Sweep of Sagehens for CMS seniors
In the final game of the 2016 season, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team beat cross-campus rivals Pomona-Pitzer 23-21. This win marks the fourth over the Sagehens for the CMS graduating class of 2017. Read More
Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Kyle Sweeney is in his sixth year at the helm of Stags Football. In that time, the program has seen an impressive transformation. In his first season, CMS finished third in the SCIAC. His second season required rebuilding as the Stags started 17 freshmen and sophomores each week. Year three brought three exciting wins including a season opening overtime win and a five overtime victory. 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.
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 Sweeneys defense finished last 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.
Coach Mark Odin is entering his 20th year of coaching, ninth year in the SCIAC, and sixth with CMS. In his first two years as Defensive Coordinator at CMS, the Stags have led the conference in seven defensive categories: points allowed per game (2014,2015), points allowed (2014,2015), yards allowed per game (2014), rushing yards allowed per game (2014, 2015), most inceptions (2014, 2015), most sacks (2014), and most defensive touchdowns (2014). For the 2015 season, Odins 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 third 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 Vicorys no-huddle spread offense led the Bay Valley Conference in passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Justin Luthey is in his third season at CMS coaching the defensive line. For the Stags, he has coached several All-SCIAC defensive linemen including Alex Chang (2014), Andrew Sova (2015), and Paul Slaats (2014, 2015). In 2015, playing noseguard, Slaats was named the SCIAC Defensive Athlete of the Year. In Lutheys two seasons coaching for CMS, the Stags have led the conference in points allowed per game and rushing yards allowed in back to back years. CMS also led the league in sacks for the 2014-15 season.
From 2013-2014, Luthey served as Occidental Colleges defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator, director of football operations and throws coach for the track team. In 2012, Luthey worked as Occidentals defensive line coach and director of football operations after serving as tight ends/running backs coach and recruiting and operations intern in 2011.
He is also the current Head Wrestling Coach at La Cañada High School.
Bob Sierra is entering his 14th 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.
Jason Reyes returns for his third season on staff and first as the Quarterbacks coach. During the 2013 and 2014 season, he coached the WRs for the Stags. Prior to his arrival to CMS, he spent the past three years at Chapman University as the Quarterbacks coach and the passing game coordinator. From 2007-2009 he was the offensive coordinator at Santa Monica College.
Coach Reyes played Quarterback for the Vikings at Long Beach City College before transferring to the University of La Verne. At La Verne, Coach Reyes received his degree In Movement and Sports Sciences. He is a graduate of John Marshall High School, in Los Angeles, CA.
Coach Johnson is entering his 25th year of coaching and his third 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 SCIACs first three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
Prior to the 2012 season, Johnson was promoted to associate head coach.
Richard Richardson is entering his third season at CMS as the Running Backs Coach. In 2015, CMS had three RBs lead the team in yards per game, two lead the team in scoring one that earned All-SCIAC recognition.
Prior to CMS, Richardson coached numerous football camps throughout the West Coast during and after his college years where he developed the love for coaching. He also works as an independent personal trainer, specializing in developing athletes. Richardson played defensive back and linebacker at Contra Costa community college and later, Mt. Sac Junior College where he earned Associate degrees in Political Science and Natural Science. Richardson finished his collegiate career at University of La Verne where he earned a B.S. in Movement and Sports Science.
Richardson was born and raised in Vallejo, CA and attended Vallejo HS where he graduated in 2002. He resides in La Verne.