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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
An overview of defensive back fundamentals with an emphasis on bump and cushion coverage.
Playing on the Offensive Line
Jeff Duvendeck, Off. Coordinator
Covers the characteristics and fundamentals demanded of NMU offensive lineman.
Coaching Running Backs
Eric Duchaj, RB Coach
An Overview of the basic techniques and drills used to develop running backs.
The NMU Outside Linebacker
Matt Bush, OLB Coach
An overview of outside linebacker play, including how to take on blocks, tackle and rush the passer.
NMU Defensive Line Play: A 5-Point Progression
Ethan Jeros, D Line Coach
Covers the five-point progression designed to stop the run and rush the passer.
The Words of a Champion Part I
Tom Wender, Linebackers Coach
MHSFCA Hall of Fame coach discusses building a successful program and how to change a losing attitude.
The Words of a Champion Part II
Tom Wender, Linebackers Coach
MHSFCA Hall of Fame coach discusses responsibility of the head coach and gives advice to young coaches.
Turning Adversity Into Opportunity
Bernie Anderson, Head Coach
Coach Anderson discusses how to turn adversity into opportunity, and the three questions that are the foundation of the NMU program.
Coaching Quarterbacks
Dan Mettlach, Quarterbacks Coach
An Overview of the basic techniques and drills used to develop quarterbacks.
Linebacker Drops in the Traditional 3-Deep Zone
Chadd Braine, Def. Coordinator
An overview of linebacker play in the 3-deep zone including adjustments to one-back sets and trips.
NMU Football Championship Manual: Part I
NMU Football Staff
Provides guidelines for success on and off the field. Covers Academics, Body Maintenance and Character/Attitude.
NMU Football Championship Manual: Part II
NMU Football Staff
Provides guidelines for success on and off the field. Covers Speed/Strength/Football Skills and Knowledge of the Game.
The Equipment Manager
John Tessaro, Equip. Manager
How the role of the equipment manager has changed, and how it impacts the team.
Coach/Athletic Trainer Relationship
Kris Rowe, ATC
Discusses the dynamics of the coach/athletic trainer relationship.
Kris Rowe, ATC
Discusses the importance of hydration and important strategies regarding proper hydration.
Updated: May 31, 2006, 12:42 PM ET

Jim Driscoll

Defensive Consultant, Coaches Learning Network


Jim Driscoll has over 40 years of coaching experience including five as a high school head coach and over 25 at the college level where he was a three-time defensive coordinator.


Driscoll has had the opportunity to play for and coach with several outstanding coaches. As a prep at Shanley High School (’60) in Fargo, N.D., he played for National High School Sports Hall of Fame coach Sid Cichy, who won 20 state champions in 30 seasons en route to a 231-38-3 record. As a junior, Driscoll started at defensive end and tight end for the undefeated state champions.


At North Dakota State University (‘64), he played for Darrell Mudra, a three-time AFCA Regional Coach of the Year. Driscoll was a co-captain his senior season. One of his NDSU coaches was legendary line coach Carl “Buck” Nystrom.


He began his coaching career at St. James High School in Grand Forks, N.D., where he also taught math. While working on his master’s degree in P.E. and Education Research at the University of North Dakota he began his college career as a graduate assistant with the Fighting Sioux freshman team in 1968.


The following year he returned to NDSU where he coached from 1969-1976 under three outstanding head coaches, Ron Erhardt, Ev Kjelbertson and Jim Wacker. The Bison captured the NCAA Division II national champion in 1969 and had a 35 game unbeaten streak during that time (34-0-1). The Bison won bowl games in 1969 and 1970 and were North Central Conference champions in 1969, 1970, 1973, 1974, and 1976. They reached the semifinals in 1976.


From 1978-1985 he coached the defensive backs at Northern Michigan University where he helped shape one of the best defensive units of the era. The Wildcats reached the NCAA II playoffs in 1980, 1981, and 1982. In 1980 the Wildcats had the nation’s fifth ranked scoring and rushing defense, and was sixth overall in total defense.

In 1988 he was hired to develop and coach the inaugural University of Mary (Bismark, N.D.) football team. He directed the NAIA program until returning for his second stint as the defensive coordinator at Northern Michigan University from 1991-95.


He returned to the high school coaching ranks at Negaunee, Mich., in 1996 before becoming the head coach at Marquette, Mich., Senior High School from 1997-1998.

He returned to NMU as the defensive coordinator for the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

Despite retiring after the 2000 season he has found ways to stay in coaching by working as a consultant for area high school and college teams.

He and his wife, Mary Jo, have two daughters, Kathy and Debra, and two sons, Steve and Tim, and 8 grandchildren. Tim is the current defensive coordinator for Michigan Tech University.

Articles by Jim Driscoll:

Force and Contain

Team Defense

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