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COACHING STAFF

 

Dr. Dennis Miller  |  Head Coach

Dr. Dennis Miller, the first head coach of the Wisconsin Lutheran College football program, is in his 16th season as head coach of the Warriors.

The Warriors closed out their 2015 season strong by winning four of their final five games to secure third place in the NACC and finish with at least a .500 overall record for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.

Miller, the 2014 NACC Co-Coach of the Year, and the Warriors earned a share of their first conference title in program history two years ago. WLC won a school record six straight games to close the season and finish 7-3 overall with a 5-1 mark in the NACC. The seven wins matched a school record and the five conference wins established a new program record.

Forty of Miller's 59 victories at WLC have come since 2008, and, during his last six seasons as head coach, the Warriors have finished 27-13 in conference games.

Through 13 seasons of conference competition, Miller has mentored 126 players who've received all-conference recognition, including 41 First Team selections and three Players of the Year.

During the inaugural 2000 season, Miller and the Warriors (then an independent team) tasted victory in their first outing: a 14-0 decision at Rockford College on September 2. They completed the year with a 3-7 mark. After only three seasons, Miller led the Warriors to their first .500 season in 2003 while playing the ninth most difficult schedule in NCAA Division III. Miller's squad, his first with fourth-year seniors, finished 5-5 overall by winning four of its final five games. In their second season in the MIAA, the Warriors posted a 3-3 record after going 0-6 the year before.

Miller, who is in his 28th season as a head coach, forged his successful reputation at Aberdeen, S.D., where he resurrected a struggling Northern State University program with nearly overnight success. His first season in 1986, Northern State finished with a 9-2 record (six more wins than the year before) and won the school's first conference championship ever in the newly formed league. For his efforts, Miller was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year. He would repeat the honor again in 1990 and 1992 as he guided his team to league titles.

During his 12-year stay at Northern State, Miller's football teams won 47 NSIC games – more than any other school. His program was nationally ranked six times as he compiled an overall mark of 77-55 and qualified for the national playoffs in 1988.

What helped propel Miller into the head-coaching ranks was his two-year stint at Brigham Young University (1984-1985). Miller coached receivers and linebackers while at Provo, Utah, and the Cougars claimed the national championship in 1984. It was an opportunity to work with the legendary LaVell Edwards, BYU's then-head coach, and to form a close friendship with Mike Holmgren, who coached the Cougars' quarterbacks at the time. Holmgren retired from the NFL coaching ranks in 2008 after serving as a head coach for 17 seasons in the league.

"My whole personality from a coaching standpoint has been altered as a result of BYU and winning a national championship," Miller recalls. "It was an opportunity to see football done at the best possible level."

Before BYU, Miller worked four years (1980-1983) at St. Cloud State University, his alma mater. There he served on Mike Simpson's coaching staff as the defensive coordinator, coaching the secondary and linebackers as well as backs on offense. He also played four seasons (1973-1976) for Simpson – "one of the smartest football coaches I've ever been around," said Miller of his mentor – as an inside linebacker and spent time in training camp (1977) in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts.

Miller got his coaching start in the high school ranks as an assistant at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, Minn. He coached three seasons (1977, 1978, 1983), working as either an offensive or defensive coordinator.

He received his bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State in 1977 (health and physical education) and his master's degree in 1981 (health education). In 1987, Miller earned his doctorate of education from BYU in educational administration with an emphasis in public relations and athletic administration.

Miller grew up in the small western town of Graceville, Minn. He and his wife, Kathy, have one son, B.J., and one daughter, Whitney. B.J. earned his master's degree in sports management from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., after graduating from WLC in May 2006. Whitney, who graduated from WLC in May 2010, earned a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Valparaiso University in August 2012.

 

Mike Fossum  |  Offensive Line Coach / Director of Operations

Mike Fossum has been a member of the Wisconsin Lutheran College football coaching staff longer than any other coach, as he enters his 17th season as an assistant for the Warriors. Fossum serves as WLC's offensive line coach and director of football operations.

In the 14 seasons WLC has been affiliated with a conference, Fossum has coached 18 offensive linemen who have been named to various all-conference teams, including 2015 First Team All-NACC selection Ian DeMarse.

The Warriors won the league's rushing title in 2009 with 138.6 yards per game and have ranked second as a team three times since. WLC has had a running back ranked in the top five in the NACC for rushing seven of the past eight seasons.

In 2014, running back Mike Reeves finished his Warriors career tied for the all-time lead in rushing touchdowns (23) and as the sole leader in average yards per carry (5.62).

WLC produced two of the conference's top three running backs in 2011, when Jesse Muldrow and Donavin Tucker combined to create a formidable duo in the backfield. Fossum's offensive line also helped pave the way for Tucker to break the single-game rushing record with his 220-yard performance against Rockford that season. The Warriors offensive line also led the way in a 42-20 win over Minnesota-Morris in which WLC had three players rush for over 100 yards.

Fossum's offensive line played a crucial role when former running back Matt Kehl broke the MIAA career rushing record in 2006. Kehl, who was inducted into the WLC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015, finished his career with 3,190 career rushing yards.

Fossum had five seasons of experience at the NCAA Division II and III football ranks prior to his appointment at Wisconsin Lutheran. His most recent assignment was as an assistant coach for two years (1997-1998) at Division I-AA South Dakota State University for head coach John Stiegelmeier. There he worked primarily with the defensive secondary, and assisted with special teams and scouting. For three seasons (1994-1996), Fossum coached the defensive line at his alma mater, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. During his stint, six linemen earned all-conference honors and one was selected to the all-region team.

An offensive lineman while at St. Olaf, Fossum was an all-conference selection under former head coach Don Canfield and earned the team's Most Inspirational Leadership Award his senior season. During his prep days at Black River Falls High School, Fossum played football for Warren Rosin, a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Fossum earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from St. Olaf (1994), a master's degree in athletic administration from South Dakota State (1998), and a master's in business administration from the University of Phoenix (2004).

Fossum is a member of both the American and Wisconsin Football Coaches Associations. He and his wife, Astrid, have two sons, John and Will, and a daughter, Julia. The family resides in Milwaukee.

 

Steve Donovan  |  Defensive Coordinator / Strength & Conditioning

Steve Donovan is in his second season as defensive coordinator for the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team. Donovan also serves as the Warriors' strength and conditioning coordinator.

In his first season directing the Warriors defense, Donovan coached six players who received all-conference recognition from the NACC, including Co-Defensive Player of the Year Tanner Behnke. WLC finished second in the league with 25 sacks and was just two points shy of allowing the fewest points per game in the league.

Donovan joined the Warriors football coaching staff after spending four seasons on the sidelines at Valparaiso University, a Division I FCS member of the Pioneer Football League. He was the Crusaders' defensive line coach for the first three seasons and tight ends coach for one year. During his four-year stint, Donovan also served as assistant strength coach, film coordinator, and camp director.

Prior to his role at Valpo, Donovan spent one year coaching the defensive line and linebackers at his alma mater and fellow Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference member, Benedictine University. The Eagles posted an 8-3 overall mark, including a perfect 7-0 record in the NACC on their way to their first conference championship since 1934. BenU qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs in his only season coaching at the school.

The Chicago, Ill., native was a four-year letterwinner and a two-year starter for the Eagles. In his junior and senior season, he recorded 85 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss, six quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles, and one interception. He earned NACC Honorable Mention accolades as a defensive lineman his senior year.

Donovan graduated from Benedictine in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, concentrating in management and organizational behavior. He received a master's degree in sports administration from Valparaiso in 2013.

Donovan is married to his wife, Whitney, and the couple resides in Milwaukee.

 

Mike Famiglietti  |  Running Backs / Special Teams Coach

Mike Famiglietti is in his first season as running backs and special teams coach for the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team.

Before arriving at Wisconsin Lutheran, Famiglietti served for the 2015 season as offensive quality control and recruiting assistant at the University of North Dakota, a Division I FCS member of the Big Sky Conference. The Fighting Hawks finished with a 7-4 record.

Famiglietti began his collegiate career at Western Michigan University in 2010 before transferring to Western Illinois University and playing his final three seasons for the Leathernecks. He played in 39 career games as a long snapper, finishing with seven tackles and one fumble recovery. Famiglietti graduated from WIU in 2015 with a degree in biochemistry.

Famiglietti played long snapper, center, and linebacker at Muskego High School and was named to the 'Top 10' specialist list by Wisconsin Sports Network in 2009. He also lettered in swimming for the Warriors.

Currently residing in Wauwatosa, Famiglietti in enrolled in the college's Master of Arts in Education program, specializing in leadership and innovation.

 

Lee Tenenoff II  |  Defensive Line Coach

Lee Tenenoff II is in his first season as defensive line coach for the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team.

Tenenoff arrives at Wisconsin Lutheran after a one-year stint at NCAA Division II Southwest Minnesota State University, where he served as running backs coach, assistant recruiting coordinator, and head strength and conditioning coach. While at SMSU, Tenenoff coached the NSIC's leading rusher (96.9 yards per game) and three of the Mustangs' running backs ranked in the top 15 in the conference.

Tenenoff completed a four-year playing career at Bethel University (Minn.) in 2014, where he was a linebacker for the Royals. Bethel reached the NCAA Playoffs in 2012 and 2013, winning the MIAC championship in 2013 with a perfect 8-0 record. He served as defensive line and linebackers coach midway through the 2014 season following a season-ending injury. Tenenoff began his playing career spending one season (2010) at Division II Southwest Baptist University. He is a 2015 graduate of Bethel with a degree in biokinetics.

A three-year letterwinner at Camdenton (Mo.) High School, Tenenoff was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year after recording 136 tackles, six sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception his senior season.

Tenenoff, who is pursuing his Master of Arts in leadership and innovation from WLC, resides in Pewaukee.

 

Rob Slavens  |  Quarterbackers Coach / Co-Offensive Coordinator

Rob Slavens is in his eighth season as an assistant coach for the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team, where he will serve as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator.

Slavens mentored senior quarterback Gino DeGeorge last season, who threw for 19 touchdowns and completed 176 passes which rank second in program history. DeGeorge's 1,992 passing yards are also good for third in program history.

From 2009-2012, Slavens coached two-time all-conference quarterback Zach Shaw, who received NACC Honorable Mention honors in 2011 and NACC Co-Freshman of the Year accolades in 2009. Shaw became the school's all-time career leader in both passing yards (6,013) and passing touchdowns (63).

Slavens arrived at Wisconsin Lutheran with a wealth of coaching experience under his belt. He has held coaching posts at Waukesha West High School (four years), Milwaukee Washington High School (two years), and Pius XI High School (five years). Slavens has also coached for 22 years at the Jeff Trickey Quarterback Camps. Slavens has recently started his own camps for quarterbacks - Midwest Quarterback Camps. In addition to his coaching experience, Slavens played football for two seasons each in Germany and arena football in La Crosse and Green Bay.

Slavens played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1993-1997) where he was a member of the Eagles' 1995 NCAA Division III National Championship team.

Slavens holds the eighth longest pass play in school history (81 yards). He graduated from La Crosse in 1997 with a bachelor of science degree in K-12 physical education. Slavens also earned a master's degree in educational leadership from National Louis University.

A graduate of Waukesha South High School, Slavens was an all-conference selection in football and basketball.

Slavens, born December 17, 1973, resides in Milwaukee with his wife, Anne, and daughter, Amalia. He is currently a physical education teacher at Milwaukee School of Languages.

 

Brook Smith  |  Safeties Coach

Brook Smith is in his 12th season as safeties coach for the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team. Smith served as WLC's head baseball coach from 2000-2008 and head coach of the women's soccer program from 1998-2004.

Since joining the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference in 2008, Smith's defensive backs have helped WLC finish in the top four in pass defense six of eight seasons. Thirteen defensive backs have garnered all-conference recognition under Smith during that span, including 2015 First Team All-NACC selection Jake Engels.

A three-sport star in football, basketball, and baseball at Northwestern College in Watertown, Smith transferred to Bradley University (Peoria, Ill.) in 1991 and played baseball for two seasons for the Braves. Drafted in the 11th round of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants, Smith pitched for three seasons in the Giants' minor league system before spending two seasons playing for Sonoma County, a member of the Western Baseball League.

During his college career, Smith was a two-time all-conference selection, an all-conference selection in baseball (Bradley University) and an all-conference wide receiver in football (Northwestern College).

While at the helm of WLC baseball, Smith was responsible for guiding the Warriors to their first two winning seasons (2001, 2002) in program history. In each of those seasons, the Warriors were just one win shy of reaching the NCAA Tournament. He coached a total of 30 players to various all-conference teams, including 12 first team selections. He also mentored the program's first-ever NCAA Division III batting champion and D3baseball.com All-American, Chris Glasel.

As head coach of the women's soccer program, Smith was named Lake Michigan Conference Co-Coach of the Year twice – in 1999 and 2001. During his seven seasons, Smith coached 18 players who earned First Team all-conference honors.

Smith, who was born November 4, 1971, earned his bachelor's degree in history and broad field social studies from Wisconsin Lutheran in 1998. He is an enrollment & academic advisor in Wisconsin Lutheran College's College of Adult & Graduate Studies. Smith and his wife, Amy, currently live in Germantown.

 

Trey Cochran  |  Cornerbacks Coach

Wisconsin Lutheran College alumnus Trey Cochran is in his third season as cornerbacks coach for the Warriors football team.

Cochran helped coach a Warriors secondary that intercepted 10 passes and made 35 pass break-ups a season ago.

Cochran was a cornerback for the Warriors from 2008-2011 and recorded 99 tackles, three interceptions, and 16 pass breakups in his career. He received NACC Honorable Mention recognition as a senior, when he recorded 38 tackles and led WLC with nine pass breakups.

Cochran graduated from WLC in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He received a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Innovation in 2015 from WLC, where is a senior enrollment advisor and recruiting coach.

Cochran was raised in Bay City, Mich., and was a two-year letterwinner on the football team at Bay City Central High School. Today, he resides in Milwaukee.

 

Ryan Adamovich  |  Tight Ends Coach

Former Wisconsin Lutheran College football player Ryan Adamovich is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Warriors, where he will serve as tight ends coach.

In his first season as linebackers coach in 2015, Adamovich coached senior Tanner Behnke to NACC Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors. Behnke, along with fellow senior linebacker Andrew Flegel also earned First Team All-NACC honors.

Adamovich returned to his alma mater after serving as special teams coordinator, co-offensive coordinator, and wide receivers coach at Lawrence University for two seasons. Prior to joining the Vikings' staff, he was a graduate assistant at the University of Dubuque for two years (2011-2012). Adamovich coached the running backs in 2011 when Dubuque won the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 7-1 record and finished with a 9-2 overall mark. The Spartans earned a berth in the 2011 NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in 30 years.

Adamovich, who earned a Master of Arts degree in communications from Dubuque, then coached the wide receivers for the 2012 season. During his two seasons at Dubuque, the Spartans posted an overall record of 14-7.

A 2010 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College, Adamovich earned a bachelor's degree in communication with a minor in coaching. A standout wide receiver for the Warriors, Adamovich was a three-year starter and finished his career with 71 catches for 743 yards and six touchdowns. He was a member of the first football team at Wisconsin Lutheran to finish with a record above .500 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.

A native of Kaukauna, Adamovich was an All-Fox Valley Association football selection at Kaukauna High School. He served as team captain and won a pair of letters for the Galloping Ghosts. Adamovich also won three letters in track & field and played basketball at Kaukauna.

Ryan and his wife, Emily, reside in Jackson.

 

Fred Gladney  |  Wide Receivers Coach

Fred Gladney is in his first season as wide receivers coach for the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team.

Gladney comes to Wisconsin Lutheran after a successful playing career at Valparaiso University, a Division I FCS member of the Pioneer Football League. In four seasons (2011-2014) with the Crusaders, Gladney hauled in 89 receptions for 974 yards and six touchdowns while playing in 30 career games.

Gladney led the team in nearly every receiving category his junior season before suffering a season-ending injury with five games remaining. In just six games, he caught 32 passes for 515 yards and five touchdowns, including a career-high 183 receiving yards vs. William Jewell.

A four-year letterwinner at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, Gladney was a First Team All-Midwest Classic Conference selection at defensive back as a senior and garnered Second Team All-Conference honors as a wide receiver during his junior campaign. He also lettered in basketball and track & field for the Knights.

Gladney, who earned an exercise science degree from Valparaiso in 2014, is a fitness professional at the Wisconsin Athletic Club.