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Bringing the Fire

Spring Summer 2019

MEN’S TRACK PROGRAM BOASTS NATION’S LONGEST TROPHY STREAK

Tiffin University’s men’s track and field program currently boasts the longest active trophy streak in the nation.

With a third place finish at the recent National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Indoor Track Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas, the Dragons have finished third or better in seven consecutive national championship competitions counting both indoor and outdoor track. That is the NCAA’s longest current streak, regardless of division, in the nation.

Besides the 2019 indoor finish of third, the Dragons won indoor national titles in 2016 and 2017 while also adding a second place finish in 2018. They also finished third in the 2017 and 2018 Outdoor National Championships while also taking second in 2016.

Over that three-year period, the Dragons have amassed 86 total All-American honors.

They have also produced seven individual national champions. Coy Blair was indoor national champ in the shot put and weight throw in 2017, while also adding the outdoor shot put title in the same year. Lamar Hargrove was indoor champ in the 200-meters in 2016, while Marquise Corbett was indoor long jump champ in 2017. James Ngandu won the outdoor 10,000-meters in 2018 and most recently Jonte Baker won the indoor 60-meter dash.

HANNAOUI ATTENDS STUDENT-ATHLETE LEADERSHIP FORUM

Tiffin University’s Leila Hannoui was one of three Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) student-athletes selected to attend the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Orlando, Florida.

Hannoui joined Alderson Broaddus’s Racheal Lee and Kentucky Wesleyan’s Max Dubree at the Forum, an opportunity for college athletes, coaches and administrators to collectively learn about themselves and grow as the next generation of leaders.

The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum engages a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. Student-athletes selected to attend the forum return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

The Leadership Forum, created in 1997, has been a life-changing experience for more than 5,000 student-athletes, many who have grown personally and professionally, gained a new network of peers and friends, as well as felt the rewards and importance of community service. “The Leadership Forum has given me an opportunity to work on my personal growth and take knowledge I have acquired through the sessions and discussions to implement it not only with my team and athletics, but off the field and in my personal life,” said Hannoui, a sophomore midfielder from Weirton, West Virginia. “The forum has changed me in a positive way that will make me not only a better athlete, but also a better member of society. I am so thankful the NCAA has given me this experience to learn and lead in a way that has surpassed all of my expectations.”

REISERT NAMED HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT TIFFIN UNIVERSITY

Cris Reisert has been named Head Football Coach at Tiffin University.

Reisert has served the past two seasons as Ohio Dominican’s offensive coordinator, helping lead the Panthers to some of the top offensive numbers in Division II.

Last season, the Panthers averaged 40.5 points per game along with 437.4 yards per game offensively. The Panthers finished 9-2 overall and tied the Dragons and Findlay for second place with a 6-2 mark. “I’m incredibly humbled and honored to be the Head Football Coach at Tiffin University,” said Reisert. “I would like to thank Dr. Schumacher and Athletic Director Allen for this amazing opportunity. Since I stepped foot on campus, I felt very strongly that I fit with the values and culture of the Tiffin community. Our program will be built around strong relationships, accountability and attacking success in all we do. I’m excited to work with the special group of players already assembled and look forward to continuing to build Tiffin football into one of the premier programs in the country.”

Reisert directed one of the best offenses in the nation in 2017 as Ohio Dominican University led the country in completion percentage, passing efficiency and fewest turnovers committed. They ranked second in third-down conversions, third in passing offense and fourth in total offense. The Panthers also had the 15th best scoring offense in the nation. The Panthers won the G-MAC championship following a 49-24 victory over Findlay as the Panthers averaged 45.1 points per game in G-MAC play.

Prior to that, Reisert spent three seasons as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Elon University. Prior to working at Elon, Reisert spent the 2013 season as the assistant offensive line coach at Ball State University. Under his tutelage, the Cardinals had two linemen earn All-MAC honors as the team finished the regular season with a 10-2 record and earned a spot in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

He started his coaching career with Ohio Dominican in 2009 as the defensive graduate assistant before taking over as the quarterback coach in 2010. He also spent time as the recruiting coordinator, wide receiver coach and head junior varsity coach while also assisting on special teams. Reisert was the lead recruiter for six Panthers who earned All-GLIAC honors in 2013 as ODU finished 10-1 and captured the GLIAC title, making the program’s first NCAA postseason appearance. He had receivers earn All-GLIAC honors in 2011 and 2012 and guided the Panthers to records of 7-4 and 8-3 in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

As a four-year starter as quarterback for Ohio Dominican, Reisert set 10 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) passing records and was named the 2007 NAIA Player of the Year. He was a two-year captain and two-time NAIA All-American who concluded his career with 13,388 passing yards, 120 touchdowns and 1,149 completions (67.2 completion percentage). He threw for an average of 311.3 yards in 43 games played.

Reisert is a native of Cincinnati and attended Archbishop Moeller High School. He was inducted into Moeller’s Hall of Fame in 2012. Reisert and his wife Emily have two children, Hawkins and Lennox.