TAHLEQUAH — Northeastern State football coach Rob Robinson has announced the completion of his full-time staff with the addition of two new assistant coaches.
Robert Messinger has been hired as both the recruiting coordinator and special team’s coordinator, and he will also be in charge of the secondary. Dane Simoneau has been added to coach the quarterbacks.
“Both of these guys are going to bring a lot of energy to the program. I know both of them and I trust in their ability to help us win here,” Robinson said. “I was with Dane for five years and Rob for three, and I’ve kept in contact with both of them. These guys both know what it takes to win, and I think the players are going to respond positively to their energy.”
Messinger comes to Tahlequah after having spent the past season as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. The Braves are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and compete in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Messinger helped lead the 2013 squad to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the NAIA Football Championship Series.
He also coached at Ottawa from 2006-08, serving as the junior varsity head coach and offensive coordinator.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Robinson again. We built a close relationship when we were both at Washburn, and we have continued to stay in contact,” Messinger said. “The location of Tahlequah and the school itself are big reasons why I wanted to continue my career at NSU. There is also great high school football in Oklahoma, especially in the Tulsa area.”
Messinger worked from 2010-12 at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. The Hurricanes are members of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He was the coordinator of football operations from 2011-12 and was a volunteer assistant in 2010.