Pioneers football program announces staff changes

MARIETTA – Marietta College head football coach Andy Waddle announced several staff changes Friday including a promotion and a new addition to the Pioneer gridiron program.

Offensive coordinator Alan Estep has been promoted to Associate Head Coach. Estep, who has been with Marietta College since Waddle took over the program, will continue in his offensive coordinator role and remain as the offensive line coach.

“Alan has done a tremendous job with our offense,” Waddle said. “He has been my right-hand man since arriving at Marietta three years ago. I have no doubt he will continue to be a shining star and has a bright future as a head coach.”

Since taking over the Pioneer offense in 2013, Estep has established Marietta as one of the top running teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Pioneers have had eight All-OAC players come from the offensive side of the ball during Estep’s tenure including 2013 first team running back Tim Conner.

Waddle also announced the addition of Mike DuFrane to the Pioneers staff. DuFrane comes to Marietta after spending the last two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. He will work with the Pioneers’ defensive front seven and have primary responsibilities with the linebackers.

“Mike comes from a tremendous background where he has played and coached in the top Division III leagues in the Midwest,” Waddle said. “He has coordinator experience and was very highly recommended. We are very excited about what Mike brings to our defense and our program as a whole.”

Prior to his stint at Lyon, DuFrane spent time at four different NCAA Division III institutions. He began his coaching career at the University of Minnesota Morris where he coached the Cougars’ defensive line. From there he moved on to Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin for two seasons coaching the Red Men linebackers in his first year and defensive line his second season. After one year coaching the defensive line at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, DuFrane returned to Carthage for the 2013 season. He then made a brief stop at Lawrence University before moving on to restart the program at Lyon.

DuFrane also brings National Championship experience to the Pioneer program. He was a starting defensive tackle on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2007 NCAA Division III National Champion team. The Warhawks defeated Mount Union 31-21 in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl to capture the crown. He was also a member of Whitewater’s national runner-up team in 2008. DuFrane graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Communications and Broadcasting. He completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Carthage College in 2015.

With DuFrane taking on the linebackers, Waddle announced that second-year assistant coach TJ Lesniewski will change his position assignment from the linebackers to the defensive line. Lesniewski will work closely with DuFrane as the duo handle Marietta’s front seven.

The Pioneers went 2-8 last fall and were 2-7 in the OAC with wins over Wilmington and rival Muskingum. Marietta is set to open the 2016 season on Sept. 3, when they host Denison University in Don Drumm Stadium.