Head Coach Erik Leuter
Erik Ieuter, an effective, championship-winning coach with a record of success and student achievement at every level, has been selected as the Fighting Muskies' next Head Football Coach.
"The response to our search for Muskingum's next head football coach was very strong, but ultimately Erik made a significant impression," said Muskingum University President Susan Hasseler. "Erik is not only highly qualified from a technical standpoint, but he has also demonstrated a commitment to fostering and developing students and teams that achieve at the highest possible levels as athletes, students and leaders."
Ieuter spent the 2017 season in the Southeastern Conference at the University of Florida, working with the team's quarterbacks and making strategic offensive game day preparations. Prior to the 2017 season, Ieuter served 11 years at Division II Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, Michigan, first as wide receivers/special teams coordinator and most recently as offensive coordinator.
During his tenure there, Michigan Tech's offense finished among the top five in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in both total offense and rushing offense three times. Working closely with the team's quarterbacks and wide receivers, several of Ieuter's players reset several school records and received All-GLIAC honors. In 2012, the team won the GLIAC North Championship and in 2014 made the NCAA Playoffs.
"Erik's accomplishments are perhaps most effectively communicated through the successes of his teams and exceptional student-athletes. His championship-winning offenses are known for their consistency and discipline, and his players for their academic and athletic achievements," said incoming Muskingum University Vice President and Athletic Director Steve Brockelbank. "Erik is a very talented game day strategist and recruiter, and his demonstrated commitment to developing well-rounded individuals who succeed both on and off the field is closely aligned with ours. We are very pleased to welcome Erik to Muskingum."
A native of Midland, Michigan, Ieuter attended Division III Albion College in Albion, Michigan, where he was a wide receiver and punt returner, helping to lead the Britons to two Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Conference Championships.
"My time as a Division III student-athlete provided some of the best experiences of my life, and I have dedicated my career to providing a similar experience for other young men and women ever since," said Ieuter. "The momentum behind Muskingum's commitment to student achievement and excellence is very exciting, and I am grateful to President Hasseler and AD Steve Brockelbank for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this important work."
Ieuter's collegiate coaching experience also includes a stint as a graduate assistant at Division II Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, Michigan from 2004 to 2006, working with the team's wide receivers and offensive line. During his time there, Grand Valley State went undefeated in 2005 (13-0), winning the 2005 GLIAC Championship and NCAA Division II National Championship. He also served as a graduate assistant, working with the team's wide receivers, safeties and kick returners at Adams State College, in Alamosa, Colorado, from 2003-2004.
Ieuter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management and English from Albion College and Master of Arts in Health and Physical Education from Adams State College.
Assistant Coach Nathan Roach
Nathan Roach enters his first season on the Muskingum football staff as the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach.
Before arriving at Muskingum, Roach spent five years at Division III Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. The last three years, Roach served as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator where his duties involved coaching inside and outside linebackers, leading position meetings, kickoff team and field goal special teams units, managing and organizing all aspect of recruiting efforts, and coordinating video operations. In addition, Roach was the running backs and tight ends coach. He was responsible for assisting with game planning, coaching the kickoff return team, and converting and uploading all opponent scout films.
Prior to Wartburg, he was a graduate assistant at Division II powerhouse Northwest Missouri State University from 2010-2012 where he worked primarily with wide receivers, running backs, and tight ends. His duties included planning and coordinating drill work in practice, assisting in coaching the kickoff return team, preparing scouting reports, and film breakdown. As a player at Northwest Missouri State, he played tight end from 2008-2009, while he redshirted during the 2007 season. During his six years as a player and coach, he was part of four Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Conference championship teams and six playoff teams, including a national championship squad in 2009.
Roach graduated from Northwest Missouri State in 2012 with a B.S. in social science education and earned his Masters of Science in health and physical education.
Assistant Coach Tyler Walker
Tyler Walker is entering his first season as defensive backs coach, special teams coordinator, and recruiting coordinator.
Before arriving at Muskingum, Walker served as an assistant coach at Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2017-18. This past season, he worked primarily with the wide receivers and helped guide the team to a perfect 9-0 regular season and a 14-0 overall record, capturing the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 4 State Championship.
Prior to Catholic Central, Walker served as an assistant coach at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While at Davenport, he worked with the wide receivers, special team (punt return), and was the passing game co-coordinator. Other responsibilities included recruiting and managing the scholarship budget.
Prior to joining the Davenport staff, Walker coached at Miami University (OH) as a graduate assistant for two seasons. He coached on the offensive side with the wide receivers and also with the defense primarily with the defensive line.
Walker graduated from Miami University (OH) in 2014 with a B.S. in Special Education. He played wide receiver at Bethel University from 2008 to 2009 before transferring to Miami.
Assistant Coach Michael Pannone
Michael Pannone enters his first season on the Muskingum football staff as the defensive line coach and academic coordinator.
Before arriving at Muskingum, Pannone was the defensive line coach and video coordinator at Adrian College. While at Adrian, he was responsible for game planning, film breakdown, player evaluations, and recruiting. Other day-to-day operations included academic advising, social media, SID liaison, and compliance.
From 2015-17, Pannone was the offensive graduate assistant/assistant recruiting coordinator at Grand Valley State University. His responsibilities included coordinating defensive scout team, scouting reports and scout teams for all special teams, game film breakdowns, and recruiting. He also served as the assistant video coordinator from 2012-2015 where his duties involved filming during practice and games, produce and create weekly highlight videos and game DVDs for NFL scouts.
Pannone graduated from Grand Valley State in 2015 with a B.S. in Communications and an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations.
Assistant Coach Eli Kosanovich
Eli Kosanovich is entering his first season as offensive line coach for the Muskingum football program.
Kosanovich arrives in New Concord after serving the past two years as an offensive line assistant coach and tight ends coach at Elmhurst College.
He is a graduate of North Central College (B.A. in sports management) where he played offensive line for the NCAA Division III power Cardinals. Kosanovich helped lead North Central to the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship in 2016.
Kosanovich also has a strong strength and conditioning background which was highlighted in 2017 when he served as a strength and conditioning intern for the University of Notre Dame.
Assistant Coach Christopher Collins
Christopher Collins is entering his first year as assistant coach for the Muskingum football team. He will be responsible for running backs and tight ends.
He arrives in New Concord after finishing his last season at Illinois Wesleyan University where he was a four-year letterwinner for the football program. While at Illinois Wesleyan, he served on the student athletic advisory committee and on the football council. His role on the advisory committee enhanced his skills in initiating support for philanthropic and charity events among athletic teams, conducting voting, and allocating time and funds based on team performance. Collins added his expertise to the football council as he aided in the process of receiving and giving presentations to the group of potential incoming freshman for the upcoming season and served as the liaison between the football team and the coaching staff.
Collins graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in 2018 with a B.S. in economics with a focus in financial economics.
Assistant Coach Riley Brockway
Riley Brockway is entering his first year on the Muskingum football staff as an assistant coach for wide receivers.
Before bringing his talents to Muskingum, Brockway played for four years at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where he was a four-year letterwinner and team captain. In 2017, he earned 1st team All-Conference honors as a wide receiver, 1st team All-Region accolades as a wide receiver, 2nd team All-American honors, and team MVP awards. In 2016, he was awarded 2nd team All-Conference honors as a wide receiver. While on campus, Brockway organized and facilitated the local Unified Sports Day that focused on helping to create fun and rewarding experiences for young athletes.
While being a four-year student-athlete, Brockway also made time for educational experiences at the following high schools: Waverly Shell-Rock High School, Rockford Community School, and Waterloo East. During these educational experiences, Brockway observed and interviewed physical education teachers, calculated and analyzed statistics of each assessment, and spent time teaching students a variety of sports.
Brockway graduated from Wartburg in 2018 with a B.A. in physical education and an endorsement in health & coaching.
Assistant Coach Austin Pritchard
Austin Pritchard is entering his first year on the Muskingum football staff as an assistant coach for defensive backs.
Pritchard comes to Muskingum after enhancing his skills working with the University of Akron’s football team. While at Akron, Pritchard volunteered as the team’s videographer where he filmed practices, games, and created highlights of the film. Also, Pritchard served as a coach at Proactive Athletic Assessment and Performance where he worked on improving athlete’s strength and developing practice plans for athletes.
Pritchard graduated from Akron in 2017 with a B.S. in education.
Assistant Coach Kevin Gunn
Kevin Gunn is entering his first season as an assistant offensive line coach for the Muskingum University football program.
Prior to bringing his talents to Muskingum, Gunn served as the head football coach for Cambridge High School. While at Cambridge, Gunn guided the Bobcats to their first OHSAA playoff appearance in a decade and earned the opportunity to coach the 2016 OVAC All-Star game and the 2017 North/South All-Star game. He finished his career at Cambridge being named the East District D-IV Coach of the Year for the 2016 season.
Gunn also held the following positions at Cambridge during his tenure: offensive coordinator, offensive/defensive line coach, track assistant coach and throws coach, and wrestling assistant coach. While in these roles, Gunn taught athletes relevant skills, tactics, and techniques, while also advising them about health and lifestyle issues. Gunn focused on identifying the athlete’s strengths and weaknesses and developing training programs that suited their specific needs.
Gunn graduated from Muskingum University in 1989 with a B.A. in history. Then earned his M.A. in education from Muskingum in 2002.