DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
Assistant Coach / Defensive Coordinator
After collegiate coaching stints at a variety of levels, Jason Thier joins the University of Mary as the Marauders defensive coordinator for the 2014 season, where he once again will have the opportunity to work with U-Mary head coach Josh Kotelnicki.
Thier (rhymes with fear) served as inside linebackers coach at the University of North Dakota in 2013, where he coached an all-conference linebacker. Kotelnicki was the defensive coordinator for UND that season.
The defensive coordinator at NAIA Division I University of Montana Western for two seasons (2011-12), Thier was also responsible for linebackers one season and defensive backs the other. In 2011 the defensive secondary was ranked second in the Frontier Conference and the squad had an all-conference defensive lineman and linebacker. The 2012 squad doubled its win total from the previous season, takeaways increased by 13 and a defensive back earned all-conference recognition.
Thier began his full-time coaching experience at Augustana College as a graduate assistant, working one season with defensive backs and a second with linebackers while also serving a year as the video coordinator and kickoff coordinator. In 2009 the Viking finished 8-4 overall to place third in the Northern Sun and earn a spot in the Mineral Water Bowl. Augie followed up with a trip to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals in 2010, posting an 11-2 record and winning a playoff game for the first time in school history. Three of his linebackers earned all-league honors and one was all-region.
A team captain his senior year at Truman State University in 2008, Thier earned second team All-MIAA recognition at linebacker after making a team-high 99 tackles. As a sophomore in 2006 he played for Kotelnicki, then the Bulldogs defensive coordinator.
Named to the Commissioners Honor Roll (2005-08) as a student-athlete, Thier earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from TSU in 2009 and a master’s degree in education from Augustana in 2011.
Assistant Coach / Defensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator
A familiar face on the University of Mary football coaching staff, Ben Davis joined the Marauders full time as the offensive line coach in March 2015.
Davis orginally came to U-Mary in 2013 as a graduate assistant coaching running backs. He moved to defensive ends coach for the 2014 season, when he worked with Marauders all-conference defensive end Troy Guptill.
Ben started his collegiate coaching experience at his alma mater in 2012, where he guided the MacMurray College Highlanders starting running back to second team all-conference honors.
A starter at both defensive end and nose tackle at MacMurray, Ben earned UMAC academic all-conference honors in 2010 and was recognized by the Highlanders athletic department for maintaining the highest academic achievement during the 2011 academic year.
Ben graduated from MacMurray College in 2011 with a degree in sports management and a minor in coaching. He earned a master's degree in Business Administration from U-Mary in 2014.
Graduate Assistant Coach / Cornerbacks
Possessing coaching experience at the professional, collegiate and high school level, Randy Bandelow is entering his 2nd season as the U-Mary graduate assistant cornerbacks coach. In his 1st season with the Marauders, Bandelow assisted with a secondary that included all-conference junior cornerback Jacob Parker.
A native of Surprise, Arizona, Bandelow spent the 2015 season as the head video coordinator and assistant coach at Scottsdale Community College. At the same time he also coached defensive backs at Raymond S. Kellis High School in Arizona. Bandelow began his coaching career in 2014 as a video and coaching intern for the Arizona Rattlers, the 2014 ArenaBowl champions. He graduated with honors from Grand Canyon University in 2015 with a degree in sports management.