One familiar face returned to the Wittenberg football coaching staff this spring, and another left the program.
Southeastern High School graduate Reed Florence, the North Coast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2013, joined the staff as coach of the safeties. Defensive coordinator Sean Ross, who had been on head coach Joe Fincham’s staff since 2007, took a new job at the university as associate director of leadership giving in the Office of Advancement.
Ross coached linebackers until becoming defensive coordinator in 2013.
“Sean had certainly been more than a loyal servant to the program,” said Fincham, whose team finished 8-2 last season. “I think he was looking for his next thing as a lot of guys do. This opportunity came up. He thought he would like to explore it. He’s hit the ground running. He’s done a lot for this facility we’re raising funds for. It was a nice match for our advancement team as well.”
Florence coached at Marian University, where former Wittenberg assistant coach Mark Henninger is the head coach, in 2014. Last season, he coached at Millikin University. The departure of Ross opened up a job for Florence.
“It’ll be good for him as a young coach,” Fincham said. “It’s also interesting to take somebody like him and stick him on defense because he understands offensively what we’re trying to do. You’d be surprised when you coach on one side of the ball or the other, it’s nice to have a guy with a different perspective on things.”
David Marquis, who joined the program last season as a linebackers coach, will take over as defensive coordinator.
“We felt like he was ready for it,” Fincham said. “He coached at Kent as a younger guy. He spent some time on UD’s staff. he spent some time at Randolph Macon. He was with us for a year. From a knowledge standpoint, he understands our system. It’ll hopefully not be such a big transition.”
Nate Wilson will move from cornerbacks coach to linebackers coach in his second season with the Tigers.
Camp info: Wittenberg will host its annual Tiger Junior Football Camp from Wednesday through Friday. It’s for kids in grades three through eight. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m. daily. You can register online at WittenbergTigers.com.