CMS Football Embarks on First NCAA Road Trip in Program History
The team buses came to pick up the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team this morning in front of Roberts Pavilion. The procedure was the same as any other road trip, the bags of equipment and athletic training supplies loaded underneath, the players filing in early and finding their seats, the coaches the last to board before the doors closing and the buses pulling out (right on time, of course). Read More
Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Kyle Sweeney has completed eight seasons as the head coach of the CMS football program, and has brought the program to new heights in his tenure. His eighth season at the helm in 2018 resulted in the program’s first SCIAC title since 1987 and the first NCAA Division III Tournament bid in program history. For his efforts, Sweeney and his assistants were named the 2018 SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year.
The 2018 season was the culmination of an impressive rebuilding effort over the last decade. After suffering a winless season with a young and rebuilding team in 2012, Sweeney quickly built the program up to back-to-back 7-2 finishes in 2015 and 2016, finishing as the SCIAC runner-up in 2015 with a 6-1 league mark. The team has now reached the seven-win plateau three times in the last four years, helping the Class of 2018 become the winningest class in program history with 25 wins over their four years.
Sweeney came to CMS after two years as the defensive coordinator at the University of Chicago. During his tenure, 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, while Sweeney’s defense finished ranked second nationally in sacks and third in tackles for loss, as well as leading the conference in rushing defense.
Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Coach Mark Odin is entering his 22nd year of coaching in 2018, including his 11th year in the SCIAC and his eighth with CMS, where he currently serves as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator.
In his first four years as defensive coordinator, the Stags led the conference in eight defensive categories: points allowed per game (2014, 2015, 2016, as well as second in 2017), points allowed (2014, 2015, 2016), yards allowed per game (2014, 2016, and second in 2017), rushing yards allowed per game (2014, 2015, 2016), passing yards allowed per game (2016), most interceptions (2014, 2015), most sacks (2014), and most defensive touchdowns (2014). In 2017, the CMS defense had three all-conference recipients: Mitch Allan (Linebacker-1st team), Brendan MacDonald, and Victor Bunce (Linebacker/Defensive Back-2nd team). In the 2016 Season, Odin’s defense had a D3football.com All-American honorable mention in Bunce, who also earned all-West region honors, and three first team All-SCIAC honors in Bunce, Paul Slaats, and Brenden MacDonald, and two second team All-SCIAC selection in Henrey Wei and Jake Glasser.
In 2015, Odin helped coach Slaats to the SCIAC Defensive Player of the Year Award, as well as producing three other All-SCIAC players Brendan MacDonald, 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. (Slaats, Nick Nasse, Griffin Lazarus, and Alex Chang)
Offensive Line/Strength & Conditioning
Chris Vicory is entering his fifth season as the offensive line coach for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in 2018, and his third as the strength coach.
Prior to joining CMS, 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, where his no-huddle spread offense led the Bay Valley Conference in passing yards and passing touchdowns.
In 2009, Vicory began his coaching career at Humboldt State University as the tight ends and running backs coach. In 2011, he was promoted to offensive line coach and helped HSU win a Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship with his offensive line paving the way for Humboldt State’s all-time leading rusher and passer. In addition, the offensive line did not give up a sack for five consecutive games, the only team in Div. II (as well as Div. I FBS and FCS) to do so.
Director of Football Operations
Bob Sierra is entering his 16th season on the coaching staff at CMS in 2018. Born and raised in Compton, California, 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, 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.
Wayne Moses enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team during the 2018 season, working primarily with the team’s running backs.
Prior to joining the Stags, he most recently coached the 2014 and 2015 seasons at the University of Hawaii, and the 2013 season at Army West Point. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and brings over 30 years of experience to the Stags.
Luke Blochowski is entering his second season as the wide receivers coach for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team.
Prior to moving to CMS, Blochowski was the defensive backs coach and video coordinator for the College of St. Scholastica, where he mentored two all-conference defensive backs and one all-region selection.
Blochowski began his coaching career at Heidelberg University as student coach through the 2016 season, coaching the receivers after an injury ended his playing career.
Teran Mawhinney enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football program in 2019, where he will work with the program’s linebackers.
Mawhinney joins the Stags after two seasons at Reedley College (near Fresno), where he served as the program’s defensive coordinator and safeties coach, while also coordinating the strength and conditioning program and local recruiting efforts. His efforts helped Reedley earn the 2018 Gold Coast Championship in his second season with the squad, while leading the conference in rushing defense both seasons.
Mawhinney had plenty of championship experience prior to Reedley as well, serving as a two-year graduate assistant at Mary Hardin-Baylor. He was on the staff for a UMHB team which captured the 2016 Division III National Championship, as well as two straight conference titles. His duties with Mary Hardin-Baylor included working with the safeties and special teams, and constructing all opponent passing game books for the defensive coordinator.
David Battle Jr. enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team in 2018, where he will work with the team’s defensive backs after serving as the linebackers coach in his first season. While serving as the linebackers coach, he helped senior linebacker Mitchell Allan earn the SCIAC’s Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Battle is familiar with the Claremont area, as he graduated from Montclair High School, only 1.5 miles away from the Claremont Colleges. Prior to accepting the job at CMS, Battle was the safeties coach and special teams coordinator at Chaffey College, where his special teams unit was one of the best in the conference, resulting in a first-team all-conference punt returner and a second-team all-conference kick returner.
Prior to getting into the coaching profession, Battle served in the United States Marine Corps, earning The Purple Heart for wounds suffered while serving in Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq.