August 20, 2013

Denison football coaching staff named

Denison University head football coach Jack Hatem has announced his coaching staff for the 2013 season.

On offense, Frank Little returns for his 14th season and will coach the line.  The Big Red finished 2012 ranked fourth in the conference in rushing with 1,285 yards.  Also returning in a new role as offensive coordinator will be fourth-year assistant, Austin Holter.  For the past three years Holter has coached the quarterbacks.  Under his tutelage, quarterback Max Paulus went on to become Denison's career leader in passing yards (6,545), touchdown passes (53), completions (587) and completion percentage (59.7). 

Fourth-year assistant Zack Brent '07 returns for his third year as the team's defensive coordinator. Last year the Big Red boasted the North Coast Athletic Conference's top rushing defense as they limited the opposition to just 78.8 yards per game.

New additions to the staff include Bert Bathiany '09 (linebackers), Chris Curtis (tight ends), K.B. Justus (wide receivers), Todd Londot (running backs), Doug Pryor '04 (defensive line), and Ryan Stewart (cornerbacks).

A 2009 Denison graduate and former team captain, Bathiany was recently named the college's head strength and conditioning coach.  He returns to Denison after two seasons as the defensive line coach at Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.).  Bathiany was a three-year starter at Denison from 2006-08. 

Curtis is in his first season as an assistant coach after graduating from Utah State University in 2011 with a degree in exercise science. He will coach tight ends and assist with running backs in 2013.  While at Utah State Curtis was a walk-on outside linebacker from 2007-08.

Justus comes to Denison after spending two seasons as the defensive backs coach at Muskingum University.  While at Muskingum, Justus earned his master of arts in education.  He also spent two seasons as a player for the Fighting Muskies from 2009-10.  Justus will move to the offensive side of the football in 2013 with the Big Red, where he will coach wide receivers.

A native of nearby Utica, Ohio, Londot comes to Denison as an assistant coach after an impressive collegiate and professional playing career.  A 2005 graduate of Miami University (Ohio), Londot was a four-year starter and three-time All-Mid-American Athletic Conference player on the offensive line.  Thirty-eight of his 46 career starts came at center where he was snapping to Redhawks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for two of his four seasons.  After graduating from Miami, Londot went on to play in the Hula Bowl which showcases the nation's top senior college football players for the NFL draft.  He would later sign as a free agent with the New York Giants where he would spend parts of three seasons on the roster, including the Giants' Super Bowl season in 2007.

A 2004 Denison graduate, Pryor will coach the defensive line this season.  From 2000-03 Pryor was a letter winner on the Big Red's offensive line.  In 2002 and again in 2003, he received honorable mention All-NCAC accolades while playing offensive tackle.  He was a co-captain in 2003 and also received the team's Offensive Player of the Year award that season.  Pryor has been coaching in the prep ranks since graduating from Denison.  His last stint was as the defensive line coach and head junior varsity coach at Marion Harding High School.

Stewart comes to DU after spending the 2012 season as a defensive backs coaching intern at Ohio State University.  Prior to coaching with the Buckeyes he worked two seasons as a defensive assistant at Valparaiso and also was a student coach at Boise State.  Stewart medically retired from the United States Army in 2008 after six years of service and four tours of duty between Afghanistan and Iraq.  In 2005 Stewart was accepted into the elite Army parachute team, The Golden Knights, where he remained a member until injuries forced his retirement.  Stewart will coach the Big Red's cornerbacks this season.

Denison will open its season on Sept. 7 when they host Earlham College at 7 p.m. from Piper Stadium.