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Endsley takes over as DWU's offensive coordinator

Even after putting up the points it had in recent years, Dakota Wesleyan University football coach Ross Cimpl was surprised at the amount of applicants for the offensive coordinator position.

"I thought we would get some really good interest based on what we've done in the past couple years for sure on the offensive side of the ball," Cimpl said. "But I think I was pretty overwhelmed with just the total amount."

Cimpl said there were more than 100 total applicants and the job was posted for about a week. After conducting seven on-campus interviews, the Tigers tabbed Loren Endsley as the next offensive coordinator. Endsley will also serve as DWU's offensive line coach.

Cimpl cited Endsley's passion, energy and immediate connection with the players as reasons for making the hire. He was also impressed with Endsley's preparation.

"He obviously has done his homework," Cimpl said. "He was very well prepared, just in terms of the paperwork and the manual that he kind of put together and just the plan that he had I thought really stood out."

Endsley comes to DWU after coaching at his alma mater Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon. For the Mountaineers, Endsley was the offensive line coach and the run game coordinator. He led EOU to a top-30 ranking in the NAIA in total offensive yards per game with 423 yards, while ranking No. 26 in passing yards per game with 242 yards.

Endsley, who was an offensive lineman for the Mountaineers in his playing days, helped the school reach the NAIA semifinals as a coach in 2016.

He inherits an offense that posted more than 550 yards per game last season and finished top-10 in total passing yards and points per game in the NAIA. But the Tigers have since graduated conference offensive player of the year in quarterback Dillon Turner and All-American wide receiver Hayden Adams.

Cimpl anticipates a similar no-huddle and spread offensive attack under Endsley.

"I don't think that will be too much of a change for our players and our coaches," Cimpl said. "But just a few different wrinkles that he's familiar with."

DWU quarterbacks coach/wide receivers coach Kyle Buresh, who also applied for the offensive coordinator position, will have an increased role for the Tigers. Buresh will be DWU's pass game coordinator, while Endsley will be the run game coordinator.

"Coach Buresh is going to have a tremendous amount of impact and input on the scheme and how it goes moving forward," Cimpl said. "I am excited to see what both of those guys can do in terms of really building our offense and what it really looks like for our guys now and moving forward."

Endsley replaces Zach Parks, who was recently named the Northern State University offensive line coach.