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  • 30 Iowa Conference titles
  • 20 NCAA Div. III playoff berths
  • No losing seasons since 1960
  • Fourth-winningest NCAA football team since 1975 (.796)

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Coaching staff

coaching staff

2016 Central College coaching family

First row (left to right): Tess Paulsen, Bryn Paulsen, Dane Paulsen, Caroline McMartin, Shaye Mulder, Kase Mulder, Brooklynn Anderson, Brecken Anderson, Ryker Anderson, Regan Anderson

Second row: Eric Jones, Brenda Jones, Cody Baethke, Aubrey Baethke, Nichole Baethke, Tracey Paulsen, Matt Paulsen, Jeff McMartin, Laurie McMartin, Kelsey Mulder, McCabe Mulder, Nick Mulder, Jason Anderson, Melissa Anderson, Max Boland

Third row: Jake Walters, Austen Schueler, Cody Huisman, Ryan Maiuri, Jeff Sanger, Drew Sikkink, Kolby Whisner, Seth Marburger, Tucker Ormsby, Aaron Eiseler, Brock Mann, Spencer Gritsch

Jeff McMartinJeff McMartin, head coach
Trustee, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)
AFCA Div. III West Region Coach of the Year--2007
Iowa Conference Coach of the Year--2005, 2006, 2007

Among the winningest coaches in the U.S., Jeff McMartin has guided his alma mater to four Iowa Conference football titles while earning four NCAA Division III football playoff berths since taking over as head coach in 2004.

McMartin has posted a glossy 93-33 (.738) and is among the winningest active NCAA Division III coaches in career winning percentage. He’s a three-time conference coach of the year (2005, 2006, 2007) and was named an AFCA Division III regional coach of the year in 2007. McMartin’s squads have posted three undefeated regular seasons, with a 28-game regular-season win streak from 2006-08.

Jeff McMartinMcMartin has been a part of one of the nation’s most tradition-rich college football programs as a player, student assistant and now head coach. Central’s 30 league titles and the school’s 20 NCAA Division III playoff berths are the third most in the nation. The Dutch have compiled 17 undefeated regular seasons and haven’t had a losing football campaign since 1960.

In 2015, McMartin and University of Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez were named to the American Football Coaches Association's board of trustees. McMartin is one of just two NCAA Division III coaches on the board, which formulates policty for the 11,000-member organization. He's only the 11th Division III coach in AFCA history to serve on the board and follows his mentor, Central's hall of fame coach Ron Schipper, who was a trustee from 1984-94 and, in 1994, became the second Division III coach ever to serve as the organization's president.

2015 AFCA Board of Trustees
First row (left to right): Gary Patterson, TCU; Todd Knight, Ouachita Baptist; Lee Owens, Ashland; Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati; Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director; Todd Berry, Louisiana-Monroe; Bill Cronin, Georgetown (Ky.); Turner Gill, Liberty; Mike Riley, Nebraska.
Second row: Dino Babers, Bowling Green State; Sam Knopik, Pembroke Hill School (Mo.); Craig Bohl, Wyoming; David Cutcliffe, Duke; David Bailiff, Rice; Pete Fredenburg, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Dale Lennon, Southern Illinois; Jeff McMartin, Central; Frank Solich, Ohio.

Long active in the AFCA, McMartin spent six years on the 31-member Division III head coaches council, serving as chair from 2012-14. He also served for three years on the rules committee and serves on the publicity committee, voting on the AFCA Division III Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

Prior to returning to Central, McMartin was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at DePauw University (Ind.). During his four years there, DePauw broke several school offensive records.

From 1995-2000, he served as offensive line coach at Beloit College (Wis.) where he also worked with special teams. From 1994-95 he was the defensive line coach at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) and was defensive line coach at Illinois Wesleyan University from 1992-94. He was a graduate assistant at Wake Forest University (N.C.) from 1990-92.

Jeff McMartinMcMartin graduated from Central. He served as a student coach under Schipper for two seasons after a career-ending injury. He earned a master’s degree from Wake Forest in 1992.

While at Central, McMartin served as a student coach under Schipper for two seasons after a career-ending injury. He was also a student coach at Oskaloosa High School in 1987.

McMartin is also a veteran track and field coach. He was head men's and women's coach at Beloit from 1995-2000 and interim head coach at Illinois Wesleyan in 1994. McMartin was an assistant at De Pauw from 2000-03, at Rochester from 1994-95 and at Illinois Wesleyan in 1994.

McMartin’s wife Laurie is also a 1990 graduate of Central and they have two children.

Office phone: (641) 628-7609
Toll-free admission phone: (877) 462-3687
Email: mcmartinj@central.edu

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U.S. mail:
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Pella, IA 50219

Jason Anderson, defensive line

Jason Anderson joined the Central football staff as an assistant coach in 2016.

Anderson has been an assistant high school football coach since 2000, working with Lynnville-Sully from 2000-09 before serving at Pella from 2010-15 and was part of the school's back-to-back state championship teams in 2014 and 2015.

A 2001 Central graduate, Anderson was a three-year letterwinner with the Dutch track and field team. He was a member of two Iowa Conference championship teams, participating in the throwing events. He went on to earn his master's degree from Drake University in 2007.

Anderson also works as Upward Bound Coordinator at Central. He and wis wife Melissa, an admission counselor at Central, have four children.

Phone: (641) 628-5367
Email: andersonja@central.edu

Cody Baethke, safeties, recruiting coordinator

Cody Baethke joined the Central football staff as an assistant coach in 2013.

A native of Williamsburg and 2010 Central graduate, Baethke was a four-time letterwinner for the Dutch football team and was named second-team all-conference defensive back in 2009. He is seventh on the school leaderboard with 33 career pass breakups. Central won three Iowa Conference championships and posted a 46-9 overall record during his career. He earned a master's degree from the University of Wis.-Eau Claire in 2014.

Baethke was a defensive backs coach at Glenbard South (Ill.) High School before serving as outside linebackers and tight ends coach at Wis.-Eau Claire. He and wis wife, Nichole, a volleyball coach at Central, have a daughter.

Phone: (641) 628-5590
Email: baethkec@central.edu

Aaron Eiseler, tight ends

Aaron Eiseler joined the Central football staff as an assistant coach in 2015.

Eiseler was a three-year letterwinner for the Dutch football team before graduating in 2015. Eiseler totaled 4,239 passing yards in his three years at quarterback with 36 touchdown passes. He also rushed for 440 yards and 10 touchdowns. He received all-Iowa Conference honorable mention.

In December 2015, he was selected for Team Stars and Stripes, a Division III all-star squad which played against a Mexican collegiate team in the Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) in Puebla, Mexico. Originally from Mesa, Ariz., Eiseler is a graduate of Red Mountain High School.

Spencer Gritsch, running backs

Spencer Gritsch joined the Central football staff as an assistant coach in 2016.

Gritsch was a four-year member for the Dutch baseball team before graduating in the spring of 2016.

Originally from Brooklyn, Iowa, Gritsch previously coached the junior varsity baseball team at BGM High School. He will also be an assistant baseball coach.

Phone: (641) 628-5615
Email: gritschs@central.edu

Cody Huisman, wide receivers

Cody Huisman joined the Central football staff as an assistant coach in 2014.

A 2008 Central graduate, Huisman was a member of three Iowa Conference championship teams and was a three-time NCAA playoff participant. In his three seasons he helped the Dutch post a 29-1 regular-season record. He was a first-team all-Iowa Conference pick at wide receiver and a third-team D3football.com all-West Region selection. A two-time academic all-conference honoree, Huisman’s 56 receptions in 2007 ranks second on the school’s all-time list.

Prior to returning to Central, Huisman served as an assistant high school football and middle school track coach. Huisman earned a doctorate of chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic and is an assistant professor in Central’s exercise science department.

Phone: (641) 628-5140
Email: huismanm@central.edu

Eric Jones, offensive line

Eric Jones joined the Central football staff in 1995 and was an assistant coach until 2002. After a three-year absence he returned to the Dutch sidelines in 2006.

Jones returned to the offensive side of the ball in 2009, working with tight ends for two years before moving to the offensive line. He also previously spent a season as the team's offensive coordinator.

A 1987 Central graduate, Jones was an offensive guard for the Dutch. He received a master’s degree in counseling education from Iowa State University.

Jones taught and coached in Shelbina, Mo. and was an at-risk coordinator and assistant coach at Pella High School. He previously served as assistant director of admission at Central while also working with the college’s retention program and in several capacities in the student life office.

In 2002, Jones received a Central Presidential Service Standards Award for his work at the college.

From 2003-06 Jones was dean of students at Waukee High School before returning to Central as a counselor in the student life office. He headed the college's retention program in the academic affairs office before serving as interim dean of student life in 2011-12. Jones now serves Central as the director of academic resources and a class dean.

Jones' wife, Brenda, has three sons

Phone: (641) 628-5420
Email: jonese@central.edu


Ryan Maiuri, offensive coordinator, quarterbacks

Ryan Maiuri joined the Central football coaching staff in 2015 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Maiuri graduated from Lakeland College (Wis.) in 2006 and received Illini-Badger Conference player of the year honors in 2005. He led the Muskies to their first-ever playoff berth and was the league's offensive player of the year in 2004.

In 2007 Maiuri returned to Lakeland and spent two seasons as the football strength and conditioning coordinator and graduate assistant coach for defensive backs. He then was an assistant coach for tight ends at Division II Winona State University (Minn.) before joining the staff of Adrian College (Mich.) in 2011 as quarterbacks coach and junior varsity offensive coordinator.

Maiuri was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Minnesota from 2012-2014, working with quarterbacks and wide receivers.

He earned a master's degree in counseling from Lakeland in 2008 and a master's in kinesiology at Minnesota in 2014.

Phone: (641) 628-5421
Email: maiurir@central.edu

Seth Marburger, defensive assistant

Seth Marburger joined the Central football staff as an assistant coach in 2016.

Marburger, a native of Perry, Iowa, was a student assistant coach for the Dutch for four years before graduating last spring. He coached both offense and defense and assisted with video work.

Marburger is also a third grade teacher in Pella at Madison Elementary School


Nick Mulder, defensive coordinator

Nick Mulder joined the Central football coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2012. He was named to also serve as defensive coordinator in 2016.

Mulder, a Pella native, is a 2007 Central graduate and was a two-time second-team all-Iowa Conference defensive lineman. He was a member of three NCAA playoff squads and teams that won or shared three league championships.

Mulder earned a master's degree in business administration from Anderson University (Ind.) in 2013. He served as a graduate assistant coach with the defensive line for Anderson during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The 2011 Anderson defense led the Heartland Conference in sacks and turnovers forced.  Mulder also served as the football team’s strength and conditioning coordinator.

Mulder and his wife, Kelsey, have three children

Phone: (641) 628-5616
Email: muldern@central.edu


Matt Paulsen, cornerbacks

Matt Paulsen joined the Central football staff as an assistant coach in 1998.

A 1997 Central graduate, Paulsen was an all-American defensive back for the Dutch and a four-time letterwinner. He was a three-time all-Iowa Conference selection, the 1997 team MVP, and holds the school career interceptions record (18). He spent the summer of 1999 playing for a club team in Germany. A Waverly-Shell Rock High School graduate, Paulsen was raised on a farm near Plainfield, Iowa and is a two-time selection to the All-American Farm team named by Successful Farming magazine. He is employed by Heritage Lace, Inc.

Paulsen and his wife, Tracy, have three children


Jeff Sanger, inside linebackers

Jeff Sanger joined the Central football coaching staff in 2003.

Sanger, a 2001 Central graduate, was a two-time all-America selection, a two-time Schilder team MVP award winner and a three-time all-Iowa Conference pick as a linebacker. He also was chosen as a Central team co-captain for two seasons. The Britt, Iowa native set the school freshman-season tackles record in 1997 with 111 and racked up 375 stops in his career.

Sanger is the senior staff accountant in the Central controller's office and earned a master's degree at Iowa State University.

Phone: (641) 628-5161
Email: sangerj@central.edu


Austen Schueler, special teams coordinator, outside linebackers

Austen Schueler joined the Central football staff as an assistant coach in 2010.

A 2008 graduate, Schueler was a defensive back for the Dutch. He was a member of three Iowa Conference championship teams and was a three-time NCAA playoff participant. In his three seasons he helped the Dutch post a 29-1 regular-season record.

The two-time letterwinner received the Mel VerMeer Loyalty Award and the P.H. Kuyper Award in 2007. A Granger native, Schueler was also a two-year letterwinner for the men's track and field squad, competing in the triple jump and javelin throw. He was an assistant coach for Central's track and field program from 2008-12.

Schueler is an associate director in Central's admission office. His wife is Ashley, also a Central graduate.

Phone: (641) 628-7606
Email: schuelera@central.edu

Drew Sikkink, offensive line

Drew Sikkink joined the Central football staff in 2007.

An Urbandale native, Sikkink is a 2006 Central graduate and played offensive line for the Dutch, receiving the P.H. Kuyper Award in 2005. He was a member of two NCAA playoff squads and teams that won or shared two league championships.

He was a recruiting intern in 2006 and previously coached Central's wide receivers. Sikkink now also serves as an Area Coordinator in Residence Life.

Phone: (641) 628-5800
Email: sikkinka@central.edu

COACH RON SCHIPPER

The architect of the Central football tradition was coach Ron Schipper (1928-2006). One of the winningest coaches in college football history, Schipper was the Dutch head coach from 1961-96, leading his teams to 18 Iowa Conference championships.
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