New coach from Div. III school in Pennsylvania
By Robin Hamilton
On Dec. 4 the university released Logger football coach Gordon Elliott and coordinators Todd Williams and Ken Garland. Garland was also head baseball coach.
“I have given a great deal of thought to the status of our football program,” said Athletic Director Richard Ulrich when the decision was announced, “and I believe it is in the best interest of the university that we make a fresh start with a new football coaching staff.
“I want to thank Gordon Elliott, Ken Garland and Todd Williams for their service and contributions to the university during their tenure at Puget Sound.”
The Loggers, under Elliott, were 16-57 since 1995 and 6-29 since joining the Northwest Conference in 1996. Puget Sound was 0-9 overall and 0-5 in league play during the 2001 season. Elliott’s best season with the Puget Sound program came in 2000, when the team finished 5-4 overall and 2-3 in conference action.
The university immediately began searches for a new head football coach and a baseball coach, and in early January Ulrich announced the selection of Philip Willenbrock as the Loggers’ new football coach. Willenbrock began his duties on Jan. 24. He comes to Puget Sound from Allegheny College (Meadville, Penn.), where he was assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach since 1998. Allegheny College is a NCAA Division III institution that competes in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Willenbrock began his coaching career in 1990 at San Francisco State, where he served as offensive line coach for three seasons, and assistant head coach and offensive coordinator from 1993 to 1994.
His Allegheny offense was ranked first in the North Coast Conference in rushing in 1998, 1999 and 2000. In 2001, the Gators were ranked in the top 20 nationally in total and scoring offense.
“The University of Puget Sound is the type of opportunity I have been working toward in my preparation to be a head football coach,” noted Willen-brock.” Puget Sound is not just a job, it’s a great job, and I am very excited about the opportunity.”
A native of State College, Penn., Willenbrock is a 1989 graduate of Gettysburg College. He was a three-year starter at tight end for the Bullets and earned all-conference honors as a senior.
Matt Newman, an assistant in the Puget Sound baseball program, was named interim baseball coach for the 2002 season.
Newman was head coach at Savannah College of Art and Design from 1993 to 1997, and was a baseball graduate assistant in 1998. He worked with the Logger baseball program during the fall of 2001.