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CARBONDALE — John Van Dam, SIU's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the last two seasons, is leaving the program for another position, head coach Nick Hill said Tuesday.

Hill will take over as quarterbacks coach, he said, and as the offensive coordinator. Michael Williamson Jr., the program's director of football operations, will move up into an on-field coaching position and will help with the offense.

SIU opens spring football Thursday. 

The Salukis finished 4-7 overall and 2-6 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference despite a 4-3 start. SIU lost its last four games after starting quarterback Sam Straub broke a bone in his right (throwing) wrist. 

The Salukis finished ninth in the league in scoring offense during MVFC play (22.5 points per game). SIU was fourth in the league in passing and seventh in rushing during conference play.

SIU's offense set a program record for passing yards in a season in Van Dam's first year with 3,660. The Salukis averaged 332 yards per game, which led the MVFC and ranks second in MVFC history. The Salukis also led the MVFC in total offense, averaging more than 470 yards per game, and ranked second in scoring offense at 30.9 points per game. 

— Todd Hefferman


On Twitter: @THefferman


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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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