In 2020, Ted Egger begins his first year as the head football coach at Hocking College. He's spent the last four years in Poplarville, Mississippi, at Pearl River Community College. Egger spent the 2016 season as the defensive and special teams coordinator. In 2017, he became the head coach and defensive coordinator, defeating two nationally-ranked teams and securing the first win in seven years over longtime rival and 2019 national champion, Gulf Coast, Mississippi.
As the head coach, Egger implemented a daily regimen of strict team core values and a rigorous academia-driven study program for his players. As a direct result of his efforts, the football program rose to a 98% graduation rate, with an average team GPA of 3.1. These new academic achievements created an outpouring of support from faculty and staff, which prompted new athletic merchandise to be sold with the catchphrase "The Egger Era."
Before Pearl River, Egger joined the Concordia, St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, football coaching staff in the summer of 2015 as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. He brought a diverse NCAA Division II football resume' to the Concordia sidelines, last serving as defensive coordinator at Adams State University, a Division II program in the Rocky Mountain (RMAC) conference.
In his first tour with Adams State from 2002-2004, he was special teams and video coordinator, also working with the secondary and outside linebackers.
He worked on staff coaching the secondary at three other Division II programs in between his two Adams State coaching positions, at Lock Haven University from 2004-2005, at Ferris State University from 2005-2008 and at Northwood University from 2008-2011.
He rejoined the Grizzlies staff in 2011 as the defensive, special teams and recruiting coordinator, where the ASU defense consistently ranked among the best in the RMAC and the Division II ranks. The 2013 team was fifth in Division II with 40 sacks, sixth with 99 tackles for loss, eighth in third-down defense and ninth in pass defense efficiency.
As the Adams State recruiting coordinator during his second stint in the program, Egger successfully recruited 72 out of 127 scholarship student-athletes along with 16 mid-year transfers between five recruiting classes.
In his coaching career, Egger has signed and/or coached eight players who have had a try-out, signed a free agent NFL contract or been selected in the NFL Draft.
His coaching career started at his alma mater, Lock Haven, as a student assistant coach working with the secondary in 2000 and 2001 before taking a position as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas Lutheran University (2001-2002).
The Hornell, New York, native played three years as a defensive back for the Bald Eagles at Lock Haven (1996-1999) where he earned his undergraduate degree in health and physical education in 2000. He went on to get a master's degree from Adams State in human performance and education in 2002.
Ted and his wife Sarah have two sons, T.J. and Christian.