Entsprechend der bereits liebgewonnen Tradition ist dem AFVD gelungen, erneut einen hochkompetenten Dozenten aus dem USA für den AFVD Trainerkongress zu verpflichten. Jerod Kruse ist als Head Coach des William Jewell College in der NCAA Division II tätig. Coach Kruse wird auch beim A-Trainer Lehrgang American Football unmittelbar vor dem Trainerkongress zur Verfügung stehen.
"Wir freuen uns auf Coach Kruse und sind uns sicher, dass er unser Trainer begeistern wird.", kommentiert AFVD Vizepräsident Josef Andres die Zusage.
CV und Information auf Englisch:
-1996-1998 Defensive Back Coffeyville Junior College (Played for National Title in 1996 & 1997)
-1998-2000 Defensive Back Emporia State University (NCAA Div II)
-2000-2006 Defensive Secondary Coach Emporia State University (NCAA II)
-2007-2008 Defensive Coordinator Baker University (NAIA)
-Summer 2007 Guest Coach Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL)
-2008-2009 Defensive Coordinator William Jewell College (NCAA II)
-Sum 2009-11 Guest Coach New Orleans Saints (NFL)
-2010-present Head Coach William Jewell College (NCAA II)
-Summer 2012 Guest Coach Saint Louis Rams (NFL)
After completing his second season as head football coach at William Jewell College, Kruse’s team continues to show great progress, recording a higher winning percentage in 2011 than the previous year-while moving from the NAIA and competing in their first season of play at the NCAA level. They concluded the season with three consecutive wins-the first time a Jewell team has won three straight since the 2002 seasons. The Cardinals also scored 50 plus points in a game for the first time in 26 years. Their defense ranked in the top 15% of NCAA Division II in takeaways, averaging three per game. The Jewell punt coverage unit also ranked among the best in the nation for opponent return yards.
Over the past five summers Kruse has worked with several NFL organizations and leadership professionals. This exposure has allowed the Jewell football program to advance its schemes as well as daily operations. These types of opportunities continue to help grow and strengthen the Cardinal’s approach to daily life, personal growth and the game of football. “Jerod has impressed everyone in our organization with his passion to learn and grow as a coach,” long time NFL Coach Gregg Williams said, “He is a tireless worker to improve his own abilities and all of those around him. Parents will feel very comfortable allowing their sons to play in his program.”
Prior to coming to Jewell, Kruse spent one season as the defensive secondary coordinator at Baker University, where he helped the Wildcats move from #8 in 2006 to a #2 ranking in 2007 in total pass defense in the HAAC. Before going to Baker, Kruse served five seasons as the secondary coordinator for Emporia State University, an NCAA Division II institution. In his time at ESU he coached one first team All-American, one first team Academic All-American, and five first team All-Conference performers and the Hornet defense twice finished number one in the MIAA conference in total pass defense per game.
A native of Marysville, Kan., Kruse earned his bachelor’s degree in social science from Emporia State University in 2000. He went on to earn his master’s of science degree in health and physical education from Emporia State in 2007. He is married to Kristin Kruse, an OBGYN at Truman Lakewood Hospital in Lee’s Summit, Mo. They have been blessed with two children, 3 year-old son, Cameron and 1 year-old Daughter, Marin. Kruse played football at Emporia State, where he was named Special Teams Player of the Year during his junior year and Most Inspirational Player during his senior year. While coaching at ESU, Kruse was part of a team that won a share of the 2003 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s conference championship and qualified for the NCAA playoffs.
“Jerod is a great man and a very good football coach,” said Jerry Kill, Kruse’s football coach at ESU and now head football coach at The University of Minnesota. “He is way ahead of his time in our profession.”