Randy Hedberg
Current position
TitleAssociate head coach & quarterbacks coach
TeamNorth Dakota State
Biographical details
Born (1954-12-27) December 27, 1954 (age 67)
Parshall, North Dakota
Playing career
1973–1976Minot State
1977–1978Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1979*Oakland Raiders
1980*Green Bay Packers
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1981Minot State (assistant)
1982–1989Minot State
1990–1995Central Missouri (AHC/OC/QB)
1996–1998North Dakota (OC/QB/WR)
1999–2007St. Cloud State
2008–2013Southern Illinois (QB)
2014–2018North Dakota State (QB)
2019–presentNorth Dakota State (AHC/PGC/QB)
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–1 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 NDCAC (1983, 1985)

Randy R. Hedberg (born December 27, 1954) is an American football coach and a former player. He is the associate head coach and quarterbacks coach at North Dakota State University. Hedberg played as a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL) in 1977. He was the head football coach at Minot State University, his alma mater, from 1982 to 1989 and St. Cloud State University from 1999 to 2007, compiling a career college football record of 92–74–2.

Early life, playing career, and education

Born and raised in Parshall, North Dakota, southwest of Minot, Hedberg graduated from Parshall High School in 1973. He played college football at Minot State College, an NAIA school, from 1973 to 1976. He was a four-year letter winner in football, basketball, and baseball for the Beavers, and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1977. He earned a master's degree from the University of North Dakota in 1987.[1]

Hedberg was selected in the eighth round (196th overall) in the 1977 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay, the eleventh quarterback selected. He saw significant playing time in his rookie season in 1977,[2] where he appeared in seven games and started in four. On injured reserve the following year, he was traded in February 1979 to Oakland;[3][4] briefly with Raiders and Green Bay, he did not see any regular season playing time.

Hedberg was selected as #31 in Sports Illustrated's "50 Greatest Sports Figures in North Dakota."[5]

Coaching career

Following his playing career, he was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Minot State, from 1979 to 1981, and its head coach from 1982 to 1989, compiling a 45–23–2 (.657) record in eight seasons. He then became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Central Missouri State University (1990–1995) and at the University of North Dakota (1996–1998) in Grand Forks. He returned to the head coaching ranks in 1999 at St. Cloud State University, a Division II program in central Minnesota, compiling a 47–51 (.480) record in nine seasons. His overall record as a head coach stands at 92–74–2 (.554) in 17 seasons.

Hedberg was the quarterbacks coach at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He was hired in February 2008. After the 2013 season he signed on to be the quarterbacks coach at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Here, Hedberg would coach Carson Wentz, the eventual 2nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.[6] Randy also coached Easton Stick a 2019 5th round draft pick of the Los Angeles Chargers. He was the quarterback coach of Trey Lance, the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

Honors and family

Hedberg was inducted into Minot State's hall of fame in 1985. He has four children, Jennifer, Kate, Christopher and Maddie.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Minot State Beavers (North Dakota College Athletic Conference) (1982–1989)
1982 Minot State 4–4 3–3
1983 Minot State 7–2 5–1 T–1st
1984 Minot State 6–2–1 4–2 T–3rd
1985 Minot State 7–1–1 5–0 1st
1986 Minot State 5–4 3–2 3rd
1987 Minot State 6–3 3–2 3rd
1988 Minot State 6–3 4–2 3rd
1989 Minot State 4–5 3–2 3rd
Minot State: 45–23–2 30–14
St. Cloud State Huskies (North Central Conference) (1999–2007)
1999 St. Cloud State 3–8 1–8 10th
2000 St. Cloud State 1–9 1–8 9th
2001 St. Cloud State 4–7 3–5 7th
2002 St. Cloud State 9–2 6–2 2nd
2003 St. Cloud State 7–4 4–3 T–4th
2004 St. Cloud State 8–3 4–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division II First Round
2005 St. Cloud State 8–3 3–3 5th
2006 St. Cloud State 3–8 1–7 9th
2007 St. Cloud State 4–7 1–7 T–8th
St. Cloud State: 47–51 24–45
Total: 92–74–2
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  1. ^ "2019 Football Roster". Archived from the original on June 9, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "'Minot flash' wins Bucs' job". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. September 16, 1977. p. 6B.
  3. ^ "Bucs ship Hedberg to Raiders". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). February 2, 1979. p. C1.
  4. ^ "Hedberg comes home to get his ring". Minot State University. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2008-09-14.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Your midseason MVP? The brilliant and improbable Carson Wentz". October 30, 2017.