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About Hocking College Football

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Football, and the athletic department, started in 2015.  Now in its fifth year, the football program has established itself in the National Junior College Athletic Association as an independent team (not in a conference). It is the only two-year school in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana that offers football.

In 2019, the Hawks complete a 3-6 season. Hocking College is looking forward to a resurgence in the 2020-2021 season under new Head Coach Ted Egger.

In the first five years of the program's existence, approximately 50 Hocking College football student-athletes have moved on to four-year colleges to continue their academic and football careers.

The NJCAA has determined that this year's competition season will be played in the spring (March-May). Watch for future information about how to watch live streams of the Hawks' games.

2020-2021 Coaching Staff

Ted Egger, Head Football Coach
Craig Moore, Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator
Jonathan "JJ" Johnson, Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator
Kevin Cox, Outside Linebacker Coach and Director of Football Operations
Cody Dieffenbaugher, Defensive Backs Coach
Terray Green, Running Backs Coach
George Howell, Receivers Coach
Tate Leavitt, Offensive Line Coach and Run Game Coordinator
Terry Szucs, Defensive Line Coach

Meet the Hocking College Football Coaches

Ted Egger
Head Football Coach

eggert@hocking.edu

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.

Craig Moore
Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator

moorec21743@hocking.edu

Craig Moore has served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since the Hocking College football program began in 2015. This season, he's also serving as assistant head coach. He's been the school's assistant athletic director and director for compliance since 2016.

He previously worked at Federal Hocking High School, where he taught physical education and was head football coach in 2014. Moore had been Federal Hocking's offensive coordinator and quarterback's coach in 2012 and 2013.

A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Moore graduated from Quincy University with a bachelor's degree in recreation and sport. He later moved to Athens, Ohio, to pursue a master's degree in coaching education at Ohio University.

Before moving to Southeast Ohio, Moore was offensive coordinator and quarterback's coach at South Bend Adams High School for one season.

As a student-athlete at Quincy, he earned Mid-States Football Association Conference Player of the Week multiple times during the 2007 campaign as quarterback. In 2008, Moore tied the school's single-game rushing touchdown record.

He began his collegiate career as a junior college athlete at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois, earning Second Team All-Conference NJCAA in the North Central Community College Conference as a freshman in 2004. As a sophomore, he was voted team MVP, awarded First Team All-Conference NJCAA in the N4C, First Team NJCAA All-Region and All-American Honorable-Mention NJCAA-QB.

Moore is a 2004 graduate of South Bend Clay High School.

Moore and his wife, Jennifer, reside in The Plains, Ohio, with their two sons, Joey and Kellen, daughter, Norah, and dog, Auggie.

Jonathan "JJ" Johnson
Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator

johnsons37419@hocking.edu

Jonathan Johnson is in his first year as the Hocking College defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

Johnson is a nine-year coaching veteran with experience at five different levels (FCS, DII, DIII, NAIA and NJCAA)

He comes to Hocking after working at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke as defensive line coach and run game coordinator. Before UNCP, he spent two years at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi including the role of defensive coordinator in 2019. 

Prior to PRCC, he coached at Stetson University for two years serving as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. From 2014-16 he coached tight ends, fullbacks and assisted the offensive line at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Johnson began his career with three seasons at his alma mater, Belhaven University, where he coached the defensive line and tight ends.

Johnson played defensive line at Belhaven where he graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in Sports Administration. 

Johnson is from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and is engaged to Madeline Robertson.

Tate Leavitt
Offensive Line Coach and Run Game Coordinator

leavittt@hocking.edu

Tate is in his first season with the Hocking College football program, serving as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator. 

Born in Thornville, Ohio, his parents are Jason Leavitt and Stephanie Pettit. A 2013 graduate of Sheridan High School, Tate went to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. He played two seasons and graduated with an associate degree in Sport Management. Tate then transferred to the University of Kentucky for two seasons and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Community and Leadership Development. As a graduate transfer, he moved on to Indiana State University to play his final season where the team finished with a 7-4 overall record, 5-3 in the conference and finished in the Top 25.

In 2019, Tate played professionally with the AFL Columbus Destroyers. 

His first coaching stop was at Georgetown College in Kentucky, an NAIA program, where he held two separate internships. He worked directly with the strength and conditioning staff, recruiting and the offensive line. 

Tate’s first full coaching season was the fall of 2019 at Indiana State where he worked under Head Coach Curt Mallory and Offensive Coordinator Michael Switzer as an offensive volunteer graduate assistant. He worked with the offensive line and did film breakdowns, player and recruiting evaluations, and efficiency reports, while also finishing his master’s degree.

Kevin Cox
Outside Linebacker Coach and Director of Football Operations
 

Kevin Cox returns to the Hawks staff after taking 2019 football season off from coaching so that he could travel to watch his two sons playing out their senior seasons. Zane, a graduate senior at the University of Tennessee Martin where he was the captain, punter and holder for the past two seasons. Caden, a senior at York High School in Yorktown, Virginia, was a varsity the kicker. Cox was previously the special teams coordinator and the linebackers coach in 2017 and 2018 at Hocking College.

Before Hocking, Cox spent 20 years in law enforcement in Nashville and owned and operated a successful martial arts school. He brings 24 years of coaching collegiate and high school football, track and field and Olympic taekwondo.

Cox recently graduated with a master’s degree in Sports Administration, Coaching and Leadership from Liberty University. He finished his bachelor’s degree at Middle Tennessee State University, where he played football and rugby, and an associate degree from Chowan Junior College and was voted into the National All-Star game.

Cox enjoys spending time with his two sons, Zane and Caden, riding his Harley Davidson, golfing and spending time with friends and family.

Terry Szucs
Defensive Line Coach

Terry Szucs joins the Hocking College football staff to start his 45th year of collegiate coaching where he has been fortunate to spend time in NCAA Division I, Division II and NJCAA levels. 

Szucs is coming from Pittsburg State University where he spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons coaching the defensive line. He also spent 2014 with the PSU Gorillas MIAA Championship team followed by the 2015 and 2016 seasons as Defensive Quality Control with the University of Minnesota. He then returned to his alma mater — Lock Haven University — in 2017.

For nearly two decades, from 1996 to 2013, Szucs served on Lock Haven's staff in a variety of roles, including assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, secondary coach, linebacker coach, offensive coordinator, quarterback coach and offensive line coach. At Lock Haven, Szucs had the opportunity to coach Hocking College Head Coach Ted Egger. 

Prior to the 2016 season, Szucs spent 13 seasons at Dodge City Community College. He also has enjoyed coaching stints at Washburn University, Wayne (Nebraska) State College, Westmar College and South Dakota State University.

A 1975 Lock Haven graduate, Szucs was a four-year letter winner for the Bald Eagles. He was a two-year team captain and earned first-team All-PSAC at guard as a senior in 1975.

Terry and his wife, Paula have two adult children: Leigh and Vanessa.

George Howell
Wide Receivers Coach

George Howell was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and now resides in Albany, Ohio, with his wife and three children.

A former Division I athlete, he played wide receiver. He played three years in semi-professional football in Parkersburg, West Virginia, winning a championship in his first year.

George has seven years of coaching experience from middle school to the junior college level. He started coaching at Athens (Ohio) Middle School from 2006-08. He went on to become an athletic director and coached at the high school level at Federal Hocking High School from 2008-10.

He started his collegiate coaching career at Hocking College in 2015-18 where he coached wide receivers. George now returns to Hocking College in 2020 to coach the same position.