MARQUETTE, Mich. – Bernie Anderson, the head football coach at Northern Michigan University, announces the appointment of Dan Mettlach to the full-time position of quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. Mettlach was a part-time assistant with the Wildcats for the 2007 season, coaching the quarterbacks.
“We are very fortunate to acquire Dan’s services. He has been a fixture in the U.P. since his high school days at Gwinn,” said Anderson. “Dan is from a coaching family as his grandfather and father were both coaches, he is a natural. He has the knowledge and experience to coach the quarterbacks and wide receivers. He understands the tradition of NMU.” Mettlach’s grandfather coached in Crystal Falls while his father coached in Gwinn.
During the 2007 season the Wildcats threw for 2,305 yards with 20 touchdowns. Buddy Rivera accounted for 2,198 yards of the total with 19 TD passes.
“I am very excited to get going. This is a great opportunity for me,” said Mettlach. “I want to get the quarterbacks and wide receivers on the same page, so we can be successful.”
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.
In 2004, he was named 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. During his high school career, Mettlach threw for 3,479 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for 1,173 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Mettlach graduated from MTU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in business.
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