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College Sports

Elmhurst College names new football coach

ELMHURST – Elmhurst College has named Ron Planz as its new head football coach.

Planz becomes the 19th head coach in school history, taking over for Joe Adam, who resigned last month to join the coaching staff at Syracuse.

Planz has spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato – an NCAA Division II school. He served as the team’s defensive line coach and special team’s coordinator.

He takes over for an Elmhurst team that finished the 2013 season with a 4-6 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). The team is just one year removed from its best-ever season in 2012 when the Bluejays won a share of the CCIW championship for the first time since the 1980 season and earned the College’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Playoffs.

“My family and I are beyond excited to be joining the Elmhurst College community,” Planz said in a release. “This is a great school that cares about the student experience and is committed to being great. This is what has me most excited about being a Bluejay.”

Prior to joining the Mavericks’ coaching staff in 2009, Planz served as the defensive coordinator at Manchester College for five seasons where he coached seven first-team all-conference players and also worked as the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator. Planz also spent three seasons as an assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he coached cornerbacks, wide receivers and the defensive secondary. He began his coaching career overseas, serving as the defensive coordinator for the Danube Dragons in Klosterneuburg, Austria, in 2002.

Planz is no stranger to the Elmhurst area or the CCIW after attending nearby Fenton High School and then playing football at Carthage College.

Planz earned his bachelor’s degree from Carthage in 2001 and he received a master’s degree from Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2003. He and his wife, Julia, have two children: a daughter, Lillian, and a son, Lucas.

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