HEAD COACH | JOSH KOTELNICKI
In Kotelnicki’s first season at UMary in 2014, the Marauders finished 5-6 overall and in the Northern Sun. The Marauders grabbed eight slots on the All-NSIC North Division team. Ten Marauders earned NSIC all-academic honors and four claimed the Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award. Additionally, senior linebacker Grant Singer was named to the AFCA All-American team for the second straight season and became the first UMary player to earn a spot on the AP Little All-America team.
In year two, four Marauders earned 2015 All-NSIC honors with 12 claiming NSIC all-academic recognition and two picking up Myles Brand citations.
A former associate head coach and defensive coordinator at NCAA Division I University of North Dakota, Kotelnicki is the sixth man to lead the Marauders football program and the fifth varsity head coach at UMary. The Litchfield, MN, native took over the post from Myron Schulz, who resigned the head coaching position after 15 seasons.
Kotelnicki was selected to lead the Marauders program after serving in the positions of defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and a linebackers and offensive line position coach before adding assistant head coach duties at UND in 2012.
A team captain and starting outside linebacker on the 2001 UND national championship football team, Kotelnicki started his coaching career as an assistant offensive line coach at Murray State University in 2002. He helped lead the Racers to a single season team rushing record of 2,849 yards.
After two seasons with the Racers he returned to UND as the outside linebackers coach. During the 2004 and 2005 seasons, UND posted a record of 21-6, was the top scoring defense in the nation in 2004, advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals in 2004, won a North Central Conference title in 2005 and qualified again for the national playoffs. He also coached four all-conference selections.
In 2006 Kotelnicki was named the defensive coordinator at Truman State University. In his only season with the Bulldogs, the team improved from zero to six wins, he coached four all-conference players and led a defense that improved from eight out of nine in scoring defense to five out of ten.
The next stop for Kotelnicki was Kansas State University, where he was a defensive graduate assistant for the 2007 season. He coached the outside linebackers, including an all-league selection, and assisted with special teams.
Following his season in the Big 12, he returned to UND as the linebacker coach and special teams coordinator in 2008. As linebackers coach, Kotelnicki assisted with the Great West conference’s top scoring, rushing and total defense in 2011 and coached two All-Great West performers. As special teams coordinator for UND through the 2012 season, he coached three All-Great West special teams selections, directed five units to the top statistical rankings in the conference and led the FCS in blocked kicks in 2011. In January 2012 Kotelnicki was named UND’s recruiting coordinator. He later added the responsibilities of assistant head coach in August 2012 and was elevated to the defensive coordinator slot at North Dakota in January 2013.
Kotelnicki earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UND in 2002. He completed his master’s degree in business administration from Murray State University in 2003. Josh and his wife Sarah have a son, Thomas, and a daughter, Nora.
Josh Kotelnicki, owner of an NCAA Division II championship ring as a player and a coach on winning teams at the NCAA Division I, FCS and II level, took command of the University of Mary football program in 2014 and is in his third season directing the Marauders.