Jonathan Michaelesemail: email@example.com
Jonathan Michaeles enters his 10th year at Colby College and his second as head coach of the football team in the 2013-14 academic year. He spent eight years as an assistant coach with the Mules.
Michaeles, a 1992 graduate of Bates College, is the 40th head coach since the football program was started in 1892, but only the sixth since 1967.
In his eight years as an assistant with Colby, Michaeles served as the offensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, academic advisor, and strength and conditioning director. He's also worked with both the quarterbacks and kickers.
"I'm clearly excited and am so appreciative of this opportunity," said Michaeles, a native of Sturbridge, Mass., and a 1988 graduate of St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Mass. "It is a chance to carry on the proud traditions established by so many players and coaches before me."
Michaeles came to Colby with significant coaching experience. He was the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Saint Anselm College from 1999 to 2004. He was also the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Fordham University during the 1998-99 academic year and was tight ends coach at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997-98. He started his collegiate coaching career at Allegheny College as the wide receiver, tight end, and kickers coach from 1994 to 1997. His first coaching experience was as an assistant varsity coach at Tantasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge, Mass., in the 1992-93 academic year.
Michaeles has taken pride in being an academic advisor and starting an "academic game plan" at Allegheny and Saint Anselm. Colby's team grade point average has gone up since his arrival.
"We're trying to help our incoming students make a successful transition into college," Michaeles said. "Not just in the classroom, but also from an organizational standpoint. Our whole staff is involved, and we have a group of juniors and seniors who are strong students who volunteer their time as peer advisers and study hall monitors. We want the incoming students to be able to thrive academically, as well as on the playing field."
Michaeles, who was a wide receiver during his playing days at Bates, said he's been fortunate to play and coach at strong academic institutions. "I've been recruiting the same types of kids over the years," Michaeles said. "They want a great education, and they want strong athletics to be a part of that experience."
Michaeles' recruiting areas: New England prep schools, New Hampshire, North Central Massachusetts.
Tom Dexter - Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Secondary, Strength Coach
Phone: 207-859-4917; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Dexter enters his 25th season on Colby's football coaching staff in the 2013-14 academic year. A 1987 graduate of SUNY-Cortland, Dexter played quarterback and defensive back while in college. In 1988 he earned his master's degree from Cortland while serving as a defensive line coach there. Dexter then went to Cornell University for one year, where he was the defensive secondary coach and defensive coordinator of the freshman football team. Dexter also serves as assistant baseball coach and director of the fitness center at Colby.
Dexter recruiting areas: Maine, New York, Southern Massachusetts.
Steve Opgenorth - Offensive Coordinator, Recruiting Coordinator
Phone: 207-859-4929; Email: email@example.com
Steve Opgenorth is in his second year as offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Colby College football program in the 2013-14 academic year. Opgenorth joined Colby after two successful seasons at Winona State University (Winona, Minn. – NCAA Division II). At Winona State, Opgenorth was responsible for coordinating the Warriors' special teams efforts as well as their recruiting efforts across the Midwest. He was also the program’s wide receivers coach.
Opgenorth’s impact within the Winona State program started instantly upon his arrival in 2010, as Curtis Dewberry led the country in punt return average with 20.4 yards per punt return on his way to garnering post-season recognition. Opgenorth also coached sophomore Derrick Engel to first team All-NSIC honors at the wide receiver position that year. This past 2011 season saw Opgenorth help the Warriors to a 7-4 overall record within an offensive unit that averaged 33.5 points per game in arguably the toughest Division II conference in the country.
Before returning to his alma mater, Opgenorth was the special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator, and defensive backs coach at Albright College (Reading, Pa.). He also served as the program's academic coordinator, helping 32 players earn all-academic honors in his three seasons. In Opgenorth’s time at Albright College, the team made an overall turnaround from a 2-8 record before his arrival to an 11-2 overall mark and an NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinal appearance in 2009. Opgenorth developed one of the top defensive backfields in the country, tutoring two first team all-conference defensive backs, including All-American Matt Christ in 2008.
Opgenorth began his coaching career at Carroll University (Waukesha, Wisc.) where he served as the wide receivers coach and assistant recruiting coordinator during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. At Carroll he was able to develop all-conference performers at wide receiver, tight end, and a placekicker.
As a student-athlete at Winona State University, Opgenorth’s name is littered throughout the programs record book. He is second in school history in total points scored and was named to Winona State’s All-Century team in 2005 as a specialist. Opgenorth was an all-conference performer three times in his career, and garnered All-American accolades in 2003 by helping Winona State reach the NCAA Division II Tournament quarterfinals.
Opgenorth is an active member within the American Football Coaches Association. He is originally from Green Bay, Wisc., and now resides in Waterville.
Opgenorth's recruiting areas: Boston area, Middle Atlantic (Md./Va.) region, Southern Connecticut.
Jose Eric Garcia Linebackers, Special Teams Coordinator
Phone: 207-859-4908; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric enters his eighth year with the Colby coaching staff after coming from Mississippi Valley State, where had served as an admissions counselor. Garcia has a bachelor's degree in physical eduation from Dana (Neb.) College and a master's degree from Alcorn State University. He played collegiate football at Dana, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) University and Humboldt State (Calif.) University, and was part of Azusa Pacific's 1998 NAIA national championship team. The Los Angeles native was an assistant football coach and head track coach at Dodge City (Kansas) Community College in 2004, and was an admissions counselor at Alcorn State in 2005. He also held football assistant coach positions at Alcorn State, Mansfield University, Urbana University and Humboldt State. Eric also is an assistant track and field coach at Colby.
Garcia's recruiting areas: Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Western Massachusetts.
Dale Plummer - Kickers/Punters
Phone: 207-859-4931; Email: email@example.com
Dale Plummer, the head baseball coach at Colby, has coached with the Mules for five seasons. Plummer has worked as an offensive assistant, defensive assistant, and with the kickers and punters. Plummer, who was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in July 2009, was selected in the 1988 amateur draft by the New York Mets after graduating from the University of Maine. He earned the Mets’ Class-AAA Most Inspirational Player Award in 1993 and same year was honored with the Webster Award for being an outstanding minor league representative of the Mets both on and off the field. Plummer had a 38-19 record with 29 saves during his minor league career with the Mets and the Boston Red Sox organizations. He is a former assistant baseball coach at Bowdoin College (2001-2005) and head baseball coach at Gardiner Area High School (1996-2000).
Mike Coyne - Running Backs
Phone: 207-859-4956; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
After a year away, Mike Coyne is back with the Colby College football team for hi fourth year as an assistant coach.
Coyne, who was the wide receivers coach from 2009 to 2011 for the Mules, will lead the running backs in 2013.
Coyne was a Pro Scouting Coordinator for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles last year. He was responsible for evaluation of active NFL players and provided advance reports for weekly opponents to the coaching staff.
Coyne also was the assistant recruiting coordinator and the assistant special teams coach during his first stint at Colby.
Before coming to Colby, Coyne was an Offensive Coaching Assistant with the Baltimore Ravens in 2008 and 2009. He started with the Ravens in 2007 with a public relations internship.
Coyne graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2007. He was a wide receiver and safety for four straight undefeated teams at Hereford High School in Maryland. Coyne helped Hereford to two Maryland state titles.
Coyne's recruiting areas: Florida, Northern Connecticut, Philadelphia area.
Matt Hanhold - Defensive Line
Phone: 207-859-4979; Email: email@example.com
Matt Hanhold, who spent four seasons at Buffalo State College, enters his second year as an assistant coach for the Colby College football team in 2013-14.
Hanhold, who has experience coaching offense and defense, will be the defensive line coach for Colby head coach Jonathan Michaeles.
Hanhold was the wide receivers coach, the video coordinator, and facilities assistant at Buffalo State. He also was the head coach of the Bengals' junior varsity team and the squad's offensive coordinator. Hanhold assisted the head varsity football coach with all aspects of the program.
Hanhold, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, coached two New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) First Team selections in his four years with the Bengals. He had two receivers with more than 30 catches and three with more than 20 during the 2011 season. Buffalo State is moving to the Empire 8 Conference for the 2012 season.
While at Clarion University, Hanhold earned a master's degree in rehabilitative sciences/counseling and was a graduate assistant for the football team for two years. He coached the defensive secondary for the 2006 season and then worked with the wide receivers for the 2007 season.
Hanhold, who earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Westminster College, played on the defensive line in his collegiate playing days. He earned 2005 Presidents Athletic Conference All-League honors and was a team captain.
Hanhold's recruiting areas: Vermont, Northern New Jersey, Chicago area.
Travis Lueck -- Wide Receivers
Phone: 207-859-4934; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the more familiar faces on campus is Chap Nelson '82, who has served as Colby's equipment manager since 1985. In that role, the Clinton, Maine, native and Lawrence High School graduate oversees the procurement and maintenance of equipment and uniforms for all of the school's varsity teams, as well as the myriad of club and intramural sports offered by the College. Nelson graduated from Colby with a degree in administrative sciences, then attended The Ohio State University where he earned a master's degree in athletic administration in 1984. Nelson returned to Colby in 1985 as the equipment manager. He also has been active as an assistant baseball coach at Colby for nearly 25 seasons.