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Fort Hays State Football


A NEW ERA... A NEW LOOK At the start of the 2011 season, the Fort Hays State football team debuted a new look with their uniforms. Replacing the previous helmet which featured the letters F and H in block letter style was the full Tiger logo with the letters ‘FHSU’ in an arc above. In addition, there is a gold stripe down the center of the helmet which begins wide in the front and comes to a point at the back.

The Tigers also wore new Under Armour uniforms for the 2011 season. At home, the Tigers wear an all-black uniform with gold numerals that are outlined in white. There is gold trim along the arms and down the side of both the jersey and the pants. The jersey also has a gold strip on the neck and the word ‘Tigers’ in gold above the numerals. On the road, The Tigers wear a white uniform with black numerals that are outlined in gold. The jersey features black trim around the neck and arms to go along with the gold strip on the neck and the word ‘Tigers’ in black above the numerals. The white top is also worn with black pants.

About Fort Hays State University

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Founded in 1902 on the plains of Western Kansas, Fort Hays State University is the second youngest of the six state universities. FHSU celebrated its centennial in 2002. From a humble but exciting beginning, when just two faculty members and a 19-course curriculum greeted 34 students, our university has grown to a faculty of nearly 300, a support staff of 250 and a student body of 9,000. The university now offers hundreds of courses in each of its four main colleges — Education, Arts and Sciences, Business and Leadership, and Health and Life Sciences — and the Graduate School. The FHSU Virtual College provides many of the courses through various media to sites across Kansas and beyond. FHSU is governed by a Board of Regents appointed by the governor of the state of Kansas. FHSU is located in Hays, the largest city in northwest Kansas. Hays began as a wild frontier town and has grown into a progressive community of about 20,000 people. The old and new blend beautifully to form a city that is small enough to be comfortable yet large enough to provide abundant cultural, commercial and entertainment opportunities. In 1996, Hays was recognized as an All-America City. The university sits on a campus of 4,160 acres of land that once was part of the historic Fort Hays frontier military post, and it recently expanded to include the relocated Sternberg Museum of Natural History on a site adjacent to Interstate 70 in northeast Hays. Big Creek, with its shady, grassy banks, meanders through the main campus, providing a tranquil learning atmosphere and serving as a natural laboratory for students in the biological sciences. With its stately limestone buildings and profuse flowers, trees and shrubs, our campus has often been called the prettiest in Kansas. FHSU is academically superior to many comparable universities, offers students an electronic learning and living environment, and is richly endowed by heritage and tradition. Students come to our university for a multitude of reasons, but surveys show that their overwhelming reason is “the university’s reputation for academic excellence and its caring faculty.” The university supports one of the most extensive and successful intercollegiate sports programs of any comparably sized college or university in America, boasting numerous All-American athletes and national championships. More than 350 athletes compete annually in eight men’s and eight women’s sports. FHSU is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, which comprises 10 schools from the states of Kansas and Missouri. The university also serves as the cultural center of western Kansas, featuring fine arts exhibitions, performing arts presentations by faculty, students and traveling professional troupes, and a Presidential Lecture Series.



LEWIS FIELD STADIUM is the 6,362-seat home was replaced throughout the stadium. The seating of the Fort Hays State University football team. It is includes 1,000 chairback seats on the west side and also home to the Tiger track and field program in bench seating in the remainder of the stadium. Lewis Field was constructed in 1936 on what was the spring. The stadium received a major facelift prior to formerly the Golden Belt Fairgrounds, named in honor the 2003 season with a new playing turf, track of William Alexander Lewis, president of Fort Hays and lighting system. The Poligras artificial surface, State University from 1913 to 1933. The field is located which plays similar to natural grass, replaced the beside a spacious tree-lined drive and is just a short old STADIA-Turf, which had been in use since 1993. walk from the campus residence halls and downtown business district. The new lighting system installed LEWIS FIELD STADIUM Dressing rooms, concession areas, Seating Capacity: 6,362 eliminated shadows on the playing Surface: Poligras athletic training facilities, restrooms and surface. (installed in 2003) equipment storage rooms are located The native limestone structure Constructed: 1936 under the grandstands. An complete around the outside of the stadium was refurbished to its natural state in ALEX FRANCIS TRACK remodel of the Tiger locker room was completed prior to the 2006 season with 1993 when 57 years of weathering was Surface: Polyurethane Constructed: 2003 carpet flooring and individual lockers for sandblasted away. Both endzones are 90 players. gold with black lettering spelling out Admittance to the stadium is allowed through Fort Hays in the north and Tigers in the south. The eight-lane rubber and polyurethane Alex two main gates, one on the east side and one on the Francis track, named to honor the legendary FHSU west side. Four ticket windows are in service for each track & field coach, was refurbished with a new red game. Outside the limestone wall to the southeast is the surface in 2003. The majority of the field events are future site of the Indoor Training Facility. The facility is conducted outside the north wall. Prior to the start of the 1996 season, seating planned to be operational by the fall of 2012.


The 2,800 square-foot Hubbard Press Box, guests. Inside the University Suite are tables and which sits atop the west side of Lewis Field Stadium, chairs for 40 guests, a kitchen and a restroom. was completed in the spring of 1997. The press box The entire press box is heated and air conditioned is named in honor of R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard of and has an integrated sound system whereby users Palm Desert, Calif., who provided the majority of the may listen to radio broadcasts, view televised games funding. and pick up crowd noise from outside the box. The upper level of the two-story press box features An elevator carries university guests, media a large area in which 20 or more electronic personnel and people with disabilities media personnel can report on college HUBBARD PRESS BOX from ground level to their destinations. athletic contests. Available for reporters Areas designed especially for the Square Footage: 2,800 Stories: Two are radio and television booths, hookups, disabled are located at the top of the Level I University Suite a camera deck, a filming room and a stadium both north and south of the Level II Media Box restroom. Booths are also available for first level of the press box. Completed: Spring 1997 both home and visiting football coaches Prior to the 1999 season, the press for scouting. The upper level also houses box on the east side of the stadium was scoreboard, public address and statistical crews. renovated creating two executive suites. The two The lower level of the facility is the hospitality area suites may be rented by individuals or businesses where President Edward H. Hammond hosts university for entertaining during Tiger football games.



A complete renovation of the Fort Hays State locker room occurred in the summer of 2006. The Tiger locker room is located below the grandstand on the east side of Lewis Field Stadium. The room includes 90 individual lockers that circle a dividing wall in the middle of the room. Each locker is equipped with a top shelf for shoulder pads, a small locking cabinet for personal belongings, and a bottom compartment with hangers for a helmet and

jersey. A connecting bench runs all along each locker which provides a seat for each player to sit in front of their locker. Each locker has the player’s number and name on a plate above the locker. The main area of the locker room is carpeted. A new shower and bathroom facility is attached to the main area. The locker room includes three wide dry erase boards and Tiger logos on the dividing wall in the middle of the room.

for video projectors along with ample seating and room dividers for position meetings. All coach offices are located along the hallway surrounding the meeting rooms.


Player and coach meeting rooms (shown above) are located upstairs on the east side of Lewis Field Stadium. These rooms were also renovated in 2006 along with the locker room. Each room contains dry erase white boards and drop down screens



Weight Training Facility (at Gross Memorial Coliseum)

New Indoor Training Facility

Coach Chris Brown. The project, once complete, will place FHSU as one of the few schools in the MIAA with such a training facility and give a real advantage on training Tiger Football players in the future. “It takes time to build a program, but Fort Hays is doing what it takes to be competitive in the MIAA. If you’re competitive in this conference, it means you are competitive nationally, said Brown. Renderings of the proposed project are above and below.


A new multi-million dollar indoor training facility is scheduled to be built by the fall of 2012. The new training facility will be located at the southeast corner of the campus next to Lewis Field Stadium. This 50,000+ square-foot facility will be equipped with weights, cardio equipment, synthetic track and an artificial covered surface that will extend 50-60 yards. “Fort Hays has already taken the next step to be competitive in the MIAA by committing to build the indoor training facility. That’s a really exciting project and it’s a big step in the right direction,” said


Proposed for the Fall of 2012



Chris Brown - Head Football Coach Chris Brown enters his first While coaching the secondary, Washburn picked off season as head coach of Fort 97 passes over the last five years. The Ichabods set Hays State in 2011. Brown five of the top nine interception totals for a season in came to Fort Hays State from school history under Brown. Washburn University, where Brown came to Washburn to after spending three he served as the defensive years as the secondary coach at Liberal High School coordinator and defensive where he helped the team to a mark of 37-5 in his secondary coach from 2002- time. 2010 and assistant head coach Brown, a native of Liberal, Kan., is a 1996 graduate in 2010. of Pittsburg State University where he recorded 470 Brown helped Washburn compile a 62-41 record in tackles in 43 starts in his career at free safety. He his nine-year span with the program, which included is one of only three Gorillas to earn All-American two NCAA playoff appearances honors three times. He was a THE BROWN FILE and two bowl wins. unanimous All-American First P ERSONAL In his time at Washburn Year at FHSU: First Team selection his senior season July 3, 1974 as defensive coordinator, Born: and was named the CNN Division Hometown: Liberal, Kansas Brown coached the 2009 and Education: Pittsburg State University (1996) II National Player of the Year in 2006 MIAA Most Valuable 1995. He was also named to the COACHING EXPERIENCE 2011-Pres. Fort Hays State University Defensive Players. As head NCAA Quarter Century Team for Head Coach 2002-10 Washburn University of the defense, he guided two all players from 1975 to 1999 Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator players selected in the NFL 1998-2001 Liberal High School at free safety. He had a record Defensive Coordinator Draft (defensive tackle Trey 21 tackles in the NCAA Division P LAYING EXPERIENCE Lewis-6th round 2007, and 1992-95 Pittsburg State University II National Championship as a Free Safety cornerback Cary Williams-7th freshman against Jacksonville round 2008), six All-Americans, State. Brown was inducted into 20 all-region, and 41 All-MIAA selections at the Pittsburg State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. Washburn. His defense led the MIAA three of the He and his wife, Daphne, have two sons, Hunter last four seasons in turnovers gained, including a and Hayden. school record-tying 23 interceptions in 2007.

Al McCray

Dion Meneley

Defensive Coordinator Dion Meneley begins his first season as an assistant football coach at Fort Hays State in 2011. He comes to FHSU after spending four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Southwestern (Kan.) College in Winfield. Meneley will serve as the defensive coordinator for the Tigers in 2011 as well as coaching the defensive line. Prior to coaching at Southwestern, Meneley spent four seasons on the staff at Washburn University, where he was part of a Mineral Water Bowl championship, the school’s first MIAA conference championship, and first NCAA II Playoff Appearance. While at Washburn, Meneley coached the outside linebackers, cornerbacks, and defensive lineman and worked alongsidge current FHSU head coach Chris Brown. He also coached two All-Americans in his time with the Ichabods. Meneley was a two-time first team All-MIAA selection at outside linebacker for Pittsburg State. During his playing career, he was a part of three MIAA championships and the 1995 team that finished as the NCAA Division II runner-up. He was a team captain for the Gorillas in 1999. Meneley received his bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Pittsburg State University in 2004 and he is currently working towards a master’s degree in Leadership from Southwestern (Kan.) College.

Offensive Coordinator

Justin Schreiber begins his first season as the offensive coordinator for Fort Hays State in 2011. He was hired by new head coach Chris Brown after serving in the same capacity at the University of Minnesota-Crookston (UMC) for the past three seasons. He also spent two seasons coaching the defensive backs at UMC before taking over as the offensive coordinator. During the 2006 football season, Schreiber was the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and defensive backs coach at Dilworth-GlyndonFelton High School in Glyndon, Minn. Prior to his position at DGF High School, Schreiber was a graduate assistant running backs coach at Washburn where he coached alongside FHSU head coach Chris Brown. Washburn went to the postseason during both of Schreiber’s seasons on staff, winning the Mineral Water Bowl 36-33 over Northern State in 2004 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA II Playoffs in 2005 before falling to Northwest Missouri State. Schreiber got his coaching start at UMC following a standout playing career. He served as a student assistant quarterback’s coach for the 2003 season after being a three-year captain and starting quarterback for the Golden Eagles. He was also a three-time all-conference honorable mention selection and a pre-season Don Hanson Weekly Gazette All-American selection in 2002. Schreiber received his bachelor’s degree in Sports and Recreation Management from the University of Minnesota-Crookston in 2004 and partially completed a master’s degree in Education Administration at Washburn. Schreiber and his wife Abby have three children, sons McKale and Easton and daughter Ava.

Justin Iske Offensive Line

Justin Iske begins his first season on the coaching staff at Fort Hays State in 2011. He will primarily work with the Tigers offensive line. He comes to FHSU after two seasons at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he was the offensive coordinator, special teams coordinator and offensive line coach. His 2010 team won the conference championship and led the conference in rushing offense, sacks allowed and kickoff returns. Iske spent the 2008 season coaching at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College. He served as the special teams coordinator as well as coaching the tight ends and offensive line. Fort Scott went 9-2 that season and finished the year ranked No. 6 after winning the Heart of Texas Bowl. Other coaching stops for Iske have included Arizona Western College, Southwest Minnesota State University, Northern State University and Midland Luthern College. He played for Nebraska-Omaha for two seasons, but a knee injury in the spring of 1996 ended his playing career. He spent the 1996-98 seasons as a student assistant for the Mavericks before joining the staff as a graduate assistant from 1999-2001. As a graduate assistant, he worked with the tight ends and offensive line, while also serving as the video coordinator for UNO. Iske graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in General Studies with an emphasis on Mathematics. He later received a master’s degree in Public Administration with emphasis in Public Management from NebraskaOmaha in 2001. Iske and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Hunter.


Al McCray is in his fourth year as a member of the Fort Hays State coaching staff and 2011 will be his second year serving as the assistant head coach. He is the primary coach of the Tiger wide receivers. In his three years, McCray has coached three wide receivers who have received accolades. Anthony Smith was an All-MIAA selection in 2009 and O.J. Murdock and Cordarol Scales were honored by the conference in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, Murdock was named to the All-MIAA second team as well as being an All-American selection by and Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette. Both Murdock and Scales were invited to the 2011 Cactus Bowl and Murdock followed that up with appearances in the East-West Shrine Game and NFL Scouting Combine. McCray’s wide receivers have also left their mark on the Fort Hays State record book. In 2010, Murdock set the single-season record for receiving yards with 1,290 on 60 receptions. His average of 21.5 yards per catch is tied for the highest in a single season in FHSU history. In just two seasons under McCray’s tutelage, Murdock amassed 1,987 receiving yards, good for seventh in the school’s history, and 20 touchdowns, which ranks third all-time. A native of Miami, Fla., McCray came to the program from Florida Atlantic University, where he was an intern coach during the spring of 2008. McCray has 10 years of experience coaching football and track and field in Tampa, Fla., where he also worked as a high school teacher. McCray has coached three players that are currently in the NFL (Brian Clark, Oliver Hoyte and Greg Lee). McCray was a player at Clinch Valley College (Va.). He earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of South Florida.

Justin Schreiber


Assistant Head Coach/ Wide Receivers




Zach Watkins


Inside Linebackers

Zach Watkins is in his first season on the Fort Hays State football coaching staff. He will coach the Tigers inside linebackers in 2011. Watkins comes to FHSU after serving as a defensive graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri State coaching the inside linebackers since January 2011. Watkins was a four-year starter at linebacker for Washburn from 2006-09 under current Fort Hays State head coach Chris Brown. He put together a historic career for the Ichabods, registering 100 or more tackles in each season, compiling a school record 473 for his career. That mark also places him third all-time in NCAA Division II history. Watkins was named the MIAA Freshman of the Year in 2006 following a season which saw him earn honorable mention All-MIAA and second team all-region honors. From there, Watkins went on to earn first-team All-MIAA in each of his final three seasons. In 2007, Watkins helped lead the team to the NCAA II Playoffs for the second time in school history. Watkins would go on to be named the MIAA conference and Daktronics regional Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 following a stellar senior season. He was also a first team All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association in 2009 and a second team selection by Daktronics. In addition, Watkins was a three-time All-American selection by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. Following his playing career at Washburn, Watkins was invited to Minnesota Vikings mini-camp in 2010 before going into coaching. In the summer of 2011, Watkins played for Team USA in the IFAF World Championship and helped the USA defend its world title by defeating Canada in the Gold Medal Game. He was a first team all-tournament selection in the event. His accolades go beyond the field as well, since Watkins was a three-time selection as both Academic All-MIAA and as an MIAA Scholar Athlete. He was also an ESPN The Magazine / CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2008 and a Ken B. Jones MIAA StudentAthlete of the Year Award finalist in 2010. Watkins, a native of Independence, Mo., graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washburn University in December of 2009.

Mike Hecht Linebackers

Mike Hecht is in his second season with the Fort Hays State coaching staff. After coaching the defensive line in 2010, Hecht will work with the Tiger outside linebackers in 2011. Hecht was a standout defensive lineman at Friends University (Kan.) from 2005 to 2008 He was a four-time all-conference selection on the defensive line for the Falcons. He was a first team all-conference selection twice and earned the school’s Champion of Character Award. A native of Wichita, Kan., Hecht earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Friends University. He is currently working towards his master’s degree in Sports Administration at Fort Hays State University.

Chris Randolph Running Backs

Chris Randolph is in his second year with the Fort Hays State football program as a graduate assistant. After working with the quarterbacks in 2010, Randolph will work with the Tiger running backs in 2011. Randolph has two years of coaching experience at the high school ranks. He was the offensive coordinator at Douglass High School in Kansas in 2008 and 2009. Randolph was a standout player at Friends University (Kan.) as a quarterback. He was a three-year starter and a two-time allconference selection for the Falcons. He helped Friends to the KCAC Championship for two straight years, from 2006 to 2007. A native of Waskom, Texas, Randolph earned his bachelor’s degree from Friends University in 2008. He is currently working towards his master’s degree in Sports Administration at Fort Hays State University.

Ryan Kelly Cornerbacks

Ryan Kelly is in his first year as a graduate assistant with the Fort Hays State football team. He will be in charge of the Tiger cornerbacks this season. Kelly was a four-year starter at quarterback for Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., and was twice named a Heart of America Athletic Conference honorable mention selection. He holds the Benedictine career records for total offense and passing yards as well as several single-game and singleseason passing and yardage records. Kelly is a native of Topeka, Kan. and he earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in December 2010. He is now working towards his master’s degree in Sports Administration at FHSU.

Ryan Allgood Tight Ends

Ryan Allgood is in his first year with the Fort Hays State coaching staff. He will coach the tight ends in 2011. Allgood played two years at the University of Oklahoma from 2006 to 2007. Following his playing years, Allgood served as a student coach for two years with the Sooners. He was either a player or coach in three Big XII Championship games and four bowl games. Allgood is a native of Grove, Okla., and earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma.







2011 Fort Hays State Football Coaching Staff FHSUATHLETICS.COM

Contacting the Coaches Name Chris Brown Al McCray Justin Schreiber Dion Meneley Justin Iske Zach Watkins Chris Randolph Mike Hecht Ryan Kelly Ryan Allgood

Title Head Football Coach Assistant Head Coach/WR’s Offensive Coordinator Defensive Coordinator Offensive Line Inside Linebackers Running Backs Linebackers Cornerbacks Tight Ends

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Front Row (L-R): Al McCray, Justin Iske, Dion Meneley, Chris Brown, Justin Schreiber, Zach Watkins. Back Row: Mike Hecht, Ryan Kelly, Chris Randolph, Jacob Crossman, Ryan Allgood.


Fort Hays State competes as a member of NCAA Division II and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). The MIAA is a 10-member conference comprised of institutions in Kansas and Missouri. For the 2012-13 season, the MIAA will add Central Oklahoma, Lindenwood, Nebraska-Kearney and Northeastern State. Southwest Baptist will also return to the conference and give the MIAA 15 institutions offering football. Since Fort Hays State joined the conference in

MIAA Member Institutions Central Missouri Central Oklahoma Emporia State Fort Hays State Lincoln Lindenwood Missouri Southern Missouri Western Nebraska-Kearney Northeastern State Northwest Missouri State Pittsburg State Southwest Baptist Truman State Washburn

2006, the MIAA has sent 14 teams to the NCAA Division II Playoffs, including a record four in 2011. In addition, a member of the MIAA has played for the National Championship in six of the last seven seasons.

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