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 enters his third 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.
Titus serves as the team's recruiting coordinator and coaches quarterbacks and running backs. He recruits North Dakota and Nevada.
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.
Joey Blackmore will serve as UJ defensive coordinator.
He coaches the team's defensive backs, serves as special teams coordinator, handles summer camps and recruits Minnesota and California.
Blackmore comes to UJ after serving as a defensive assistant for NDSU the past two seasons. He worked with the defensive backs and was offensive scout team coordinator. He also had responsibilities in recruiting, defensive film breakdown, and punt and kickoff teams.
The Albany, Minn., native joined the Bison football program as a walk-on player, and became a student assistant coach in 2012 after injuries ended his playing career.
Jason Challeen is in his second season of his second stint at the University of Jamestown.
Challeen serves as the Jimmies offensive coordinator and coaches the offensive line. He also serves as the team's academic coordinator and recruits North Dakota, Minnesota and Arizona.
He returned to UJ in 2015 after serving as offensive coordinator at Mount Ida in Newton, Mass.
Challeen was previously the offensive coordinator at Castleton State in Castleton, Vermont.
Before his time at Castleton, Challeen was the Assistant Head Coach, Special Teams Coordinator, and Recruiting Coordinator for the past two season at the University of Mary.
Challeen has also served on the staffs at St. Cloud State, MN (01), Southwestern College, KS (02-03), University of Minnesota Duluth, MN (2004) and Mesabi Range, MN (05-06).
Challeen's first stop at UJ was in 2007-08 under coach Bud Etzold.
Challeen has helped guide four teams to post season appearances and four conference championships.
In his previous stops, Challeen has held a variety of duties including Assistant Head Football Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, Academic Coordinator, and Instructor in the Physical Education Department.
Challeen and his wife, Cheryl, are parents of a daughter Gracelin and son Hunter.
Littlejohn will serve as a defensive assistant for the Jimmies.
Littlejohn was a star linebacker for North Dakota State from 2011-14.
A Minneapolis native, Littlejohn played in 59 of 61 possible games and made 43 starts as part of four straight Missouri Valley Football Conference and NCAA Division I FCS national championship teams. He finished fourth in NDSU career history with 345 total tackles and third with 155 solo tackles.
Littlejohn was a first team All-Missouri Valley pick his senior season. During his four years as a player, the Bison posted a combined record of 58-3.
Shirek will serve as a defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coach for the Jimmies. He will also recruit the state of Wisconsin.
Shirek has been a member of the North Dakota State strength and conditioning staff for three years. He also served as a strength and conditioning intern at the University of Montana for one year and a performance specialist intern at EXOS Athletes Performance Institute in Phoenix.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and his master's degree from North Dakota State.
Leon La Deaux is in his second year as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Jamestown.
La Deaux coaches the Jimmies wide receivers and special teams.
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.