Sept. 3, 2009
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois has extended the contract of Huskie football head coach Jerry Kill by two years, through the 2015 season, NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher announced Thursday.
Kill, who completed his first year at Northern Illinois by leading the 2008 Huskies to an Independence Bowl berth and a four-game improvement in the win column, has a career winning percentage of .632 in 15 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
"This is a matter of rewarding a guy who is putting his heart and soul into the Northern Illinois football program," Compher said. "We want to make it clear that we want he and his staff to be a part of this university for a long time. A year ago, he led the resurgence of this team, and I firmly believe that not just on the field, but in the classroom and in life, Jerry helps us fulfill our mission of developing champions."
Kill was appreciative of the confidence shown by Compher and NIU President Dr. John Peters in making the contract extension.
"I want to thank the University, especially Dr. Peters and Jeff [Compher] for giving us the opportunity," Kill said. "I appreciate their faith in the direction the program is going."
The 2004 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year who also won the 2007 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award during his previous coaching stop at Southern Illinois University, Kill helped the Huskies go from two wins in 2007 to six last season; four of NIU's losses came by four points or less.
In addition, the team compiled the second-highest football team GPA in school history last spring with a 2.89, and completed hundreds of hours of community service as they volunteered with groups throughout DeKalb. During the recently-completed training camp, the team collectively read the book "Uncommon" as a character-building exercise.
With the extension, Kill's contract now covers the complete four-year careers of each of his next two signing classes.
Kill and his Huskies open the 2009 campaign versus the Wisconsin Badgers Saturday night at 6 p.m. (Central) in Madison, Wisc. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network and will be available on the Northern Illinois ISP Sports Radio Network beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the pregame show. The NIU ISP Sports Radio Network includes WSCR 670 The Score in Chicago (will join the Wisconsin game in progress), WLBK AM 1360 in DeKalb and WTJK ESPN 1380 in Beloit, Wisc.
Season and single game tickets for the 2009 Northern Illinois Football season are on sale now. Season tickets for the entire six-game home schedule can be purchased for the value price of just $90 with discounts available for NIU Faculty and Staff, NIU Alumni Association and Varsity Club members and senior citizens. A three-game "mini-plan" and single game tickets are also on sale, with the mini-plan priced at $50 and single game tickets priced at just $20 for general public. Tickets can be ordered at www.niuhuskies.com, by calling 815-752-6800, or in person at the Athletics Ticket Office in the NIU Convocation Center.
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