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UND posts opening for offensive line coach

Jan. 30—GRAND FORKS — For the third time this month, a UND football offensive assistant coach is on the move.

UND has posted a job opening for an offensive line coach, suggesting Joe Pawlak, who held that position for the Fighting Hawks for the last five seasons, has taken a job elsewhere.

Pawlak is the latest in a dizzying month of coaching moves for UND.

First, Danny Freund, a UND coach of 13 years in a program in which he played quarterback, departed for conference rival South Dakota State

. His replacement Jake Landry, a Grand Forks native and the quarterback to follow Freund at UND,

lasted less than a week on the job in Grand Forks before pivoting to take the same job at conference rival North Dakota State.

Days after Landry made his intentions known,

UND circled back to hire Winona State offensive coordinator Isaac Fruechte.

Under Pawlak, UND's offensive line became a position of strength. Pawlak developed Matt Waletzko, now of the Dallas Cowboys, and Easton Kilty, who entered the transfer portal before signing with Kansas State this offseason.

Even without Kilty, UND's offensive front is expected to be a strength for UND in 2024. Starting center Cade Borud returns after a strong freshman season, while starters Seth Anderson and Sam Hagen also return.

Beyond the returning starters, UND coaches have considered recent offensive line recruiting a success.

Pawlak joined UND prior to the 2019 season after UND head coach Bubba Schweigert parted ways with former offensive coordinator Paul Rudolph and offensive line coach Luke Knauf.

Before UND, Pawlak played and coached at Northern Illinois before spending three years on the staff at Iowa.

UND is expected to start spring ball in late February. The Hawks will be opening a new era with a new offensive coordinator, a new starting quarterback following the departure of veteran Tommy Schuster and now a new offensive line coach.

Schuster, who entered the transfer portal in the offseason, has since committed to Michigan State.