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Former QB Kittell joins Jimmie staff

The Jimmie football team will have two new coordinators next season.

University of Jamestown head coach Shawn Frank announced Wednesday the team will have new offensive and defensive coordinators.

The new offensive coordinator is a name from the recent past.

Josh Kittell, who holds virtually every passing record at the school from his stellar playing career from 2005-08, will be the new play-caller for the Jimmies. Kittell had spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Minot State, but said coming home is a golden opportunity.

“This isn’t to discredit my experience at Minot State, because I had a great time there, but coming home to a place that is very special to me, I don’t think you could write it up any better than this,” said Kittell, who holds the single-season passing record (2,938 yards in 2008) and touchdown passes in a career (51) plus eight other records. “Everyone dreams about coaching at their alma mater, and on top of that the one-of-a-kind experience I had here, it’s just really exciting. I’m really grateful for this opportunity.”

Also Wednesday, Frank said he’ll relinquish his duties as defensive coordinator. Jared Schwanz has been promoted to guide the defense. Additionally, Zach Parks added the title of “run-game coordinator.” Parks also is the offensive line coach.

“Continuity within the staff and the ability for both coaches to be promoted is a win for our program,” Frank said.

Kittell fills the opening left by Tim Belmore, who was hired as the offensive coordinator at the University of Mary earlier this month.

Jimmie fans will remember Kittell slinging the ball all over the field during his career, usually with great success. But don’t expect the Garrison, N.D., native to implement the run and shoot.

“We’re going to do whatever gives us the best chance to win games,” he said. “If that means we run the ball every time, we’ll do that.

“Ideally, you’re as close to 50-50 as possible. We’re going to evaluate the players we have and put them in situations to be successful. We all have the same goal and that’s to score points and win games.”

Frank said Kittell brings a lot to the table.

“Josh understands our culture, embraces it, and looks forward to getting to work. He has a passion for the University of Jamestown and will be tireless in his approach,” he said.

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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