UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Saginaw Valley State University head football coach Jim Collins announced the hiring of former SVSU standout Dan Fodrocy as wide receivers coach today (Jan. 5).
Fodrocy was a four-year letterwinner at linebacker for the Cardinals. He helped lead SVSU to the NCAA Division II playoffs three times during his career. He ranks second in career tackles for loss (40) and sixth in career sacks (18). He set the current school record for tackles for loss in a season with 20 in 2005 and his nine sacks in 2005 is currently ninth best all-time.
"Dan's ties to the program here at SVSU and the state of Michigan were a very integral part of our decision," said Collins, who just finished his third season at the helm of SVSU football. "His experience in recruiting will blend well with his ties to the region and allow us to bring-in the kind of talent we need here in Cardinal Country."
Fodrocy was a student assistant at SVSU in the spring of 2006 before moving on to Grand Valley State University where he coached wide receivers in 2006 and linebackers in 2007. He coached running backs and quarterbacks in 2008 at the University of Arkansas at Monticello before spending the last two seasons at North Dakota State coaching tight ends.
"Ever since I arrived at SVSU I have followed Dan's coaching career closely and been impressed with his track record and the important role he has played in the winning programs he has coached in", stated Collins. "That made for an outstanding opportunity to bring in a coach with championship experience and who has been a proven winner at every stop".
As quarterbacks/running backs coach at Arkansas at Monticello in 2008 he coached both units to their fourth-best seasons in terms of output in school history and helped the program set a single season standard for total offense with 5,496 yards. Quarterback Scott Buisson had the highest passing yardage total in school history (2,700) and second highest total offensive mark with 4,019 total yards.
At North Dakota State, his main responsibility was working with the tight ends. In 2010 his unit caught 23 passes for 257 yards and five touchdowns. More impressively, they helped block for 2,913 yards rushing and 27 scores. While there, Fodrocy was also tasked with recruiting talent filled California, Florida, Pennsylvania and his home state of Michigan.
Fodrocy was a graduate assistant coach at Grand Valley State University for two seasons. The Lakers compiled a 27-1 record, including claiming the 2006 NCAA Division II National Championship and a pair of conference championships. While at GVSU, he coached a group of receivers that caught 203 passes for 3,385 yards and 43 touchdowns. The group was led by Eric Fowler, who caught 83 passes for 1,694 yards and 22 touchdowns
Fodrocy graduated with a bachelor's degree in fitness and sports management from SVSU in 2006.