Northern Illinois University welcomed Illinois native and Huskie veteran Mike Uremovich back to the state and to the NIU coaching staff when he was named offensive coordinator on January 6, 2015. Uremovich also serves as assistant head coach and leads the NIU running back corps.
Uremovich began his third stint as a member of the Huskie staff in 2016 after previously working as the Huskies' running backs coach and special teams coordinator in 2012 under Dave Doeren, and as a graduate assistant for former head coach Joe Novak in 2001 and 2002.
A native of New Lenox, Ill., Uremovich coached the offensive line at N.C. State University from 2013-15, where he helped lead the Wolfpack to a pair of bowl appearances. Behind his offensive line, the 2014 Wolfpack posted the fourth-best rushing total in school history and the best per game average since 1992.
Uremovich was part of the NIU staff that won the 2012 MAC Championship and was the only Mid-American Conference team to play in a Bowl Championship Series game when the Huskies earned a berth in the 2013 Orange Bowl. The Huskies finished ninth in the nation in rushing offense and scoring offense that season and were 15th nationally in total offense, while the NIU special teams ranked fifth in the country in kickoff coverage and fourth in punt coverage.
Uremovich came to NIU in 2012 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 (10) and two sons Michael (8) and Drew (4).
NIU (Offensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs)
N.C. State (Offensive Line)
NIU (Running Backs/Special Teams)
University of St. Francis (Head Coach)
Waynesburg College (Off. Coord.)
NIU (Graduate Assistant)
Benedictine (WRs/Special Teams)
2015 Belk Bowl
(N.C. State, Assistant Coach)
2014 St. Petersburg Bowl
(N.C. State, Assistant Coach)
2013 Orange Bowl
(NIU, Assistant Coach)
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 Lenox, Ill.
Wife, Katie, daughter Ella (10) and sons Michael (8) and Drew (4)