Carpenter set to begin 22nd season, longest active streak in Ohio

August 30, 2000

The Bluffton College football team will get their season underway on Saturday as the Beavers host NAIA power Malone College in Salzman Stadium at 1:30 p.m. BC is hoping to improve on last season's 7-3 record, and optimism is high with 14 starters back.

For Head Coach Carlin Carpenter, it will be the beginning of his 22nd season at the helm of the BC football program, which makes him the longest active collegiate head football coach at the same school in Ohio. Carpenter took over the Bluffton program in 1979 after coaching at Ohio University and Marshall University, and since then he has won 88 games, tying the school record held by Ken Mast (1950-1965). All active head coaches with at least nine years at the same school are listed below.

Senior tailback Tyson Goings (Defiance/Wayne Trace HS) earned pre-season honorable mention All-American honors from USA Football, and will carry the football behind four returning starters on the offensive line. Sophomore quarterback Brad Moore (Norwalk) will get his first collegiate start. On defense, returning all-conference selections Greg Ditz (Willard) at middle linebacker and Shawn Goetz (Lima/Bath) at safety will aim to hold down Malone's offense.

Bluffton has six home games on their 2000 schedule, and the winner of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Playoffs.

Name School
Years Coached
Carlin Carpenter Bluffton
Bob Packard Baldwin-Wallace
Mike Kelly Dayton
Jeff Heacock Muskingum
Larry Kehres Mount Union
Tom Kaczkowski Ohio Northern
Jim Tressel Youngstown State
Mike Hollway Ohio Wesleyan
John Cooper Ohio State
Gary Blackney Bowling Green
Gene Epley Marietta
Gary Pinkel Toledo
Mike Wallace Wilmington