Seven Stags Earn All-SCIAC Honors
On Tuesday morning the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) announced their All-Conference teams. Among the student-athletes honored were seven Stags. Chris Cziesla (CMC), Brian Wahl (CMC), Mitchell Allan (CMC), and Jordan Leonard (CMC) earned First Team honors while Trey Smith (CMC), Brendan MacDonald (CMC), and Victor Bunce (CMC) were named Second Team. Read More
Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Kyle Sweeney is in his seventh year at the helm of Stags Football. In that time, the program has seen an impressive transformation. In his first three years, the Stags were young and rebuilding. The Stags finished the 2014 season 5-4. Most impressively from 2013 to 2014, the Stags improved their net score against all nine opponents. The 2015 Stags finished second in the SCIAC at 7-2 with losses by three and five points. Included in those seven wins was a game that had one of the all-time fantastic finishes in college football history. Down 42-29 with 29 seconds left on the game clock, the Stags scored two offensive touchdowns in the last 28 seconds of the game, capping the scoring with a defensive safety for 45-42 win. In 2016, the Stags finished 7-2 for the second consecutive year and head into 2017, 17-4 in their last 21 games.
Sweeney came to CMS after two years as the defensive coordinator at the University of Chicago. During those two years, Chicago enjoyed their best season since 1998 and back to back winning seasons for the first time since 2001. In 2010 Chicago won the University Athletic Association title outright. Coach Sweeney’s defense finished that season with national rankings of second in sacks and third in tackles for loss, as well as leading the conference in rushing defense.
Coach Sweeney was the head coach at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. From his first to second season, the team was arguably the most improved team in the country. The scoring offense and defense improved a combined 29.5 points per game, including moving up more than 140 positions in three Division III statistical categories during his stay.
Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Coach Mark Odin is entering his 21st year of coaching, 10th year in the SCIAC, and seventh with CMS. In his first year as Associate Head Football Coach and three years as Defensive Coordinator at CMS, the Stags have led the conference in eight defensive categories: points allowed per game (2014,2015, 2016), points allowed (2014,2015, 2016), yards allowed per game (2014, 2016), rushing yards allowed per game (2014, 2015, 2016), passing yards allowed per game (2016), most inceptions (2014, 2015), most sacks (2014), and most defensive touchdowns (2014). In the 2016 Season Coach Odin’s defense had a D3football.com All American honorable mention in Victor Bunce, also earning all-West region honors, and three first team All-SCIAC honors in Paul Slaats, Brenden MacDonald and Victor Bunce, and two second team All-SCIAC selection in Henrey Wei and Jake Glasser. For the 2015 season, Odin’s defense highlighted Paul Slaats, SCIAC Defensive Player of the Year and three other All-SCIAC players Brendan MacDonald, Victor Bunce and Andrew Sova. In the 2014 season, he also coached Max Winsberg to SCIAC Defensive Player of the Year and had four other All-Conference defensive players. (Paul Slaats, Nick Nasse, Griffin Lazarus, and Alex Chang)
While coaching the Offensive Line (2012), Peter Clancy received Second Team All-SCIAC honors. As the Linebackers Coach (2011 and 2013), Ben Salzman and Max Winsberg received First and Second Team All-SCIAC honors respectively.
Previous to joining CMS, Coach Odin was the Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach at the University of La Verne (2008-2010), Offensive Line Coach/Run-Game Coordinator at Chaffey College (2007), Tight Ends, H-Backs and Tackles Coach at Sacramento State University (2006), Offensive Line Coach here at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2005), Offensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach at Ganesha (2002- 2004) , Running Backs Coach at Pasadena City College (2001), OL Coach at Diamond Bar High School, OL and TE Coach at San Dimas HS (1999-2000), and the OL Coach at Northview HS (1997-2000).
Offensive Line/Strength & Conditioning
Chris Vicory is entering his fourth season as the Offensive Line coach for CMS and his second as the strength coach for the football team.
Prior to moving to CMS, Coach Vicory was the Head Football Coach and Offensive Coordinator at College of the Redwoods in Eureka California. In 2013-14, Coach Vicory led a Corsair offense that broke 16 school offensive records and led Northern California in passing yardage.
Prior to moving to College of the Redwoods, Vicory was the Offensive Coordinator at Mendocino College in Ukiah California. Coach Vicory’s no-huddle spread offense led the Bay Valley Conference in passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Bob Sierra is entering his 15th season of coaching defensive backs at CMS. Born and raised in Compton, CA, Coach Sierra began his coaching career in 1985 and has been a key member of the staffs at various high schools and colleges. An excellent technician, Coach Sierra is regularly called upon to contribute his talents as a football camp director. He spends the summer working at camps across the country, including the USA Football Camp, the Randy Town baseball camp and other various camps. A three-sport athlete in football, wrestling and track at Norwalk High School, Coach Sierra is dedicated to the recruitment and instruction of exemplary scholar-athletes to compete at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
In the off-season, Coach Sierra is an events manager for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, responsible for the coordination of large-scale athletics events and national competitions. He resides in Claremont.
Coach Johnson is entering his 26th year of coaching and his fourth year at CMS, coaching the outside linebackers.
Prior to CMS, he was the defensive coordinator for Occidental College from 2002-2012. During his time at Occidental, the team won four SCIAC titles and under Johnson, the Occidental defense led the SCIAC in fewest points allowed and rushing defense in 2003 & 2004 and over twenty players have earned All-SCIAC honors, including Mike Bryant ’06, the SCIAC’s first three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Prior to the 2012 season, Johnson was promoted to associate head coach.
Prior to his arrival to OXY, “EJ” coached at Crescenta Valley HS (Defensive Coordinator 2001), John Muir High School (Assistant Coach, 1993-1994; Head Coach, 1994-2000) and Blair High School (Assistant Coach 1991-1993).
Luke Blochowski is entering his first season as the Receiver Coach for CMS.
Prior to moving to CMS Blochowski was the defense backs coach and video coordinator for the College of St. Scholastica where he mentored two all-conference DB and one all region selection.
Coach Luke Began his coaching career at Heidelberg University as student coach, coaching the Receivers after an injury ended his playing career until his graduation in 2016.
Wayne Moses enters his first season at CMC. He most recently coach the 2014 and 2015 at University of Hawaii and 2013 at West Point. He is a graduate of University of Washington. Coach Moses brings over 30 years of experience to the Stags. Coach Moses will be coaching the Running backs for the Stags.