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Alumni Coaching Achievement Award - 2010

Jim Lind

Bemidji State University 1973 Graduate

After a brief stint in the Navy, Jim Lind finished his physical education and health degree at BSU in 1973.  While at BSU, he was a two-year BSU football player.  Upon graduation, Jim taught and coached football and wrestling at Underwood High School in Minnesota for two years.  His first year as the head football coach, he converted a prior year record of 1-8 into a 7-2 win / loss season and his team won the Little Eight Conference Championship.  Jim then went to St. Cloud State and served as a graduate assistant for the football team while he earned his Masters Degree in Physical Education and Health.  Upon completion of that degree, he served as assistant football coach under legendary Coach John Gagliardi at St. John's University and the team won the MIAC championship.  He also served as the head wrestling coach for two years.  Continuing in his academic pursuit, Jim went on to Brigham Young University to acquire a Doctorate of Education Degree.  While there, he again served as a graduate assistant in football for two years.  Both years the team was WAC Champions and played in the San Diego Holiday Bowl.  Upon completion of that degree, Jim began his first stint as Head Coach at the college level with the University of Minnesota, Morris.  He again turned a losing program into a winning one, and the team was NIC co-champions in 1984 and NIC champions in 1986.  For his efforts, he was named NIC Coach of the year in 1984 and NAIA District 13 Coach of the Year in 1986.  From Morris, Jim became the head coach at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire for four years and then began his seventeen year career as an assistant coach in the NFL.  From 1992-1994 Jim worked on defensive quality control and with the linebackers at Green Bay and from 1995-1998 he was the linebackers coach.  During this time, the Packers made it to the NFC playoffs six times and the Super Bowl twice, winning in 1997.  In 1999, Jim followed head Packer's coach and good friend, Mike Holmgren, to the Seattle Seahawks where he served one year as the interim defensive coordinator and nine years as the tight ends coach.  Success followed the coaching duo and during Jim's ten years there, the team made it to the conference play offs six times and the Super Bowl in 2005.  Jim retired from the Seahawks after the 2008 season, but isn't sure he's done with coaching just yet.  Jim and his wife, Cindy, have two children and currently reside in Woodinville, Washington.