wide receivers for the Big Sky Conference champions. He moved to Northern Michigan in 2011 and was the wide receivers and quarterbacks coach.
GARRETT RILEY (Quarterbacks)
Garrett Riley joined the Augustana staff as a running backs coach in the summer of 2012. He is a 2012 graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in general business and a minor in exercise science. He played collegiately at both Texas Tech and Stephen F. Austin and was the Texas Class 2A Associated Perss “Player of the Year” at Muleshoe High School in 2008. He helped coach quarterbacks at Roosevelt High School in Lubbock, Texas in the fall of 2011.

DREW HAWKEN (Linebackers)
A former three-year starter at fullback in the Big 10 while playing at Michigan State, Drew Hawken was chosen by head coach Rob Cushman to coach linebackers beginning in the summer of 2012. He was a three year recipient of the Big 10’s Scholar-Athlete award from 2006-08 and he won the Spartan’s Iron Man Award in 2009. He graduated from the Eli Broad College of Business with a Bachelor of Arts degree in supply chain management in 2009. He coached at Grandville High School and Jenison High School, both in Michigan, and he also served as a performance coach at MVP Sports Club in Holland, Michigan.