2005 Bluffton University
Front Row: St. coach Zach Canfield, asst. coach Mark Spencer, head coach Greg Brooks, asst.
coach Brent Burkheimer, asst. coach Steve Rogers.
Head Coach Greg Brooks
Coach Greg Brooks begins his third 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. 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 15 seasons where 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
276 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 gave up coaching baseball last 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. In 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.
Brooks and his wife, Carol, reside in Bluffton with their two sons, Matthew and Adam. He is also a proud grandfather to Victoria.
Assistant Coach Allen Curtiss
Defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Allen Curtiss is now in his 18th season at Bluffton University. For four out of the past six years he has guided the Bluffton defense to a No. 2 ranking in the Heartland Conference in both pass defense and total defense. Two out of the last four 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 middle linebacker the last five seasons-Greg Ditz in 2000, Chris Sommers the 2000-03 and Scott Steiner in 2004.
Curtiss also serves as the main football recruiter for the Beavers.
Allen lives in Findlay with his wife, Phyllis, son Eric, and daughter Carrie.
Assistant Coach Louis Stokes
Entering his 18th season at Bluffton University, offensive line coach Louis Stokes continues to put together an offensive blocking unit that is at the heart of the Bluffton football team. Since his arrival in 1987, the Beavers have averaged better than 300 yards per game in total offense 11 times, four of those seasons averaging better than 400 yards per game.
Since joining the Heartland Conference in 1998, Bluffton has led the league in rushing in all but two seasons. Thanks to Stokes' offensive line blocking, a Beaver running back won the individual rushing title every season until 2002.
Stokes was a standout offensive lineman for Bluffton in the early 1970s. In 1972 he helped lead Bluffton to a conference championship and was named first-team All-NAIA District 22.
Stokes teaches health and physical education at Ottawa-Glandorf High School.
Louis lives in Ottawa with his wife, Melanie.
Assistant Coach Denny Phillips
Now in his 17th season on the Bluffton University football staff, Denny Phillips coaches the defensive secondary and serves as Bluffton's strength and conditioning coach.
The Beaver defense has been ranked second in the Heartland Conference for three out
of the last five years and was third in total defense in the 2004 campaign. He has
produced at least one All-HCAC defensive back in five of the last six years. Last
season Phillips coached the Heartland Conference freshman-of-the-year, Ryan Christy.
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 Bluffton's head track coach in the early 1990s, leading his teams to three conference titles in the Association of Mideast Colleges. His football coaching experience included tenures at Lima, Perry and Leipsic high schools.
He now teaches health and physical education in the Bluffton public school system.
Denny lives in Bluffton with his wife, Kaye, and sons Adam and Justin.
Assistant Coach Steve Rogers
Steve Rogers has been named an assistant coach for the Bluffton University football team and weight room supervisor starting with the 2005 fall season.
Rogers will be entering his 13th year as a football coach and 12th on the collegiate level. He started his coaching career at Mt. Union College as a student coach in 1993. After his first year he served at Defiance College for two years as an 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.
Rogers played football at Mt. Union College as a defensive back. He was All-Ohio Athletic Conference and All-American in his four-year stay. Rogers received his bachelor's at Mt. Union and continued his education at Defiance where he received his master's in 1995.
Coach Rogers resides in Bluffton with his wife Donnell.
Assistant Coach Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer has been named the graduate assistant coach for the Bluffton University football team for 2005.
Spencer will be entering his fourth year as a football coach and second on the collegiate level. He started his coaching career at Thomas Worthington High School, where he coached the running backs. He also worked as a graduate assistant with the University of Cincinnati football program where he was responsible for off-the-field duties and video coordination.
Coach Spencer attended Ohio University and was a two year letterwinner at the running back position. He received a degree in sports administration and later continued his education at Franklin University in Columbus where he received a degree in business.
Assistant Coach Brent Burkheimer
Brent Burkheimer has been named as an assistant coach for the Bluffton University football team for the 2005 season.
Burkheimer will be in his eighth year as a football coach and first year on the collegiate level. He was recently an assistant coach (offense) for Lima Senior High School. Prior to that position he was the head coach for Paulding High School in 2002. Burkheimer played for Ohio Northern University as a middle linebacker and graduated in 1993.
Burkheimer then received his master's degree from Bowling Green State University in 1999.