Feb. 18, 2013
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois Head Coach Rod Carey completed his coaching staff for 2013 on Monday with the hiring of Kelvin Sigler, a former head coach at Blount High School in Mobile, Ala. who spent the 2012 season as a member of the University of Alabama football staff, as the Huskies' new cornerbacks coach.
Sigler is the last of five new assistants to join the Huskie coaching staff for 2013. A defensive back at Alabama from 1995-98, Sigler returned to his alma mater for the 2012 season as a defensive analyst for the national championship winning Crimson Tide.
He went to Alabama after four seasons as head coach at Blount High School in Mobile, Ala., where he compiled a 27-18 record and led the Leopards to four straight playoff berths. In 2011, Blount went 10-2 and advanced to the second round of the Class 6A Playoffs in Sigler's final season as head coach to post the school's first 10-win season since 1998.
Prior to taking over as head coach at Blount High School, Sigler served as defensive coordinator at Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala. from 2004-08, and as an assistant coach and head track and field coach at Greensboro (Ala.) High School from 2002-04. Seven of Sigler's high school defensive backs earned college football scholarships.
Carey said Sigler's prep coaching background has helped make him an excellent coach.
"We're thrilled to have Kelvin on board," Carey said. "From his background as a successful high school coach down in Mobile, he obviously knows how to motivate kids and is a great teacher of the game. Of course he spent this past year with Alabama which is an elite program. We're excited to have Kelvin and his wife and family as part of the Huskie family."
In four seasons as a defensive back at Alabama, Sigler made six career interceptions and led the team in tackles his junior season. He was selected as one of five permanent team captains in 1998.
Sigler said he was attracted to Northern Illinois in part due to the family atmosphere.
"In coming here and meeting the coaches, and sitting down and talking to Coach Carey one on one, I could tell that the coaches have a passion for what they're doing and that there is a family atmosphere surrounding the football program that my family and I can be a part of," Sigler said. "NIU is coming off a great season with the Orange Bowl and their second MAC Championship so this is a great chance to be a part of something special. I'm excited to have a chance to continue that success."
With Sigler on board and the hiring process for all of the assistant coaches complete, Carey said he can now turn his full attention toward the 2013 season.
"I said at the beginning of the process that I was determined to get the best group of people, the best teachers and the best football coaches I could and we've accomplished that with Kelvin completing the group," Carey said. "Next season is already underway and Kelvin gives us the last piece so we can move full-speed into next year."
Northern Illinois opens spring practices on March 20 at Huskie Stadium with the spring game scheduled for April 13. Complete information on 2013 season tickets, including pricing and deadlines, will be available in the coming weeks and renewal packets distributed at the 2013 HASF Kickoff on March 2 at the Convocation Center. Details on that event will be released later this week.
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