Jonathan Michaeles
Head Coach

Jonathan Michaeles

phone: 207-859-4958
fax: 207-859-4902

Jonathan Michaeles enters his 11th year at Colby College and his third as head coach of the football team in the 2014-15 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.

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, ISL Massachusetts.

Assistant Coaches

Dexter-tie_2Tom Dexter - Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Secondary, Strength Coach

Phone: 207-859-4917; Email:

Tom Dexter enters his 26th season on Colby's football coaching staff in the 2014-15 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, Downstate New York, Eastern Massachusetts.

Shane Fogarty, Offensive Coordinator, QuarterbacksfbFogartysmall

Phone: 207-859-4929, Email:

Shane Fogarty, a former players and assistant coach for the University of Connecticut, was named offensive coordinator for Colby on March 31.

Fogarty has two assistant coaching stints at UConn. He coached the safeties in 2013 and also assisted with the special teams.

Fogarty was a graduate assistant for the Huskies and coached the defensive backs and linebackers for the 2010 BIG EAST championship team and the 2011 squad.

Fogarty, who earned his bachelor's degree from Connecticut in 2006 and a master's degree in 2012, started his coaching career at Trinity College. He worked with the linebackers in 2006 and 2007 and running backs and special teams in 2008. Fogarty helped the Bantams wins the NESCAC title in 2008.

From February to June 2008, Fogarty was the head coach of the Carinthiar Black Lions in the Austrian League. He then went on to Norwich University for the 2009 season, coached the wide receivers, and helped the Cadets win the East Coast Conference title.

As he was earning his master's degree, Fogarty was a member of the staff in 2010 that led the Huskies to the conference title and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl.

Fogarty also coached at Fordham University as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach from December 2011 to June 2013.

During his collegiate playing days, Fogarty played quarterback for the Huskies. He earned the Joseph M. Giannelli Unsung Hero Award for a player who best displays effort, dedication, and steady performance without notice or acclaim.

A native of West Virginia, Fogarty led Morgantown High School to the 2001 championship in the state's biggest division. He had a 25-2 record as a starting quarterback and was a two-time all-state selection.

Fogarty's recruiting areas: Eastern Massachusetts, Connecticut, Upstate New York

Jose Eric Garcia Running backs, Special Teams Coordinator  

Garcia-tie_1Phone: 207-859-4908; Email:

Eric enters his ninth year with the Colby coaching staff after coming from Mississippi Valley State, where he served as an admissions counselor. Garcia has been the linebackers coach in his previous season at Colby, but will lead the running backs in 2014. 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, Vermont.

Plummer-tie            Dale PlummerKickers/Punters   

Phone: 207-859-4931; Email: 

Dale Plummer, the head baseball coach at Colby, has coached with the Mules for six 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).

Matt Hanhold - Defensive Line, Recruiting Coordinator


Phone: 207-859-4979; Email:

Matt Hanhold, who spent four seasons at Buffalo State College, enters his third year as an assistant coach for the Colby College football team in 2014-15.

Hanhold, who has experience coaching offense and defense, is the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

In February 2014, Hanhold participated in the NFL/NCAA Coaches Academy in Phoenix, Ariz. He was selected from hundreds of applicants and was the lone New England Small College Athletic Conference coach to attend.

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: Eastern Massachusetts, Illinois, New Jersey.

Travis Lueck -- Wide Receivers

Phone: 207-859-4934; Email: tjlueck@colby.eduTravis Lueck

Travis Lueck, who was an All-American kick returner for University of North Dakota, enters his third year as an assistant coach.
Lueck is the wide receivers coach for the Mules. He played wide receiver and returned kickoffs and punts during his playing days.
Lueck, a native of East Grand Forks, Minn., earned NCAA Division II First Team All-America honors in 2003 as a return specialist at North Dakota. He helped his team to a North Central Conference title and a runner-up finish for the NCAA Division II national title.
Lueck also earned National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) First Team All-America honors at wide receiver in 1999 while at North Dakota State College of Science. He still holds school records for single-season receptions (72), single-season touchdowns (16), and most yards receiving in a game (206). Lueck helped his team to the NJCAA national final in 1999.
Lueck went on to play wide receiver for two years at Murray State University, but played sparingly and transferred to University of North Dakota. He assisted the coaching staff at UND with the wide receivers while sitting out his red-shirt season in 2002.
Lueck's recruiting areas: Connecticut, California, Eastern Massachusetts.
Connor Beerworth -- Linebackersfbsmugbeerworth

Connor Beerworth heads into his first year as linebackers coach during the 2014-15 academic year.

Beerworth was part of the staff at the University of New Hampshire and coached at Castleton State. He worked as a graduate intern at UNH since January 2014. During the 2013 season, he coached linebackers, strong safeties, and worked with special teams at Castleton State. Beerworth also coached with Rutland (Vt.) High School during the 2013 season with the running backs and defensive backs.

Beerworth graduated from Union College in May 2013, earning team defensive MVP honors as an outside linebacker in his senior season. He also was on the All-Liberty League All-Academic Team during his time at Union.

Chap NelsonChap Nelson '82 Equipment Manager

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.