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A Kick Return System
Bernie Anderson, Head Coach
An overview of special teams philosophy, NMU’s kick return system, and off-season drills.
Man-to-Man Teaching Progression
Chadd Braine, Def. Coordinator
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The Words of a Champion Part II
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How the role of the equipment manager has changed, and how it impacts the team.
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Updated: Feb 08, 2006, 4:15 PM ET

Jim Kiernan

Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Saginaw Valley State University

Jim Kiernan enters his seventh season as Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator with the Cardinals. He came to SVSU with Awrey from Lakeland College (Wis.). In 2002 the Cardinals led the conference in passing yards and finished second in the GLIAC in scoring. SVSU set a new school record with 479 total points scored in 2003.


During the 1998 season, Kiernan served as Awrey's offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, wide receivers coach, and strength and conditioning coordinator at Lakeland College. Kiernan helped the Muskies' offense to a No. 13 ranking in total offense, No. 15 in pass offense and No. 24 in points per game among NCAA Division III teams during the 1998 season.

Previously, Kiernan worked as offensive coordinator at Mercyhurst College (1995-97), outside linebacker coach and recruiting coordinator at Alabama A&M University (1994), and offensive coordinator at Kentucky Wesleyan College (1990-93). In the summer of 1990, Kiernan was head coach for the Moscow Stars, which posted an undefeated season.

Kiernan was a four-year starter at his alma mater, St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. As a prep, Kiernan played for one of the top teams in the metro New York area at St. Francis Prep, where he earned three varsity letters. Kiernan earned a B.A. in Economics from St. Lawrence in 1990.

Kiernan and his wife, Colleen - a native of Plainesville, Ohio - were married in 2004.


Articles by Jim Kiernan:

SVSU Quick Passing Game



Biography and photograph courtesy of Saginaw Valley State University.

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