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Danny Freund
Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers
City/State: Kenosha, Wis.
Alma Mater: North Dakota
Graduating Year: 2008
Phone: 701-777-4193
Former North Dakota quarterback Danny Freund is back for his eighth season on his alma mater's coaching staff and will coach the wide receivers for the fifth-straight season in 2018. Freund previously coached the UND running backs (2011-12) and quarterbacks (2013).

In 2017, UND's passing attack put up its best numbers during the Schweigert era with Freund's top three wideouts combining for 118 catches, 1,564 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Sophomore Noah Wanzek topped the team in catches (52), receiving yards (648) and touchdowns (5).

Freund's 2016 "Jets" were an integral part of a 9-3 team that earned the program's first FCS Playoff berth and earned a share of the Big Sky Championship. Toivonen provided an immediate impact and was the team's top pass catcher, haulilng in 39 receptions for 433 yards.

FBS transfer De'mun Mercer emerged as the team's top deep threat, averaging 19.8 ypc and leading the team with 553 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He registered a pair of 100-yard receiving games to close out the season.

In 2015, the wideouts helped balance out an offense that increased its production remarkably from the previous season. Redshirt freshman Luke Stanley emerged as the team's top pass-catching threat, sharing the team lead with 26 receptions, while leading the group in yardage (312) and touchdowns (5). Junior Josh Seibel was also productive for his second-straight season under Freund, equaling Stanley with 26 catches.

Junior Clive Georges provided the first 100-yard receiving game in two seasons when he capped the year with a six-catch, 150-yard performance in the win at Cal Poly. 

In his first season working with the wide receivers, Freund turned Seibel, who is a former defensive back, into the team's leading receiver in 2014. Seibel went catchless through the first six games of the season, but finished the campaign with a team-high 25 receptions. Seibel filled in admirably for senior R.J. McGill, who was lost for the season after catching 23 passes through seven games.

As the quarterbacks coach in 2013, Freund's year was highlighted by the efforts of redshirt freshman Ryan Bartels, who broke UND freshman records for single-game completions (39), passing yards (367) and passing touchdowns (4) at Northern Arizona.

In 2012 as the running backs coach, senior Mitch Sutton was one of the top touchdown producers at running back in the Big Sky. His 11 touchdowns ranked fourth among league running backs. Sutton (467) shared the work load with sophomore Jake Miller (543) and the two combined to rush for more than 1,000 yards.

In 2011, sophomore Jake Miller earned All-Great West Conference first team honors and became the first player in league history to earn three consecutive GWC Offensive Player of the Week accolades. Miller finished the campaign with 942 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns, which both ranked second among GWC backs.

Freund's rushers averaged nearly 150 yards per game on the ground, accounting for more than 1,500 yards. Miller and junior Mitch Sutton combined for five 100-yard rushing efforts and the ground attack churned out a season-high six rushing scores vs. Black Hills State.

Miller burst onto the scene at FBS foe Fresno State when he rushed for 145 yards and three scores, including a 70-yard touchdown run. He added a season-high 32 carries for 161 yards and two touchdowns in a GWC road win at Southern Utah. 
As a player, Freund went 16-6 as a two-year starter for the Fighting Sioux, finishing his career as the program's most accurate passer. His 68.9 career completion percentage still tops the charts and he also owns the top single-season completion mark of 71.9 that he set as a senior in 2008. He threw for 5,239 yards and 47 touchdowns, which both rank third on the all-time career lists at UND.
Freund returned to Grand Forks after spending the 2010 season as the quarterbacks coach at Carthage College in his hometown of Kenosha, Wis. At Carthage, Freund coached Red Men quarterback Evan Jones, who earned first team all-conference and CCIW Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2010.
In his first year out of college, Freund returned to his high school alma mater and served as the quarterbacks coach on his father's staff at Kenosha St. Joseph. 
As a prep athlete playing for his father, Bob, Freund earned Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches' Association first team all-state honors as a senior and holds the state's single season record for touchdown passes (40).
Freund worked as a camp instructor this past summer at the prestigious Manning Passing Academy.

Freund earned a banking and financial economics degree from UND in 2008 and completed his  master's degree in educational leadership in the spring of 2013. He was a two-time All-Academic honoree (2007, NCC; and 2008, Great West) during his college days and was named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society as a senior.

Freund and his wife, Ann, have a daughter, Jossy, and son, Tucker.

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