Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator/Quarterbacks
James Schrenk begins his seventh season on the Augustana football staff in 2017, his third as the offensive coordinator. Schrenk also serves as the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator for Augustana. He spent the 2014 season as the wide receivers coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator in the spring of 2015.
Schrenk began his career at Augustana as a graduate assistant in 2011 before being promoted to a full-time assistant in 2012.
In his second season as the offensive coordinator in 2016, the Vikings continued to raise the bar setting single season records. Augustana set the single season record for total offense in 2015 with 5,527 yards before raising the record with 5,617 yards in 2016. The Vikings also set single season records for passing yards with 3,603 in 2015 before the NSIC Offensive Player of the Year Trey Heid raised it to 3,786 yards in 2016.
Schrenk’s offense was explosive thanks to the arm of Heid, a 2016 Harlon Hill Trophy finalist, and wide receivers Matt Heller and Charlie Hayes. Heller, a First Team All-America selection, set a single season record with 1,490 receiving yards while hauling in a single season record 21 touchdown catches. Heller ranked second in the country in receiving yards and touchdowns at the end of the year. Hayes, who missed two games in 2016 due to injury, finished the year with 787 receiving yards and six touchdown catches.
Augustana had the fourth-best passing offense in the country in 2016, averaging 344.2 yards per game. The Vikings finished the year ranked eighth nationally averaging 510.6 yards per game. Heid led the country in total offense (391.2 yards per game) and finished second with 41 touchdown passes.
Augustana finished the 2015 season ranked first in the country with a team passing efficiency rating of 172.3. The Vikings ranked 28th in the country averaging 460.6 yards per game and 17th in passing offense.
Schrenk had numerous numbers to call in 2015, starting with 2015 NSIC Offensive Player of the Year and Harlon Hill candidate Trey Heid. Heid completed 226 passes for a single season record 3,493 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2015. He averaged 291.1 passing yards per game and completed 65.9 percent of his passes. He ranked second in the country with a 171.2 passer efficiency rating and led the NSIC and ranked eighth in the country in passing yards.
Heid was complemented by senior running back CJ Ham who rushed for 1,097 yards and 16 touchdowns to go along with 431 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 2015. Charlie Hayes hauled in 73 passes for 1,127 yards and 12 touchdowns and Matt Heller pitched in with 1,089 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 53 catches.
Schrenk tutored All-NSIC Honorable Mention honoree Matt Heller in 2014 who led a young receiving corps for the Vikings. Heller hauled in 46 passes for a team-high 796 yards to go along with seven touchdowns. Charlie Hayes also had a breakout sophomore campaign for the Vikings in 2014 hauling in 34 passes for 483 yards and a team-high eight touchdown receptions.
Schrenk worked with a talented group of receivers in 2013, including All-NSIC Honorable Mention honoree Noah Huisman who caught 33 passes for 403 yards and two touchdowns. Grant Gebhardt hauled in a team-high 42 passes for 326 yards and two scores and Matt Gerry had a breakout year hauling in 33 passes for 352 yards.
In 2011 and 2012, Schrenk coached the linebackers, including 2012 NSIC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-NSIC First Team selection Austin Luecke, who led the Viking defense with 108 tackles and three interceptions two seasons ago. Three of Augustana’s leading tacklers in 2012 were linebackers.
A four-year letterwinner at Northern Colorado, Schrenk started two years at linebacker for the Bears and earned All-Big Sky honorable mention honors as a senior. He spent his first two seasons at UNC as a quarterback and was a special teams starter for four years. Schrenk appeared in 44 straight games and logged 67 career tackles for the Bears.
Schrenk earned his bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in coaching from UNC in 2010. He earned his master’s degree in sports administration and leadership at Augustana.
Schrenk is responsible for all facets of recruiting for the Augustana football program.
Schrenk resides in Sioux Falls with his wife Cami.
Run Game Coordinator / Offensive Line / Video Coordinator
Matt Bacoulis enters his fifth season as Augustana’s offensive line coach in 2017. Bacoulis also serves as the run game and video coordinator for Viking football.
Bacoulis joined Augustana’s staff after three seasons (2010-12) at St. Olaf College as an offensive line coach and run game coordinator.
The Bacoulis-led offensive line paved the way for another record breaking season in 2016. Augustana set single season records each of the last three seasons, starting in 2014 with 5,124 yards of total offense, before 5,527 yards of total offense in 2015 and raising the bar even higher with 5,617 yards in 2016. Behind the arm of 2016 Harlon Hill Finalist and two-time NSIC Offensive Player of the Year, Trey Heid, Augustana set single season records for passing yards with 3,603 in 2015 before he raised it to 3,786 yards in 2016. The Vikings scored 65 total touchdowns in 2016, a new single season record after putting up 64 touchdowns in 2015.
Bacoulis has coached four different players to all-conference honors during his time at Augustana, including Brian Long, who was a first team selection in 2015 before being named to the Don Hansen All-Region and All-America teams. Chris Mathieu anchored the right tackle position for four seasons under Bacoulis and ended his career as a three-time All-NSIC selection. Kyle Griffin started 35 consecutive games at left tackle for Augustana from 2014-16 and earned All-NSIC Honorable Mention honors in 2015 before being named to the Second Team as a senior in 2016.
Augustana had the fourth-best passing offense in the country in 2016, averaging 344.2 yards per game. The Vikings finished the year ranked eighth nationally averaging 510.6 yards per game and senior quarterback Trey Heid led the country in total offense (391.2 yards per game) and finished second with 41 touchdown passes.
Augustana finished the 2015 season ranked first in the country with a 172.3 passing efficiency rating. The Vikings ranked 28th in the country averaging 460.6 yards per game and 17th in passing offense. The offensive line paved the way to a 49.3 percent conversion rate on third down, which ranked ninth in the country.
Long was also named All-Region by Don Hansen Football Gazette and the Conference Commissioners Association before being named to the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-American Honorable Mention team. Long started all 12 games in 2015, finishing his career with 45 consecutive starts on the offensive line. Long started every game of his career at Augustana.
Bacoulis tutored two All-NSIC Second Team selections in 2014 in Brian Long and Chris Mathieu. The Viking offense took off in a big way last season behind the young but experienced front five. Augustana’s offense set a single season record in 2014 with 5,124 yards of total offense. The Vikings finished the season ranking fourth in the NSIC and 27th in the country averaging 465.8 yards of total offense per game. Augustana ranked seventh in the NSIC with 175.9 rushing yards per game while ranking third in the league and 28th in Division II with 289.9 passing yards per contest. The offensive lined helped pave the way to 34.5 points per game which ranked sixth in the NSIC and 45th in the nation. Augustana had seven individual 100-yard performances last season, including six games with a 100-yard rusher.
In 2013, Augustana averaged 292.1 yards of total offense, including 112.4 rushing yards and 179.7 passing yards per game. The Vikings had three players with 300-plus rushing yards, including Dajon Newell’s team-high 530 yards on the ground. CJ Ham also ran for 387 yards and four touchdowns while quarterback Trey Heid rushed for 339 yards and five touchdowns.
In each of his first two seasons at St. Olaf, the Oles’ offensive line provided the openings for a 1,000-yard rusher. The top rusher in 2012 finished with 990 yards. During his tenure with the Oles, Bacoulis mentored five All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference offensive linemen. In 2011 the Oles accumulated 3,842 yards of total offense, eighth best in the program’s history. The Oles were 8-2 in 2011, one win shy of the school single-season record. During Bacoulis’ stint the Oles posted an overall record of 21-9.
Bacoulis played for the University at Buffalo, a member of the NCAA Division I Mid American Conference. For the first four games of his senior season Bacoulis was the Bulls’ starting center. He was a four-time letter winner and suffered a season-ending injury during his senior year.
He majored in communication at Buffalo and graduated in 2010 before earning his Master's Degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine.
Bacoulis resides in Sioux Falls with his wife Ashley and their sons Brayden and Colin.
Sam Lundberg enters his first season as a graduate assistant coach for Augustana football in 2017. Lundberg will coach the defensive backs for the Vikings.
Lundberg, a 2016 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus, joins Augustana after spending 2016 as an offensive assistant coach at Gustavus. Lundberg coached the running backs in 2016, tutoring an all-conference second team selection. The Gusties ranked in the top five in the MIAC in rushing in 2016.
Lundberg also worked as a strength and conditioning intern at Minnetonka High School under former NFL strength and conditioning coach, Mark Asanovich. He assisted the head strength coach with daily individual and group workout sessions at Minnetonka.
He played four seasons at Gustavus as a quarterback. Lundberg graduated from Gustavus in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical and health education with a minor in coaching.
Lundberg resides in Sioux Falls and is pursuing a master’s degree in sports administration and leadership at Augustana.
Ben Klinger joined the Augustana football staff in the fall of 2017 as the tight ends coach after spending the previous season as the wide receivers coach at St. Cloud State.
In his lone season with the Huskies, Klinger coached Jameson Parsons, who went on to earn numerous All-American honors in his senior season.
In 2015, Klinger coached the wide receivers as a graduate assistant coach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., where he coached all-conference wideout Landers Riddle.
Prior to Southwestern College, Klinger worked as a student offensive quality control assistant at the University of Minnesota under head coach Jerry Kill, working with both the wide receiver and quarterback coaches, while also doing opponent film breakdowns and offensive scouting reports for the Gopher staff.
Klinger graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport science and is currently pursuing his MBA while working at Augustana.