Redhawks add pair of coaches to staff

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Southeast Missouri State University football coach Tim Billings has filled two of the three vacancies on his staff.

Billings announced Tuesday that Craig Wederquist has joined Southeast as defensive line coach and Joe Dan Rogers has assumed the duties of defensive secondary coach.

Wederquist comes to Southeast from Nevada-Las Vegas, where he was defensive line coach the past two seasons. He was head coach at Tarleton State in Texas from 1997 to 1999 and served as defensive coordinator at Tarleton in 1996.

A 1984 graduate of Drake, Wederquist also has been defensive coordinator at the University of the Pacific and served as an assistant coach at Iowa Wesleyan, Colorado State, Utah State, Central Missouri State and Drake.

"I'm really excited about having Wederquist join our staff," Billings said. "He is a veteran coach who has been a defensive coordinator and who has been a head coach. He has nearly 20 years college coaching experience and he knows our defensive system."

Rogers, who played at Oklahoma in 1996 and 1997 and was an Academic All-Big 12 selection in 1997, served as a college scout for the Atlanta Falcons from 2002 to 2004. He was previously an assistant coach at Alabama, Texas Christian, Brown and Middle Tennessee State.

"Rogers really brings a wealth of experience that should help our football team," Billings said. "I'm really excited to have him on our staff."

Wederquist and Rogers replace Matt Webb and Andy McGill, who did not return from last year's staff. Billings said he is still seeking an offensive assistant to replace Tony Joe White, who also did not return from last year's staff.

Southeast will begin spring drills on April 2, with the annual spring game scheduled for April 30.

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