GEORGETOWN, Texas - Head Football Coach Joe Austin announced Wednesday the hiring of three assistants, Bill Kriesel, Byron Abram and Tim Byerly.
Bill Kriesel comes to Southwestern as the defensive backs coach and academic success coordinator. He is currently the defensive backs coach at Augsburg College and was on the coaching staff for the MIAC championship team in 1997, the school’s first conference championship since 1928.
Kriesel has ample playing experience, competing at both the professional and collegiate level. He was a First Team All-MIAC selection all four years at Augsburg College and continued on to play internationally for the Stuttgart Scorpions from 1998-2001.
Kriesel has a bachelor of arts from Augsburg and a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix and is working on his doctorate in psychology from the Chicago University of Psychology.
“Having worked with Bill in the past, I know that he brings the right skills and character to help build our program,” states Coach Austin. “He is an excellent recruiter and he will be a huge asset to our defense.”
Byron Abram joins the staff as the quarterbacks coach and football operations. Previously the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Lawrence University, Abram also served as the wide receiver coach and video coordinator last season (2011). He was previously the wide receiver coach at the University of Southern Oregon in 2010 and University of Dubuque in 2009.
Abram played under Coach Austin as a quarterback at the University of Dubuque from 2006-2008, serving as the team captain for the 2007 season. He earned a bachelor of arts from Dubuque and is in the process of earning his masters of business administration from UD.
“Having trained Byron as a quarterback, I know he is the right man for this job,” states Austin. “Byron is the first coach that I have trusted to give the quarterbacks too and I know he will do a great job developing them.”
Tim Byerly will serve as the offensive line coach and video coordinator for the Pirates. He was the tight end and assistant offensive line coach at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from 2011-12 and has extensive experience recruiting Texas.
A four-year starter at center and team captain his senior year at A&M Kingsville, Byerly was an All-Lone Star Conference selection in 2009 and 2010 and helped lead the team into the playoffs the same seasons. He was also a three-time member of the All-Lone Star Conference Academic Team, earning the distinction in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Byerly has a bachelor of art and master of science from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
“I met Tim soon after I arrived in Texas last year and I was impressed by his professionalism and desire to be successful. I think he will bring attention to detail to how he coaches our offensive line, and our players will benefit from that.”
Southwestern kicks off the season on September 7th at home, facing Texas Lutheran University.