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Doornbos Named Defensive Coordinator

From Sports Information Director, May 15, 2009 | Football
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - Dennis Doornbos has been named defensive coordinator at St. Norbert College, head football coach Jim Purtill announced.

Doornbos arrives at St. Norbert after spending 25 years at the NCAA Division I level, including 14 as a defensive coordinator. Doornbos most recently spent five years at Northern Illinois University, including four seasons as the defensive coordinator. Prior to his stint at Northern Illinois, Doornbos spent 15 years at the United States Military Academy, with his last 10 years at West Point as the defensive coordinator.

"We don't get a chance to find too many coaches of this caliber and pedigree," Purtill said. "Having his experience as a Division I coordinator is obviously a good thing. Family-wise and person-wise he fits what St. Norbert is all about."

Doornbos spent 2003 to 2007 at Northern Illinois, with the last four as the defensive coordinator. In 2003, the Huskies became the first team in Mid-American Conference history to beat three Bowl Championship Series schools in the same year in Maryland, Iowa State and Alabama.

At West Point, Doornbos spent 1990 to 1999 as the defensive coordinator and 1986 to 1990 coaching tight ends and defensive ends. The Cadets were ranked sixth in rushing defense and eighth in total defense nationally in 1996, a season where they finished 10-2 and played in the Independence Bowl.

Doornbos also has coaching experience at Texas-El Paso, Michigan, Kent State, Boston College, Illinois and Western Michigan. Doornbos, a Jenison, Mich., native, is a 1978 graduate of Western Michigan University.

Over the past 10 seasons, St. Norbert has fashioned a 91-16 overall record with eight Midwest Conference championships and seven NCAA Division III playoff appearances. The Green Knights open the 2009 season on Sept. 5 at Minahan Stadium against Wartburg College.