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Bulldogs promote Balts to full-time football assistant

UMD has promoted former standout wide receiver Jason Balts to a full-time assistant coach. He previously was a postgraduate intern assistant coach.

“We are proud to have a person like Jason Balts become our next full-time coach,” said Bulldogs head coach Curt Wiese. “Hiring quality people around our program has always been our philosophy. Coach Balts is as good of a person and coach as we have had come through UMD, first as a student-athlete, and now with his first full-time position. We look forward to him continuing to build our secondary and program.”

A native of Barron, Wis., Balts serves as the Bulldogs defensive backs coach, as well as the team’s recruiting coordinator. As a former player at UMD, he appeared in 34 career games for the Bulldogs from 2015-2018.

During his outstanding playing career in Duluth, Balts notched a total of 2,259 receiving yards, 21 touchdowns, an average of 17.9 yards per catch, and an average of 66.4 yards per game. His 2,259 yards is good enough for the fifth-highest in program history.

Additionally, Balts became just the sixth Bulldog to ever break 1,000 receiving yards in a single season when he recorded a total of 1,003 yards during the 2017 season.

“Both my wife and I are excited for the opportunity to stay in Duluth,” said Balts. “We love the city, the people, and the opportunities we’ve had as Bulldog alumni. I’m very grateful to Coach Wiese and the rest of the coaching staff for the opportunity they’ve given me. Above all else, I give glory to God and just the opportunities I’ve had through playing and now coaching. Looking ahead to game week, I’m excited to continue our preparations for Upper Iowa. I think we have a great group, a very strong group of DB’s, and I’m looking forward to the year.”

In 2017, Balts was named First Team All-NSIC for his performance on the field. During the 2018-19 season, Balts received UMD’s Top Male Scholar-Athlete Award. Additionally, he was named to the NSIC All-Academic Team three times over his career with the Bulldogs.

Balts and the Bulldogs will open their season on Thursday, September 2, as they travel to Upper Iowa University to take on the Peacocks.

Published in Breaking Bulldogs

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