April 10, 2007
MARQUETTE, Mich. – Bernie Anderson, the head football coach at Northern Michigan University, has announced an addition and a promotion to his coaching staff. Joe Ballard has been promoted to a full-time assistant while Dan Mettlach has been added as the quarterbacks coach. Mettlach replaces Matt LaFleur who accepted a position at Ashland University.
Ballard will coach the wide receivers and assist with the special teams.
Mettlach was the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year for the 2004 season while quarterbacking Michigan Tech to a 9-2 record and a first-place tie in the conference.
He was also named for the 2004 season a D2Football.com All-America honorable mention, Daktronics All-Region second team and an All-GLIAC first team selection.
During his senior campaign at MTU, Mettlach guided the offense to top 10 national rankings in scoring, rushing and total offense. He threw for 16 touchdowns with just six interceptions and took fewer sacks than any starter in the league. Mettlach completed 102-196 passing attempts for 1,683 yards and accounted for 302 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground. He is MTU’s school record holder with 50 career touchdown passes.
For his career with the Huskies, Mettlach ranks fourth on the all-time passing career list with 5,261 yards on 358-726-17 with 50 touchdowns. He ran for another 1,087 yards with 16 touchdowns.
Mettlach is a 2000 graduate of Gwinn High School where he was a three-time selection to the All-Mid-Peninsula Conference Team at quarterback. As a senior he was all-state, All-U.P. Dream Team and the Mid-Peninsula Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Mettlach threw for 3,479 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for 1,173 yards and 25 touchdowns for his high school career.
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