BOSS JOE NOVAK RESTRUCTURES STAFF, ADDS LEVERN BELIN, JOHN BOND,
AND MARQUIS MOSELY
--- Given the four straight winning seasons and 18 wins in its last
24 games, Northern Illinois Universitys football program not
only has developed a national profile, but it has become a fertile
ground for training young assistants.
Just ask ninth-year
Huskie head coach Joe Novak who has added four new assistants in
the last month, upgraded one holdover staffer, and switched responsibilities
for another with spring practice around the corner.
his 2004 Northern Illinois staff by adding three new full-time aides---Levern
Belin (pronunciation: LEE-vern BEE-lin), John Bond, and Marquis
Mosely (pronunciation: MAR-cus), promoting offensive line coach
Sam Pittman to assistant head coach, and then moving assistant Greg
Bower from defense to offense. Earlier this off-season, Novak named
Denny Doornbos as defensive coordinator and linebacker coach and
brought in Steve Bernstein as secondary coach.
The staff reorganization
was announced Thursday (March 4) by Novak.
you would say this is the price of success, said Novak, who
led the Huskies to a 10-2 campaign, Top 30 national rankings, and
victories over Bowl Championship Series opposition such as the University
of Maryland, University of Alabama, and Iowa State University last
fall. We really brought in some good coaches, which will augment
a fine, hard-working staff. While were sorry to see some people
leave, were extremely happy with the coaching expertise that
this new group brings to the table. Theres no doubt in my
mind that our recent success helped attract this group to our program.
Since the end
of the 2003 season, defensive coordinator and secondary coach Scott
Shafer went to the University of Illinois, offensive coordinator
and quarterback coach Matt Canada took a position at his Indiana
University alma mater, wide receivers coach George McDonald joined
the Stanford University staff, and tight ends coach Bill Bleil went
to the University of Pittsburgh.
Novak does not foresee any major changes. Basically, our schemes
will remain the same on offense and defense, Novak said, referring
to his I-Formation and Attack Four-Three alignments, respectively.
We always evaluate and re-evaluate our schemes. Our new people
fit into these schemes perfectly. For example, John Bond was the
offensive coordinator at Army in a one back system that featured
the pass---and thats exactly what we want to do on offense.
Bond brings 21 seasons of sideline experience to Northern Illinois
beginning with two years as a student coach (1983-84) and a year
as a grad assistant (1985) under Lou Holtz and Ken Hatfield at the
University of Arkansas. Bond arrives in DeKalb after a four-year
stint (2000-03) as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at
Army for head coach Todd Berry.
Bond served as runningbacks coach under Jesse Branch at Southwest
Missouri State University (1986-90), three months in the same capacity
for Jim Strong at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (1991), quarterback
coach for David Lee at the University of Texas-El Paso (1991-93),
quarterback boss and passing coordinator for Todd Knight at Delta
(MS) State University (1994-95), and offensive coordinator and QB
coach under Berry at Illinois State University (1996-99).
A former Razorback
quarterback, Bond was a member of the 8-4-0 Gator Bowl team under
Holtz (1981), suffered a career-ending injury, and then served as
a student coach on the 7-4-1 Liberty Bowl (1984) and and grad assistant
on the 10-2-0 Holiday Bowl (1985) elevens for Hatfield. At Southwest
Missouri, he tutored the runningbacks on back-to-back Gateway Conference
champions and National Collegiate Athletic Association Division
1-AA playoff entries (1989-90). The QB of those SMSU title teams
was current Huskie running-backs coach DeAndre Smith, a 1-AA All-America,
a two-time GC Player of the Year, the Football Gazette 1-AA Player
of the Year, and league Player of the Decade (1985-95).
In 1996, Bond
started an eight-year partnership with Berry at Illinois State and
continued at Army. At ISU, his high-octane Redbird attack set or
tied 50 school or conference records on a game, season, or career
level in three years as offensive coordinator. Illinois State reached
the 1-AA playoffs twice (1998-99) and captured the Gateway Conference
title (1999). Bond coached ISU All-America QB Kevin Glenn (1998).
In 1999, he was a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association
National Assistant Coach of the Year Award. In 1997, Bond also coached
an all-league WR named Marquis Mosely. At West Point, he implemented
a One Back system that would break 35 school standards. In 2003,
Bond was the recipient of the Mike Campbell Top Assistant Coach
Award by the All-American Football Foundation.
As a prep at
Rogers (AR) High School, Bond was a two-sport man and lettered in
football (3) and track (2). An All-State QB as a senior, he played
for for his father, Gary Blackie Bond, who coached for
32 years and was enshrined into the states high school federation
Hall of Fame. In 2003, Bond was inducted into the RHS Hall of Fame.
He received a bachelor of science degree in physical education from
Arkansas in 1985. Bond is married to the former Jennifer Wilder
of Bloomington, IL. The couple has a daughter, Mackenzie Rae.
is an icon in the coaching business, Bond said. Im
thrilled to be part of the Northern Illinois family. Were
looking forward to the opportunity to be working for a championship
in the near future.
Belin brings 13 years of coaching experience to Novaks braintrust---ranging
from Mid-American Conference rival Ball State University to Atlantic
Coast Conference representative Maryland. The Marshville, NC, product
lettered three years as a linebacker at Wake Forest University under
head man Bill Dooley and produced 182 career tackles (1988-90).
His coaching career started as a grad assistant under Tom Coughlin
at Boston College (1991).
for Dan Allen at Boston University with the D-line (1992) and Mike
Cavan at East Tennessee State with the linebackers (1993). In 1994,
he moved to Ball State where he coached outside linebackers for
Paul Schudel (1994) and defensive ends under ex-Northern Illinois
aide Bill Lynch (1995-98). In 1996, BSU finished 8-4-0, won the
MAC title, and advanced to the Las Vegas Bowl. One of his top Cardinal
pupils was DE Keith McKenzie---a seventh-round draft choice of the
National Football League Green Bay Packers (1997).
After a three-month
stint at the University of Connecticut (1999), Belin joined head
man Ron VanderLindens Terrapin staff for two years at D-line
coach (1999-2000) and put the polish on Maryland NFL draft picks
Delbert Cowsette (Washington Redskins in 2000) and Kris Jenkins
(Carolina Panthers in 2001). The last three seasons, he worked for
head coach Jimmye Laycock at The College of William & Mary and
served as linebacker (2001-02) and D-line (2003) boss on 8-3, 6-5,
and 5-5 teams, respectively.
In 1996, Belin
participated in the NFL Minority Fellowship Program with the Jacksonville
Jaguars. As a prep at Forest Hills High School, he won unanimous
All-State and All-America honors during his senior year. A four-year
football letterman, Belin started 55 consecutive games, plus played
on the Class 2A state championship team (1984), the Class 3A state
runner-up (1985), and Class 3A state semifinalist (1986). He graduated
from Wake Forest with a bachelor of science degree in speech communications
in 1991. Belin is married to the former DeVida Newman of East Chicago,
IN. His brother Warren Belin won grid letters at WFU (1987-90) and
currently is the linebacker coach at Vanderbilt University.
really excited to work for head coach Joe Novak and the Northern
Illinois football program, Belin said. People across
the country have great respect for this program and what it has
accomplished the last few years.
Mosely comes to Huskie Country after two seasons as assistant wide
receivers coach with new NIU offensive coordinator John Bond at
Army (2002-03). During his football days, he played one year at
Illinois State and coached at Army with Todd Berry at Illinois State.
The last two seasons Mosely served as an aide and head junior-varsity
coach at West Point. In 2002, he worked with Black Knight WRs Aris
Comeaux---a finalist for the Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Player of
the Year Award---and William White---who finished No. 17 in NCAA
1-A all-purpose yardage (149.6 yards-per-game average).
Mosely participated in the NFL Minority Fellowship Program with
the Tennessee Titans staff that included offensive coordinator Mike
Heimerdinger, a DeKalb native. Prior to West Point, Mosely was in
private business and completed a two-year stint as a commerical
pilot. In 1998, he received a bachelor of science degree from the
University of Illinois in aviation administration and communications.
IL, native, Mosely starred in three sports at Bloomington High School,
lettering in football (3), basketball (3), and track (4). On the
gridiron at BHS, he was named team captain, All-Big 12 Conference,
All-Area, consensus All-State, and a Parade magazine All-America
pick as a senior (1993). As an upperclassman, Mosely caught 95 passes
for 2,043 yards---a 21.5-yard average per catch---and 27 touchdowns
(1992-93). He made 56 receptions for 1,271 yards and 15 TDs in his
final campaign. As a junior, his team finished 13-2 and reached
the Class 5A state semifinals. In track, Mosely was a member on
a mile relay unit that placed fifth (1991) and sixth (1992) in the
three autumns at WR for head coach Lou Tepper at Illinois (1993,
1994, and 1996). As a sophomore, he played on the 7-5 Illini squad
that played East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl and beat Northern
Illinois, 34-10. In 1996, Mosely was an 11-game starter at WR. He
was also a U of I teammate of George McDonald, the Huskie wide receivers
coach the last three seasons.
In 1997, Mosely
transferred to Illinois State, played for both Berry and Bond, and
won First-Team All-Gateway honors. As a senior, he led the Redbirds
in receiving (60 catches for 868 yards and four TDs) and kickoff
returns (20 for 535 yards and a 26.8-yard average), plus set three
major ISU records (single-game receptions with 12 vs. Northern Iowa,
single-game all-purpose yardage with 316 vs. UNI, and longest KO
return with a 100-yarder vs. Buffalo). Mosely is single.
is a great opportunity for me, to work with coach Novak, Mosely
said. Personally, we go back to 1992 when he was recruiting
me at Indiana. Our relationship has grown ever since. Coach Novak
and the program here have great integrity and success.
Pittman officially becomes the first Northern Illinois assistant
head coach in the schools 103-year gridiron history.
The veteran O-line boss begins his fourth season in his second tenure
with the Huskies. His top player in 2003---center Todd Ghilani---played
in several post-season national all-star games and interests NFL
scouts. An El Reno, OK, product, Pittman previously coached at Hutchinson
Community College (1991-93), NIU (1994-95), Cincinnati (1996), Oklahoma
(1997-98), Western Michigan (1999), Missouri (2000), and Kansas
Bower begins his fifth campaign in the Northern Illinois football
program and moves from the defensive interior to the tight ends
this spring. The Orangeville native started his coaching career
under former Huskie offensive coordinator Bob Bierie at his Loras
College alma mater in 1993.
2004 full-time football coaching staff (responsibilities): Joe Novak
(head coach), Sam Pittman (assistant head coach and offensive line),
John Bond (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks), Greg Bower (tight
ends), DeAndre Smith (runningbacks), Marquis Mosely (wide receivers),
Denny Doornbos (defensive coordinator and linebackers), Levern Belin
(defensive interior), Mike Sabock (defensive ends and recruiting
coordinator), and Steve Bernstein (secondary).
begins March 19 and concludes with the annual intrasquad game on
April 15 on Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium.
(For further information, please contact Mike Korcek) -NIU-