Written by John Kuhens on December 18, 2015

Iowa Wesleyan University has named Mike Richtman as its new head football coach.  As the University continues to carry out its mission of being a transformational learning community, academics must be an integral part of the athletic program.  Richtman’s experience and passion for the overall student-athlete experience is a perfect match for the new vision for the Tiger Football Program.

Richtman began as an assistant football coach with the program in 2013 and an instructor in the teacher education program in 2014.  He has served in such capacities as a special team’s coordinator and both offensive and defensive line coach.  In addition, Richtman served as the academic liaison for the team as they instituted an academic program aimed at ensuring student- athletes kept academics as their top priority.  The program accomplished this by establishing academic success seminars, individual academic goal setting meetings and offering instruction on academic topics such as study skills and test-taking strategies. Richtman’s philosophy is rooted in a quality student-athlete experience that combines academic success and personal growth, while building a competitive football program. Ultimately, Richtman sees the football program to be an extension of the educational mission of the institution and is excited to further his commitment to the IW community.

“I feel extremely honored to be named the head football coach of Iowa Wesleyan University,” Richtman said. “This is a time of great energy and momentum as the university embarks on its vision of becoming the preeminent educational leader and university for Southeast Iowa. I am excited for the role that Tiger Football can play as a catalyst for educating, empowering, and inspiring our student-athletes to lead meaningful lives and careers. Working together with the administration, dedicated coaching staff and quality student-athletes, I have no doubt we will grow the program into something the University, community of Mount Pleasant, and southeast Iowa will look to with pride.”

Athletic Director Steve Williamson is excited for what Richtman and the rest of the coaching staff will bring for the future of Tiger football. “During the interview process I was impressed with Mike’s vision for the Iowa Wesleyan football program and the passion he has for our student-athletes. He has the ability to recruit, mentor, and develop our student-athletes. Having Mike lead our football program with the help of Joe Stubbs and Dave Lukens, I feel the future of Iowa Wesleyan football is very promising.