Craig Bagnell
University of Mary
Head Football Coach

BISMARCK, ND – Featuring the combined experiences of national playoff appearances, NCAA Division I knowledge, and nearly three decades of coaching and playing in the Northern Sun, new University of Mary Head Football Coach Craig Bagnell has finalized the formation of his Marauders coaching staff.

Joining Bagnell at Mary is Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Brett Holinka, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Mark Martin, Wide Receiver Coach Jordan Noskowiak and Defensive Backs Coach Matthew Splon. Ben Davis, who just completed his fifth season as a member of the Marauders coaching staff, returns as the defensive line coach.

“I’m excited about the guys joining our staff and trust all of them,” said Bagnell. “This is a group of great, young energetic football minds who are all dedicated to making the Marauders football program successful.

“Offensively, Jordan Noskowiak joining our staff is a real asset as he understands my system. Mark Martin, having 13 years of experience as an offensive coordinator, is extremely valuable to our program.

“Brett Holinka will bring in a 3-4 defensive system that fits the needs of our players and allows us to play fast. He’s had success defensively everywhere he’s been.”

Brett Holinka
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

A native of Dickinson, ND, Holinka joins the Marauders after spending the last three seasons as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach at Winona State University (2015-17). The Warriors finished the 2017 season 10-2 and earned a spot in the NCAA Division II playoffs. WSU special teams led the NSIC in punt returns, kick returns and kick coverage. The Warriors led the NSIC in pass efficiency defense (96.5), finished second in the NSIC in scoring defense (14.6 ppg) and takeaways (36) and allowed just 308.5 yards of offense a game. Individually, LB Mike Imperiale twice was named to the All-NSIC South First team under Holinka’s tutelage and return specialist Jake Balliu earned first team honors once.

Before joining Winona State, Holinka spent two seasons (2013-14) at NCAA Division I Rutgers as a player development and defensive quality control coach.

An all-conference performer at the University of North Dakota where he played for Marauders Athletic Director Dale Lennon, Holinka started his coaching career at Dickinson (ND) Trinity High School (2009). His college coaching career started the following season at University of St. Thomas, where he helped the Tommies reach the NCAA Division III quarterfinals in 2010 and the semifinals in 2011. Holinka started his first stint at Winona State in 2012 as a graduate assistant coach before moving to Rutgers.

Mark Martin
Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach

Martin comes to the University of Mary with significant experience in the Northern Sun, spending the last eight seasons at Northern State University. He joined the NSU staff as offensive coordinator for the 2010 season and was named the Wolves Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator in 2011. Over the last six years the program posted five winning seasons.

In 2017, NSU led the Northern Sun in red zone offense, and three of Martin’s offensive players earned first or second team All-NSIC honors. The team also tied the school’s single-game scoring record. He coached five all-conference players in both 2015 and 2016. In 2014, Martin helped lead the explosive Wolves offense to one of its best marks in years with eight wins. NSU ranked near the top of the NSIC in scoring offense, passing offense, and total offense and ranked first in red zone scoring. Jared Jacobson, a First Team All-Conference selection quarterback, led NSU by finishing third all-time in the NSIC in total career yards. Jacobson’s career was also highlighted with school records in single season passing completions (260), single-season total offense (3,557 yards), career touchdowns (71), and total career offense (10,199 yards).

Jordan Noskowiak
Wide Receiver Coach

A graduate of St. Cloud State University where he served as a graduate assistant coach for three seasons (2000-02), Martin helped the Huskies win the 2002 North Central Conference title. Martin next coached at the University of Jamestown for seven seasons (2003-09), including the last six as their offensive coordinator. The Jimmies made the national playoffs twice during his tenure (2006, 2007) and won a Dakota Athletic Conference title (2007). The Jimmies led the DAC in scoring three straight years (2006-08) and was the league’s top rushing offense in 2006.

Noskowiak both played for and coached alongside Bagnell at Bemidji State University. During his career as a wide receiver with the Beavers from 2012-15, he earned All-NSIC Honorable Mention Team honors and one of his catches was featured on Sports Center’s Top 10. He recorded a career total of 1,095 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while playing his last two seasons for Bagnell.

This fall Noskowiak returned to Bemidji State and coached the wide receivers for a Beavers team that finished 8-3 overall. BSU was second in the NSIC in touchdown passes and third in pass efficiency (136.9).

Matthew Splon
Defensive Backs Coach

Following three seasons at Winona State University as an outside linebackers graduate assistant coach working alongside Holinka, Splon is responsible for the defensive backs at the University of Mary. He helped coach the Warriors to a 10-2 mark and a spot in the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2017. The WSU defense led the NSIC in pass efficiency defense (96.5), finished second in the NSIC in scoring defense (14.6 ppg) and takeaways (36) and allowed just 308.5 yards of offense a game. In 2016 the Warriors were 8-3 and led the NSIC in scoring defense (17.6 ppg), total defense (318.2 ypg), pass efficiency defense (99.8), forced turnovers (28), turnover margin (+13), and second in passing defense (182.7). Splon coached linebacker Nick Pridgeon to a pair of All-Conference honors (Second Team All-NSIC South 2017, Honorable Mention 2016).

As a student-athlete at Winona State, Splon was a three-time Northern Sun All-Academic Team selection (2011-13) who played one season for University of Mary alumnus Marquice Williams, now an assistant coach in the NFL with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Ben Davis
Defensive Line Coach.

Davis just completed his fifth season on the UMary coaching staff, the last two working with the defensive line. He joined the Marauders in 2013 as a graduate assistant coaching running backs. Davis moved to defensive ends coach for the 2014 season and worked with Marauders All-Conference defensive end Troy Guptill. After a brief stint at UW-Stout, he returned to coach the Marauders full time in the spring of 2015 as the offensive line coach before transitioning back to his home on the defensive line for the 2016 season. In 2017 defensive lineman Brock Pittsley earned All-Northern Sun Second Team honors after finishing third in the league with seven sacks.

A UMAC All-Academic team selection as a defensive lineman at MacMurray College, Davis started his collegiate coaching experience at his alma mater in 2012 and guided the Highlanders starting running back to Second Team All-Conference honors.