In 2020, Ted Egger begins his first year as the Head Football Coach at Hocking College. He has spent the last four years in Poplarville, Mississippi, at Pearl River Community College. Egger served the 2016 season as the Defensive and Special Teams Coordinator. In 2017 he became the Head Football Coach and Defensive Coordinator; when he defeated two nationally-ranked teams and secured 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. Between two stints with the Grizzlies, Egger coached six seasons.
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 as the Grizzlies had the top defense in the RMAC.
He worked on staffs 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 2012 unit led the country with 40 takeaways and nine defensive touchdowns and was second in the land in pass defense efficiency. The 2013 version 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 (secondary) 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.
In addition to his coaching, Egger has served as an instructor on campus at four of his previous stops as well as an American Red Cross CPR & First Aid instructor and a math and life skills instructor at Baldwin High School in Hawaii.
Ted and his wife Sarah have two sons, T.J. and Christian
EGGER COACHING CAREER (Seasons)
Hocking College, Head Coach, 2020-Present
Pearl River Community College, Head Coach, 2017-2020
Pearl River Community College, Defensive Coordinator & Special Teams Coordinator, 2016
Concordia-St. Paul, Defensive Coordinator, 2015
Adams State, Def. Coordinator & Spec. Teams Coordinator, 2011-2014
Northwood, Asst. Coach/Secondary, 2008-2010
Ferris State, Asst. Coach/Secondary & Spec. Teams Coordinator, 2005-2007
Lock Haven, Asst. Coach/Secondary, 2004
Adams State, Asst. Coach/Secondary/OLB & Spec. Teams Coordinator, 2002-2003
Texas Lutheran, Asst. Coach/Secondary, 2001
Lock Haven, Student Asst./Secondary, 2000