Niel Loebig returns as passing game coordinator and receivers coach; Connor Dixon named tight ends coach
Fourth-year coach Michael Craig, who worked with the Dukes' linebackers for his first three seasons, will take over the secondary in 2013. Craig, who also serves as special teams coordinator, brings 11 years of Northeast Conference playing and coaching experience to the Duquesne staff.
Craig's linebacking corps produced Duquesne's top three tacklers in each of the past two seasons. One of his pupils, senior linebacker Dorian Bell, earned third team All-American honors (Sports Network) last season and was named to the 2013 preseason Buck Buchanan Award Watch List.
A four-year starter under current DU defensive coordinator Dave Opfar at Saint Francis, Pa., Craig coached linebackers at SFU for four seasons.
He also served as special teams and strength and conditioning coach for the Red Flash.
Two of his former linebackers at Saint Francis, Scott Lewis and Matthew Parker, finished the 2010 season ranked first and fourth nationally in career tackles per game.
A native of nearby Imperial, Pa., Craig attended West Allegheny High School before going on to start for four years at linebacker for Saint Francis. He was a Red Flash team captain in 2003, 2004 & 2005.
Craig has spearheaded a number of community service initiatives including Duquesne's participation in the national "Get in the Game. Save a Life" bone marrow registry, through which the football program has registered over 1,300 fellow students, faculty and staff over the past four years.
Craig earned his bachelor's degree in accounting in 2006 and is currently working toward his master's degree. He resides in Imperial, Pa. with his wife, the former Mame Brumbaugh. Mame's grandfather, Boyd, quarterbacked Duquesne to a 13-12 win over Mississippi State in the 1937 Orange Bowl.