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Denison to host Piper Coaching Clinic

Coach Piper

Denison head football coach Jack Hatem has announced that Urbana University head coach, David Taynor, and Ohio Dominican defensive coordinator, Kelly Cummings, will headline the fourth annual Keith Piper Memorial Football Coaches Clinic on Saturday (March 2) at Denison University.

The day-long event will take place in the Lecuture Hall of the Burton Morgan Center on the campus of Denison University, and will feature six informative sessions from some of the top high school and college football coaches in the state of Ohio. The cost for those who pre-register for the clinic is $20 for the first coach and $10 for each additional coach.  Those that choose to sign-up on the day of the clinic will be charged $25 for the first coach and $15 for each additional coach.

Taynor will present a session focused on the no-huddle offense with an emphasis on the offensive line.  Cummings will detail the Ohio Dominican defense.

In addition to Taynor and Cummings, Ed Terwilliger (Olentangy High School), Tom Phillips (Pickerington North High School), Tom Turner (Dublin Coffman High School), and Denison head coach Jack Hatem will all present one session each.

Pre-registration and refreshments begin at 7:30 a.m. and will last until 8:25 a.m. The first session is scheduled to begin at 8:25 a.m. and the program will last until 3 p.m.

The event is in honor of longtime Denison head football coach Keith Piper, who passed away in 1997, five years after stepping down as Denison's head coach after 39 years.  Piper's teams compiled an impressive 200-142-19 overall record at DU. For much of that time, Piper's teams were consistently ranked among the NCAA Division III national leaders in total offense, rushing offense and scoring offense while operating out of the archaic single-wing formation.

The single-wing nearly disappeared from collegiate and professional football in the early 1950s, and until Piper's retirement in 1992, Denison was the only remaining college in America to utilize the offense which has seen a resurgence of popularity in the NFL as the "wildcat" offense.

For more information regarding the clinic contact Mark Watts at 740-587-5463 or by e-mail

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