Former record setting Jimmie quarterback Josh Kittell was named head coach at his alma mater December 22, 2015.
A 2008 graduate of the University of Jamestown (formerly Jamestown College) and a native of Garrison, Kittell is currently a member of the North Dakota State football coaching staff and will remain with the Bison through the FCS national championship game January 9.
"We are excited to welcome Josh back to his alma mater to lead the Jimmie football program into the future," said Johnson. "He was one of our greatest leaders on the field as a player, did an excellent job as our offensive coordinator in 2014 and we have confidence that he will be successful as our next head coach."
"It is such a pleasure to have followed Josh's development from a student athlete through a solid progression of coaching positions since his playing days as a talented Jimmie quarterback," said University of Jamestown President Dr. Robert Badal. "I am really glad to see his return home, and I look forward to his leadership of the program and to the excitement that he will bring to our campus community."
The 29-year old Kittell currently serves as Offensive Quality Control assistant at North Dakota State. The Bison are 12-2 and will play for their 5th consecutive FCS national championship when they take on Jacksonville State January 9.
"Josh has been a tremendous fit with our offensive staff," said North Dakota State head football coach Chris Klieman. "His organization and attention to detail will make him an outstanding head football coach."
Before joining the NDSU staff this summer, Kittell was the Jimmies' offensive coordinator in 2014. Jamestown averaged just over 411 yards per game of total offense that season, the best mark for the program since Kittell's senior season as a player in 2008.
During his two years as the starting quarterback the Jimmies posted a combined record of 16-5 and led Jamestown to the 2007 NAIA playoffs. As a junior in 2007, the Jimmies posted a 9-2 record and claimed the Dakota Athletic Conference championship. He completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,320 yards and 22 touchdowns.
As a senior in 2008, Kittell led the Jimmies to a 7-3 record while setting single-season school records for passing yards (2,938), passes attempted (395), passes completed (249), and total offense (3,345). He set the single-game record for touchdown passes with 6 and most consecutive passes completed with 12 against Peru State in the 2008 season opener. He finished second in the nation in total offense, sixth in passing yards per game (293.8) and 22nd in passing efficiency.
After graduating from the University of Jamestown in 2008 with a degree in business administration, Kittell played professional football in Germany for the Franken Knights.
He returned to North Dakota to help start the football program at Dakota College at Bottineau, serving as offensive coordinator in 2009.
Kittell then moved to Minot State where he served as a graduate assistant from 2010 to 2011 and then as a full-time assistant for the Beavers during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. As a graduate assistant he worked with quarterbacks, outside linebackers and safeties. As a full-time assistant he served as wide receivers coach as well as kick-off return and punt return coordinator.
His older brother, Joe, is the head men's basketball coach at the University of Mary.
Travis Titus recently completed his second year on the Jimmie staff.
He finished the season as the team's interim head coach, named to that position October 21, 2015.
He led the Jimmies to a 3-1 finish with a pair of victories over Mayville State and a win in the team's final home game over Waldorf.
Coach Titus is a 1998 graduate of Sherwood (N.D.) High School. He attended Minot State University, where he played football and baseball, graduating in 2003 with a BA in Social Studies and a minor in Coaching.
From 2003-2007, Coach Titus was an assistant football and baseball coach at Kenyon College in Ohio.
In 2008, Coach Titus started teaching and coaching football, basketball, and baseball at Cape Hatteras Secondary School in Buxton, NC, where he stayed until 2010.
Coach Titus then became an assistant football coach at Presentation (S.D.) College from 2010-2012. He earned his Master of Science in Education-Educational Studies degree from Northern State University in May of 2013. In December of 2013, Coach Titus earned his Master of Science in Education-Leadership & Administration degree from Northern State University.
Coach Titus is also the Jimmie football recruiting coordinator.
Dan Smith begins his fourth year as an assistant with the Jimmies after 24 years at Los Fresnos High School in South Texas.
During his tenure at Los Fresnos he served as the offensive coordinator, special team's coordinator, defensive line, and head strength and conditioning coach. Smith was also the Head Powerlifting coach; under his guidance, Los Fresnos won nine state championships.
Dan also served as the Junior Olympic Head Weightlifting Coach from 2000-2004. Smith has coached numerous High School, Collegiate, National, and World Champions, earning him state coach-of-the-year honors nine times and national coach of the year in 2001.
Smith was inducted to the THSWPA Hall of Fame in 2010.
Prior to coaching in Texas, Dan was the Elementary Principal and Athletic Director at North Shore Public School in Makoti, North Dakota. Smith received his bachelors from Valley City State University where he played defensive tackle on three DAC football championship teams, and NAIA semi-finalist in 1980, earning him Hall of Fame inductions for two teams in 1996 and 2009 at VCSU.
Dan and his wife, Pat, who is the Principal of Roosevelt Elementary, have three children: Ben is the head swim coach and history teacher at Jamestown HS, Casi is in her fourth year at Texas State Univ, and Kati is a freshman at NDSU.
Leon La Deaux is in his first year as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Jamestown.
Coach La Deaux is a 2010 graduate of South Kitsap High School (WA). He attended Central Washington University for two years starting at Wide Receiver both seasons before transferring to Minot State University where he played his final two seasons starting at Wide Receiver and Kick Returner for the Beavers.
In his two seasons at Minot State Coach La Deaux amassed 102 receptions for 1,340 yards and recorded 2,206 all-purpose yards.
He graduated from Minot State in May of 2015 with a BA in Broadcasting and is currently working on his MS in Leadership. Coach La Deaux will work with the Wide Receivers and Kick/Punt Returners this season.