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June 23, 2014

RiverHawk football staff filled

TAHLEQUAH  – Northeastern State football coach Rob Robinson has announced the completion of his full-time staff with the addition of two new assistant coaches.

Robert Messinger has been hired as both the recruiting coordinator and special team’s coordinator, and he will also be in charge of the secondary. Dane Simoneau has been added to coach the quarterbacks.

“Both of these guys are going to bring a lot of energy to the program. I know both of them and I trust in their ability to help us win here,” Robinson said. “I was with Dane for five years and Rob for three, and I’ve kept in contact with both of them. These guys both know what it takes to win, and I think the players are going to respond positively to their energy.”

Messinger comes to Tahlequah after having spent the past season as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. The Braves are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and compete in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Messinger helped lead the 2013 squad to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the NAIA Football Championship Series.

He also coached at Ottawa from 2006-08, serving as the junior varsity head coach and offensive coordinator.

Messinger worked from 2010-12 at the University of Miami. He was the coordinator of football operations from 2011-12 and was a volunteer assistant in 2010. Prior to Miami, he served as the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Washburn University from 2008-11.

Simoneau spent the past two years playing quarterback and serving as the offensive coordinator for the Salina Bombers of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League. He led the 2013 squad to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the Champions Bowl. He was also named the 2013 CPIFL Offensive MVP.

Simoneau served as a graduate assistant coach at Washburn from 2012-13, coaching both the quarterbacks and tight ends. Simoneau played for the Ichabods from 2007-11, where he started 42 of 43 games and recorded the most proficient passing career in Washburn history. The five-time consensus All-American finished his senior season second in Harlon Hill voting with school records of 4,089 yards and 38 touchdowns. He also earned the MIAA’s Offensive Player of the Year as well as regional player of the year honors.

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