By: Colton Hall
Coming off a record breaking 7-3 season in 2016, The Presentation College Saints Football team has high expectations for the 2017 season. Since the end of the fall 2016 season, some minor, but beneficial changes have occurred in the Presentation College football coaching staff. One of the most notable changes was the departure of Defensive Back coach Garren Holley. Holley was with Presentation from 2014 to 2016, and is now the Head Coach for the Munich Cowboys, a professional organization in Munich, Germany. Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Back coach Chuck Miesbauer stated, “It’s definitely tough to lose a great coach like coach Holley. I don’t think that we could ever replace him per say, but we as a team we need to look for a coach that best fits our program. We as a coaching staff wish Coach Holley the best.”
With the departure of Coach Holley, the new Defensive Line Coach for the Saints is Coach Blake Mudd. This coaching acquisition moves Coach Chuck Miesbauer to coach the Defensive Backs.
Miesbauer stated, “Coach Mudd to me really showed that he wanted the job by how prepared he was. I felt that his teachings and concepts on the D-line were basically the same as mine. My move to DB’s coach is the best possible thing for the program.”
Mudd has been a part of three championship teams so far in his coaching career. His experience and knowledge from coaching such talented teams could spark something big for the saints in 2017. Mudd’s last coaching job was at the Division 1 school, University of Northern Illinois.
Mudd explained,“I think that I can bring a lot of positive things to this program, and I know what it takes to win. I’d like to take the success that these guys have had already and improve on that.”
The coaching staff, in all, interviewed over twenty possible candidates. Head Coach Andy Carr felt that Coach Mudd was the best fit for the program. When interviewed, Coach Carr stated, “Coach Mudd was very organized, and you could tell that he works hard. His success on three different levels including: coaching in high school, NAIA, and Divison 1 made him a respectable candidate, and the best fit for the team.”