STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Don Schillinger’s coaching tree keeps expanding.
Greg Breitbach, who played under the legendary Baker High School coach in the 1980s, was named the head football coach at Division III University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Monday. Breitbach had spent the past five seasons as the head coach at Millersville University, a Division II program in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
Breitbach graduated from Baker in 1989 and then played quarterback at Dickinson (N.D.) State, leading the Blue Hawks to back-to-back conference championships, and Montana Western, where he ultimately graduated in 1994. He helped coach the Bulldog linebackers and running backs in 1993 and 1994 before coaching at Wolf Point High School for two seasons.
Breitbach returned to Western in 1996 to serve as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator and jumped to Lewis-Clark State College to coach special teams in 1999. He first joined Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2003, when he spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator. During his first stint at Stevens Point, the Pointers averaged 415 yards and 30 points per game, compiling an 18-12 record.
Breitbach moved to the University of North Dakota in 2006 and eventually became UND’s offensive coordinator in 2008, helping the team to the Great West Conference championship in 2011, the program’s first Division I conference title. In 2012, UND’s first year in the Big Sky Conference, Breitbach’s offense set school records in single-season touchdown passes (30) and passing offense (3,268 yards). UND also set single-game records against Montana that season, with quarterback Braden Hanson throwing for 660 yards to set the Big Sky Conference single-game record and the offense accumulating 770 total yards to set the UND program record.
After guiding the UND offense for five seasons, Breitbach got his first head-coaching job at Millersville. The Marauders won just eight games during Breitbach’s tenure, but their 4-7 record in 2017 was the program’s best mark since a 6-6 season in 2006.
UW-Stevens Point, which plays in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, posted a 4-6 overall record last season, its first losing record since 2012.
“My family and I are grateful and honored to be invited back to Stevens Point,” Breitbach said in a media release. “We are excited to be part of UWSP and the Pointer Football family again. Once you’re a Pointer, you’re always a Pointer. UWSP Football has a deep tradition of excellence in the WIAC. Our Pointers will build on that foundation and connect our past tradition with future success. We’ll go to work each day and prepare the right way. We’ll be invested in the program and each other. We’ll give great effort, play with toughness, and be relentless in our pursuit of excellence. I look forward to leading this program and serving as UWSP’s head football coach.”
Breitbach’s older brother, Dave, succeeded Schillinger as the head football coach at Baker in 2011.