Jeff Filkovski named new coach at Marietta College

Jeff Filkovski, the 2007 Ohio Athletic Conference co-Assistant Coach of the Year, has been named the 28th head football coach at Marietta College.

He replaces Curt Wiese, who left after two years to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Filkovski, who has coached at both the collegiate and professional level, was the offensive coordinator at Heidelberg College last year. The Student Princes finished the year at 4-6 overall and 3-6 in the OAC, which marked their best season since 1999. Heidelberg's offense ranked in the top five in the league in nine different offensive categories highlighted by its scoring offense (25.1), pass efficiency (138.7) and its red zone offense (32-of-41 scores), which all ranked third.

Overall, Heidelberg racked up 3,449 yards of total offense, with 1,342 yards coming on the ground. Heidelberg's rushing game provided 15 touchdowns, which eclipsed its total rushing touchdowns over the last five years combined. Through the air, Heidelberg had 2,107 yards and 14 touchdowns.

"We are excited to have Jeff as our new head football coach. He brings us vast experience as a coach and deep knowledge of Division III and the OAC," said Larry Hiser, Marietta's Director of Athletics. "He's a humble, yet great man whose time has come to be a head coach. We look forward to welcoming Jeff to our community."

Prior to joining Heidelberg last season, Filkovski, 40, was the offensive coordinator for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe. The Centurions had the second-ranked offense in the league and finished 6-4.

He began his coaching career as a quarterback coach/recruiting coordinator at the College of Holy Cross from 1992-95. Filkovski also spent one season as the quarterback coach at Thomas More College and four years in the same role at the University of Cincinnati. During his time at Cincinnati, the Bearcat squad earned the 2002 Conference USA title. He started at Cincinnati as a graduate assistant in 1996 and was elevated to tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator in 1998.

"Playing in the OAC was one of the big selling points for me. This is the best Division III football conference in the country," Filkovski said. "I was also impressed with the commitment that has been made by Marietta's administration, the athletic department and the players. Marietta is a perfect example of the type of college I was hoping to get my first opportunity as a head coach."

Filkovski had an outstanding career as a quarterback at Allegheny (Pa.) College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In 1990, while being named the Football Gazette Division III Offensive Player of the Year and the Associated Press Little All American Quarterback, Filkovski led the Gators to a 13-0-1 record and the NCAA Division III National Championship. The Pittsburgh native was also a prep standout in football and baseball at Penn-Trafford.

Filkovski begins his duties at Marietta on March 19. He said his top two priorities are learning the recruits and assembling a coaching staff. Filkovski said he would evaluate the current coaching staff, as well as the status of the entire program, when he arrives on campus.

"I'll be jumping in with both feet," he said. "I hope to get the recruits back on campus so they can see who is coaching and generate some excitement again about why they want to attend Marietta College."