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Posts Tagged ‘Joe Loth.’

In a surprise move, Loth leaves Otterbein for Western Connecticut State

 

Joe Loth (courtesy of Otterbein athletics)

In a surprise move late last Thursday, May 17, head football coach Joe Loth surprised Columbus area media, the town of Westerville and Otterbein fans when rumors started circulating around town that he was leaving his alma mater, to sign a multi-year contract to rebuild the program at Western Connecticut State.

Loth’s leaving probably even shook the media relations department because until this day, there has not even been an article written declaring his resignation or leaving the university. That is strange in itself.

Western Connecticut State University is a public state university, established in 1903. It has an enrollment of 5,907 and located in Danbury, Connecticut. It is an NCAA Division III school with 14 varsity sports. Their nickname is the Colonials and play in two conferences, the ECAC, Eastern College Athletic Conference and the LEC, Little East Conference.

(courtesy of WCSU via wikipedia commons)

The rebuilding job at Western Connecticut State will take longer than at Otterbein. But Loth will recruit from talent in Connecticut, New York City and Long Island.

The football team plays in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, where it has had a tough time under former coach John Burrell, going 0-10, 0-10, 2-8 and 2-8. Its last winning season was in 2005.

The 45-year-old Loth could not pass up the chance at WCSU where he is very familiar with the town and university. He was the Colonials defensive coordinator from 1993-1997. His wife, Keri graduated from the school as well.

Loth is certainly good at rebuilding. During his tenure at Otterbein, he saw the football program receive a shot in the arm with new facilities for the football program, including a renovated Memorial Stadium and football field. Also, before he was hired by former athletic director Dick Reynolds, the Cardinals had only one winning season in 23 years. In his final seven seasons, the program had four winning years and saw the school’s first berth into the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2008 with a 9-2 record and 8-1 in the OAC, second to Mount Union. Loth was named OAC Coach of the Year and Ohio Coach of the Year that season.

 

Info compiled from Western Connecticut State University, Radio & TV news

 

 

 

2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Football Team Preview: Otterbein Cardinals picked to finish 3rd in race

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM FEATURE

*Special thanks goes out to Otterbein Sports Information director Ed Syguda for supplying information and photos and to OhioCollegeFootball.com’s Todd Oliver & Dan Poel for their help with photos.

I remember Otterbein athletic director & basketball coach Dick Reynolds telling me right after he hired Joe Loth, a 1991 graduate of the University, that he had a ‘good feeling’ about him turning the program around. “He’s an Otterbein guy”, Reynolds told me. “He’ll get it done!” I’m an Otterbein guy myself and I believed what Coach Reynolds said about Loth. I remember when he played for the Cardinals as All-OAC performer at defensive back. He still holds the school’s career record of 13 interceptions.

Otterbein helmet (megasportsnews.com)

Otterbein coach Joe Loth (courtesy of Dan Poel & OhioCollegeFootball.com)

Get it done, that’s exactly what Loth has done!

It took him a couple of years, but nobody was expecting a miracle the first few years anyway.

In 2003, Otterbein was 3-7; 2004 they improved to 4-6. Then in 2005, they were one of the OAC’s surprise teams, going 7-3 overall, 6-3 in the conference. 2006, they dropped back to 4-6. Improved to 5-5 overall in 2007, 5-4 in the OAC. In 2008, the Cardinals vaulted all the way up to 9-2, 8-1 in the OAC and last season, 2009, were 8-2 and 7-2 in the conference. So you see, the “Otterbein guy” got the job done. After seven years, Joe Loth is 40-31 overall.

In the OAC preseason polls, Otterbein was picked third by the coaches and the media. The coaches gave them 63.5 points total and 1/2 first place vote. The media, including myself, gave them 274 points, but no first place votes.

Colton Coy RB (courtesy of Otterbein Athletics )

Davis Brewer Kicker (courtesy of Otterbein Athletics)

Otterbein’s recent success has resulted in being recognized nationally. They have been ranked 24th by Lindy’s preseason Top 25 and 15th by USA Today’s College Football Preseason Top 25. So expections continue to run high for the Westerville, Ohio school.

Otterbein University has compiled a 17-4 record over the last two years and now heads into 2010 looking to record its third-straight winning season, a feat that has not been seen around the program since the Cardinals put together four winning seasons from 1979 to 1982, while I was attending as a student.

The Cardinals, return 51 letterman, including eight starters on offense and six on defense, from the 2009 squad which finished 8-2 overall, 7-2 with a share of second place in the OAC.

Coach Loth has four of five starters returning on the offensive line, including second team All-OAC senior guard Matt Hochberg. The Cardinals led the league in rushing last year, averaging 222 yards a game.

Senior running back Colton Coy, a two-time first team All-OAC selection, and junior quarterback Austin Schlosser, who took over the starting role in the third game last season due to an injury to 2008 Gagliardi Trophy Finalist Jack Rafferty, return.

Chaz Horsley DE (courtesy of Otterbein Athletics)

Coy rushed for 1,013 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, becoming only the second running back to go over the 1,000-yard mark in Otterbein history. Schlosser threw for 1,363 yards and 12 touchdowns, and rushed for 304 yards and seven touchdowns. The versatile quarterback finished with a 164.15 pass efficiency rating, ranking eighth in NCAA Division III.

Senior defensive end Chaz Horsley, a second-team All-OAC selection last season, is expected to anchor the defensive unit, which should get an added boost with the return of senior linebacker Wil Longsdorf, who missed 2009 with an injury suffered in game one.

Horsley had 49 tackles and led the team with 9.5 tackles for a loss, including 4.5 sacks in 2009. In 2008, Longsdorf was the team’s third-leading tackler, with 59 stops, including 4.0 sacks.

Senior punter/place-kicker David Brewer returns as well as senior return specialist Anthony Korpieski. Brewer hit 5 of 8 field-goal attempts and 35 of 37 extra-point attempts last season. Korpieski, who earned honorable mention All-OAC honors, averaged 8.2 yards on punt returns and 24.9 yards on kick returns.

The Cardinals open the 2010 seaon September 3 at Husson College in Bangor, Maine.

Coach Joe Loth qoutes from the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Football Preview:

Faced adversity in 2009, but was 8-2″

“This will be the best offensive line in his tenure”

“Question marks at wide receiver”

“Front 6 depth is good”

“Solid kick game with David Brewer”

CARDINAL NOTES

* Otterbein was founded in 1847.

* The school’s enrollment is 3,200.

* School colors are Tan & Cardinal.

* Memorial Stadium is the home of the Cardinals and seats 4,000.

* The football lost 25 letterman from last season.

* Basic offensive formation is the spread.

* Basic defensive formation is the 4-2-5.

* Otterbein is located 15 miles northeast of Columbus, Ohio on Interstate 270 in Westerville.