Meidt takes job with Redskins
February 11, 2008
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Chris Meidt resigned as head football coach at St. Olaf on Monday to accept an offensive assistant position with the National Football League's Washington Redskins.
Meidt led St. Olaf to a 40-20 record in his six seasons at the helm. The Oles were 8-2 in each of the last three years - the first such stretch of eight-win seasons since 1969-71.
Meidt will work under an offensive coordinator yet to be named. Jim Zorn was hired as offensive coordinator on Jan. 26, but was named head coach on Saturday to replace Joe Gibbs, who retired Jan. 8.
"I wouldn't have left St. Olaf for any other college," said Meidt. "But this is an opportunity I couldn't let pass by."
In 2007, St. Olaf ranked as high as 13th in the D3Football.com poll and 15th in the American Football Coaches Association poll.
St. Olaf had a high-powered offense under Meidt. The Oles ranked in the top eight in the country in total offense and scoring in the last three seasons and set school records for points (49.0/game) and total offense (512.8 yards/game) last fall.
Meidt's recruiting classes boasted three All-America selections and 31 first team All-MIAC picks, including a league-best 23 over the last two seasons.
St. Olaf will begin a national search for Meidt's replacement in the coming weeks.