Brad Griffin was named the 28th Head Football Coach at Southwestern College in January, 2015. Prior to taking the reigns at Southwestern, Griffin spent 11 seasons at William Penn University, serving as Defensive Coordinator and working with the linebackers.
Griffin was named the Midwest League Tri-Assistant Coach of Year in 2011 after his unit led the league in scoring defense and was second in yardage.
He arrived at William Penn from Emporia State University where he was a running back on the football team from 1999-2000. Griffin graduated from Emporia in 2000 with a degree in physical education. He stayed on as a graduate assistant for two years before becoming a full-time assistant in 2003.
Before attending Emporia, Griffin attended Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan., from 1996-1997, where he was also a running back. He served as an assistant coach for one season at Hutchinson before moving on to Emporia.
Griffin lives in Winfield with his wife Katie and daughters Brielle and Bayler.
Corey Gray joined the Moundbuilder Football staff as an Assistant Coach in 2015, serving as Defensive Line Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Gray is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
He came to Southwestern College from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Bulldogs.
Gray graduated from William Penn University in 2011, earning a Masters Degree in Business Leadership. In addition, he also held the position of Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Statesmen Athletic Department.
In 2009, he earned a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning from William Penn University while competing on the football team at linebacker.
The 2015 season mark's Wyatt Jiru's second season as an Assistant Coach for the Southwestern College Moundbuilders. After coaching running backs in his first season, Jiru will assume the role of quarterbacks coach for the 2015 campaign.
Jiru is a Sacramento, Calif., native and attended Laguna Creek High School. After high school Jiru received an athletic scholarship to Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. At Benedictine he played quarterback and lettered all four years. In the spring of 2012 he had career-ending knee surgery and became an assistant coach while he completed his degree. Jiru completed his B.S. in Physical Education with a double emphasis in Coaching and Strength/Conditioning. He also received a minor in secondary education as well.
Coach Jiru is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Teaching.
Jeff Kontz joined the Moundbuilder Football staff in 2015 as an Assistant Football Coach. He will serve as the coach for the Defensive Backs.
Kontz comes to Southwestern after a one-year stint at Southern Miss working as the Graduate Assistant for the Video Department, shooting and editing coaches video as well as creating highlight videos for the program.
Prior to Southern Miss, he was on staff at Valley Center High School in Kansas, working with the Safeties and serving as the Defensive Coordinator for the Freshmen team.
Kontz spent his collegiate career playing Safety at Friends University from 2008 – 2012. Following college, Kontz played one season for the Wichita Wild indoor professional football team and was a member of their 14-2 Champions Professional Indoor Football League Championship.
Kontz is a Derby, Kansas native and graduated from Derby High School in 2008.
At Southwestern, Kontz is working on his MBA to accompany his undergraduate degree in Communications.
Brandon Owen joined the Moundbuilder Football program in 2015 as an Assistant Coach working with the Running Backs.
A 2014 graduate of William Penn University, Owen earned a degree in Business Management. He played Quarterback for four years at William Penn, and was a member of the Statesmen's Mid-States Football Association championship team in 2012.
Owen is currently working on his MBA at Southwestern College.
The 2015 season will mark Victor Redd's second season coaching the Moundbuilders. He will be returning as the Wide Receiver Coach.
Redd is a native of San Diego, Calif., where he attended high school at Castle Park High School and lettered in Football, Volleyball and Basketball.
Redd attended Mayville State University from 2008-2012 and graduated with a B.S. in Fitness and Wellness and a minor in Coaching and was a 4 year starter at the Wide Receiver position.
He is currently pursuing his masters in Teaching from Southwestern College.
Jimmie Tagg returns to Southwestern College for his 12th season in 2015, and will serve as the Offensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator. He will also coach the Offensive Line.
Tagg has spent time as the Defensive Coordinator and Co-Offensive Coordinator and has coached the Defensive Line, Offensive Line, Running Backs, and Tight Ends.
Coach Tagg also spent his collegiate career as a Moundbuilder and played on the Offensive Line from 2000-2003. He earned his degree from Southwestern in 2005.
Tagg is originally from Jay, Okla., and now lives in Winfield. He is married to Southwestern College Alumni Rachelle (Regier) Tagg. They have 2 boys, Eli Jameson (5) and Easton Cole (2).