Millersville University announced Thursday that Greg Breitbach has been hired as the 21st head football coach of the Marauders. Breitbach is coming off a successful five-season run as the offensive coordinator at the University of North Dakota, which competes at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. Breitbach will be introduced at a press conference tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 5 at 9 a.m. in the Student Memorial Center Atrium. A live video feed of the press conference will be provided.
“We are thrilled to have Coach Breitbach and his family join the Millersville University community,” said Dr. Aminta Breaux, vice president of student affairs at Millersville. “We look forward to his leadership and moving our football program forward. And, we’re delighted that he is here in time for spring ball.”
Breitbach, who has coached at four collegiate levels, helped North Dakota transition from a Division II powerhouse into a Division I conference champion. In 2011, his offensive unit averaged better than 300 yards of total offense per game as North Dakota captured a share of the Great West Conference title with an 8-3 record. It was the first Division I Conference Championship in school history. Breitbach was an integral part of a program that posted a 49-30 record, appeared in the NCAA Division II playoffs twice and was nationally-ranked in the AFCA Division I FCS Coaches Poll over a seven year span.
“I’m honored to become part of the Millersville University family,” said Breitbach. “I’m thankful for the faith shown in me by President John Anderson, Dr. Aminta Breaux, the selection committee, the coaches and the players who have chosen me to lead the Millersville University football program. With the alumni and the community, we will all build this program together. I’m excited to get started.”
As North Dakota moved into the Big Sky Conference last season, Breitbach’s offense averaged 33.5 points and 430.5 yards of offense per game. His offense set school and Big Sky Conference records for yards passing in a game, as well as two school records for single game total offense. The unit finished in the top 20 nationally in scoring offense, passing offense and passing efficiency. In five seasons as the offensive coordinator, Breitbach’s six starting quarterbacks combined to throw for 94 touchdowns compared to just 45 interceptions. Seven of Breitbach’s players landed first team all-conference honors since making the leap to Division I FCS in 2008. Wide receiver Greg Hardin became North Dakota’s first FCS All-American in 2012 after piling up 1,145 yards and 14 touchdowns on 65 catches under Breitbach’s direction. His student-athletes also excelled in the classroom, with 11 earning the distinction of CoSIDA Academic All-America.
Breitbach piloted a high-powered offense at Division III Wisconsin-Stevens Point prior to joining the North Dakota coaching staff. His offenses averaged over 415 yards and 30 points per game in three seasons. Seven of his players were named to the All-WIAC First Team. The 2003 club posted an 8-2 record and finished the season ranked No. 12 nationally. The offense led the nation in regular season touchdown passes and ranked first in the conference in five offensive categories. His quarterback was named WIAC Player of the Year and was a team captain at the Division III Aztec Bowl.
From 1999-2002, Breitbach was the special teams coordinator, receivers and running backs coach at Lewis & Clark College. He also served two stints as an assistant at his alma mater Montana-Western, coordinating the offense and coaching quarterbacks, receivers, running backs and linebackers. Montana-Western was a NAIA National semifinalist in 1994.
Breitbach earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business education from Montana-Western in 1994 and received a master’s of science degree in education administration from Portland State in 2002. As a student-athlete, Breitbach played two seasons at Dickinson State and two at Montana-Western, where he served as a team captain during his senior season.
Breitbach and his wife, Kara, have three children: Alaina (10), Jenna (7) and Trent (4).