Larry Kehres

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Larry Kehres
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Current position
Title Athletic director
Team Mount Union
Conference OAC
Biographical details
Born (1949-09-07) September 7, 1949 (age 69)
Diamond, Ohio
Playing career
1970 Mount Union
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1972 Bowling Green (GA)
1973 Johnstown-Monroe HS (OH)
1974–1985 Mount Union (assistant)
1986–2012 Mount Union
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1985–present Mount Union
Head coaching record
Overall332–24–3
Tournaments77–12 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
11 NCAA Division III (1993, 1996–1998, 2000–2002, 2005–2006, 2008, 2012)
23 OAC (1986, 1990, 1992–2012)
Awards
AFCA Division III Coach of the Year (1993, 1996–1998, 2000–2002, 2006, 2008)
OAC Coach of the Year (1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996–1997)
Records
Highest winning percentage in college football history (.929)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2017

Larry Kehres (born September 7, 1949) is a college athletics administrator and former American football player and coach. He is the athletic director at the University of Mount Union, formerly known as Mount Union College, in Alliance, Ohio. Kehres was the head football coach at Mount Union for 27 seasons, from 1986 through the 2012 season. In May 2013, Kehres retired with a record of 332–24–3 as head coach of the Mount Union Purple Raiders football team, and a winning percentage of .929, the highest in college football history. Kehres also has the most national titles (11: 1993, 1996–1998, 2000–2002, 2005–2006, 2008, 2012), conference titles (23), and unbeaten regular seasons (21) of any coach in college football history. His Purple Raiders set the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football record for most consecutive victories with 55, running from 2000 to 2003. He was succeeded as head football coach by his son, Vince.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

University of Mount Union liberal arts university in Alliance, Ohio

The University of Mount Union, located in Alliance, Ohio, is a private Midwestern institution founded in 1846. The University offers a rigorous and relevant academic program that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition. For more than a century, the college has been officially connected with the Methodist Church. It is now affiliated with the East Ohio, West Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Mount Union has been ranked for 14 consecutive years as a top college in the Midwest, and is also ranked as a "Best Buy" for regional liberal arts colleges in the Midwest.

Alliance, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

Alliance is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio. Most of the city is located in northeast Stark County while a small portion is in adjacent Mahoning County approximately 16 miles (26 km) northeast of Canton, 27 miles (43 km) southwest of Youngstown and 51 miles (82 km) southeast of Cleveland. The population was 22,322 as of the 2010 census. Alliance was established in 1854 by combining three smaller communities. The city was a manufacturing and railroad hub for much of the 20th century and is also associated with the state flower of Ohio, the scarlet carnation, and is known as "The Carnation City". The University of Mount Union, a private liberal arts college established in 1846, is located in Alliance.

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Early years

Kehres is a native of Diamond, Ohio. He attended and played quarterback for Portage County's Southeast High School, which shared the 1966 Portage County League championship with Windham High School, before attending Mount Union College from 1967 to 1970. At Mount Union, he played quarterback for the football team. In 1970, he set the school record with a 95-yard touchdown pass against Ohio Northern. [1]

Diamond, Ohio human settlement in Ohio, United States of America

Diamond is an unincorporated community in eastern Palmyra Township, Portage County, Ohio, United States. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 44412. The community is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area. Interstate 76 travels near Diamond. The village used to be a stop on the New York Central Railroad, but the stop was abandoned in the early 1970s.

Portage County, Ohio County in the United States

Portage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 161,419. Its county seat is Ravenna. The county was created in 1807 and organized in 1808 and is named for the portage between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers.

Windham High School (Ohio)

Windham High School is a public high school in Windham, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Windham Exempted Village School District. Their nickname is the Bombers. Windham High School was founded in 1883.

Coaching career

Bowling Green and Johnstown-Monroe

From 1971 to 1972, Kehres was a graduate assistant at Bowling Green State University, while studying for a master's degree in health and physical education. [1] In 1973, he was the head football coach at Johnstown-Monroe High School. [1]

Bowling Green State University public university in Bowling Green, Ohio, United States

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is a large, primarily residential, public research university located in Bowling Green, Ohio, United States. The 1,338-acre (541.5 ha) main academic and residential campus is located 15 miles (24 km) south of Toledo, Ohio. The University has nationally recognized programs and research facilities in the natural and social sciences, education, arts, business, health and wellness, humanities and applied technologies. The institution was granted a charter in 1910 as a normal school, specializing in teacher training and education, as part of the Lowry Normal School Bill that authorized two new normal schools in the state of Ohio. Over the university's history, it developed from a small rural normal school into a comprehensive public university.

Johnstown-Monroe High School is a public high school in Johnstown, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Johnstown-Monroe Local School District. It was erected in 2018 and currently houses grades 9-12. The current principal is Mr. Derick Busenburg. The district superintendent is Dale Dickson. The school prides itself on its state academic ratings and its high rate of student extracurricular participation.

Assistant coach at Mount Union

In 1974, Kehres returned to Mount Union College as an assistant football coach under head coach Ken Wable. [2] Kehres was an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for 11 years under Wable. [3] [4] Wable had a .564 winning percentage in 24 years as the head coach at Mount Union. [5]

Kehres also started and served as the coach of Mount Union's swim program from 1974 to 1986. [6]

Head coach at Mount Union

In 1985, Kehres became the athletic director at Mount Union. In 1986, he took over as head football coach. [2] His teams have won 11 NCAA Division III Football Championships (1993, 1996–1998, 2000–2002, 2005–2006, 2008, 2012).

NCAA Division III Football Championship

The NCAA Division III Football Championship began in 1973. Before 1973, most of the schools now in Division III competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Kehres' teams hold several NCAA records. In addition to owning the two longest winning streaks in NCAA history, 54 wins in 1996–1999 and 55 wins in 2000–2003, the Mount Union Purple Raiders won a conference title in 23 of his 27 seasons; at Kehres' retirement, Mount Union had an ongoing streak of 21 conference titles. During his tenure, Kehres only lost eight games and tied three times in conference play. From 1994 to 2005, his squads won 100 consecutive games against Ohio Athletic Conference opponents. The 1994 season was the last under his tenure in which the Purple Raiders lost more than one game. Finally, his record of 72–3 (.960) in his final five seasons is the best in college football history, surpassing Tom Osborne's 60–3 (.952) in his final five seasons at Nebraska.

Kehres is 3–1 against college football's all-time winningest coach, John Gagliardi, having beaten Gagliardi's St. John's squads twice in playoff match-ups and traded wins in the national title game in 2000 and 2003.

In 2009, Kehres was named first vice president of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). [7] He was elected President of the AFCA in January 2010. [2] In 2013, Kehres retired after 27 years as head coach to become the Athletic Director of Mount Union. His son, defensive coordinator Vince Kehres, succeeded him as head coach.

Family

Kehres and his wife, Linda, have three children, Vince, Faith and Jan. [6] He is also the uncle of current Savannah State head football coach Erik Raeburn, who played for him from 1987 to 1990 and then served as his assistant coach for a number of years. [8] [9]

Head coaching record

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffs
Mount Union Purple Raiders (Ohio Athletic Conference)(1986–2012)
1986 Mount Union11–18–01stL NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
1987 Mount Union6–46–2T–2nd
1988 Mount Union6–3–15–2–13rd
1989 Mount Union7–2–16–1–12nd
1990 Mount Union10–19–01stL NCAA Division III First Round
1991 Mount Union8–1–17–1–12nd
1992 Mount Union12–19–01stL NCAA Division III Semifinal
1993 Mount Union14–09–01stW NCAA Division III Championship
1994 Mount Union10–28–1T–1stL NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
1995 Mount Union12–19–01stL NCAA Division III Semifinal
1996 Mount Union14–09–01stW NCAA Division III Championship
1997 Mount Union14–09–01stW NCAA Division III Championship
1998 Mount Union14–09–01stW NCAA Division III Championship
1999 Mount Union12–19–01stL NCAA Division III Semifinal
2000 Mount Union14–09–01stW NCAA Division III Championship
2001 Mount Union14–09–01stW NCAA Division III Championship
2002 Mount Union14–09–01stW NCAA Division III Championship
2003 Mount Union13–19–01stL NCAA Division III Championship
2004 Mount Union12–19–01stL NCAA Division III Semifinal
2005 Mount Union14–18–11stW NCAA Division III Championship
2006 Mount Union15–09–01stW NCAA Division III Championship
2007 Mount Union 14–19–01stL NCAA Division III Championship
2008 Mount Union15–09–01stW NCAA Division III Championship
2009 Mount Union14–19–01stL NCAA Division III Championship
2010 Mount Union14–19–01stL NCAA Division III Championship
2011 Mount Union14–19–01stL NCAA Division III Championship
2012 Mount Union15–09–01stW NCAA Division III Championship
Mount Union:332–24–3230–8–3
Total:332–24–3
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Kehres who became college head coaches:

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