Shawn Frank begins his third year as the head coach for Jimmie football. This is his eleventh year with the Jimmies. Frank also served as the Defensive Coordinator for seven years, while directing the secondary as his main position group.
Frank also serves as the recruiting coordinator and also manages the Athletic Republic Speed & Acceleration program.
Under his guidance, the Jimmie secondary has become one of the top units in the conference in terms of passing yardage per game and interceptions. His units have also spent time in the top ten in the country against the pass. Frank has coached ten all-conference players, two AFCA first team All-American players (2007-Gary Thomas, 2011-Dustin Erbes), and one AFCA second team All-American player (2013-JT Petsch) in the last six years.
Prior to coming to Jamestown, Frank spent ten years coaching in his hometown, Hettinger, ND. He spent one year as an assistant and nine seasons as head coach of the Black Devils, compiling a 49-32 record. He guided Hettinger HS to six state playoff berths, highlighted by the 2000 Region IV title and two other regional runner-up finishes. He coached 17 all-state players and had many former players play collegiately in the DAC, North Central Conference, and MIAC.
In 2000, Frank also served as the athletic director of the Hettinger Public School system. Frank has also served as an assistant coach for the North Dakota Shrine Bowl.
He earned his bachelor of science degree in physical education at the University of Mary, where he began his coaching career as the running back coach in 1992. He was a two-time All-NDCAC first-team selection as a defensive back.
Frank and his wife, Lori, who is employed by the BCSC District, and serves as the Watershed Coordinator for Barnes County, have two daughters, Sarah and Kayla.
Kittell returns to Jamestown from Minot State University where for the past five seasons he has served in various capacities, most recently as offensive pass game coordinator and co-special teams coordinator for the Beavers.
“It’s with great excitement that we welcome a former Jimmie to our program and institution,” Frank says. “Josh understands our culture, embraces it, and looks forward to getting to work. He has a passion for the University of Jamestown and will be tireless in his approach. Having built a great relationship with him previously through recruiting and watching him grow professionally, I believe Josh will bring great energy to our program.”
Kittell was a three-year starter at quarterback and two-year captain for the Jimmies. He holds 10 of the school’s 13 all-time quarterback records. After graduating in 2008 with a degree in business administration, he played and coached professional football in Germany with the Franken Knights of the GFL. He is completing his master’s in physical education and human performance at Minot State.
Zach Parks begins his second year on Coach Shawn Frank's staff. Prior to coming to Jamestown, Parks spent five seasons at Montana Western, four as the offensive line coach and one as the defensive line coach. Parks also served as Western’s video coordinator. During his four seasons as offensive line coach, he coached four All-Conference performers. Also during those four seasons, Western had season highs in rushing attempts and yardage.
A native of Turlock, Calif., Parks spent two seasons playing offensive line at Modesto Junior College before continuing his college career at Montana Western, where he was a two-year letterwinner and All-Conference performer in 2007. He earned his bachelor’s degree in modern history with a minor in global politics in 2012.
Randy Elenberger spent last season as the Co-Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line Coach and Video Coordinator at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls, MN. Under his guidance the Spartan Offense tripled its points per game, increased its yards per game, yards per carry and catch, touchdowns, decreased sacks allowed and total turnovers from previous season. The Offense also produced four 1st Team All-Division players and two 2nd Team All-Division.
Randy spent the previous season as the Running Backs Coach at Valley City State University in Valley City, ND. He helped the Vikings rack up over 1,800 yards rushing, 17 rushing TD’s and 5.3 yards per carry as well one All-Conference Running Back selection. Prior to VCSU, Randy was an assistant coach at Davies High School in Fargo, ND for two seasons, where he worked with the Offensive and Defensive Lines as well as the Long Snappers.
Randy is originally from Milnor, ND and graduated in 1998, where he was an All-Conference, All-Region Middle Linebacker. He started his college career and played Middle Linebacker and Long Snapper at Concordia College Moorhead, MN and finished at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. Randy has a Masters degree in Leadership in Physical Education and Sport and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Recreation Leadership, from NDSU.
Randy and his wife Katie have two daughters, Aly (3) and Aubrey (2) and live in Moorhead, MN.
Jared Schwanz begins his second year on the Jimmie coaching staff. Prior to coming to Jamestown, Schwanz spent four seasons at the University of Sioux Falls as defensive line coach. During those four years, the Cougars posted a 41-7 record, including a 15-0 season in 2009 when they won the NAIA National Championship. Schwanz coached two All-Americans and 10 All-Conference players at Sioux Falls.
A native of Saint James, Minn., Schwanz graduated in 2008 from Minnesota State University Mankato where he played defensive line for two seasons and was named to the North Central Conference academic team. He earned his master’s in education-sports leadership in 2010 from Southwest Minnesota State University.
“Jared is a welcome addition to our coaching staff,” Frank said. “He brings a tremendous amount of expertise and knowledge to the 3-4 scheme we run. Jared brings a high energy level that will filter throughout the program. We welcome Jared and his wife, Beth, to our family.”
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.
Colin will work with the video for football games for the 2014 Jimmies.