After successfully rebuilding the program at Hanover College, Austin was tabbed to re-start a football program at Southwestern University (2012-present day) that was dormant for 62-years. In 2016 Austin guided the Pirates to an undefeated 6-0 record in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). The championship marked the team's first football championship since 1941 and the team's 7-3 overall record was the best in more than 70 years, earning Austin the conference’s Coach of the Year award.
Over four seasons the Pirates have placed a total of 51 players on the all-SCAC team with five players earning Player of the Year awards. Additional honors include three players being named to the Team USA Freshman All-Star Team in 2014. In 2016 Justin Broussard became the first All-American of Southwestern’s new era of football.
Since 2013 Austin has been the offensive coordinator for Team Stars & Stripes in the Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars in English), a game that features an all-star team of Division III players that compete annually against the all-stars of Mexico's CONADEIP league (the premier level of scholarship football in Mexico). Overall, Austin has been named to the staff of all-star coaches seven times.
According to Global Football President, Patrick Steenberge, Coach Austin is one of the most traveled American Football coaches in the world. In all, Austin has represented the United States in international competition eleven times: seven times with Team Stars & Stripes, twice with Southwestern University and once each with the University of Dubuque and Hanover College. In May Austin took Southwestern to Italy where they defeated the Ferrara Aquile 94-0.
Austin's first head coaching job entailed the rebuilding of a program at Hanover College (2008-2011) that had suffered four consecutive losing seasons. After two years of building the Panthers found themselves playing in a de-facto Heartland Conference championship game for an automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs in 2010. Though they fell short, the Panthers established themselves as a perennial contender in the HCAC, finishing second in Austin's final two seasons.
As the University of Dubuque's offensive coordinator (2005-2007) Austin provided the spark for a team that hadn't had a winning season in the better part of two decades to become a top 25 team. During Austin's time in Dubuque the Spartans posted the first back-to-back winning seasons in 28 years and the best single season record in 27. In 2007 the Spartans cracked the Top 25th in a national poll for the first time by beating three ranked teams as Austin's offense paced the IIAC in almost every category.
Though only a one year opportunity (2004), as the offensive coordinator at Augsburg College Austin's offense set five school records and placed three on the all-MIAC team.
Austin began his coaching career at Concordia University, St. Paul (2000-2003) as wide receiver coach (and eventually assistant offensive coordinator). During his tenure the Golden Bears grew to be NSIC Champions, earning them a birth in the Mineral Water Bowl in 2003, and enjoying the best four year period in the school's history (32-12).
Austin was an all-Midstates Football Conference quarterback at St. Ambrose University where he established a new school record for completions in a game. In high school Austin was named all-Central Iowa Metro League where he quarterbacked the only Des Moines Roosevelt High School team to make the state playoffs in the last 30 years.
THE AUSTIN FILE
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
High School: Des Moines Roosevelt
Alma Mater: Concordia-St. Paul '01, '04
Bachelor's Degree: Communication Studies
Master's Degree: Organizational Management
2013-present: Southwestern University Head Coach
2008-12: Hanover College Head Coach
2005-07: University of Dubuque Offensive Coordinator
2004: Augsburg College Offensive Coordinator
2000-03: Concordia University, St. Paul Wide Receiver Coach
|Year||School||W- L||W/L Pct|
|2013-14||Southwestern (TX)||0-10||.000||Reinstated football|
|2016-17||Southwestern (TX)||7-3||.700||SCAC Champions|