30 Iowa Conference titles
2014 Central College coaching family
First row (left to right): Dane Paulsen, Bryn Paulsen, Tess Paulsen, Caroline McMartin, Emily McMartin, McKenna Evans, Parker Evans, Shaye Mulder.
Second row: Cody Baethke, Nichole Baethke, Matt Paulsen, Tracy Paulsen, Jeff McMartin, Laurie McMartin, Graham Evans, Reid Evans, Liz Evans, Kase Mulder, Kelsey Mulder, Nick Mulder, Ashley Schueler, Austen Schueler.
Third row: Mike Young, Drew Sikkink, Jeff Sanger, Betty Bollard, Jeff Bollard, Jean De Waard, Don De Waard, Brenda Jones, Eric Jones, Cody Huisman, Cody Gullett.
Fourth row: Kyle Johnson, Aric Balk, Chris Culek, Seth Marburger, Charles Friday.
Jeff McMartin, head coach,
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 10 seasons as coach.
McMartin has posted a glossy 79-27 record (.745) 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, 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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Cody Baethke, safeties
Cody Baethke is in his second season as an assistant football coach at Central College.
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 second on the school leaderboard with 26 career pass breakups. Central won three Iowa Conference championships and posted a 46-9 overall record during his career.
Baethke served as an assistant coach at the University of Wis.-Eau Claire in 2012, where he coached outside linebackers and was the video director.
Phone: (641) 628-5590
Jeff Bollard, running backs
Jeff Bollard is in his 29th season as an assistant football coach at Central, working with the receivers.
A native of Pocahontas and a 1989 Central graduate, Bollard is an IT manaager at Precision Pulley and Idler (PPI) in Pella. He is also a pilot with commercial and instructor ratings. Bollard and his wife Betty have a son and a daughter.
Phone: (641) 628-5226
Don De Waard, defensive coordinator, inside linebackers
In 2000, the American Football Coaches Association named De Waard the NCAA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year. He was honored at the AFCA convention in Atlanta, Ga. in January, 2001.
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
Cody Huisman, tight ends
Cody Huisman is in his first season as an assistant coach.
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 instructor in Central’s exercise science department.
Eric Jones, offensive line
Eric Jones is in his 17th 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 third season as an assistant coach on the Central staff. He was named to also serve as recruiting coordinator in 2014.
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 served as a graduate assistant coach with the defensive line for Anderson University (Ind.) 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. He is completing requirements for a masters of business administration degree.
Nick and his wife Kelsey have two children
Phone: (641) 628-5616
Matt Paulsen, cornerbacks
Matt Paulsen is in his 17th 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 12th 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, wide receivers
Austen Schueler is in his fifth 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, offensive line
Drew Sikkink is in his eighth 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
Mike Young, defensive line
Two-time all-Iowa Conference linebacker Mike Young joined the Central staff in 2014.
Young, a three-year letterwinner for the Dutch and 2014 graduate, works with the defensive line.
Originally from Country Club Hills, Ill. and a graduate of Hillcrest High School, Young was a first-team all-league pick last fall after earning second-team honors in 2012. He was named the league’s special team player of the week in 2013 and defensive player of the week recognition in 2012. Following the 2013 season, Young was selected for Team Stars and Stripes, a Division III all-star squad which played against Mexican collegiate team in the Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) in Monterrey, Mexico.
In 2012, Young received Central’s Lankelma-Menning Award as the team’s outstanding underclass player.
Phone: (641) 628-5615
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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