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D1 grad assistant lands NAIA head coaching job

Not often do you see a graduate assistant coach land a collegiate head coaching job.

However, sources tell FootballScoop that Michigan State offensive grad assistant Jeff Duvendeck has accepted the head coaching job at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri.

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio must give some outstanding recommendations. Duvendeck is the third Spartan to land a head coaching job in the last two years. Dan Enos took over at Central Michigan and Don Treadwell took over at Miami (OH).

Duvendeck was set to enter his second season in East Lansing under Mark Dantonio, but couldn’t pass on the opportunity to become a head coach at age 32. He previously served as the offensive coordinator / offensive line coach at Northern Michigan from 2006-2009. In 2002, he worked as a grad assistant at Grand Valley State under current Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.

Duvendeck replaces Cameron Keller, who resigned in May to accept the co-offensive coordinator job at Winona State University.

In 2010, Culver-Stockton finished 1-10. The Wildcats lost to Lindenwood 90-19. The 70-0 loss to Missouri Valley may have been the season low, however.

Culver-Stockton competes at the NAIA level. This season, the Wildcats will open against Graceland, the only team Culver-Stockton defeated last season.