Capital Introduces Chad Rogosheske as Head Football Coach | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


    • Capital Introduces Chad Rogosheske as Head Football Coach

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      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University and Crusaders Athletics are proud to announce the hiring of Chad Rogosheske as the 12th head coach in Capital Football’s 93-year history. Rogosheske, a former coach for The Ohio State University, returns to the Buckeye State after spending the previous three seasons as head coach at Hamline University (Minn.).

      The announcement was made on Tuesday, March 1 by Director of Athletics and Recreation, Dr. Steve Bruning. Rogosheske will begin his duties as head coach immediately.

      “We are very excited to welcome Chad (Rogosheske) as the next leader of the Capital football program,” said Bruning. “Our committee worked tirelessly to make sure we found the right fit for Capital University, and I believe we have. Chad’s values match our institutional values, and he will provide exemplary leadership to our football program. Seeing his body of work over the years makes me very optimistic for the future of Capital Football and the way that our student-athletes will be prepared on the field and for their lives following graduation.”

      "It is very humbling to have the opportunity to lead the Capital University football program,” said Rogosheske. “I have spent a large portion of my career coaching at a small private university in a thriving metropolitan area. You could feel the sense of community and pride once you stepped on campus at Capital and I am excited to be a part of it."

      Rogosheske had nearly 10 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division III level before serving as a graduate assistant coach at The Ohio State University. From 2007 to 2010, he served on the offensive and special teams staffs for the Buckeyes, who had won three Big Ten Conference titles and in 2008 played in the Allstate Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship versus Louisiana State University. In 2010, the Buckeyes were crowned Rose Bowl Champions after defeating the University of Oregon.

      While with the Buckeyes, Rogosheske was responsible for coaching specialists and assisted with the offensive line and tight ends. He coached Ray Guy Award semifinalists in both 2008 and 2009, and the 2007 Lou Groza Award semifinalist.

      Prior to returning to Hamline, Rogosheske was an assistant coach at Bucknell University (Pa.). From 2010 to 2011, the Bison posted the second-highest improvement in win total in Division I FCS, winning five more games than the previous year. In three years, four offensive linemen were named all-conference selections and a total of 19 All-Patriot League honors were awarded to his teams. Three team members were named to the conference all-academic team, including the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011.

      Rogosheske carried that tradition of turning programs around when he earned his first head coaching job at his alma mater. He and his staff saw dramatic increases in roster size, grade point average, retention, home attendance, and overall wins over his three seasons at the helm of the Pipers program.

      During that period, the Pipers set six all-time school records, had 10 All-MIAC (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) selections, and three all-region honorees. Those results helped Hamline produce its highest conference finish in 12 seasons.

      On an individual level, Rogosheske has coached one of his student-athletes to attain the top spot in multiple categories. After the 2015 season, running back Austin Duncan now rests as the individual career touchdown leader (34), and possesses the most single-season (1,460) and career rushing yards (4,068) in program history. In 2014, quarterback Tim Bona tossed the most completions in a single-season with 193.

      Before taking the reins at Hamline, the program had won just one game in two seasons (1-19). He doubled that win total in his first season, and then did so again after year two. He leaves Hamline with an overall record of 10-20, but also with the program in a far more stable place than it had been four years prior.

      Hamline is a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), a conference that houses two top-10 football programs and the 2015 national runners-up.

      "The challenge does not become any easier transitioning to the strongest Division III conference in the nation and the passionate football culture in the state of Ohio,” said Rogosheske. “I am fortunate to now have the opportunity to be part of both and eager to get started."

      Becoming the head coach did not mark his first coaching stint with Hamline. Rogosheske began his coaching career as an assistant, and strength and conditioning coach for the Pipers from 1997-2001. He spent a season at Wartburg College (Iowa) before returning to Hamline in 2002 to become the offensive coordinator, a position he held for two seasons. He then switched sides of the ball to become the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for three seasons before accepting a position at Ohio State.

      Rogosheske earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education and social studies in 1998 from Hamline. He obtained his master’s degree from Ohio State in 2009, completing his degree in education and human ecology.

      The announcement comes following the departure of former Capital head coach, Craig Candeto, who accepted an opportunity to join the staff at NCAA Division I Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).