2009 Season - Assistant Coaches
Jeff Lindmark (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
From ball boy to player to coach, Jeff Lindmark has seen the Augustana program from a variety of angles. When his father worked the chain gang during his boyhood years, Jeff served as a ball boy for the Vikings. After graduating from Pleasant Valley High School in 1988 where he was a multi-sport standout, he played football and baseball at Augustana. During his senior year of 1991 he played an instrumental role in the Vikings 8-1 season that resulted in a CCIW championship.
He joined the staff in a full-time capacity in 2005 and is the offensive coordinator after serving as a part-time coach in charge of offensive ends. He spent five years as a teacher for at-risk students at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. He was an assistant baseball coach at Pleasant Valley from 2001 through the 2005 season.
He taught physical education and sociology at Sherrard High School in Sherrard, Illinois from 1994 until 2000. Lindmark was the head football coach at Sherrard from 1995 through 1998. He was the head baseball coach at the school from 1994-00.
After graduating from Augustana in February of 1993 with a degree in secondary/physical education he taught in the Riverdale (Illinois) school system and was an assistant football coach in the fall of 1993.
Rob Cushman (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
Rob Cushman will be in his first year as Augustana's defensive coordinator in 2008. Cushman comes to the Vikings from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he served as defensive backfield coach and special teams' coordinator. A graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, Cushman brings to Augustana extensive experience at several levels during a 29 year-coaching career.
In his one season at Ithaca, Cushman helped the Bombers to an 8-3 record and a berth in the 2007 NCAA Division III playoffs. Prior to Ithaca, he spent five years as head coach at Feather River College in Quincy, California, where he had the responsibility of building the small community college's program from scratch starting in 2002. His first team there went an impressive 6-5 and his teams finished over .500 and advanced to a bowl game in each of his five seasons. His best season was 2003 when the Golden Eagles went 9-2 and won the Tri-Counties Bank Holiday Bowl. Cushman's overall record at Feather River was 34-21, a winning percentage of .618.
Prior to his stint at Feather River, Cushman coached for 15 years at Eastern Oregon University in Lagrange, Oregon. He served as the Mountaineers defensive coordinator from 1987-1996, before becoming the head coach, a position he held for five years. His best season there was 1998 when the Mountaineers went 6-4, the school's best record in 18 years, and finished the year ranked 25th in the final NAIA national poll. He was also the Mountaineers head baseball coach during his first ten years at the school.
Cushman has also held head coaching positions at St. Helena High School in St. Helena, California and Marysville High School in Marysville, California, as well as stints as an assistant at Butte Community College in Oroville, California, where he was their defensive coordinator, and Cal State-Chico, where he coached defensive backs as a graduate assistant.
Rob is a graduate of Hood River Valley High School in Hood River, Oregon. He moved on to the University of Puget Sound, where he was a four-year letter winner and two-year starter for the Loggers, who went 9-2 during his senior year and were ranked 9th in Division II. He received his Master's from Cal State-Chico.
Tom Schmulbach (Offensive Line)
A familiar face returned to the coaching ranks at Augustana College in the fall of 2002. Tom Schmulbach, head coach of the Vikings from 1995-99, will be working with the offensive line. During his five year run, Schmulbach teams compiled a record of 34-13 overall and 26-9 in the CCIW. Augustana won conference titles in 1997 and 1999 and qualified for the NCAA Division III national playoffs in 1999. He was the CCIW "Coach of the Year" in 1997 and 1999. He coached nine NCAA Division III All-Americans and four Academic All-Americans. He served as an assistant coach under Bob Reade from 1982 through 1994. He left coaching following the 1999 season for health reasons but he is back and will handle the offensive line.
A native of Belleville, Illinois where he graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1965, and Schmulbach was a two way standout at offensive end and defensive end for the Maroons. He was a four year letterwinner at Western Illinois as a defensive end and graduated with a degree in physical education in 1969. He went to work at J.D. Darnell High School in Genesee and joined Reade's staff there in 1971.
Schmulbach worked his way up through the ranks, starting as a freshman assistant, eventually serving as varsity assistant for the Maple Leafs during three straight Illinois Class 3A championship years from 1976-78. Following that 1978 season he left Genesee to become head coach at Rockbridge High School in Taylor Ridge, Illinois. He was there three years, guiding the Rockets to the 1980 Class 3A playoffs before coming to Augustana during the summer of 1982.
Kyle Reade (Defensive Backs)
This name is familiar to anyone associated with Augustana football as Kyle Reade joined the Augustana staff on a full-time basis in the summer of 2007. His father Bob was a legendary fixture as the Vikings' head coach from 1979-94, winning four straight NCAA Division III national championships in the mid-1980. Kyle played quarterback at Genesee High School and was the Quad City Area's "Player of the Year" as a senior. He played and coached at Augustana during his undergraduate days and came back to his alma mater after coaching at Ohio Northern University. He graduated from Augustana with a degree in political science and history in 2005 and received his master's degree in sports administration from Bowling Green University in July of 2007.
Jim Sanders (Running Backs)
A longtime fixture in the Quad City community, Jim Sanders will begin his second year on the Augustana staff in 2008. He will work with the running backs. A member of three Halls of Fame (Illinois Football Coaches Association, United Township High School and Greater Peoria Area), Sanders compiled a 169-65-2 record with 10 conference champions and one undefeated team during his coaching career. He was the head coach at Eureka, Kewanee and United Township High School in East Moline. A native of Urbana, Illinois, he has his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Illinois and a master's degree from Illinois State. Jim and his wife Joanne currently reside in East Moline and have five children and 11 grandchildren.
Dick Blair (Tight Ends)
A 1975 Augustana graduate, Dick Blair will be in his seventh year as an assistant coach at his alma mater. A native of Savanna, Illinois, his coaching career spans 28 years, starting in Newton, Iowa in 1975. For 10 years (1989 to 1999) he was the head coach at Riverdale High School in Port Byron, Illinois. He was a volunteer coach at St. Ambrose during the 2000 season before joining the Augustana staff in 2001 as the linebacker coach. He has since moved to the defensive backfield and this year will be working with the tight ends. He was a three year letterwinner for the Vikings from 1972-74.
Mike Brewers (Offensive Line)
After spending 30 years on the staff of United Township High School in East Moline, Illinois, Mike Brewers joined the Augustana staff in 2004. Brewers retired after serving as the principal at United Township for two years. Prior to that he was an associate principal and before that was a teacher. He coached offensive and defensive lines and was the Panthers defensive coordinator. During his coaching tenure, United Township made 12 IHSA playoff appearances. He graduated from Western Illinois in 1970 with a degree in physical education. He has a master's degree in Educational Administration and has an education specialist degree in Educational Administration. A native of East Moline, he was an all-conference player both in high school at Rock Island Aleman and in college. He played at Western Illinois with current Augustana assistant coach Tom Schmulbach.
Cam Torres (Kickers/Punters)
Cam Torres, whose father Luis was the Augustana equipment manager from 1985 until his retirement in 2000, will be in his fourth season as a part-time assistant coach at his alma mater. Torres will coach the kickers and punters. He graduated from Augustana in 1991 with degrees in political science and Spanish. He was a four year letter winner in soccer from 1987-90 and he captained the 1990 Vikings team. He served as the head boys and girls soccer coach at Rock Island High School in 2001 and 2002 and coached the kickers on the football team for the Rocks from 2001-03. He is currently employed by Illinois Healthcare and Family Services as an official in the Department of Child Support Enforcement.
Aaron Call (Defensive Line)
A native of Wilton, Iowa, Call began coaching the defensive line for the Vikings after using up his final year of eligibility in 2005. He was a first team all conference performers at defensive end in 2005 and helped lead Augustana to the CCIW title and into the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Mark Reade (Recruiting Coordinator)
Mark Reade returned to his alma mater in March of 2008 to take on the role of recruiting coordinator. The son of legendary Augustana head coach Bob Reade, Mark brings a plethora of experience to the position. He held coaching positions on the football staffs of Rice, Clemson, Concordia and Eastern Illinois as well as a two year stint at LaSalle-Peru High School. He served as the men and women's head track & field coach at Concordia for two years. He also spent time in the private sector, working for Country Insurance and The Home Depot. A Phi Beta Kappa student at Augustana who graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in business, finance and economics in 1993, Reade has also done graduate work at Clemson, Eastern Illinois and Rice. He was a two sport standout in track & field and football with the Vikings, serving as team captain of the 1993 track team and qualifying for the national meet in the 400 hurdles.