At that point the allure of the collegiate level led him to New Mexico State in Las Cruces. While working as a graduate assistant, he earned his master's degree.
From there he bounced around from four different colleges, leaving at various times to fill both coaching and administrative positions.
He served solely as the director of football operations at New Mexico State from 2002-04 before deciding to return to the field. He had worked a month as an assistant at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. when an offensive coordinator position opened up at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn.