Gary Goff enters his fourth year as Head Football Coach at Tiffin University.
The Dragons took another step forward on the field in 2013, improving in nearly every offensive category while finishing near the top of the GLIAC in passing offense. They look to continue that momentum with a strong 2014 season behind second year quarterback Antonio Pipkin and a new defense led by coach Matt Edwards.
In 2011 Goff started to implement the Air Raid offense, seeing immediate results as the team set a new single season completion percentage record (.692). The team also set new single game records for completions and touchdown passes along with receptions. With a strong recruiting season, Goff and his staff plan on continuing setting new standards heading into the 2014 season.
Goff came to the Dragons after a highly successful season at West Virginia Wesleyan. Goff, who served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wesleyan, led the team from a 2-8 season in 2009 to a 9-2 mark in 2010, tying the most wins in school history in the process. The team was ranked nationally for the first time in school history while breaking 12 offensive school records.
Prior to West Virginia Wesleyan, Goff coached at Princeton University where he was the Pass Game Coordinator and Receivers Coach. He was also Co-Offensive Coordinator and Receivers Coach at New Mexico State University for four seasons where he helped lead the team to a ranking of 2nd nationally in passing offense and 3rd nationally in total offense. That team also broke 21 offensive school records while ranking 15th in the nation in scoring offense. Goff also coached the nation’s top receiver, two-time All-American Chris Williams, who later signed with the Cleveland Browns.
Goff, who has been offensive coordinator for three different teams, also served in that capacity at Iowa Wesleyan University. He also coached for two seasons at Southeastern Louisiana University, helping that squad to lead the nation in total offense.
Goff played for powerful NCAA Division II Valdosta State under Hal Mumme. Goff was a receiver/kick returner and was also team captain his senior year, leading the team to the Gulf South Conference Championship in 1996. That squad also earned an NCAA play-off berth and the nation’s top ranking during the regular season.
Goff, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Valdosta State and a Master’s degree from Tiffin University, is a native of Picayune, Mississippi. He and his wife Tiffanie have two children, Tyler and Audrey.
Dave Bucar enters his second season as the offensive line coach at Tiffin University after a four year stint with the University of Pittsburgh.
Bucar worked as a recruiting/operations assistant for the Pitt Panthers in 2009 before becoming the assistant offensive line coach for the 2010-12 seasons. Before his four years at Pitt, Bucar attended and played football at Washington & Jefferson College, graduating in the spring of 2009.
Bucar, a former offensive center at W&J, started 38 games in a row, was named First Team All-Conference following his junior and senior seasons, and All-American following his senior season.
Bucar is from Trafford, Pennsylvania.
Josh Ison is entering his fourth season as the Special Teams Coordinator, Linebackers and Head Strength Coach.
Ison comes to Tiffin from the University of Michigan where he worked as Special Teams Quality Control and TE (2009), DB (2010) after working as an Assistant Strength Coach during the 2008 season. While at Michigan Ison mentored Second Team All-American, Finalist for the Ray Guy and 5th round draft pick by the New England Patriots, Zoltan Mesko. He also spent one year working as a graduate assistant in Health Works Rehabilitation & Fitness Center at West Virginia University (2006-07) working with strength and conditioning.
Ison also spent five seasons as the linebackers coach at Fairmont State University (2003-07), where he coached three All American linebackers Ed Smith (2003), Matt Vance (2005) and Vince Black (2007) and six All Northeast Region players and the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year in the WVIAC. In his time at Fairmont State the defense was at the top of nearly every statistical category in the league at some point during his tenure, including 2004 when the defense was the best in the league and 20th in the country in total defense. Fairmont State also led the league once again in total defense in 2007 where they rated 15th in the country.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Ison was the head strength coach for the football team for two seasons and became the athletic department’s director of strength and conditioning for his final three seasons.
Ison was a standout linebacker for Fairmont State and was a team captain during the 2002 season, and was part of the 2000 Falcons team that won the West Virginia Conference championship. Ison was a four year letterman at Fairmont State University at middle linebacker; (2002) received Don Hansen’s Football Gazette All American Team. He attended training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals as a linebacker (2003), and then went on to play in the Arena leagues with the Colorado Crush as a fullback/linebacker (2004) and the Manchester Wolves linebacker/fullback (2004). Ison also holds certifications from the USA Weightlifting Level I Sports and the American Red Cross.
He is a 1999 graduate of Waverly High School in Waverly Ohio where he was an All State linebacker. Ison earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Fairmont State (2004) and a master’s degree in Athletic Coaching Education from West Virginia (2007).
Ison and his wife, Erin, reside in Toledo with their son, Joshua Zane Ison.
Adam Neugebauer enters his third season with the Tiffin Dragons coaching staff. This will be his first season coaching the Quarterbacks. He was a standout quarterback at West Virginia Wesleyan College for two seasons, leading his team to a 9-2 record in 2011 and in 2010. He led Division II in five offensive categories in 2011 (4,111 yards passing, 42 touchdowns, 353 completions, and averaged 32 completions with 372 yards per game). Neugebauer, who was also second in the country in attempts and completion percentage, broke over 15 school records. He was named Super Region One Player of the Year and WVIAC Offensive Player of the year, a Harlon Hill Top 5 finalist, Division II Quarterback of the Year, and a First Team All American.
As a starter Neugebauer never lost a home game. He was a two year captain and a walk on before earning a football scholarship. He has competed in the Aztec Bowl in Chichiwawa, Mexico, and the Hansen Bowl, earning MVP honors in the latter. He also played arena football for the Green Bay Blizzard and the Marion Blue Racers.
He double majored in Criminal Law and Political Science at West Virginia Wesleyan College. A Pittsburgh, PA native, Neugebauer was a two sport athlete playing both football and basketball at North Allegheny High School.
Edwards began coaching in 2003 as the linebackers coach at the College of Wooster. He then spent eight seasons working at Kent State starting out as a graduate assistant and was eventually named defensive line coach. During his career with the Golden Flashes, Edwards coached numerous players who received MAC honors, including Roosevelt Nix, MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, and Danny Muir, former starter for the Indianapolis Colts.
In 2011, Edwards returned to his alma mater and coached the Miami Redhawks' defensive ends before taking on the responsibility as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.
After two seasons with the Redhawks’ Edwards left to become the defensive line and special teams coordinator at Florida Atlantic. The first season at FAU the defense finished 11th nationally in total defense, broke four sack records and finished bowl eligible. Edwards mentored 3 players from FAU to all conference accolades for the 2013 season
Edwards began his collegiate playing career as a linebacker for a team that finished his freshman season with a 10-1 record. He then moved to defensive end and served as team captain his senior year. Edwards earned his bachelor's degree in sport organization in 2002.
Lee Stalker enters his first season with the Tiffin Dragons coaching staff. He will serve as the Assistant Defensive Line Coach as well as Video Coordinator. Stalker comes to Tiffin after coaching this past season at Oberlin College, where he served as the Linebackers/Defensive Line Coach as well as their Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Stalker played Defensive End at Kent State University from 2007-11. He completed a great career that once began as a preferred walk-on player. Stalker earned himself a scholarship, became a two year starter and served as a team captain for the Golden Flashes in 2011. Following the 2011 season he was also a finalist for the NCAA Burlsworth Trophy.
He majored in Architecture & Environmental Design with a minor in Sports Administration at Kent State University.
Joe Cockerham enters his first season with the Tiffin Dragons as the Running Backs coach. Cockerham comes to Tiffin after coaching the 2013 season at Case Western Reserve University, where he served as the Defensive Line Coach. Prior to CWRU he had stints as the Defensive Line Coach at North Carolina Wesleyan College and as an Offensive Intern at Methodist University.
Cockerham began his career as a Student Assistant at the University of Mount Union from 2006-10. He was part of a staff that won the 2006 and 2008 D-III National Championships as well as 5 OAC Championships. He majored in History with a minor in Education at Mount Union.
Antonio Etter enters his first season with the Tiffin University coaching staff. He began his collegiate playing career at Grand Rapids Community College and finished with a team record of 21-2 over two years, serving as team captain during that span. After transferring to TU, Etter served as a starter and two-year team captain. He has a bachelor's degree from TU in Business Administration and is currently pursuing his master's degree.
Tristan Griffin enters his first year with the Tiffin Dragons coaching staff and will be working with the wide receivers. Prior to coming to Tiffin University, Griffin, a Texas native, received a Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law in 2014 and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Energy Commerce from Texas Tech University in 2011.
Shawn Murphy enters his fourth year with the Dragons and will be working with the defensive backs. In 2011, he served as the offensive assistant coach for the Dragons. Before coming to Tiffin, he coached at Tiffin Columbian High School from 2005-2009 where he won four league titles and had three playoff appearances.
Prior to his time at Tiffin Columbian, Murphy attended Heidelberg University where he was a three year letter winner on the football team. He would go on to receive his degree in Education followed by his Master’s degree in Educational Administration.
Murphy is currently employed by Tiffin City Schools as the Dean of Students at the Tiffin Middle School. Murphy resides in Tiffin with his wife Karen and two daughters Evelyn and Annabelle.
Steve Gilbert enters his third year with the Dragons football program. In 2011, Gilbert was inducted to the OHSFCA Hall of Fame after a 37 year career as a high school coach and teacher. He is a 1968 graduate of Toledo St. Francis DeSales High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in 1973 and his Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1979. He also earned a Vocational Education degree from Kent State University in 1991.
Gilbert has been an assistant football coach and wrestling coach at North Baltimore HS (1973-75); Bowling Green HS (1975-81); and Norwalk HS (1981-84). In 1985, Gilbert was named Head Football Coach at Ashland Crestview HS. In two years he moved on to Mansfield Senior HS as Head Coach. In 1993 he was named Head Coach at Tiffin Columbian HS where he stayed for 17 years, posting a career record of 137-44 with 10 NOL Championships and 8 trips to the OHSAA State playoffs. His career high school record is 189-72.
During his years as a high school coach, he earned many awards including: five-time Northwest Ohio Coach of the Year; OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity award (2008); President of the OHSFCA (2000); President of the Northwest Ohio Football Coaches Association (1998-2000); Regional Director for the OHSFCA (1995-2010); Board of Directors for NW Ohio Football Coaches Assn. (1995-2011); and Head Coach for Ohio in Big 33 game vs. Pennsylvania (2000). He coached NFL All-Pro Hugh Douglas while at Mansfield while also coaching 58 All-Ohio players at Columbian.
Coach Gilbert is married to his wife Nancy and they have two children, Aaron and Kyle. Along with his coaching, Gilbert is employed by North Central Ohio Educational Service Center as a Work Study Coordinator.