FWIW, I've had a reasonable amount of D2 success in Phelan at Mount Olive...21 tourney appearances in 30 seasons...16 NT wins. I'm not the greatest coach, but I feel like I'm slightly above average. SW Minnesota is kind of a recruiting Siberia I think...not a lot going on in terms of recruits, especially when I'm used to the glut of the Carolinas.
I guess D1 wasn't on my mind when I took over SW Minnesota State, but it became the goal. I'm not concerned about how well I'll do in D1, I think I'll be fine, I've won a CC before there at South Carolina State...I just want to get there. Playing D2 more isn't going to help anyone play D1 better, because D1 is it's own ball of wax that you have to play and get accustomed to.