Chad Rogosheske, a former coach for The Ohio State University, returned to the Buckeye State in 2016 following three seasons as head coach at Hamline University (Minn.). Rogosheske looks to build on the momentum of his first seasons at Capital as head football coach and offensive coordinator. He now is in his third year at the helm of the program.
Rogosheske was officially hired on March 1, 2016 and immediately went to work on bringing back the glory years of Capital Football. His first season at the helm was a definite step in the right direction toward achieving that goal.
His first career win came in a road contest and the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) opener against Muskingum University, a game that the Crusaders defeated the Muskies, 34-16, on Sept. 17, 2016. That victory began a three-game winning streak, which helped tie Cap’s season win total for each of the last three seasons. The third such win was a wild 42-41 win over archrival Otterbein University (10/1) in Westerville on the school’s homecoming, and broke a four-year winless drought against the Cardinals.
The 2016 season ended with a 4-6 overall record, which showed the first signs of progression considering it surpassed the number of total wins by a Cap team since 2011. This all came despite the Crusaders being plagued by injuries all season long, and at key positions. Four Capital players earned all-conference laurels in his first season, including freshman wide receiver David Barnett who was named Second Team All-OAC. Rogosheske’s offense was a major transition from previous years, but yielded the first Capital quarterback to eclipse 1,500 yards since 2011 and just the third since 2002.
In his second season, the trio of quarterback Thomas Wibbeler and wide receivers Dartavious Stanford and David Barnett led an aerial attack that matched some of the best in Capital history. Wibbeler finished second in the conference in completions (216), attempts (385), passing yards (2,813), yards per game (281.3) and touchdown passes (29) in that 2017 season. He now sits in fifth in single-season pass yards, fourth in career passing yards (4,369), has the second-most passing touchdowns in a single season, and tied the single-game passing touchdown mark (6) against rival Otterbein. Stanford, a first team all-conference pick, recorded the second-most receiving yards in a single season (1,119) and receiving touchdowns (12), and became just the fifth 1,000-yard receiver in Capital history. Together, Barnett and Stanford became the first wide receiver duo to record 10 or more touchdown catches each in a single season since 2006. Wibbeler was named Second Team All-OAC while Barnett earned honorable mention honors. Two additional Crusaders rounded out a five-man team to be named All-OAC.
Rogosheske had nearly 10 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division III level before serving as a graduate assistant coach at The Ohio State University. From 2007 to 2010, he served on the offensive and special teams staffs for the Buckeyes, who had won three Big Ten Conference titles and in 2008 played in the Allstate Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship versus Louisiana State University. In 2010, the Buckeyes were crowned Rose Bowl Champions after defeating the University of Oregon.
While with the Buckeyes, Rogosheske was responsible for coaching specialists and assisted with the offensive line and tight ends. He coached Ray Guy Award semifinalists in both 2008 and 2009, and the 2007 Lou Groza Award semifinalist.
Prior to returning to Hamline, Rogosheske was an assistant coach at Bucknell University (Pa.). From 2010 to 2011, the Bison posted the second-highest improvement in win total in Division I FCS, winning five more games than the previous year. In three years, four offensive linemen were named all-conference selections and a total of 19 All-Patriot League honors were awarded to his teams. Three team members were named to the conference all-academic team, including the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011.
Rogosheske carried that tradition of turning programs around when he earned his first head coaching job at his alma mater. He and his staff saw dramatic increases in roster size, grade point average, retention, home attendance, and overall wins over his three seasons at the helm of the Pipers program.
During that period, the Pipers set six all-time school records, had 10 All-MIAC (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) selections, and three D3Football.com all-region honorees. Those results helped Hamline produce its highest conference finish in 12 seasons.
On an individual level, Rogosheske has coached one of his student-athletes to attain the top spot in multiple categories. After the 2015 season, running back Austin Duncan now rests as the individual career touchdown leader (34), and possesses the most single-season (1,460) and career rushing yards (4,068) in program history. In 2014, quarterback Tim Bona tossed the most completions in a single-season with 193.
Before taking the reins at Hamline, the program had won just one game in two seasons (1-19). He doubled that win total in his first season, and then did so again after year two. He leaves Hamline with an overall record of 10-20, but also with the program in a far more stable place than it had been four years prior. Hamline is a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), a conference that houses two top-10 football programs and the 2015 national runners-up.
Becoming the head coach did not mark his first coaching stint with Hamline. Rogosheske began his coaching career as an assistant, and strength and conditioning coach for the Pipers from 1997-2001. He spent a season at Wartburg College (Iowa) before returning to Hamline in 2002 to become the offensive coordinator, a position he held for two seasons. He then switched sides of the ball to become the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for three seasons before accepting a position at Ohio State.
Rogosheske earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education and social studies in 1999 from Hamline. He obtained his master’s degree from Ohio State in 2009, completing his degree in education and human ecology.