Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator/Quarterbacks
James Schrenk enters his sixth season on the Augustana football staff in 2016, his second as the offensive coordinator. Schrenk also serves as Augustana’s quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator. Schrenk spent the 2014 season as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator 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.
The offense continued to trend upward under Schrenk’s direction in 2016. The Vikings set single season records for total offense (5,527 yards), passing yards (3,603), points scored (494), and touchdowns (64) in 2015. Augustana averaged 300.2 passing yards, 160.3 rushing yards and 41.2 points per game and had three 1,000-yard performers, including a 1,000-yard rusher in CJ Ham and two 1,000-yard receivers in Charlie Hayes and Matt Heller.
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 last season 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 is in his fourth season as the offensive line coach at Augustana in 2016. Bacoulis was named the run game coordinator prior to the 2015 season. Bacoulis joined Augustana’s staff after three seasons (2010-12) at St. Olaf College as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator.
The Bacoulis-led offensive line in 2015 paved the way for another record breaking season. Augustana set single season records for total offense (5,527 yards), passing yards (3,603), points scored (494), and touchdowns (64) in 2015. The Vikings averaged 300.2 passing yards, 160.3 rushing yards and 41.2 points per game in 2015 and had three 1,000-yard performers, including a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers.
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.
Bacoulis had three members of the offensive line group earn All-NSIC honors in 2015, including Brian Long (First Team), Chris Mathieu (Second Team) and Kyle Griffin (Honorable Mention). 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.
J.R. Rozier begins his second season as an assistant coach with the Augustana football program in 2016. Rozier will coach the tight ends this season after spending the 2015 season as Augustana’s running backs coach.
Rozier worked with a talented group of All-NSIC performing running backs in 2015, including seniors CJ Ham and Justin Greenway. Ham earned All-NSIC Second Team honors after rushing for a career-high 1,097 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. Ham tied the single season record and led the NSIC in rushing touchdowns in 2015 and became just the fourth running back at Augustana to rush for 1,000-plus yards in a season.
Following the 2015 season, Ham signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League becoming the first player from Augustana to sign with an NFL team. Greenway earned All-NSIC Honorable Mention honors as a running back in 2015 after rushing for 307 yards and six touchdowns. Greenway also hauled in 16 passes for 353 yards and two scores while returning 13 kickoffs for 328 yards.
The Vikings set single season records for total offense (5,527 yards), passing yards (3,603), points scored (494), and touchdowns (64) in 2015. Augustana averaged 300.2 passing yards, 160.3 rushing yards and 41.2 points per game and had three 1,000-yard performers, including a 1,000-yard rusher in CJ Ham and two 1,000-yard receivers in Charlie Hayes and Matt Heller.
A native of Oviedo, Fla., Rozier spent three years as a physical education teacher and defensive coordinator at Lyman High School in Longwood, Fla. Along with defensive coordinator duties, Rozier coached the linebackers at Lyman. Rozier coached five players at Lyman who went on to play at the FBS level, including at Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Ball State.
Rozier also served as the head boy’s lacrosse coach at Lyman. He began his coaching career at Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Fla., where he coached running backs and defensive backs.
Rozier played one season at Louisiana College in Pineville, La. before suffering a career ending injury. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in exercise science with a minor in education from the University of Central Florida in 2010.
Rozier resides in Sioux Falls with his wife Savanah.
Colton Brewer enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Augustana football program in 2016. Brewer will coach the wide receivers for the Vikings.
Brewer comes to Augustana after spending two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Abernathy High School in Texas. Brewer was also an assistant coach for basketball, track and field and baseball at Abernathy. He is a 2014 graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas where he was a three-year starter at wide receiver.
He was a two-time All-Conference honorable mention honoree at Hardin-Simmons and was a team captain his senior season. Following his playing career, Brewer spent the spring season as a graduate assistant coach for wide receivers and tight ends at Hardin-Simmons before being named the offensive coordinator at Abernathy High School.