Release courtesy of Benedictine University athletics communications
LISLE, Ill. --- Benedictine University head football coach Brad McCaslin has announced his resignation from the position to accept a job on the staff of Lance Leipold at the University at Buffalo. McCaslin previously served at Buffalo for two years before coming to Benedictine.
McCaslin took over the program late in the spring of 2019 and helped chart a course for the program moving forward. McCaslin helped to bring immediate stability to the program while increasing the number of football student-athletes.
“This profession is about people,” McCaslin said. “Those who miss on that fact also miss the best part of what we do. The people at Benedictine were one of the strongest draws for our family. We have met some of the best people in all of athletics. Our family is better for having this experience and we want nothing but the best for the entire Eagle program. The vision of our program is to mark individuals for life. I can say we, ourselves, have been clearly impacted as a result of our time at Benedictine. Our sincere hope is that we leave behind an impact that can be carried on. With full respect, we wish all Eagles the very best.”
McCaslin brought over 30 years of experience to the position and helped mentor seven all-conference athletes during the 2019 campaign. Scottie Bobeck led the conference in tackles per game. Benedictine finished with a 3-4 mark in the conference, scoring over 30 points in a game on five occasions, including 54 in the season finale. The team finished second in the conference in scoring offense at 32.1 points per game. Benedictine also boasted the second best passing offense in the conference. The defense finished second in the conference in takeaways and sacks.
“I am grateful for the outstanding mentorship and leadership that Brad provided to our student-athletes in a short period of time,” said director of athletics Mark McHorney. “He is a quality individual and a first class coach. His professional approach and ability to work with everyone at the University to advance the mission will be missed by the entire Benedictine community. He is a role model and example to his colleagues and was appreciated by all in our department.”
An immediate national search for the 30th head coach in program history is underway. Benedictine University has selected Athletics Staffing & Consultants (ASC) to assist in the University’s search. Dr. Kurt Patberg; Senior Vice President will be leading each search. Dr. Patberg has over 30 plus years of college athletic experience both on campus and in conference commissioner positions in the NCAA and in the NAIA. Prior to joining ASC, Patberg has exhibited expertise and has consulted in many different areas in small college athletics on topics ranging from conference affiliation and expansion to NCAA and NAIA transitions, to the feasibility of football, to the use of athletics to drive admissions and retention at enrollment driven institutions.
Athletics Staffing & Consulting also assists colleges and universities within the NCAA Division II and III and the NAIA with searches for athletic directors, other administrative staff, and coaches. ASC provides these institutions a wide range of search opportunities from, identifying a list of recommended candidates to conducting entire searches, identifying prospective employees, to assisting with negotiating contracts. ASC specializes in finding colleges and universities the proper staff fit and bringing a diverse group of candidates to the search process. ASC has conducted over 184 searches in just over six years.