Mike Uremovich, a native of New Lenox, Ill. who spent the past seven years as head coach at the University of St. Francis in Joliet and previously worked as a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois for former head coach Joe Novak, joins the NIU staff as running backs coach and special teams coordinator for Dave Doeren in 2012. He takes over the Huskies' sterling ground-game, which has produced a 1,000-yard rusher in 12 of the past 13 seasons going back to 1999.
Uremovich returns to Northern Illinois after a successful seven-year tenure as head coach of the NAIA University of St. Francis team (2005-11). In 2011, he led the Saints to their most successful season in school history as USF won a school-record 10 games and claimed their first win over an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team when they defeated Georgia State. The Saints advanced to the NAIA Playoffs for the first time in 24 years and captured their first playoff victory.
USF also posted seven-win seasons in 2008 and 2010 as Uremovich built the program. He posted a 33-45 overall record, going 27-19 over his last four seasons after rebuilding the program from the ground up.
In 2003, Uremovich began a two-year stint as offensive coordinator at Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, Pa. under head coach Jeff Hand. The two had worked together previously when Hand was the head coach at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. The Yellow Jacket offense flourished under Uremovich, establishing school records for rushing yards (2,315), total offense (4,579) and passing yards (2,592).
Uremovich was a part of the Huskies' tradition in the early years of this century as he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant on Novak's staff in 2001 and 2002 for teams that each won MAC West Division titles.
Prior to joining NIU, Uremovich's first collegiate coaching job came at Benedictine University where he was the wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator for the Eagles in 2000.
A graduate of Providence Catholic High School, Uremovich spent four years coaching in the high school ranks, beginning his career at McCutcheon High School, just outside Lafayette, Ind., in 1996. He served as the special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach from 1996-97 before returning to his alma mater in 1998. He worked with the Celtics' wide receivers from 1998-99. Providence advanced to the IHSA state playoffs both years and played in the title game in 1998.
Uremovich and his wife, Katie, have a daughter Ella (7) and two sons Michael (5) and Drew (1).
The Uremovich Family
Northern Illinois (Running Backs/Special Teams)
University of St. Francis (Head Coach)
Waynesburg College (Off. Coord.)
Northern Illinois (Graduate Assistant)
Benedictine (WRs/Special Teams)
2011 NAIA Playoffs Second Round
(USF, Head Coach)
2003 NCAA D-III Playoffs
(WC, Off. Coord.)
B.A., Purdue, 2000
M.A., Northern Illinois, 2003
Providence Catholic, 1995
Aug. 21, 1976
New Lennox, Ill.
Wife, Kaite, daughter Ella (7) and sons Michael (5) and Drew (1)