GREELEY, Colo. -- A seven-member search committee is looking beyond Division I coaches as it pares down a list of applicants to replace Northern Colorado football coach O. Kay Dalton, who was fired earlier this month.
The search committee originally demanded a coach with Division I experience.
"The more we talked the more we knew that the great coaches come from all ranks," UNC vice president for university advancement Ken McConnellogue said Monday. "You only need to look at the example here of [one-time UNC coach] Joe Glenn as someone
who went from a Division II coach to a Division I-AA national championship."
About 47 coaches have submitted materials and the committee was following up on three recent inquiries.
McConnellogue would not reveal the identity of any specific applicant except to say the applicants ran the gamut of high school coaches to Division II, Division I-A coordinators and I-AA head coaches to a former NFL coordinator. He wouldn't say if applicants include former Houston Oilers head coach Jerry Glanville, former UNC defensive coordinator Marty English or popular Colorado assistant Brian Cabral.
"All I can say is [AD] Jay Hinrichs has had many conversations with folks from across the country about the position and we are moving fast on it," McConnellogue said. "I hope we are interviewing by next week at the latest and we would like to get our next coach hired by Christmas."
Dalton, a former NFL assistant coach, was fired Dec. 2 after six seasons at UNC, where he compiled a 38-31 overall record, including a 4-7 record -- 0-5 in the Great West Conference -- this season.