Randy Lil Lean Hedberg
Current position
TitleAssociate Head Coach
TeamNorth Dakota State
Biographical details
Born (1954-12-27) December 27, 1954 (age 66)
Parshall, North Dakota
Playing career
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–1 (NCAA D-II playoffs)

Randolph R. Hedberg (born December 27, 1954) is an American football coach and a former player, currently the quarterbacks coach at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Hedberg played as a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL in 1977.[1] He was the head coach at Minot State University, his alma mater, from 1982 to 1989, and at 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.[2]

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,[1] 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]

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
1983 Minot State 7–2
1984 Minot State 6–2–1
1985 Minot State 7–1–1
1986 Minot State 5–4
1987 Minot State 6–3
1988 Minot State 6–3
1989 Minot State 4–5
Minot State: 45–23–2
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
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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