Cris Reisert enters his first year as Head Football Coach at Tiffin University.
Reisert has served the past two seasons as Ohio Dominican's offensive coordinator, helping to lead the Panthers to some of the top offensive numbers in Division II.
Last season the Panthers averaged 40.5 points per game along with 437.4 yards per game offensively. The Panthers finished 9-2 overall and tied the Dragons and Findlay for second place with a 6-2 mark.
Reisert directed one of the best offenses in the nation in 2017 as ODU led the country in completion percentage, passing efficiency and fewest turnovers committed, ranked second in third down conversions, third in passing offense and fourth in total offense. The Panthers also had the 15th best scoring offense in the nation. The Panthers won the G-MAC championship following a 49-24 victory over Findlay as the Panthers averaged 45.1 points per game in G-MAC play.
Prior to that Reisert spent three seasons as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Elon University. Prior to working at Elon, Reisert spent the 2013 season as the assistant offensive line coach at Ball State University. Under his tutelage, the Cardinals had two linemen earn All-MAC honors as the team finished the regular season with a 10-2 record and earned a spot in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
Reisert started his coaching career with Ohio Dominican in 2009, starting as the defensive graduate assistant before taking over as the quarterbacks coach in 2010. He also spent time as the recruiting coordinator, wide receivers coach and head JV coach while also assisting on special teams. Reisert was the lead recruiter for six Panthers who earned All-GLIAC honors in 2013 as ODU finished 10-1 and captured the GLIAC title, making the program's first NCAA postseason appearance. He had receivers earn All-GLIAC honors in 2011 and 2012 and helped guide the Panthers to records of 7-4 and 8-3 in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
As a four-year starter at quarterback for Ohio Dominican, Reisert set 10 NAIA passing records and was named the 2007 NAIA Player of the Year. He was a two-year captain and two-time NAIA All-American who concluded his career with 13,388 passing yards, 120 touchdowns and 1,149 completions (67.2 completion percentage.) He threw for an average of 311.3 yards in 43 games played.
Reisert is a native of Cincinnati and attended Archbishop Moeller High School. He was inducted into Moeller's Hall of Fame in 2012.
Reisert and his wife Emily have one son, Hawkins.
Seth Duerr enters his first year as assistant coach with Tiffin University. He serves as Assistant Head Coach and Linebackers coach.
Duerr previously served as Head Coach for five seasons for the Beloit College football program in 2018. Despite fielding a very small roster in his first season, Duerr led the Bucs to an improved record of 3-7. That win total matched the team’s combined wins for the three previous seasons prior to Duerr’s arrival. The Bucs placed 17 players on the All-MWC team during Duerr’s tenure as head coach. Furthermore, the Bucs excelled academically during Duerr’s leadership, boasting a team GPA of over 3.0 the last two years. Duerr coordinated the special teams and coached the linebackers for the Bucs.
Prior to arriving at Beloit College, Duerr was the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator from 2012-13 at Tiffin University.
A native of Bolivar, Ohio, he is a 2000 graduate of the College of Wooster, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry. He also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Averett University in chemistry, which he earned in 2004.
Before Tiffin, Duerr spent seven seasons as the Defensive Coordinator at the College of Wooster, his alma mater. He also was the Defensive Line Coach at Ohio Northern University for one season and was a two-year graduate assistant at Averett University, coaching the running backs.
Duerr played linebacker at Wooster from 1997-2000. Among the many highlights in his playing career were being a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, given annually to NCAA Division III’s Outstanding Football Player of the Year; twice earning First Team All-American honors; twice being named the conference Defensive Player of the Year; and becoming just the fourth player in conference history to earn First Team honors four straight seasons. He was inducted into the Wooster Hall of Fame in 2011.
Duerr resides in Tiffin, Ohio with his wife, Lindsey, and daughter, Alexandra.
Bert Bathiany is in his first season on the Tiffin coaching staff. He serves as Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs coach.
Bathiany spent the last five seasons coaching for Denison University. During that time, Denison rose to prominence in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Big Red broke eight single-season team records in 2018 and the defense posted a 42-0 shutout of Allegheny and held No. 22 Wabash scoreless until the final four minutes of the contest. Denison ranked third in the NCAC in sacks, third in red zone defense and fourth in total defense. After consecutive 7-3 seasons in 2014 and 2015, Denison responded with an 8-2 campaign in 2016. The defense allowed only 18.1 points per game that season, ranking third in the NCAC in scoring defense and second in total defense (295.7 yards per game).
From 2011 to 2013, Bathiany served as the defensive line coach and head strength and conditioning coach at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky where he helped the team earn 15 wins in the first three seasons of varsity football at the college.
Prior to his promotion to defensive line coach and head strength and conditioning coach, Bathiany spent the 2010 season as Lindsey Wilson’s graduate assistant coach where he worked with the defensive line and was an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Bathiany graduated Cum Laude from Denison in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in physical education with a concentration in sports management. He received his masters in recreation and sports administration from Western Kentucky in 2012.
At Denison, Bathiany was a three-year starter at linebacker and safety for the Big Red football team. He was a second-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection in 2008 and was named the team’s defensive MVP that season. In three seasons at Denison, he recorded 132 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, and four interceptions. Off the field he spent one year as a Denison strength and conditioning intern, working closely with the football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, softball and lacrosse programs.
In addition to his time at Lindsey Wilson, Bathiany also spent the 2009 season as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Western Kentucky where he worked with the Hilltoppers’ football and men’s and women’s track and field teams.
Bathiany is a certified Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. A native of Fort Thomas, Ky., he is a 2005 graduate of Highlands High School. He and his wife, Haley, are the parents of two children.
Steve Gilbert enters his seventh year with the Dragons football program and serves as running backs coach. 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.
Under Coach Gilbert's direction in 2017, TU running back JaQuan Hardy was a man on a mission, carrying the ball 207 times for 1,077-yards and 8 touchdowns. For his career, JaQuan has amassed 1,653-yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. As a unit, the Tiffin running backs accounted for 77% of Tiffin's total rushing yards and 14 of the team's 19 rushing touchdowns. For his efforts, Hardy was a 2nd team All-GLIAC selection.
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 Hugh Douglas while at Mansfield while also coaching 58 All-Ohio players at Columbian. Coach Gilbert is very honored that over 20 of his former assistants or players are now high school head coaches.
Coach Gilbert is married to his wife Nancy and they have two sons, Aaron and Kyle and daughter-in-law Meredith
Joe Horn is in his third season on the Tiffin coaching staff. He currently serves as quarterbacks coach, pass game coordinator, and recruiting coordinator.
The 2018 season saw 13 different receivers register a catch. Charles Holland led Tiffin in receptions with 77, while also leading the way with 976 yards and 10 touchdowns. Holland was a First Team All Conference selection, his third overall all conference citation, and was also selected to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
In 2017 eight different wide receivers had a catch. Tony Shead led Tiffin in receptions with 33, and Tyler Denton led the way in yards (492) and touchdowns (5).
In 2016 Tiffin had 11 different receivers record a catch, and combined for 177 catches, 2220 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. The group was led by Junior Charles Holland who finished the season as a 1st team All-Conference selection and D2football.com All-American. Holland snagged 77 balls for 1129 yards and 11 touchdowns. Charles led the GLIAC in receptions, finished 2nd in yards and yards per game, and 6th in receiving touchdowns. Holland is only the second Dragon wide receiver to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards while participating in the GLIAC.
Prior to TU Horn spent two seasons coaching receivers at Ashland, including All GLIAC wide receiver Danny Piko. During the 2015 season Ashland had an undefeated regular season and won the GLIAC Championship.
Horn is a 2010 AU graduate, and he ranks as one of the most prolific wide receivers in school history. He shares the school single-game record for touchdowns (six), and he also holds the school single-season record for touchdown receptions (12). He is the program's career leader in touchdown receptions (28) and receiving yards (2,681). He is second in career catches (170).
Horn has the record for the longest pass play in school history - 96 yards (done twice). He was a three-time All-GLIAC second-team selection. Horn was a member of the 2008 team that advanced to the NCAA playoffs and won the lone postseason game in school history.
While at AU, Horn was also a member of the track and field team. Four times he was recognized as the GLIAC runner of the year (indoors and outdoors). He was first-team all-conference in track and field and was recognized as an All-American 12 times.
After leaving the Eagles, Horn signed a free agent contract with the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts. He participated in three preseason games with the Colts. He also spent time with the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders and the Arena Football League's Cleveland Gladiators and Tampa Bay Storm.
Horn has worked as an assistant football coach at Perrysburg (Ohio) High School, and he's been a volunteer assistant coach with the AU track and field program.
Mark Spencer is in his first season on the Tiffin coaching staff. He serves as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator.
Spencer spent the 2018 season at Capital University. Prior to that he coached running backs at Kent State University for two seasons, eventually becoming the school’s recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator in 2016. Before joining the Golden Flashes, Spencer worked with running backs and wide receivers at Miami University (Ohio) from 2011-13. Three receivers earned All-Mid-American Conference honors at Miami under Spencer’s tutelage.
Spencer is familiar with coaching in the Columbus area, having coached wide receivers at Ohio Dominican University in 2010. In 2014, he worked with the Columbus Crusaders, a high school program for students who are home-schooled or attend a school without a football team. From 2008-09, Spencer coached running backs, tight ends and tackles at Youngstown State University.
He also has experience on the defensive side of the ball from coaching defensive backs at Iowa Wesleyan University in 2007. He also coached the defensive line as a graduate assistant coach at Bluffton College in 2006 and coached running backs at Bluffton in 2005. Spencer’s coaching career began as a quality control coach at the University of Cincinnati under Mark Dantonio in 2004.
In addition to coaching at the Mid-American Conference level, Spencer was a running back for the Ohio University Bobcats from 1991-94. Spencer, a Columbus native, attended Thomas Worthington High School and was a team captain in 1989, his senior season. Spencer earned a bachelor’s degree in sports administration from Ohio in 1995 and also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Franklin University (1999). He obtained a Masters of Business Administration from Bluffton in 2007.
Spencer and his wife Toya have a son, Langston.
Tyler Johns enters his first season as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator on the Tiffin football staff in 2019.
Johns coached the previous two seasons at Ohio Dominican, coaching the offensive line and acting as recruiting coordinator. Prior to that he served for three years as an assistant at Illinois.
Two of his linemen were named First Team All-Great Midwest in 2017 while two others also picked up all-conference accolades as the unit helped power an offense that led the nation in completion percentage, passing efficiency and fewest turnovers committed. ODU also ranked second in third down conversions, third in passing offense and fourth in total offense while also allowing just 13 sacks in 10 games.
With the Illini, Johns served as an assistant offensive line and tight ends coach. He helped mentor Ted Karras, who was a sixth round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 2016.
Johns also coached at Iowa Western Community College, assisting with the offensive line, tight ends and strength and conditioning program. He helped the Reivers finish the 2013 season ranked No. 2 in the nation and win the Graphic Edge Bowl. All five starting offensive linemen he coached signed with Division I programs, with Sebastian Tretola being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round in 2016.
Johns earned his undergraduate degree at Findlay in 2012 before completing his master's at Illinois in 2016.
David Price enters his first year with the Dragons football program. He serves as Run Game Coordinator and Defensive Line coach.
Price spent the 2018 season at Wheeling Jesuit University. Prior to WJU, Price spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Ohio Northern.
Price spent the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at Hiram College, where he coached the linebackers and defensive line, was the defensive coordinator and associate head coach.
As the defensive coordinator at Hiram, Price helped the Terriers to their best season in 30 years and a top-8 ranking nationally in takeaways.
In 2015 Price was one of thirty coaches selected nationally to participate in the NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy. The academy is an opportunity for current, full-time intercollegiate football coaches at NCAA member institutions and current (and former) NFL athletes to expand their knowledge and insight into the world of intercollegiate football coaching.
Price is a 2008 graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Psychology, where as a student he was a walk-on member of the football team.
Price was raised in Charlottesville, Virginia playing football for Albemarle High School from 1999-2002. During his tenure, he was an accomplished football player as a starter at a variety of positions including: defensive line, offensive line and linebacker.
Price earned First Team All-Commonwealth district and First Team All-Central Virginia honors as a junior and a senior. As a senior, Price was a First Team All-Region pick and was selected as a member of the Prep-Star Magazine All-East team.