ASHLAND, Ore. — One of the keys to building a successful football program is consistency. At the NAIA level, that could be tough to find. Coaches come and go quickly as they look to climb the ladder to opportunities at bigger schools. At Southern Oregon, the Raiders have done a good job of finding that consistency with their coaching staff.
Craig Howard is entering his fourth season as SOU’s head coach and a lot of his assistants, including offensive coordinator Ken Fasnacht, defensive coordinator Berk Brown and running backs coach Greg Stewart have been with him all four years. Many of the Raiders coaches pointed to Carroll College as one of the few NAIA schools that has been able to keep a coaching staff intact for along time, and that’s a model they want to duplicate for themselves.
“It’s hard to keep the band together,” said Stewart. “The guys that I work with, I love coming to work every single day and it’s just been something special, being with these guys for four years.”
“When you go through a new staff that has a new offense every other year, you’re starting from scratch week one,” said Fasnacht. “We’re four years in to the system and we’re building on that system so it’s a huge advantage to have continuity on both sides of the football.”
“When I first committed here I talked to Coach Fas and Coach Howard and they really pushed to me that they were going to be here for the four years I was going to be here and that’s a huge thing for me is not having to learn a new system and not have to go through the hassle of coaching changes,” said quarterback Austin Dodge. “To have them all four years has been awesome. I’ve had the greatest experience of my life.”