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Lang Plays Role In Championship

By Staff | Mar 31, 2009

A former Emmetsburg E-Hawk football standout, has added another athletic championship to his resume’. Michael Lang, a 2001 graduate of Emmetsburg and son of Ken and Jayne Lang of Emmetsburg, played on the 2000 State Champion E’Hawk football team, and then played on the 2001 E’Hawk Baseball team that won the Class 2A State championships.

Moving into the coaching realm, Lang earned another honor, specifically an NCAA Division II National Championship. Lang was a part of the coaching staff for The University of Minnesota-Duluth Football team as UMD won its’ first ever National Championship in Florence Alabama on Dec.13, 2008.

UMD?was the decided underdog in the title game, but a 21-14 win over Northwest Missouri State University gave UMD?a perfect 15-0 season to go along with the Division II Crown.

For Lang, the title culminated his journey from a Graduate Assistant in 2006 to the Head Defensive Backs Coach for the championship season.

In that capacity, Lang coached three first Team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All Conference Defensive Backs, a 2nd Team DakTronics All-American Free Safety and a 3rd Team Associated Press Little All-American Free Safety.

Before joining UMD, Lang was a student assistant coach after being a three-year starter for the Buena Vista University Football team. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History in May 2006 from BVU.