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									2011 JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL




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HEAD COACH - RECORDS
Jacksonville                       On the heels of the Dolphins’ greatest                                Bell’s Bio
29-17 (Four years)             season ever, it’s tough to imagine what head            • Hometown: Mayo, Fla
2010 PFL Champios              coach Kerwin Bell might have in store for an            • High School: Mayo Lafayette
2008 PFL Champions             encore.                                                 • College: University of Florida, ‘87
2008 PFL “Coach of the Year”       Really, what do you do to top a 10-1 sea-
Trinity Catholic HS (Ocala)                                                            • Degree: B.S. Psychology
                               son that included a perfect 8-0 record in the           • Personal: Wife: Cosette. Children: Kade, 18,
45-15 (Five years)
2005 Class 2B Champions        Pioneer Football League for their second                Kolton, 15 and Kenzley, 11.
2006 Class 2B Runner-Up        league title in three years?                            • Philosophy: The mark of a championship
                                   For Bell, who lives for winning champi-             team goes back to the quality of players
COACHING CAREER                onships, there’s a new goal – a total champi-           you have. If we have character we can ac-
Trinity Catholic HS (Ocala)    onship program.                                         complish anything we want as a team.
Head Coach                         “We’re trying to go to the level of total
(2001-2006)                                                                            • Career Influences: Roger Staubach, Charlie
                               championship program and to do that you
Toronto Argonauts                                                                      Pell, Steve Spurrier, Lindy Infante
Offensive Coordinator
                               have to be all in, committed totally,’’ the na-
(2000-2001)                    tive of Mayo and high-powered University of
University of Florida          Florida quarterback of the mid-1980s said.              the day after finals after realizing that we
Graduate Assistant             “We want to not only win championships                  won two of the last three championships on
(1990)                         but we want to take pride in and take own-              the field, we had just become the highest
                               ership in being a total championship pro-               GPA in team history this last semester. To do
PRO PLAYING CAREER             gram.’’                                                 those things tells me we’re heading in that
1988 - NFL Draft
                                   Bell says he sets many goals by feel, but           direction.’’
(7th Round - Miami)
Aug. 1988 - Atlanta            knows exactly what his expectation is for a                 Director of Athletics Alan Verlander also
1989 - Tampa Bay (NFL)         total championship program.                             believes they are headed in the right direc-
1991 - Orlando (WLAF)              “There’s a difference in being a champi-             tion.
1992 - Orlando (WLAF)          onship team and being a total champi-                       “As we look at all of the things in football
1993 - Sacramento (CFL)        onship program and what I mean by that is               to be successful, Kerwin has taken the ap-
1994 - Sacramento (CFL)        we do things right not only on the field but             proach that in order to win a football cham-
1995 - Edmonton (CFL)
                               also in the classroom,’’ he said. “You are to-          pionship you’ve got to be championship
1996 - Indianapolis (NFL)
1997 - Indianapolis (NFL)      tally committed to being a high-quality                 driven in every aspect of the program,’’Ver-
1998 - Toronto (CFL)           championship program. That means you’re                 lander said. “You’ve got to look at champi-
1999 - Winnipeg (CFL)          winning championships and contending for                onships on the academic side; you’ve got to
2000 - Toronto (CFL)           championships every year and that’s where               look at championships in practice, in the
2001 - Toronto (CFL)           we’re trying to get to as a program. Not just           weight room and on the field for 60 minutes
                               doing it every once in a while, not just be a           on Saturday. He’s become a complete coach
                               team that’s up and down, but be that team               and a great leader in analyzing and building
                               that’s consistently at that (top) level.’’              all of those segments within the program to
                                   The goal is near and a letter to the play-          be championship caliber.’’
                               ers in the spring made him realize that.                    The catalyst to Bell’s idea was the stel-
                                   “I think we’re really close,’’ Bell said. “I sent   record-setting 2010 season recorded by the
                               a letter to our players in the spring and I said        Dolphins.


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          Year-By-Year at Jacksonville                                  The expectations aren’t coming only from within.
                                                                        The 2010 success translates to expectations on a national
                  2007: 3-8, 2-5 PFL (T-7th)
                                                                    level as the team is expected to be one of the best in the
- Quarterback Chris Horton became JU’s all-time leader in
                                                                    country and has been picked by many to win the PFL title
passing yards, with the Dolphins featuring three receivers with
                                                                    again.
1,000 career receiving yards
                 2008: 9-4, 7-1 PFL Champions
                                                                        “I love to be the favorite, I love to have to live up to that,’’
- JU wins the first conference championship in program his-
                                                                    Bell said. “I love to have those expectations and for our guys
tory with a 19-14 win over Dayton in the season finale. Josh         to try to get better. It does motivate you, especially at this
McGregor sets the school record for most passing yards in a         level. They aren’t the Florida guys and any recognition they
season as JU scores a school-record 401 points.                     get will just motivate them more to work at their game. We
                 2009: 7-4, 5-3 PFL Champions                       are who we are and we’re a team built on kids with great
- Records fall again as McGregor throws for another school-         character.’’
record total, with Josh Philpart setting a new school-record in         Character. And talent.
receiving yards. Three of JU’s four losses are by a total of 10         The team has a senior-laden offense returning, including
points.                                                             eight on the offensive line to go with McGregor, Philpart and
                2010: 10-1, 8-0 PFL Champions                       running back J.J. Laster, who last season led the nation in
- McGregor, with a record 3,049 passing gards, and RB Rudell        yards per attempt with 8.5, which means there is an expecta-
SMall, 1,145 yards rushing, lead the DOlphins to a perfect con-     tion of fireworks when JU has the ball.
ference season as the team amasses 464 poionts. Small ends              “Offensively, if you’ve got a chance to come see us, this is
his JU career with a record 4,073 rushing yards and 43 touch-       the one year you’ll want to come,’’ Bell says with a smile.
downs.                                                                  The defense makes him smile, too.
                                                                        “We’ve got a good group of kids. We’ve got a very young
     A second PFL title and a near call to the NCAA playoffs.        and aggressive defense that just by their experience last year
The most wins for a season in team history. Quarterback Josh        now they know the system we should be even better on that
McGregor throwing for 3,049 yards and 32 touchdowns. Wide           side of the ball,’’ he said.
receiver Josh Philpart catching passes for 800 yards and 12             The upward evolution to a new plateau isn’t a surprise for
touchdowns and Rudell Small running for 1,145 yards. His            those who have followed Bell’s high-achieving career.
senior class left as the winningest class in school history with        He walked on at quarterback for Florida and eventually
28. This season, McGregor enters as a Walter Payton Award           was a Southeastern Conference standout and Heisman Tro-
candidate. And, perhaps most important, the highest GPA in          phy candidate. He stepped in as a redshirt freshman in 1984
team history with more than 35 players at 3.0 or better.            and rewrote the Florida passing record book. When his Gator
     The diamond-studded 2010 season was what now seems             career ended, he had become the all-time leader in passing
like a natural progression since Bell entered the scene in the      yards in the SEC.
spring of 2007.                                                         He played in both the NFL and Canadian League and an
     His first team went 3-8 but the next year the Dolphins ex-      ACL injury in 1990 put him on the sidelines a year for rehab. It
ploded on the national scene going 9-4 and snaring the first         was then he worked at UF under Steve Spurrier as a coaching
conference championship in history. The 2009 team was 12            grad assistant and it is then he got the coaching bug.
points away from a 10-1 mark but finished at 7-4, good for a             When the knee healed, Bell played another year in the NFL
tie for third in the PFL and the understanding JU wasn’t going      (Indianapolis) then went to the CFL. In 2000 he was in Toronto
anywhere.                                                           and helped Mike “Pinball’’ Clemons design an offense after a
     Last season reiterated the stance and has Bell eagerly an-     1-7-1 start. Under Bell’s offense the team won six of its last
ticipating what is to come.                                         nine games and missed the playoffs by a game.
     “We had to establish what kind of program we wanted                That experience enhanced his enjoyment of coaching so
and the expectation level and we had to gain that through           he retired as a player.
the players and their commitment level,’’ he said. “We did that         He wound up moving back to Florida and began a pro-
and all the sudden we got to that stage and I said ‘let’s look a    gram at Trinity Catholic in Ocala that became a state power-
little bit farther’. I’m never satisfied looking where we’re at,     house.
that’s just not the way I operate.’’                                    The powerhouse now is on the JU campus and ready for
     The future, both short term and long term, indeed looks        the next step.
bright, hence, loftier expectations.                                    “This is the best roster we’ve put together in our five
     “Even though I have high expectations for this program, I      years,’’ Bell said. “Talent wins a lot of time but championships
think we put even more expectations on ourselves,’’ he said.        are won by people with great talent and also great character.
“As you continue to grow you realize ‘man, we’ve got a good a       Young men that have those qualities usually become champi-
bunch of high quality kids, let’s see how high we can take it’.’’   ons.’’


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              Jerry ODOM                                     Andy McLEOD                                    Ernie LOGAN
              Defensive Coorinator/                          Recruiting Coorinator/                         Defensive Line
              Linebackers                                    Offensive Line                                  Eighth Season
              Second Season                                  Ninth Season



   Former Florida linebacker Jerry Odom,          Andy McLeod begins his ninth season            Former NFL lineman Ernie Logan is in
a veteran assistant coach in the college        at JU as offensive line coach and fourth       his eighth season as the Dolphins defen-
and high school ranks, was named as the         as recruiting coordinator.                    sive line coach. Logan made an immedi-
new defensive coordinator by head                 Since coming to JU, he has developed        ate impact after arriving on campus in
coach Kerwin Bell in the spring of 2010.        the offensive lines that paved the way for     2004 by injecting intensity and enthusi-
It didn’t take long for him to make his         three of the school’s all-time rushing        asm to the defensive line play while also
mark as the Dolphins recorded 32 sacks,         leaders. McLeod’s offensive line opened        bringing techniques that he used at the
16 interceptions and gave up only 29            holes for the fifth 1,000-yard rushing sea-    pro-level.
touchdowns last season. The team also           son in JU history in 2010 (Rudell Small,         Logan has developed the defensive
was second in the nation in turnover            1,145 yards) as well as the most prolific      front into one of the best units in the Pi-
ratio.                                          offense in the program’s history. His line     oneer Football League. In 2010 the d-line
   “I thought he did a terrific job (in his      also opened holes for J.J. Laster to aver-    recorded 32 sacks led by the now gradu-
first year),’’ Bell said. “ Jerry reminds me a   age 8.5 yards per carry last season, the      ated defensive end Bradley Burns who
lot of myself in that off the field he’s a        best in the country.                          had eight. The 32 sacks tied Eastern Ken-
very gentle guy and when you step be-             As the offensive coordinator from 2003-      tucky for 10th in the nation.
tween the white lines he’s going to make        06, McLeod directed the JU offense to             Another Logan protégé, senior nose
sure he wins and I love that attitude           several school records. In 2006, running      tackle Mike Mayoral, had three fumble re-
about him. He carries that passion to his       back Jerry Brant set the school record for    coveries.
players and they understand that’s the          rushing yards and became just the third          “He is one of the best d-line technicians
way they’re going to play. He’s been a big      player in school history to rush for more     I’ve ever been around, ‘’ head coach Ker-
key to our success.’’                           than 1,000 yards in a season.                 win Bell said.“He’s really studied the tech-
   Odom joined the JU staff after serving          In his role as recruiting coordinator,      nical side of playing the line. Every year
as head coach at Live Oak High School in        McLeod has directed the Dolphins efforts       we’re in the top of the conference be-
2009, guiding the team to a three-game          in bringing in some of the most talented      cause our d-linemen make a lot of plays.’’
improvement from the previous year              classes in the program’s history – which      During his time with JU, Logan has spent
with a 5-6 record.                              has directly led to JU’s rise to the top of   some off-seasons assisting with mini
   His collegiate coaching career is high-      the Pioneer Football League.                  camps, OTA’s (Organized Team Activities)
lighted by two years at East Carolina as a        “He’s irreplaceable,’’head coach Kerwin     and free agent tryouts with the Cleveland
defensive coordinator, as well as three         Bell said.“He’s very detailed and helps me    Browns and Miami Dolphins.
years on the staff at Florida – working his      in the run game. He’s been a very valu-          Logan joined the JU staff following a
way up from graduate assistant to line-         able asset to us as we continue this pro-     nine-year career in the NFL in which he
backers coach and special teams coordi-         gram.’’                                       played every position on the defensive
nator.                                            Along with his other accomplishments,       front for the New York Jets (1997-2000),
   As a high school coach, Odom com-            McLeod was crucial in the development         Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-96), Atlanta
piled a 30-17 record in four seasons as         of quarterback Chris Horton -- who even-      Falcons (1993) and Cleveland Browns
head coach, going 25-11 in three seasons        tually broke the school record for career     (1991-92). Logan appeared in 119 NFL
at Coffee High School in Douglas, Ga.            yards in 2008.                                games, including 45 starts, while record-
   Odom also has experience coaching in           McLeod came to JU after four seasons        ing 215 career tackles and 11 sacks. He
the professional ranks, serving as assis-       at Gannon (Pa.) University, a year at St.     started 38 games for the Jets from 1997-
tant head coach, fullbacks/linebackers          Joseph’s (Ind.) College and at his alma       2000, where he had 164 stops and 5.5
coach and special teams coordinator for         mater Western Kentucky.                       sacks before retiring following the 2000
the Philadelphia Soul in 2008, which won          McLeod was a four-year letter-winner        season.
the Arena Football League title.                at Western Kentucky from 1993-96, rack-          The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Fayetteville,
    He is also a familiar name in Florida,      ing up 22 wins during his career. The         N.C., native played collegiately at East
having played four years at the University      Elkhorn, Neb., native and his wife, Keely,    Carolina University from 1986-90, where
of Florida (1987-90), leading the Gators in     have a son, Brody, and a daughter,            he racked up 100 tackles (including 16
tackles in 1990 as well as being named to       Hadley.                                       behind the line of scrimmage) and 5.0
the SEC All-Freshman team in 1987.                                                            sacks. Following his sophomore season in
                                                                                              1987, he was named the Most Improved
                                                                                              Defensive Player by the ECU coaches.


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                                                 SECTION: COACHING STAFF                      PAGE: ASSISTANT COACHES
              Ernie MILLS                                   Kerry WEBB                                     Danny VERPAELE
              Wide Receivers/                               Running Backs/                                 Defensive Backs
              Special Teams - Returns                       Special Teams - Kicks                          Second Season
              Fifth Season                                  Fifth Season



  A nine-year veteran of the NFL, Ernie           Kerry Webb returns for his fifth season       Danny Verpaele starts his second sea-
Mills enters his fifth season with the JU       in charge of the Dolphin running backs,       son with the defensive backs after being
coaching staff as wide receivers coach          one of the most talented positions on         named to the position in the spring of
and in charge of returns on special            the field.                                     2010.
teams.                                         He has been the catalyst for helping de-        His first season was highlighted by the
Under his watchful eye, JU receivers have      velop the running game into a major           16 interceptions the Dolphins recorded
gone to new heights. Last year, when the       weapon for the JU offense, and he              which tied for 16th nationally.
team went 10-1, wide receiver Josh             helped the great Rudell Small become           “He brings great enthusiasm and does a
Philpart recorded 800 receiving yards          the third running back in school history      great job relating to the players,’’Bell said.
and 12 touchdowns despite the strong           to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a          “He’s taken a bunch of kids that are
running game provided by Rudell Small          season and the first to record three con-      young and transformed them into great
and J.J. Laster.                               secutive 1,000-yard seasons.                  football players. He’s a hard worker and
  His first year saw Nate Conner, Michael          Small owns the school record for most      he’s a great young coach for us.’’
Jenner and Geavon Tribble each surpass         career rushing touchdowns and most            Prior to coming to JU, Verpaele spent the
the 1,000 career receiving yards mark.         points scored.                                2009 season at VMI as a defensive assis-
His second season saw the receivers rack          Webb also has helped establish J.J.        tant. His responsibilities included assit-
up the most yards in the history of the        Laster as now the team’s top rusher and       ing the defensive coordinator with the
program, led by Tribble who finished his        a 2011 preseason All-Pioneer Football         secondary.
career as the all-time leader in receiving     League first teamer. Laster led the nation       Verpaele started his coaching career at
yards and tied for the most touchdowns.        with 8.5 yards per carry last season while    USF, where he was both a player and un-
On special teams, Mills’experiences from       gaining 810 yards.                            dergraduate assistant coach. He lettered
the professional ranks paid major divi-           Webb’s work clearly has caught the eye     three years with the Bulls and partici-
dends as he helped develop Elliott Fink-       of head coach Kerwin Bell.                    pated in four consecutive bowl games.
ley into one of the top return men in the         “He’s one of the most well-rounded         As a defensive back, Verpaele was
country. In 2009, Finkley returned three       coaches we’ve got,’’ Bell said. “The one      tabbed a third team freshman All-Amer-
punts for touchdowns – setting a school        thing about his position is they never        ica strong safety by The Sporting News.
record for the most in a season.               make mistakes. If you look at the number        As a student assistant at USF, Verpaele
  “I just respect the world out of him,’’      of mistakes his player make compared to       assisted with the defensive game plan
head coach Kerwin Bell said.“He’s a quiet      the rest of the country , I don’t know that   and film breakdown during the 2008
guy, but when he gets down to business         it would even be close. Not only that, he’s   season. He has worked numerous foot-
he’s very focused. He’s very passionate        one of the best recruiters we’ve ever         ball camps, including as an assistant
about guys being detailed – they hardly        had.’’                                        speed coach at the Pat Campbell speed
ever make mistakes. He’s taken guys peo-          Prior to JU, Webb spent two seasons at     camps since 2003, running speed acqui-
ple didn’t think could play and turned         Valdosta State under now-Georgia              sition drills and organizing stretching
them into some of the best receivers in        Southern head coach Chris Hatcher.            and fundamental periods. He also served
college football.’’                            While at VSU, Webb coached corner-            as secondary assistant coach for Lauren's
  Like Bell, Mills is another former Gator     backs, served as head coach of the jun-       1st and Goal Football camp in 2008 and
star and was a four-year letter-winner at      ior varsity team and handled scouting         was a camp coach for five years for the
Florida from 1986-90, graduating with a        the opponent’s offense. He also was            Merritt Island (Fla.) High School football
degree in exercise and sports science.         committed to success in the classroom,        camp.
  Following his collegiate career, Mills       receiving his master’s degree from Val-
was drafted in the third round (73rd           dosta State.                                                Jerry CRAFTS
overall) in the 1991 NFL Draft and made           A graduate of the University of Florida,                 Asst. Offensive Line/
a name for himself as a wide receiver --       Webb worked as a video coordinator for                      Jr. Varisty Head Coach
playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers from       the football program during his college                     Fifth Season
1991-96, helping the Steelers to the           days -- breaking down the film from both
Super Bowl.                                    games and practices.
  Mills is single and lives in Jacksonville.      A native of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.,          Now in his fifth season, former NFL
                                               Webb lives in Jacksonville and is single.     lineman Jerry Crafts continues work in
                                                                                             several areas for both the varsity and jun-
                                                                                             ior varsity teams.

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  On the varsity level, Crafts coaching in-                  Cameron SMITH
cludes helping Andy McLeod with the of-                      Director of Football Oper-
fensive line and doing a variety of                          ations/Asst. QB coach
administrative duties including travel.                      Second Season
In addition, he is the head coach of the
junior varsity.
  Coach Crafts helps on many levels,’’ Bell       Cameron Smith begins his second sea-
said. “He helps coach McLeod with the           son as the team’s Director of Football Op-
line. He runs our junior varsity program        erations which keeps him busy with duties
that has been very successful.’’                both on and off the field.
  Crafts joined the JU staff following a year      Smith was named to the position in Au-
as head coach of the Erie Freeze in the         gust of 2010 following working as a grad-
American Indoor Football League (AIFL) in       uate assistant working primarily with the
2006. He also assisted three years with the     offense -- specifically helping with quar-
NFL Junior Player Development (JPD) and         terbacks.
High School Player Development (HSPD)             “He has continued to grow,’’ head coach
in Buffalo, N.Y. In 2011, he helped coach        Kerwin Bell said.“We hired him on full time
the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Foot-      and I tell you what, he’s got as much char-
ball League.                                    acter as you’ll ever find on a person. He
  Prior to coaching, Crafts logged nearly       works extremely hard at his job; he does a
20 years of playing experience at every         lot of things for us.’’
level of professional football, which has in-     In his current role, Smith is responsible
cluded two Super Bowls, one world cham-         for on-campus administrative duties, such
pionships and five bowl games.                   as working with compliance, and contin-
His NFL credits include the Indianapolis        ues his coaching duties on both the var-
Colts (1991), Buffalo Bills (1992-94), Green     sity and junior varsity levels.
Bay Packers (1995), Philadelphia Eagles           Smith arrived at JU in 2007 as an intern
(1997-99) and Oakland Raiders (2001).           while a student at the University of Florida.
   In the Canadian Football League (CFL),       Hereceived his degree in Sports Manage-
he was a member of the Toronto Arg-             ment that year.
onauts (1999-00), Montreal Alouettes              Smith graduated from Mayo Lafayette
(2001) and Hamilton Tiger Cats (2002-03).       High School in 2003 prior to enrolling at
  In the Arena Football League (AFL),           Florida.
spent time with the New Jersey Gladiators         He is single and lives in Jacksonville.
(1999), Buffalo Destroyers (2000-01), Las
Vegas Gladiators (2002) and Detroit Fury
(2004).
  Crafts also had stints with the Orlando
Thunder (1991) and Amsterdam Admirals
(1996-97) in the World League of Amer-
cian Football (WLAF) and the Los Angeles
Extreme (2001) in the Extreme Football
League (XFL).
    Crafts played his college ball at Okla-
homa from 1986-89 under Barry Switzer.
During that time the Sooners reached
three Orange Bowls, including wins over
Penn State for the national title (1986) and
Arkansas (1987). He also played at
Louisville under Howard Schnellenberger.




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Sean HAYES                                  Kerry ROMESBURG                                  Alan VERLANDER
Defensive                                   President                                        Director of Athletics
Graduate Assistant                                                                           Sixth Season
Second Season


                                 When Dr. Kerry Romesburg visited the            Throughout Alan Verlander’s tenure as Di-
                            campus of Jacksonville University on a          rector of Athletics since 2005, JU athletics has
Jake GRANDE
                            sunny spring day in May 2004, he not only       gained stature and prominence in the com-
Assistant Defensive Backs
                            liked what he saw, he knew he wanted to         munity and recognition nationwide.
Coach
                            lead the institution into the future and be-         Verlander, who spent the five years as as-
First Season
                            come part of the Jacksonville community.        sociate athletic director at Samford University,
                            He believed he had found a perfect fit. JU's     continues to be a breath of fresh air for JU
                                                                            athletics and the results have been astound-
                            Board of Trustees was equally impressed
                                                                            ing.
                            with Romesburg and his leadership abili-
Brian FERGUSON                                                                   Upon completion of his fifth year on the
                            ties, and unanimously selected him as the
Asst. Defensive Line                                                        job, JU has laid claim to 29 Conference or
                            new president, beginning July 2004.             State Championship titles and made 15 ap-
Coach
First Season                     Romesburg, honored and excited about       pearances in NCAA Tournaments and played
                            leading the University, is attracted to the     hos to the first and second rounds of the
                            challenges presented by a private, inde-        NCAA Tournament (2006 & 2010).
                            pendent institution. With a track record for         Virtually all JU facilities have been over-
                            positive change and a strong financial           hauled as well with softball, tennis, rowing
Tim KRAEMER                 background, Romesburg is focusing on            getting new playing areas and the D.B. Milne
Offensive                    strategies for increasing enrollment and        football field getting new turf.
Graduate Assistant                                                               Swisher Gymnasium received a facelift -
                            fundraising efforts.
First Season                                                                creating new locker rooms and a team meet-
                                 Romesburg earned a record of strong
                            leadership during his decades of experi-        ing room. The most recent renovations have
                            ence in public education. During his tenure     been to the Athletic Fieldhouse, where the
                            as president of Nevada State College from       entire building received a facelift with the cre-
Tom LEONARD                 2002-2004, NSC achieved accreditation and       ation of new football offices and men's and
Equipment Manager           increased its enrollment from 166 students      women's lacrosse locker rooms. In the winter
13th season                                                                 of 2011, the golf practice facility will begin
                            to nearly 800.
                                                                            construction and will be home to both the
                                 From 1988 to 2002, Romesburg served
                                                                            men’s and women’s golf teams. During the
                            as the president of Utah Valley State Col-
                                                                            last five years, more than $8 million will have
                            lege in Orem, Utah. During his 14-year pres-    been raised and spent in updating athletic fa-
                            idency, the college changed its mission         cilities.
Doug FRYE                   from a two-year community college to a               Verlander also led the effort in returning
Head Athletic Trainer       four-year state college, with enrollment        JU basketball to the "Downtown" area, as the
10th Season                 growing from 6,000 students to nearly           Dolphins now call the Jacksonville Veterans
                            25,000 and increasing the college's endow-      Memorial Arena their home. Since moving the
                            ment from $280,000 to more than $41 mil-        home games to the Arena in 2006, JU has
                            lion. Romesburg oversaw the successful          seen its average attendance double since his
                            conversion including construction of over       first season.
Cole POPE                   one million square feet of new buildings, a          Verlander has worked hard to get all 20
Head Strength Coach for     new branch campus and a technology-as-          teams successful in the classroom as well.
Football                    sistance distance delivery system.              Upon his hire, 10 teams were under the 925
Fourth Season                    Romesburg earned his doctorate in          NCAA APR (Academic Progress Rate) bar. In
                            higher education administration in 1972;        2010, only one team was below the 925 mark.
                            his master's degree in mathematics educa-            He currently serves as a national member
                                                                            of the NCAA Recruiting and Personnel Issues
                            tion in 1968; and his bachelor's degree in
                                                                            Cabinet, which sets and monitors all NCAA
                            mathematics education - all from Arizona
                                                                            legislation for Recruiting and Personnel Is-
                            State.
                                                                            sues. He also is a member of the Executive
                                 President Romesburg and his wife Judy,     Committee on Atlantic Sun Conference.
                            a former high school English teacher, have      cruitment and retention of student-athletes.
                            two grown sons, both educators them-                 Verlander, 38, is a Jacksonville native. He
                            selves. The Romesburgs enjoy golf, hiking       and his wife, Bonnie, have four daughters:
                            and backpacking and have begun learning         Abby (13), Kate (10), Maggie (8) and Mary (7).
                            all the best trails in Northeast Florida.


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 SECTION: COACHING STAFF         PAGE: ASSISTANT COACHES



Coaches in the NFL
                                                              Ernie Logan
                                              Nine years in NFL (1992-2000)
                                              Played all defensive ilne positions for Jets, Jags,
                                              Falcons and Browns
                                              Played in 119 games with 45 starts
                                              Recorded 215 career tackles and 11 sacks




                                                              Jerry Crafts
                                                        Played seven years in NFL between
                                                       1991-2001
                                                        Played with Colts, Bills, Packers,
                                                       Eagles and Raiders
                                                        Played in two Super Bowls with the
                                                       Bills




                       Ernie Mills
       Drafted in 3rd round (1991) by Pittsburgh
       Played with Steelers until 1996
       Was on Steelers 1995 Super Bowl team
       Had 196 career receptions for 2,934 yards
       Scored 20 touchdowns as a pro




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