Head coach Rob Keys will enter his fourth season at the helm of the Oilers football program in 2014. He has recorded a 22-10 record with the program as a head coach, which includes a 19-10 mark in GLIAC games.
Keys is coming off of an 8-3 season in 2013. The eight victories by the Oilers were the most a Findlay team has produced since the 2002 campaign when they went 9-2. The Oilers also saw six players earn first team all-conference accolades, the most in school history, with another three capturing second team all-league honors.
In his second season with the Oilers, Keys posted a 7-3 record with the same mark in GLIAC competition. The Oilers showed improvement from their first season under Keys and saw six players earn either first or second team all-conference honors.
Keys led the Oilers to a 6-5 record during his first season as head coach, which included a 6-4 mark in the GLIAC. The win total marked a five-game improvement from the year before and included standout wins against Grand Valley State University and Wayne State University.
The Oilers, who had lost 11 straight to GVSU, claimed a 26-20 win on the road against the Lakers in the fourth week of the season and then defeated #22 Wayne State University on the road by a score of 43-42 in overtime to close the campaign.
Coach Keys earned his first career head coaching victory with a 50-27 win at home over Tiffin University on Sept. 17, 2011.
Keys, who was hired as the head coach of the Oilers football program on Dec. 16, 2010, previously served as the co-defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator for the Oilers from 2000-04.
In 2010, Keys served as the defensive backs coach at the University of New Hampshire. He helped coach the team to an 8-5 record in 2010 and a spot in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Playoffs. The Wildcats, who were ranked #10 in the nation, were then upended by the #5 University of Delaware Blue Hens 16-3 in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Before his time with the Wildcats, Keys spent four years as the special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach at Slippery Rock University (2006-10).
Prior to his work at Slippery Rock, Keys served one season as the safeties coach and special teams coordinator at Indiana State University (2005) after his five-year run at Findlay.
Keys also spent three seasons coaching at his alma mater, West Virginia University, coaching running backs, special teams, tight ends, tackles, quarterbacks and wide receivers.
As a player at West Virginia, Keys was a two-year letter winner and a 1995 team co-captain. He won the Mountaineer Club Award twice (1994-95), the highest honor a West Virginia player can receive. He was also given the Scott Shirley Award for the special teams MVP in 1995 and participated in the USF&G Sugar Bowl and Carquest Bowl during his tenure as a player.
Keys graduated from West Virginia in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and then later earned his master’s degree in the same field in 1998 from WVU as well.
He also obtained a post-graduate degree from the Marine Military Academy (Harlingen, Texas).
Coach Keys and his wife, Jenifer, are the parents of three daughters, Katie, Casey and Kaylee.
|Recruiting Area:||Northwest Ohio/Michigan (Lima, Findlay, Toledo)|
Troy Rothenbuhler is entering his fourth season with the Oilers in 2014 and will serve as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Last season the Oilers averaged 37.9 points per game and churned out 504.5 yards of total offense per contest under Rothenbuhler’s guidance. The squad also set a school record for passing yards in a season with 2,696.
In 2012, the Oilers offense averaged 32.5 points per game and recorded 437.1 yards per outing. The team scored on 86 percent of their red zone opportunities and averaged 6.0 yards per play.
During the 2011 campaign, Rothenbuhler’s offense churned out 392.4 yards per game compared to only a 247.1 yards per game average the year before he arrived at Findlay. The Oilers also scored 17.1 more points per game when compared to the 2010 season.
Rothenbuhler came to Findlay after serving two seasons (2009-10) as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ohio Northern University where he was honored as the 2009 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Assistant Coach of the Year. Before his time with the Polar Bears, Rothenbuhler coached for six years at Bowling Green State University.
During his time with the Falcons, Rothenbuhler held a variety of roles, serving as the assistant head coach for two years and the co-offensive coordinator for one year. He also served as the recruiting coordinator from 2003-07.
He spent the 2002 season as offensive coordinator at Heidelberg College after five seasons as an assistant coach at Arkansas State University. During his tenure with the Indians, he coached both the tight ends and receivers.
A 1995 graduate of The Ohio State University, Rothenbuhler was a graduate assistant for the Buckeyes in 1995 and 1996 where he worked with the quarterbacks and tight ends.
From 1992-94, he was a student assistant at OSU, assisting with the team’s wide receivers.
During his time with the Buckeyes, he worked with teams that appeared in one Rose Bowl, three Citrus Bowls and one Holiday Bowl.
A 1989 graduate of Oregon Clay High School, Rothenbuhler and his wife, Amy, are the parents of one daughter, Madison, and a son, Jake.
|Title:||Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line|
|Recruiting Area:||Central Ohio (Columbus)|
Dan Hott is entering his fourth season as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach during the 2014 campaign.
Last year Hott led the Oilers defense to a total of 19 takeaways and 35 sacks. The defensive unit was also stout on third down as they allowed their opponents to convert only 39 percent of the time.
In 2012, the Oilers defense recorded 23 sacks compared to only 14 the year before. They also forced 21 turnovers on the season.
During the 2011 campaign in Hott’s first year back with the team, the Oilers forced 24 turnovers, eight more than the year before.
Hott, who spent six years on the Oilers staff from 2001-06, came back to Findlay after serving three years on staff at the University of Michigan.
Hott began his coaching career at West Virginia University, working as a student assistant coach for three seasons (1995-97) prior to gaining a graduate assistant position with the Mountaineers for three years (1998-2000).
After his time at Findlay, Hott went back and coached the 2007 season at West Virginia before his tenure at Michigan began.
A member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Hott has coached in five bowl games during his career. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree from West Virginia in 1998 and completed his master’s degree in 2007.
|Title:||Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs|
|Recruiting Area:||Southwest Ohio (Dayton, Cincinnati) Florida|
Thomas Howard is entering his fourth season with the Oilers in 2014 and will serve as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.
Last year Howard led the Oilers defense to a total of 19 takeaways and 35 sacks. The defensive unit was also stout on third down as they allowed their opponents to convert only 39 percent of the time.
In 2012, the Oilers defense recorded 23 sacks compared to only 14 the year before. They also forced 21 turnovers on the season.
During the 2011 campaign, the Oilers forced 24 turnovers, eight more than the year before.
Howard came to Findlay after serving two years on staff at Lincoln University, ending as the interim head coach in 2010. While at Lincoln, Howard served as the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator. Howard’s defense finished 17th in Division II in pass defense during the 2010 season and finished first in total defense and turnovers caused in the GLFC Conference during the 2009 season.
Before his time at Lincoln, Howard coached for three seasons at Slippery Rock University as the linebackers coach.
Prior to his tenure at Slippery Rock, he was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Allen University. He also served one year as the assistant athletic director/compliance coordinator and two years as an academic adviser/recruiting coordinator at the school.
Howard played four seasons at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He served two seasons as team captain and earned the team’s most improved player award as a junior and defensive back of the year award in his senior season. He graduated cum laude in May 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development.
|Title:||Recruiting Coordinator/Offensive Line|
|Recruiting Area:||Northeast Ohio (Cleveland, Akron, Canton)|
Kory Allen is entering his tenth season with the Oilers and will serve as the offensive line coach in 2014. He will also head up the recruiting efforts.
Allen’s leadership along the line has helped the Oilers reach new heights on the offensive side of the ball. This past season, the Oilers established a new school record with 2,696 passing yards. His unit also allowed only nine sacks on the season.
Previously, Allen served as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Baldwin Wallace College (2004). At Baldwin Wallace, the Yellow Jackets offensive line finished second in the conference in fewest sacks allowed and rushing yards per game. Two Yellow Jacket offensive lineman were honored with all conference accolades under Coach Allen’s guidance as well.
Allen started off as a graduate assistant (2000) and then was named the offensive line coach at Ohio Northern University (2001-03). At Ohio Northern, Allen coached two lineman to all-conference honors and recruited four all-conference players and one All-American.
Prior to coaching at his alma mater, Allen did a summer internship in the public and community relations department with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
Allen, a 2000 ONU graduate with a B.A. degree in sports management, was a three-year starter for the Polar Bears. As a senior, Allen served as team captain on the best team in school history. The Polar Bears advanced to the NCAA playoffs for the first time in school history and finished ranked fifth in the nation. At the conclusion of his senior season, Allen earned first-team all-OAC and first-team Division III All-American honors by both Hewlett Packard and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette.
Allen resides in Findlay with his wife, Gina, their two sons, Brady and Cody, and daughter, Gracie.
|Recruiting Area:||Indiana, Cincinnati, N. Kentucky|
Steve Sigler is entering his third season on the Oilers coaching staff in 2014 and will serve as the linebackers coach.
Sigler came to the Oilers program from the University of Illinois, where he served as an assistant strength coach from 2009-11. He also spent the 2008 campaign as the linebackers coach at Illinois State University.
Prior to his stint at Illinois State, Sigler spent three seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at Illinois where he worked with the linebackers and defensive line. He helped the squad win back-to-back bowl games and under his tutelage, the Illinois defensive line ranked 12th nationally in sacks per game during the 2007 campaign. The 2007 campaign also saw Illinois make their first Rose Bowl appearance in 20 years.
Prior to joining the Illinois staff, Sigler had great success as a coach at both the NCAA Division II and Division III levels. Sigler’s defenses were ranked nationally every year while at Thomas More College, where he coached from 1999-2002 and again in 2004. His squads still hold 11 school records and had seven players achieve All-America status. He initially served as the quarterbacks and receivers coach at TMC before moving to defense in 2000. He worked with the linebackers at Thomas More from 2000-02 and again in 2004, while serving as the defensive coordinator from 2001-02 and in 2004.
In 2003, between his two stints at Thomas More College, Sigler was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Tri-State in Angola, Ind. He coached the Thunder linebackers and coordinated all of the special teams units at Tri-State.
Sigler’s career began at Oklahoma Panhandle State in 1996 as a running backs coach. Beginning in 1997, Sigler coached the OPSU linebackers for his first of two seasons. Sigler graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State in 1998 with a degree in health, physical education and recreation, and a minor in education.
Sigler hails from Villa Grove, Ill., and resides with his wife, Karen.
John Morookian is entering his second season on the Oilers
coaching staff in 2013 and will serve as an assistant tight ends
The Providence, R.I. native graduated from the University of Toledo in 2012 with a degree in adult lifelong learning focuses in professional sales. He lettered four times for the Rockets and started 49 straight games at right tackle.
Mark Wozniak is entering his second season as the Oilers wide receivers coach in 2014.
Wozniak comes to the Oilers after serving as a coaching assistant at the University of Cincinnati from 2009-12 where he worked with the defensive backs and wide receivers. During his time with the Bearcats, Wozniak was a part of three Big East championship teams.
Wozniak graduated from Cincinnati with a degree in sport administration. He played high school football at Padua Franciscan in Parma, Ohio and is currently residing in Findlay with his wife, Chelsea, and their son, Gavin.
Bart Tanski is entering his second year as a defensive assistant coach with the Oilers in 2014.
Tanski comes to UF after a successful playing career at Bowling Green State University, where he served as the team captain in 2012.
Tanski graduated from Bowling Green with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Justin Roper is entering his second season on the Oilers staff in 2014 and will serve as the running backs coach.
Roper played collegiately at the University of Oregon and the University of Montana, serving as a quarterback for both squads. Roper threw for 1,885 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior at Montana. He also tied a Sun Bowl record in 2007 during his time with Oregon, throwing four touchdown passes in a 56-21 win over South Florida.
|Title:||Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Assistant Football Coach|
Chad Wagner is entering his 14th year as the strength and conditioning coach for The University of Findlay athletic department during the 2014-15 season.
Wagner was a four-year letter winner in baseball for the Oilers from 1996-2000 and finished his career second in the all-time record books with a .372 career average. During his senior season, Wagner was named first team all-GLIAC and was a NAIA all-Great Lakes Region selection as a junior in 1999.
He graduated in 2000 from Findlay with a degree in strength and conditioning and currently resides in Findlay with his wife, Cara, and their sons, Collin and Max, and daughter, Macey.