Sewanee names Travis Rundle head football coach

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University of the South Athletic Director Mark Webb has announced that Travis Rundle has been named the 31st head football coach in Sewanee’s storied history.

“My family and I would like to thank University of the South Vice-Chancellor John McCardell and Mark Webb for this opportunity,” said Rundle. “We are honored to be a part of Sewanee with its strong academic reputation and historically rich football program.”

Rundle comes to Sewanee after serving as the defensive coordinator and head strength and conditioning coach for the past six seasons at NCAA Division III institution Illinois Wesleyan University.

"Travis was selected from a truly outstanding pool of finalists to become our next head football coach,” said Webb. “In addition to his highly successful coaching experience at Illinois Wesleyan, he distinguished himself with his clear vision for our program and his abiding commitment to Division III athletics. We look forward to the great things he will accomplish leading the Tigers."

During Rundle's tenure, Illinois Wesleyan was among the nation’s best in scoring, rushing, passing, and total defense. Last season, Wesleyan ranked 35th or better nationally in eight defensive categories. That included being the top-ranked program in total defense and fourth-down defense in 2016. Illinois Wesleyan earned NCAA playoff bids in 2011 and 2013.

No stranger to Division III, Rundle graduated in 2002 from Albion College (Michigan), where he was a four-year letterman and a member of three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship teams. An All-MIAA quarterback for two seasons, Rundle set a number of single-season passing records that still stand, including records for completions and attempts.

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