Gary Goff enters his third year as Head Football Coach at Tiffin University. He looks to continue to build the program after posting a 3-8 record in 2012.
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 2013 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 degree in Business Administration from Valdosta State, is a native of Picayune, Mississippi. He and his wife Tiffanie have two children, Tyler and Audrey.
Dave Bucar enters his first season as the offensive line coach at Tiffin University after a four year stint with the University of Pittsburgh.
Bucar, hired in January, 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 third 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.
Craig Yeast enters his second season with the Tiffin University football program and serves as the Wide Receivers coach. He has been coaching wide receivers since 2004 in both Canada and throughout Kentucky following a four-year playing career at the University of Kentucky and an eight-year professional career playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.
While at Kentucky, Yeast established several career records, among those most receptions, yards, and touchdown receptions. Amongst his many collegiate honors are: Third Team All-American selection by College Football News (1998), two All-Southeastern Conference citations (1997, 1998), Semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (1998), 1999 Outback Bowl participant, and finishing second in career receptions in the history of the SEC. He was inducted to the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame in 2006.
After being drafted as the third pick of the fourth round by the Cincinnati Bengals, Yeast led the NFL in kickoff return average for 10 weeks while with the New York Jets in 2001. He finished second in the CFL in all-purpose yardage in 2004 while with Hamilton, and also posted back-to-back 1000 yard seasons in 2004 and 2005.
Since 2004, Yeast has had much success coaching at various high schools throughout Kentucky. As Bryan Station Head Coach, he took over a team that went 1-10 and finished the season at 7-5. Bryan also finished 2nd in the district and advanced to the second round of playoffs. As Washington County Assistant Head coach and Offensive Coordinator, he helped take a team that finished 3-7 in two consecutive seasons and improved them to a record of 10-1. As Marion County Offensive Coordinator, he helped the team set the record for most points scored in a single season, eventually losing in the state semifinals.
Coach Yeast graduated with a degree in Sports Management and is currently finishing his Master’s degree. He and his wife Tori have two children, 14 year old Craig (Russ) Yeast II, and 11 Year old Kiyah.
Adam Neugebauer enters his second season with the Dragons coaching staff. He was a standout quarterback at West Virginia Wesleyan College over the last two seasons, leading WVWC to a 9-2 record in 2011. He led Division II in five offensive categories in 2011 (4,111 yards, 40 touchdowns, 353 completions, and per game averages of 32 completions and 372 yards.) Neugebauer, who was also second in the country in attempts and completion percentage, broke over 10 school records. Last season he was named Super Region One and WVIAC Offensive Player of the year, a Harlon Hill Top 9 finalist, Division II Quarterback of the Year, and a First Team All American. 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 Marion Blue Racers.
Shawn Murphy enters his third 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 his daughter Evelyn.
Steve Gilbert enters his second 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 and current ESPN analyst 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.
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Chari Mullen is in her fourth season with the Tiffin University Athletic Department. She currently serves as the Director of Football Operations for the Dragons Football Staff. A native of Fremont, Ohio, Mullen originally joined the football staff in December, 2009, as Manager of Student and Administrative Services, overseeing the Dragons academics and player development program.
Mullen is responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative operations of the football program which includes but not limited to assisting with budget management, organizing recruiting initiatives, serving as the compliance and academic liaison in addition to providing support to student-athletes with university matters. She also administers the Dragons Touchdown Club that consists of former Dragons football players and coaches, along with interested alumni and devoted fans of the University.
In 2010, Mullen earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership from Tiffin University. During this time she served as the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services. She earned a Bachelor of Criminal Justice with a concentration in Justice Administration from Tiffin University while serving in the capacity of Director of Northwest Ohio Academic Centers. Mullen also earned an Associate Degree in Social & Behavior Sciences from Terra Community College where she was employed as a student assistant in Academic Recovery.
Mullen also began her teaching career in 2010 serving as an adjunct instructor in the School of Business at Tiffin University. She has a passion for administration and teaching leadership, organizational change, and strategic management. Her involvement with students and administration extends beyond higher education. She gives back to her local community (Fremont, OH) by helping at-risk youth develop strong character and leadership qualities and assisting small business entrepreneurs with strategic management initiatives.