2016 Football Coaches
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nate Justice joined the Southwestern College football coaching staff prior to the 2015 season. Justice spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Winona State University also working with the wide receivers. Justice joined the Warrior coaching staff after spending the 2011-12 seasons as a student assistant at the University of Minnesota.

In 2014, Justice worked with Josh Mikes who finished the season with 59 catches for 1,025 yards and 13 TD's. Mikes was named Second Team All-Region. As a group the Warriors caught 28 TD passes and finished with a 4-7 overall record. Seven different receivers caught at least 12 passes for Winona State during the 2013 season, with Tony Mueller and Alan May leading the team with 32 grabs each. Justice helped guide an extremely young unit, with two sophomores, a freshman and Mueller - a former professional baseball player seeing his first action on a football field since high school - making up WSU’s top four pass catchers.

Justice was a student assistant on the offensive side of the football during the 2011-12 seasons at the University of Minnesota, primarily working on opponent breakdowns and self-scouting. The Gophers recorded a 6-7 overall record in 2012 and played in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

He was also an equipment manager for Minnesota during the 2009-10 seasons, with the team participating in bowl games in both campaigns.

A native of Austin, Minnesota, Justice earned a degree in Sports Management from Minnesota in 2012 and completed his Master’s Degree in Sports Management at Winona State in 2014.

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Ben Klinger joined the Southwestern College football coaching staff prior to the 2015 season. Klinger spent the previous four seasons working for the University of Minnesota football team, serving as a student offensive assistant in 2013 and 2014 for the Gophers under 2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year and Southwestern alum Jerry Kill. Klinger worked with the Wide Receivers and Quarterbacks Coaches during his time at Minnesota and also worked on opponent film break down and offensive scouting reports for the Gopher staff. In 2014, Minnesota finished 2nd in the Big Ten West Division and earned a berth in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.

In 2015, Klinger coached Landers Riddle, an All-KCAC 2nd team Wide Receiver.

A native of Brainerd, Minn., Klinger graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Science.

Klinger is currently working on his MBA at Southwestern College.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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