30 Iowa Conference titles
2012 Central College coaching family
First row (left to right): Grant Dieleman, Claire Dieleman, McKenna
Evans, Emily McMartin, Caroline McMartin, Tess Paulsen.
Second row: Trevor Dieleman, Ella Dieleman, Sarah Dieleman, Reid Evans, Parker Evans, Liz Evans, Jeff McMartin, Laurie McMartin, Matt Paulsen, Dane Paulsen, Tracy Paulsen, Bryn Paulsen, Nick Mulder, Shaye Mulder, Kelsey Mulder, Nick Crall.
Third row: Carl Coleman, Ethan Brandt, Mike Furlong, Seth Marburger, Jeff Sanger, Eric Jones, Brenda Jones, Don DeWaard, Jean DeWaard, Jeff Bollard, Betty Bollard, Austen Schueler, Ashley Schueler, Drew Sikkink, Jared Hottle, Kyle Johnson (not pictured, Jara Johnson).
Jeff McMartin, head coach, quarterbacks
AFCA Div. III West Region Coach of the Year--2007
Iowa Conference Coach of the Year--2005, 2006, 2007
One of the winningest active coaches in the U.S., Jeff McMartin has guided his alma mater back to four Iowa Conference football titles while earning four NCAA Division III football playoff berths in nine seasons as coach.
McMartin has posted a glossy 73-23 record (.750) 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.
McMartin, who also serves as the team’s quarterbacks coach, 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 2009 league title was the program's 30th and the school’s 20 NCAA Division III playoff berths are just three shy of the national record. The Dutch have compiled 17 undefeated regular seasons and haven’t had a losing football campaign since 1960.
Named as one of 10 “hot” coaches in the NCAA Division III by American Football Monthly in 2005, McMartin also gained extensive coaching experience at other schools for 13 years, coaching nearly every position.
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 from 1990-92.
McMartin graduated from Central in 1990 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in physical education. He earned a master's degree in liberal studies from Wake Forest University (N.C.) in 1992 in liberal studies.
While at Central, McMartin served as a student coach under hall of fame coach Ron 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.
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Jeff Bollard, running backs
Jeff Bollard is in his 27th season as an assistant football coach at Central College.
A native of Pocahontas and a 1989 Central graduate, Bollard is an independent computer consultant and programmer. He is also a commercial pilot flight instructor. Bollard and his wife Betty have two children.
Phone: (641) 628-5226
Carl Coleman, recruiting coordinator, cornerbacks
Carl Coleman is in his first season on the Central football coaching staff.
Coleman is a 2009 graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) and is completing requirements for a master’s degree there. Coleman was a student assistant coach for the Crusaders from 2006-08, then spent the last three seasons as a graduate assistant. He’s coached defensive backs and wide receivers while also serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator. Mary-Hardin Baylor won American Southwest Conference titles during each of his six seasons on the staff and reached the NCAA Division III semifinals in 2007 and 2008. The Crusaders pulled out a 42-40 victory over Central at Pella in the 2009 NCAA playoffs.
Coleman also serves Central as an admission liaison.
Phone: (641) 628-5615
Don De Waard, defensive coordinator, inside linebackers
Don De Waard is in his 31st year on the Central staff. He is a 1982 Central graduate and former Dutch player.
In 2000, the American Football Coaches Association named De Waard the Div. III Assistant Coach of the Year. He was honored at the AFCA convention in Atlanta, Ga. in January, 2001.
In 2012, De Waard was named head coach for Team Stars and Stripes, a Division III all-star team that competes in the annual Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars), staged in Mexico in December. De Waard had previously served as a long-time assistant for the squad and, in previous years, the Aztec Bowl.
A native of Kanawha, he is a certified public accountant and also serves as president of the Molengracht, a downtown development project in Pella. De Waard and his wife Jean have four children and five grandchildren.
Phone: (641) 628-5226
Reid Evans, offensive coordinator, tight ends, offensive line
Reid Evans is in his 12th season as an assistant coach, and his fourth year as offensive coordinator.
A 2001 Central graduate, Evans was a four-time varsity letterwinner and a two-time first-team all-Iowa Conference center for the Dutch. The Newton, Iowa native was a third-team pick for the 2000 Hewlett-Packard all-America team and participated with a team of Division III all-stars in the 2000 Aztec Bowl in Mexico.
Evans was also a four-time track and field letterwinner, winning conference titles in the shot put and discus and qualifying for the NCAA Division III national meet in those events.
Following graduation, Evans played and coached football for the Franken Timberwolves in Nuremburg, Germany in 2001. Evans is pursuing a master's degree at the Univ. of Northern Iowa. He and his wife Liz have two children.
Phone: (641) 628-5421
Mike Furlong, s-backs, kickers
Former Central College standout Mike Furlong is in his first season as assistant football coach.
Furlong, a 2012 graduate, was a four-year letterwinner and two-time all-Iowa Conference wide receiver and return specialist for the Dutch. Furlong’s 1,180 career kick return yards ranks third on Central’s all-time list. He’s also fourth in career kick returns (51) and sixth in average kick return yards (23.1) and punt returns (53).
A Davenport, Iowa native, Furlong was also a four-time baseball letterwinner. He was a three-time first-team all-league shortstop and received second-team recognition in 2010. Furlong was also a third-team ABCA/Rawlings all-region selection and team MVP. As a senior, Furlong helped the Dutch capture their first outright conference title in 64 years. Furlong holds 12 school records, including career marks for hits (226), games started (159), runs scored (174), stolen bases (55) and assists (439).
Furlong is also in his first season as an assistant baseball coach for Central.
Eric Jones, offensive line
Eric Jones is in his 15th season on the Central staff, returning in 2006 after a three-year absence.
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.
Phone: (641) 628-5248
Nick Mulder, defensive line
Nick Mulder is in his first season as an assistant coach on the Central staff.
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.
For the past two seasons Mulder has served as a graduate assistant coach in the defensive line for Anderson University (Ind.). The 2011 Anderson defense led the Heartland Conference in sacks and turnovers forced. Since August, Mulder has also served as the football team’s strength and conditioning coordinator. He is completing requirements for a masters of business administration degree.
Phone: (641) 628-5616
Matt Paulsen, safeties
Matt Paulsen is in his 15th season as an assistant football coach at Central College.
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.
Jeff Sanger, outside linebackers
Jeff Sanger is in his 10th season on the Central football coaching staff.
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 a staff accountant in the Central controller's office and is pursuing a master's degree at Drake University.
Phone: (641) 628-5161
Austen Schueler, special teams coordinator, receivers
Austen Schueler is in his third season as assistant football coach at Central College.
A 2008 graduate, Schueler was a defensive back for the Dutch. 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.
Schueler is an admission representative and is in his fifth season as a volunteer men's and women's track and field coach.
Phone: (641) 628-7606
Drew Sikkink, receivers
Drew Sikkink is in his sixth season as an assistant football coach at Central.
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 recruiting intern in the spring of 2006. Sikkink also serves as a residence hall director.
Phone: (641) 628-5800
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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Ethan Brandt, offensive line
Nick Crall, defensive line
Jared Hottle, defensive backs
Seth Marburger, wide receivers