AU hires Judge as Head Football Coach

Wed, 2012-07-25 09:25 -- univcomm

Anderson University has announced the hiring of Mr. Jeff Judge to be the new Head Football Coach. Judge replaces Mr. Steve Barrows, who guided the Ravens to a 21-19 record during his four-year tenure. Judge comes to Anderson University from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in Stevens Point, Wis., where he served as Offensive Coordinator. During his years at Stevens Point, Coach Judge served as Defensive Coordinator during the 2000 and 2001 seasons as the team captured a record of 14-7 as well as the 2001 conference title and a Div. III playoff game.

"Jeff impressed everyone, faculty, staff, and students, with the fact that he cares as much about building relationships as he does about winning games,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Carl Caldwell. “He understands the centrality of the coach's role in helping to build character."

Prior to working at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Judge was the Defensive Coordinator at Simpson College in Indianola, IA, from 1994 to 2000 and the Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., from 1990 to 1994. During his tenure at Simpson, the team captured a record of 47-17 and won two conference titles and the 1997 West Region Championship. Judge was also a graduate assistant coach at Purdue from 1987-89 and a student assistant at Iowa State from 1982-87.

In addition to his extensive coaching duties at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Judge was the Facility Manager, Aquatics Director and directed the Health Enhancement Center. Judge has also taught physical education classes at Simpson College and Morehead State University.

Judge graduated from Iowa State University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with teaching and coaching endorsements. He earned his Master’s of Science in Sports Administration from Purdue University in 1989.

“I am looking forward to this opportunity to be the head football coach at a strong, private, Christian liberal arts university that has established itself as a contender for the Heartland Conference championship every year,” Judge said. “The thing that impressed me the most on my visit to Anderson University was not the new facilities but rather the quality of people in the administration, in the faculty and in the football program. I am humbled and grateful to have an opportunity to work with this outstanding program. I look forward to working passionately with our football staff to provide an atmosphere in which our student - athletes will succeed in every aspect of their lives.”

“We’re very pleased to have Jeff Judge as our new football coach,” Athletic Director Barrett Bates said. “He brings a strong spiritual commitment as well as an excellent background in football to our program.”

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business education and theology.