Sadler realigns his football staff

NIU head football coach Charlie Sadler has realigned his staff this year by switching Tom Lewinski from recruiting coordinator to tight ends coach and naming Glenn Smith to succeed Lewinski in the recruiting area.

Lewinski replaces Russ Graham, who left the Huskie gridiron program after 13 years as a player, graduate assistant and full-time aide to enter private business.

With Lewinski’s new assignment, Sadler only had to look down the hall in the direction of Glenn Smith. The appointments are subject to the approval of the school’s Board of Regents.

NIU’s new tight ends’ boss has handled a variety of duties since joining the Huskie staff in 1986 as a graduate assistant under then secondary boss Mike Sabock.

In the interim, Lewinski has worked with the inside linebackers and computer scouting. He then moved to fullbacks and assisting in recruitment under former head coach Jerry Pettibone.

Lewinski served as an on-campus recruiter and video play analyst and maintained the role of the former in the new Sadler regime last fall. Prior to his arrival at NIU, he taught and coached the secondary at Bloomington High School in Minnesota during the 1985-86 school year.

Smith came to NIU last August as a volunteer assistant, working with the offensive line.

Last spring, he switched to the strength and conditioning program under Jim Zielinski.

Smith also arranged the summer workout program for Brian Hammel’s men’s basketball team.