Jeff Sokol led the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football team to its first conference championship in 25 years during his third season at the helm of the Fightin' Engineers in 2013.
Sokol helped Rose-Hulman claim a share of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title with nationally ranked Franklin College after finishing 7-1 in league play.
For his efforts, Sokol was named the 2013 HCAC Coach of the Year by his peers. He leads a Rose-Hulman program that has completed a school record nine consecutive seasons with records of .500 or above.
In his three years at Rose-Hulman, Sokol has led the Fightin' Engineers to one HCAC championship (2013) and one conference runner-up finish (2011). His career record stands at 17-7 in HCAC action.
The 2011 team included Sokol leading an offensive unit that featured NCAA Division III all-purpose yardage national champion Kyle Kovach, who also set a new single-game school record with 246 rushing yards in a win at Anderson.
The 2012 squad won its last three games to finish 5-5 overall in a competitive season that featured three overtime games in a four-week span and the first triple overtime game in Fightin' Engineer history.
In 2013, Rose-Hulman won seven of eight conference games with a season for the ages. The Fightin' Engineers completed their largest in-game rally since 1988 by turning a 20-0 deficit into a 34-26 victory at Bluffton University. The offensive unit recorded the second-most points (322) and second-most yards (4,150) in school history. First-year starting quarterback Ryan Landwehr was selected for the Tazon de Estrellas Bowl of the Stars, and defensive tackle Dean Griffing joined punter Eric Schaible at the DIII Senior Classic.
Sokol came to Rose-Hulman after spending the past 11 seasons as offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at the University of Chicago, a member of NCAA Division III and the University Athletic Association.
The Maroons captured UAA championships in 2000, 2005 and 2010, while recording three runner-up league finishes during his 11 years as coordinator under head coach Dick Maloney.
Sokol's efforts included recruiting planning and coordination at the internationally regarded academic institution.
Prior to his Chicago experience, Sokol spent one season at fellow UAA member Case Western Reserve University as the recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach. He also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Defiance College and one year as wide receivers coach at Kalamazoo College.
Chicago established a modern era school record with eight wins in 2010, including victories over Case Western Reserve and Washington University to win the league championship.
Sokol earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Kalamazoo in 1996 and completed a master's degree in education from Defiance in 1999. He and his wife Alison are the parents of son Walter, born in November 2013, and reside in Terre Haute.
Brian White served as offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the first Rose-Hulman football conference championship team in 25 years during the 2013 season.
White, entering his fourth year on the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology coaching staff and his third season as offensive coordinator, also serves as the team's offensive line coach.
White joined the Rose-Hulman coaching staff after serving assistant roles at the University of Cincinnati, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Maryland.
In his first season at Rose-Hulman in 2011, White's offensive line provided blocks that allowed Kyle Kovach to earn the NCAA Division III all-purpose yardage championship. The Fightin' Engineers also established a school record for total offense with 625 yards in a 53-50 win at Anderson as part of a second place season in the HCAC.
In 2012, White led an offensive line that featured a first-team all-HCAC selection (Trey Cahill) and a second-team Capital One Academic All-American (Nick Buchta).
The 2013 offensive line included two first-team all-conference selections (Kie Bates and Trey Cahill), along with one all-North Region selection (Bates). The line provided blocks that helped Rose-Hulman score the second-most points (322) and gain the second-most yards (4,150) in school history. Buchta also earned second-team Academic All-American honors for the second consecutive year after starting at left tackle.
White's efforts helped Cincinnati lead the Big East Conference in almost every offensive category in 2010. The Bearcats had the league's top passing offense and produced the school's first 1,000 yard rusher since 2004. Additionally, five Bearcats received all-conference honors on the offensive side of the ball.
In 2009, while at Notre Dame, White assisted on an offensive staff that produced the eighth-rated offense in the nation, averaging 451.75 yards per game, and the winner of 2009 Biletnikoff Award.
During the 2008 season at Maryland, White also filled the role of special teams and tight ends coach in preparation for the Humanitarian Bowl. White's special teams unit featured a 99-yard kickoff return for touchdown, setting a bowl record, and helped Maryland defeat Nevada 42-35. Additionally, White also served on Maryland staffs that made appearances in the 2006 Champs Sports Bowl, beating Purdue 24-7, and the 2007 Emerald Bowl.
Prior to his stint at Maryland, White spent two seasons with the postgraduate football program at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., serving as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. During his tenure at Hargrave, White tutored two future NFL offensive linemen, Branden Albert (Chiefs) and Jared Gaither (Ravens).
A native of Oakland, N.J., White is a 2004 graduate of Juniata College where he earned a bachelor's degree in history. He received a master's degree in special education from Maryland in 2008. White and his wife Kristin reside in Terre Haute.
Brian Vaughn served as defensive coordinator for the first Rose-Hulman football conference championship team in 25 years during the 2013 season.
Vaughn, entering his sixth year on the Rose-Hulman defensive coaching staff, has completed four seasons as the team's defensive coordinator.
In his Rose-Hulman era, Vaughn has led a defense that has held 17 of a possible 39 opponents to 20 points or less. The Fightin' Engineers are 17-0 in those games.
The 2012 squad also featured three first-team all-conference selections, including one defensive lineman, one linebacker and one defensive back. In 2013, the defensive unit combined for five all-conference or honorable mention all-league selections, led by first-team choice and all-region defensive lineman Dean Griffing.
Vaughn served as assistant coach at NCAA Division III Western New England from 2005-08, including three years as defensive coordinator. He also coached a secondary that ranked sixth nationally in interceptions with 22 in 2005.
Vaughn played four years of varsity football at Illinois College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science in 2005. He also serves as the strength and conditioning coach for the Rose-Hulman football program.
Nick Davis served as special teams coordinator, running backs coach and video coordinator for the first Rose-Hulman football conference championship team in 25 years during the 2013 season.
Davis enters his third season on the Fightin' Engineer coaching staff in the upcoming 2014 season. He led a unit that featured school record setting running back Kyle Kovach in 2012, then coached Danya Francis to all-conference honors in 2013.
The special teams also enjoyed success in 2013, with seniors Matt Angel and Eric Schaible earning second-team all-conference recognition. Schaible competed in the DIII Senior Classic following a historic career that included career school records for punting attempts and yards.
Prior to his stint at Rose-Hulman, Davis spent two years at Ottawa University on the defensive side of the football, coaching defensive backs in 2010 and linebackers in 2011. He helped coach 10 all-conference defensive players and also served as the junior varsity defensive coordinator. His efforts also included coaching three NAIA All-Americans.
He previously served as a strength and conditioning football intern at the University of Michigan and Western Illinois University in 2010.
As a player, Davis earned three varsity letters and captured academic all-conference honors at NCAA Division III Monmouth College. He later served as a defensive line assistant at Monmouth.
Davis earned a bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in communications from Monmouth in 2010. He also completed a master's degree in edcuation curriculum and instruction at Ottawa University.
Chris Scheidt served as wide receivers coach for the first Rose-Hulman football conference championship team in 25 years during the 2013 season.
Scheidt, who will enter his his second season as wide receivers coach during the upcoming 2014 season, led a unit that helped Rose-Hulman score the second-most points (322) and gain the second-most yards (4,150) in school history.
Scheidt's efforts helped the Rose-Hulman receiving corps flourish despite an injury riddled season in 2013. The final tally included 13 players with at least one pass reception and nine players catching at least one touchdown pass during the championship season.
In his first season at Rose-Hulman in 2012, Scheidt coached a wide receiving corps that featured second-team all-league selections Aaron Abbott and Jacob Dye.
Prior to his Rose-Hulman stint, Scheidt most recently served as wide receivers coach and recruiting assistant at the University of Cincinnati for one season. His efforts helped the Bearcats recruit a class judged by national services as the top recruiting class in program history in 2012. He also served roles in game film breakdown, practice scripts, playbooks and data input.
Prior to his time at Cincinnati, Scheidt completed a football assistant practicum at Bowling Green State University. He helped organize and run the team's 7-on-7 passing camps, organized the budget and assisted with the team's recruiting process.
Scheidt played four seasons of college football as a wide receiver at Bowling Green State. He earned a bachelor of science degree in sports management with a minor in marketing in 2011. Currently, Scheidt is enrolled in the master's degree program in recreation and sport management at Indiana State University.
Dominique Ware served as defensive line coach for the first Rose-Hulman football conference championship team in 25 years during the 2013 season.
Ware, entering his second season as defensive line coach in the upcoming 2014 campaign, helped coach Dean Griffing to first-team all-conference and third-team all-North Region honors. Griffing also made an appearance in the DIII Senior Classic All-Star Game in December. The defensive line also included an honorable mention all-league honoree in D.J. Lawson.
Prior to Rose-Hulman, Ware spent two seasons at Western Michigan University, where he served as a defensive quality control coach and assisted with defensive linemen. He served on the coaching staff at the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl in 2011 for Western Michigan's matchup with Purdue University and also handled much of the program's social media efforts.
Ware played college football at the University of Michigan under head coach Rich Rodriguez from 2008-11. He earned a varsity letter for the Wolverines in 2011 and helped with preparation for Denard Robinson and the Michigan offensive unit for Big Ten play. Ware was named game captain for the rivalry game against Michigan State in 2011.
Ware earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 2011 and and completed a master's degree in coaching sport performance from Western Michigan University in 2013.
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