There's a changing of the guard at one of the most successful football programs in NCAA history.
Larry Kehres is stepping down as head Coach of the University of Mount Union, effective immediately. His Son, Vince, will take over the program.
Kehres has won multiple NCAA Division III Championships with the Purple Raiders, and coached in many more title games. Larry will remain on as the school's Athletic Director.
(press release)ALLIANCE, Ohio – University of Mount Union's Larry Kehres has decided to step down as head football coach, but remain the director of athletics, while Vince Kehres has been named head football coach effective immediately.
Larry Kehres, in his 39th year working at his alma mater, began working as an assistant football coach and professor in 1974. He was Mount Union's first head swimming coach, was named athletic director in 1985 then assumed head football coaching duties in 1986.
"The best part of the job was developing relationships with players and continuing those relationships following their graduations," commented Kehres. "Coaching the Purple Raiders has been a tremendous experience for my family. We have shared many great experiences with our players, fellow coaches, trainers and their families. We plan to continue to enjoy working with Mount Union coaches and athletes."
In 27 seasons, his teams won 23 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships (1986, 1990, 1992-2012) while posting 21 undefeated regular seasons (1986, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995-2004, 2006-2012) and claiming 11 NCAA Division III National Championships (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012).
A 1971 Mount Union graduate, Kehres has a career coaching record of 332-24-3 (.924) which makes him one of the winningest coaches in the history of college football.
As director of athletics, he has overseen and aided in the expansion of varsity sports -- currently at 23, increased the athletics staff and has led an aggressive plan to enhance and create some of NCAA Division III top facilities highlighted by the $17-million expansion and renovation of the Timken Physical Education Building and Peterson Field House.
In fact, just this past season Mount Union swept both Ohio Athletic Conference Men's and Women's All-Sports Trophies and is the highest ranked NCAA Division III institution in Ohio in the Learfield Directors Cup Standings recognizing excellence in college athletics.
"My plan is to continue to assist coaches and student-athletes to experience success at Mount Union," stated Kehres.