Published on Mar 23, 2012
Rod Carey, who has spent nearly all of his 13-year collegiate coaching career in the Midwest, was named the offensive line coach at Northern Illinois University on January 13, 2011. Carey joined the Huskies after three seasons coaching the offensive line at the University of North Dakota.
In addition to North Dakota, Carey has coached collegiately at Illinois State, Wisconsin-Stout and Minnesota. The Indiana graduate and Wayzata, Minn. native coached the North Dakota offensive line against the Huskies this past September at Huskie Stadium.
Carey's offensive line led the way for UND 1,000-yard rusher Josh Murray (1,146 yards) in 2008, and for the No. 2 running back in the Great West Conference a year later. The Fighting Sioux also passed for over 2,000 yards that season. Five of his offensive linemen have earned GWC all-conference honors over the last three seasons and one - Mitch Braegelmann - was a two-time first-team Academic All-American.
Prior to going to North Dakota, Carey spent the 2007 season as the offensive line coach at Illinois State University. His Redbird offensive line featured three players that would receive professional football opportunities in Brandon Joyce (St. Louis Rams, 2010); Jonathan St. Pierre (Toronto, 2010) and Isaiah Wiggins (Baltimore Ravens, 2008).
From 2000-06, Carey served on the coaching staff at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. His offensive units averaged nearly 400 yards per game during his seven seasons and set 14 school records, including the all-time conference rushing record. He coached Blue Devils' offensive lineman Ben Knepper, one of the most decorated players ever at UW-Stout, as he earned multiple All-American and all-conference honors. In all, Carey coached 26 all-conference selections and seven All-Americans during his time at UW-Stout.
He began his collegiate coaching career at the University of Minnesota (1998-99) where he helped the Gophers to their first bowl game in over a decade with a trip to the 1999 Sun Bowl. His first coaching position was as the offensive line coach at his alma mater, Wayzata (Minn.) High School, from 1994-97.
A three-year starter at center for Indiana during his collegiate playing days, Carey served as a team captain and won IU's Corby Davis Outstanding Offensive Player Award as a senior. He earned his bachelor's degree from Indiana in 1994.
2011- Northern Illinois (Offensive Line)
2008-10 North Dakota (Offensive Line)
2007 Illinois State (Offensive Line)
2000-06 Wisconsin-Stout (Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
1998-99 Minnesota (Graduate Assistant)
2000 NCAA D-III Playoffs (UW-Stout, Off. Coordinator/Offensive Line)
1999 Sun Bowl (Minnesota, Graduate Assistant)
1993 Independence Bowl (Indiana, Player)
1991 Copper Bowl (Indiana, Player)
1990 Peach Bowl (Indiana, Player)
1989-93 Indiana (Center)
College: B.A., Indiana, 1993
Birthdate: July 24, 1971
Birthplace: Madison, Wis.
Hometown: Wayzata, Minn.
Family: Wife, Tonya, daughter Kennedi (7) and son Charlie (4)
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