|Year:||21st Head Coach/25th at Wesley|
Mike Drass, who also serves as the Director of Athletics at Wesley, enters his 20th season as Wesley’s Head Football Coach leading the Wolverines to a record of 167-47-1 through the end of the 2011 season.
During the past seven seasons the Wolverines have risen to unprecedented heights. Wesley's 82 victories in that timespan are the third most in Division III and the team has won 18 NCAA playoff games during the run, advancing to the national semifinals five times and one trip to each the quarterfinals and the second round.
Including his four years as an assistant coach before taking
over the Wesley program, Drass has been on the sideline for all but
one win in the program's Division III history. He also guided
the team into the inaugural Atlantic Central Football Conference in
1998, the first of nine ACFC Championships for a program
that posted an .843 win percentage as a conference member. the
Wolverines have proven extremely difficult foe at home at Scott D.
Miller Stadium. Since FieldTurf was installed in 2004 Wesley has
postesd a 53-3 record on their Home Turf for winning percentage of
This past season, Drass led the Wolverines to its third straight NCAA Semifinal and fifth in the last seven years. Holding home through advantage through the first two rounds of the Playoffs, Wesley outscored its opponents by over 23 points per game, including a victory over a full-scholarship FCS Team in Charleston Southern. Following the season, six players combined for 12 All-America selections, especially Chris Mayes who received accolades from five different publications, including the Associated Press. Shane McSweeny was also named the South Region Player of the Year, Sosthene Kapepula collected ECAC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and three others earned ECAC All-Star recognition. Wesley also took home both the Lambert Meadowlands Trophy and ECAC Team of the Year awards four the fourth time in the last five seasons as the best small college football team in the East.
His 2010 squad turned in its second straight undefeated regular season and earned the top overall seed in the NCAA Division III Football Championships. The Wolverines held home seed through the national semifinals, winning the South Region Championship for the second straight year. The postseason run came on the heels of the team's sixth consecutive ACFC Championship. Wesley produced 21 All-ACFC selections including the conference's Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Rookie and Coach of the Year Awards. Drass was named the D3football.com South Region Coach of the Year and 10 players earned All-South honors, including the region's Defensive Player of the Year, Chris Mayes. Four players earned a total of six All-America honors upon the season's conclusion. The team was also presented with the Lambert Meadowlands Award and the ECAC Division III Team of the Year Award by the ECAC, who also bestowed the Wolverines with the ECAC South Offensive an Defensive Players of the Year and five ECAC All-Star nods.
His teams have also won four of the last five Lambert-Meadowlands Trophies in Division III in recognition of Eastern supremacy in college football and has also been awarded the ECAC Division III Team of the Year Award four times in the past five years.
Drass has coached student-athletes to 132 All-America honors during his time at Wesley and coached 191 all-conference selections during the teams run in conference play. The Wolverines have also produced four D3football.com South Region Players of the Year and six ECAC Southwest Players of the Year.
By the Numbers
|1||Gagliardi Trophy Winner|
|4||Lambert Meadowlands Trophy|
|4||ECAC Team of the Year Award|
|3||Undefeated Regular Season|
|5||NCAA Division III South Region Championships|
|5||D3football.com South Region Players of the Year|
|7||Seasons of at least 10 wins|
|8||Consecutive NCAA Appearances|
|6||Consecutive ACFC Championships|
|8||Associated Press All-Americans|
|6||ECAC Bowl Appearances|
|9||NCAA Division III Playoff Appearances|
|7||Undefeated ACFC Seasons|
|12||ACFC, Regional and National Coach of the Year Awards|
|13||School record for most wins in a season|
|20||NCAA Play Off Wins|
|32||Football Gazette All-Americans|
|43||Atlantic Central Football Conference Victories|
In March of 1993 Drass was named the Wolverines third Division III coach, after spending three years as the defensive coordinator.
The Wolverines, committed to success on the field and in the classroom, stress an academics first approach to college football. “Football at Wesley College is about a cap and gown, not a helmet and shoulder pads,” says Drass “I get the most satisfaction when one of our players walks across the graduation stage. Our belief is simple: There can be no success on the field unless there is progress toward a degree in the classroom.”
Drass has coordinated the Wesley defense and has spearheaded the
Wolverines’ recruiting since his arrival at Wesley in 1989.
Wesley has held top 25 total defense ranking 11 of the last 16
seasons. In 2010 the Wolverines' finished as the No. 1 defense in
Division III, in addition to a pair of second place finishes during
Coach Drass began his coaching career at North Penn High School in Blossburg, Pennsylvania in 1983. Following two seasons as an assistant, he spent two years as the school’s head coach before accepting a coaching position at Mansfield University, where he is a member of the Mansfield University Athletic Hall of Fame. At his alma mater, he developed the reputation of being an outstanding recruiter while he coached under Tom Elsasser from 1986-88. In 1989, he was hired at Wesley as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.
As a player, Drass was a three year starter and two-time All-PSAC selection as an offensive lineman and captain of the Mountaineers. In his senior year Drass was the only Mountie named to the All-PSAC 1st team. Coach Drass originally hails from Glen Mills, Pennsylvania and attended Penncrest High School where was inducted into the School District's Hall of Fame.
Coach Drass is an active member of the American Football Coaches Association. He has served as the chairman of the Division III All American selection Committee and has served two terms as the District II Chairman of the AFCA Rules Committee. Coach Drass is a member of the ECAC Championship committee for football. He and his wife Laurie reside in Dover and their daughter Molly Ann.
Coach Drass Coaching File
1983-84: Assistant Coach, North Penn High School
1985-86: Head Coach, North Penn High School
1987-88: Assistant Coach, Mansfield University
1989-92: Assistant Coach, Wesley College
1993-Present: Head Coach, Wesley College
Coach Drass Year-by-Year Won Loss Record
|1993||7-3-1||.682||--||ECAC Bowl Game|
|1995||8-3||.727||--||ECAC Bowl Game|
|1997||7-3||.700||--||ECAC Bowl Game|
||1.000||ACFC Champions; ECAC Bowl Game|
||1.000||0-1||.000||NCAA First Round; ACFC Champions|
|1.000||ACFC Champions; ECAC Bowl Game|
|.800||3-1||.750||NCAA Semifinals; NCAA South Region Champions; ACFC Champions|
|1.000||3-1||.750||NCAA Semifinals; NCAA South Region Champions; ACFC Champions|
|1.000||2-1||.667||NCAA Quarterfinals; Lambert Meadowlands Trophy; ECAC Team of the Year; ACFC Champions|
|2008||9-2||.818||3-0||1.000||1-1||.500||NCAA Second Round; ACFC Champions|
|2009||13-1||.929||3-0||1.000||3-1||.750||NCAA Semifinals; NCAA South Region Champions; ACFC Champions|
|2010||12-1||.923||3-0||1.000||3-1||.750||NCAA Semifinals; NCAA South Region Champions; ACFC Champions|
|2011||12-2||.857||3-1||.750||NCAA Semifinals; NCAA South Region Champions|
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