A former standout quarterback at Doane will be directing the Tiger offense this season. Anthony Dunn was the Great Plains Conference offensive player of the year in 2011 and was hired as offensive coordinator this summer by Doane coach Matt Franzen after Josh Littrell was named the new head coach at Waldorf University in Iowa.
“The timing of it was not good but I think the end result we are going to be really happy with”, said Franzen. “I think it is going to be a good fit. He is doing a good job with the kids and we are not looking to change much as far as the scheme goes so I think we will be ready to go.”
Dunn spent the past two years as the hear coach at Bellevue East High School and takes over an offense that has several starters back, including quarterback Jack Shadley, from last year’s 9-2 team that made a second straight appearance in the NAIA playoffs. The Tigers need to find a replacement for standout running back Nate Meier and there are several holes to fill in the interior on defense.
Franzen has built a consistent winner and a third straight trip to the playoffs would not be a surprise. The Tigers open the season ranked 11th in the NAIA pre-season poll.
“We have been able to recruit the right kind of talent but also the right kind of young men who have learned the culture coming in and then taken off with it as upperclassmen”, added Franzen. “It has been fun to see but it has also elevated the expectations.”
Doane will be tested out of the gate with a September 2 visit to 14th ranked Sterling College as part of the GPAC/KCAC Challenge.