Capital University has announced its 12th head football coach in its history last week.
Coach Chad Rogosheske has 18 years of coaching experience under his belt, three of which he spent serving as a head coach of his alma mater, Hamline University (Minn).
The hire of Rogosheske fills the vacancy left by former head coach Craig Candeto, who accepted a coaching position at Georgia Tech.
The decision to come to Capital was an easy one for Rogosheske, who is not unfamiliar with the Columbus area. He held a graduate assistant position as a Special Teams and Offensive Line coach with The Ohio State University (OSU) from 2007-2010.
“[Capital] is very distinctive in terms of being a private campus in a large metropolitan area,” Rogosheske said. “It was clearly unique, especially learning about the culture of football in Ohio and the fact that the OAC is the best football Division III conference in the country.”
Rogosheske said all of his reasons for applying were confirmed during the interview process and could not pass up the opportunity to lead the Crusaders.
After playing running back for Hamline, he was asked to return as a running backs coach by then-coach Dick Tressel. He served in that position for three years until taking a receivers coach position at Wartburg College in Iowa.
Rogosheske returned to Hamline where he coached for the next five years. He served the first three of those years coaching the offensive side of the ball, and the next two coaching the defense.
It was after this five-year stint with Hamline that Rogosheske joined the OSU staff.
“I felt like it was time for change and so I went to Ohio State for graduate assistant position under Coach Jim Tressel,” Rogosheske said. “I worked with the kickers, punters, long-snappers and the offensive line while I got my graduate degree.”
While Rogosheske was working at OSU, the team won Big Ten championships in the 2007, 2008, and 2009 seasons. His coaching career with OSU also featured appearances in the 2008 BCS National Championship Game, the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, and a 2010 Rose Bowl victory.
Rogosheske held the offensive line coaching position with Bucknell University from 2010-2012. He was a part of the turn-around of the Bucknell football program. From 2010 to 2011, Bucknell had the second-highest win total improvement in all of Division I FCS.
Rogosheske returned to Hamline in 2012 where he has served as their head coach the past three seasons. He led Hamline to its highest conference finish in 12 seasons.
Rogosheske already has some ideas he hopes to implement with his new team.
“Offensively, I believe in the no-huddle and varying the tempo out from under center,” Rogosheske said. “I want all my skill players to be threats handling the football and force the defense to defend everybody.”
Rogosheske also has some specific plans for his defense.
“The defense needs to be disruptive, create take-aways, and be excellent in tackling and pursuit,” Rogosheske said. “We want to affect the play of the quarterback from a physical and mental standpoint by creating confusion.”
Rogosheske places particular emphasis on special teams, as their performance can play a critical role in momentum shifts and the outcome of games.
Rogosheske’s in-game strategies are still only philosophical at this point, as he’s still getting to learn the players and watching their film. He stressed the importance of tailoring schemes to the personnel on the field.
Director of Athletics and Recreation, Dr. Steve Bruning said that Rogosheske is a good fit for Capital’s football program.
“Chad’s values match our institutional values, and he will provide exemplary leadership to our football program,” Bruning said. “Seeing his body of work over the years makes me very optimistic for the future of Capital Football and the way that our student-athletes will be prepared on the field and for their lives following graduation.”
The spring practice season is set to begin on March 29.
“I’m excited to be here and get going with the guys,” Rogosheske said.