Watertown-Mayer senior Nick Tschida signed a National Letter of Intent last Friday to play football for Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Augustana is a Division II program that competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Vikings finished 5-6 last year and 6-5 in 2011, and traditionally field a strong team. The team had four straight winning seasons from 2008-2011, including an 11-2 finish and second place finish in the NSIC in 2010.
“They’ve always been successful, and they’re bringing in a new coach this year,” Tschida said of one of the main reasons he chose Augustana. “He’s bringing in some rave reviews, so that should be fun.”
Tschida said the other schools he considered were Division III programs in Minnesota: St. John’s and Gustavus Adolphus. Ultimately, he said Augustana just offered more advantages both on and off the field.
“Through the whole recruiting process, they offered the best financial aid package,” he said. “I wanted to give that Division II aspect a try too, and we have family in that area, so that’s always an added plus.”
Tschida, who was most known last season for playing quarterback for the Royals, will play defensive back for the Vikings. Last season for Watertown-Mayer, in leading the Royals to a 6-3 record and nearly to a Minnesota River Conference title, Tschida ran for 440 yards and six touchdowns and threw for 616 yards and five touchdowns. On defense, he was second on the team with 51 tackles. He also intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble.
Tschida said he was excited to join the Augustana defense.
“They kind of run a defense I’m familiar with, so that will be pretty easy to jump into,” he said.
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