Former Minnesota Duluth standout quarterback Chase Vogler is returning to his alma mater as the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator.
Volger has spent the past five seasons on the Wisconsin-Stout coaching staff, including the last three handling the offensive coordinator role.
"I'm very excited to be back home," Volger said in a Monday press release from Minnesota Duluth. "UMD is a special place - one that means a lot to me. I am so grateful for this opportunity and I can't wait to get to work once again as a Bulldog."
Vogler, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology from UMD in 2013, was hired as Stout's game coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2014 and two years later was promoted to offensive coordinator.
During his four seasons with the Bulldogs, Vogler played in all 54 games and went 46-6 as a starter (including 7-3 in the postseason). He quarterbacked the Bulldogs to one NCAA Division II national championship (2010), four Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference titles (2009-12) and four NCAA II playoff appearances (2009-12).
The Inver Grove Heights, Minn., native ranks first in program history for pass completion percentage (63.2 percent), third in total offense (10,486 yards), fourth in passing yards (7,583), and eighth in rushing yards (2,903). For his efforts, Vogler received All-NSIC honors on three occasions (first team in 2010 and second team in 2011 and 2012) and was chosen a Beyond Sports Network All-American (honorable mention) as a senior team captain.
"For me, it was an easy decision to have Chase lead our offense," said UMD head coach Curt Wiese, who served as UMD's offensive coordinator during Vogler's entire college playing career. "We are fortunate to have an opportunity to bring someone on board like Chase, who has the experience, a passion for UMD athletics and the knowledge of our campus and community."
After coaching professionally as the offensive coordinator with Germany's Bielefeld Bulldogs during the summer of 2013, Vogler returned to UMD that fall to serve as a volunteer assistant coach (defensive secondary). He also had a short graduate assistant stint at Western Illinois University, where he was reunited with his collegiate head coach, Bob Nielsen, before joining the Blue Devils in 2014.