Bollman Officially A Spartan

After much talk Mark Dantonio officially welcomed Jim Bollman back to the Spartans family as well as shuffling his staff and giving defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi a new title.

Monday saw the official announcement of Jim Bollman joining Mark Dantonio's coaching staff as co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. The hire ends any uncertainty the Spartans may have had as spring practice is right around the corner.

"This is the fourth time in my career that I've had an opportunity to work with Jim Bollman, so there's definitely a comfort level there," said Dantonio. "He has a tremendous amount of football knowledge, especially on the offensive side of the ball. In addition to serving as co-offensive coordinator, Jim will coach the tight ends, and he spent three years coaching that position in the NFL. He also has long-standing recruiting ties in Ohio. We're excited about having Jim and his family back in the MSU community.

"Jim has been an offensive coordinator for 11 of the last 12 years. During his tenure in Columbus, Ohio State won six Big Ten Championships, a National Championship and played in two other BCS National Championship Games. He has performed under pressure at the highest level and on the biggest stage. With pressure comes experience, and Jim has been rock solid in those situations. He's respected for his development as well as treatment of his players. He's simply a ball coach."

The hiring of Bollman means other changes as coaches shuffle positions within the staff.

Joining Bollman as co-offensive coordinator will be longtime Dantonio assistant Dave Warner who will have the responsibilities of being the game day play caller.

"I've coached with Dave Warner for 11 years now, including six here at Michigan State, one season at Cincinnati and four more at Kansas. Since his arrival at MSU, Dave has done an excellent job in developing our quarterbacks, and now, he'll have an opportunity to impact the running backs.

"Dave has been an important figure in our offense for the past six years – both the successes as well as the setbacks. There's power in all of that information, so it's a great advantage for him to assume the role of co-offensive coordinator as we move forward. I've been impressed with his organizational and time management skills. In addition, Dave has displayed the ability to make quick decisions.

"With his background as a quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator and head coach at Augustana College, Brad Salem brings a broad prospective and vision to the position. He's an innovative offensive coach, with a strong commitment to teaching proper techniques and fundamentals."

With Warner taking over play calling duties, Dantonio also shifted Brad Salem from running backs to quarterbacks, a position very familiar for Salem.

"With his background as a quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator and head coach at Augustana College, Brad Salem brings a broad prospective and vision to the position. He's an innovative offensive coach, with a strong commitment to teaching proper techniques and fundamentals."

Also announced Monday was a change in the status of longtime defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi as Dantonio awarded Narduzzi with a new title to go along with his defensive responsibilities.

"No one has officially held that position before on my staff, but in Pat Narduzzi's case, it's certainly warranted," remarked Dantonio. "Pat is a great leader on the defensive side of the football, who has forged strong relationships with his players, and he's also an outstanding recruiter. Over the last six years, he has helped build one of the Big Ten's best defenses, and over the last two years, Michigan State has become one of the nation's elite units, ranking among the NCAA's Top 10 in rushing defense, total defense and scoring defense.

"I also appreciate his loyalty because Pat has been approached by several programs over the last few years and he's elected to remain a Spartan. I know he doesn't take this position lightly. When I'm not in the office, Pat takes control of the day-to-day operation. He's held those duties for the last two years, but without the formal title."

The Spartans open spring practice on Tuesday, March 19 with all eyes on the offense as they look to replace standout running back Le'Veon Bell.

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