2006 Bluffton University football coaching staff
Head Coach Greg Brooks
Contact info for Coach Brooks
Office phone: 419-358-3225
Coach Greg Brooks begins his fourth season at the helm of the Bluffton Beavers football team. The Beavers were 2-8 during his first season as head coach at Bluffton and recorded a 5-5 finish in 2004 for a third place tie in the Heartland Conference. Last season the Beavers finished 3-7. He took over the reins following 24 years as the offensive coordinator and coach of the quarterbacks.
Brooks graduated in 1977 from Ohio University, where he was the quarterback and four-year letterman for the Bobcats. He then went on to Marshall University to complete his master's degree and was a graduate assistant for the football program from 1977-79. He was an assistant track and football coach at Huron High School for two seasons before coming to Bluffton.
Since Brooks' arrival at Bluffton, the Beavers have had 16 seasons in which they averaged more than 300 yards per game in total offense, including five seasons with an average of more than 400 yards per game. Brooks has directed the top six scoring squads in Bluffton history and helped lead the Beavers to the NAIA national playoffs in 1987 and 1988 and to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title in 2000.
He was the head baseball coach at Bluffton for 22 years, coaching his teams to a school-record 266 wins. His teams made the NAIA District 22 playoffs four times in the 1980s and twice the Beavers were the Association of Mideast Colleges tournament runner-up in the 1990s. Brooks relinquished the reins of the baseball program following the 2002 season to serve as director of football operations until he was hired as head football coach. He continues his teaching duties as assistant professor in the health, physical education and recreation department.
A native of Albany, Ohio, Brooks was a four-sport athlete in high school (football,
basketball, baseball and track), lettering 16 times. Following his senior year, he
was named All-Ohio in football and MVP of his team. On top of that, he was valedictorian
of his graduating class.
Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach Allen Curtiss
Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Allen Curtiss is now in his 19th season at Bluffton University. He also serves as a football recruiter for the Beavers.
For four out of the past seven years he has guided the Bluffton defense to a No. 2 ranking in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in both pass defense and total defense. Two out of the last five years the Beavers have ranked in the top three in the league in scoring defense.
In 2000, Curtiss led the Bluffton defensive unit to three shutout victories on their way to an HCAC co-championship. It marked just the fifth time in Bluffton history that the defense had totaled three shutouts in the same season.
After coaching the defensive line from 1988 through 1999, Curtiss took over the linebacking corps in the 2000 season and has produced a first-team All-HCAC linebacker the last six seasons-Greg Ditz in 2000, Chris Sommers from 2001-03, Scott Steiner in 2004, and Sam McCullough in 2005.
Curtiss lives in Findlay with his wife, Phyllis, son, Eric, and daughter, Carrie.
Defensive Secondary Coach Denny Phillips
Now in his 18th season on the Bluffton University football staff, Denny Phillips coaches the defensive secondary while serving as Bluffton's strength and conditioning coach.
The Beaver defense has been ranked second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for three out of the last six years and was third in total defense during the 2004 campaign. He has produced at least one All-HCAC defensive back in six of the last seven years, including first team cornerback Jeremy Anderson in 2005.
A native of Castalia, Ohio, Phillips earned Associated Press All-America honors in track at Margaretta High School before coming to Bluffton, where he lettered in track and basketball. He was the Bluffton University head track coach in the early 1990s, leading his teams to three conference titles in the Association of Mideast Colleges. His football coaching experience includes tenures at Lima, Perry and Leipsic high schools.
He teaches elementary health and physical education in the Bluffton public school
Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach Steve Rogers
Steve Rogers enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Bluffton University football team and weight room supervisor for the Beavers. After one year on the defensive line, Rogers will assume the role of offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
2006 will mark Rogers' 14th year as a football coach and 13th on the collegiate level.
He started his coaching career at Mt. Union College as a student assistant in 1993.
Following one season at his alma mater, he served at Defiance College for two years
as the offensive line coach. Rogers then went to Arizona Western College as a defensive
coordinator. He recently filled the defensive coordinator position at MacMurray College
from 1999-2001, 2003-04.
Coach Rogers resides in Bluffton with his wife, Donnell.
Defensive Line Coach Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer enters his second season as the graduate assistant coach for the Bluffton
University football team. After a year as running backs coach, he will take over on
the defensive line while continuing to serve as video coordinator for the Beavers.
Wide Receivers Coach Brent Burkheimer
In his first season as an assistant coach for the Bluffton University football team,
Brent Burkheimer helped lead the Beavers to a 3-7 (2-4 HCAC) finish in 2005.
Running Backs Coach Bill Fisher
Bill Fisher has been named an assistant coach for the Bluffton University football team. Fisher returns to coach the Beavers after serving as a student assistant coach of the defensive backs and punt returners in 2004. He will lead the running backs during the 2006 season.
Graduating from Clay High School in 2000, Fisher ran track and received all-league honors in football. He continued his football career with the Beavers from 2000-2003, where he lettered four years and received All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference recognition his senior year. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in mathematics.
In addition to coaching, Fisher will attend Bluffton University in pursuit of his teaching licensure.
Fisher resides in Bluffton.