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.
Adam Kirby was named the Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach at Southwestern College prior to the 2016 season. Kirby joins the Moundbuilder staff following a two-year stint as the Offensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at NCAA Div. III McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.
In his very first season at McMurry, Kirby's offensive line received national recognition as Derek Baldeschwiler was voted as a first team 2014 All-NCCAA selection.
Kirby is also published, contributing articles to xandolabs.com entitled: "Simplifying a Count System and Rules in the IZ" and "McMurry University's 6 Essentials for OL Scouting Reports".
Prior to his term at McMurry, Kirby served as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Independence Community College in Independence, Kan. In his one season at ICC, four of Kirby’s offensive linemen received scholarships to four year institutions.
Kirby spent the 2012 season at Chester High School in Chester, Texas, where he was the head football coach. During his one season with the Yellowjackets, Kirby compiled a 2-6 record and had six of his players placed on the all-district team.
In 2011, Kirby served as offensive line coach and assistant recruiting coordinator at Texas College in Tyler, Texas. While there, he coached five all-conference linemen with Richard Lee gaining first team all-conference and second team all-American honors. His offensive line helped pave the way for two all-conference running backs, as Marquise Thompson and Edward Burns both received honorable mention honors.
Prior to Texas College, Kirby served as an assistant coach at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas where he coached the running backs and offensive line, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator for the Bearcats. At LMC, Kirby coordinated the first signing class in school history that helped start the program. The Bearcats finished their inaugural season with a 7-2 mark.
Kirby got his start in coaching under head coach Danny Palmer at Tyler Junior College, where he served as a student assistant (helping with the defensive line and also serving as the video coordinator). While at TJC, he helped coach defensive tackle Donald Moore to second team All-SWJCFC honors, as the Apaches finished the season at 5-4.
Kirby has also had the privilege to coach in the Offense-Defense High School All-American game at Cowboys Stadium, where he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
Kirby is a native of New London, Texas and received his associate’s degree from Lon Morris College and his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Tyler.
He is married to his high school sweetheart; the former Rachel King. The couple lives in Winfield.
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.
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.