A Cradle of Coaches

Just a great read on a growing group of football coaches hailing from tiny D3 the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. The list includes two current FBS head coaches in Matt Campbell (Iowa State) and Jason Candle (Toledo) along with several NFL/FBS coordinators and position coaches. How did a private, liberal arts school with an undergraduate enrollment of only 2,095 become football’s newest coaching cradle? The easy answer is Larry Keres, former Mount Union head coach and current athletic director, who won 11 NCAA titles there between 1986 and 2012 and has the highest win percentage (.929) in college football history. The complete answer is slightly more complicated.

“It was like a modern-day think tank,” Campbell said. “Every day, he challenged you as a recruiter, he challenged you as a coach, and along the way, he was guiding you. That’s really the reason why so many of us have had success in coaching. You almost went back and got your doctorate in management and coaching and how to lead a program.”


For more on coaching trees:
-College basketball’s unlikeliest coaching tree (LINK)
-Dane Fife on working for Tom Izzo (LINK)
-How Kirby Smart is building the next ‘Bama (LINK)
-A Philadelphia legend (LINK)

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