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Buc Report: New football coach talks plans, goals for program

March 9, 2014
By Carolyn Stransky’15

Seth DuerrFollowing his hiring last month, Beloit’s new head football coach Seth Duerr officially joined the college last week. Along with settling into his office and attending administrative meetings, he held the first team meeting on the day he arrived.

“I am very excited to join the Beloit College community,” says Duerr, who knows that all eyes will be on him come the start of the football season in August.

Duerr will answer questions from current students, alumni, and community members during a Meet the Coach event Wednesday (March 12) at 4:30 p.m. in Moore Lounge of Pearsons Hall. This event will be live streamed at

As he dives into his new position, one of the challenges he faces is the initial recruitment.

“Because I am being hired so late in the process, it will be tough to get many guys for the incoming class,” Duerr says. “I know that will affect our team in the short term, but we will have to overcome that.”

Despite these concerns, Duerr has already made a positive impression on current players within the program.

“My first impression of Coach Duerr is that he seems like a great step in the right direction,” says returning captain Tyler Coleman’15. “His first meeting with the team went really well. His plan of action seemed fitting for the team.”

Riley Pearson’17 echoes this sentiment. “He seems like a good fit for Beloit,” Pearson says. “I’m looking forward to a fresh start and a new beginning, leaving the past behind us and just working hard for the future of our program.”

Coming to Beloit from Tiffin University, where he was the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, and recruiting coordinator, Duerr was named the Buccaneers’ 28th head football coach in the program’s 123-year history on February 10.

“In the final analysis, Seth’s coaching experience, especially at the Division III level, and his proven ability to recruit qualified student athletes to institutions similar to Beloit made him the obvious choice,” says Peggy Carl, director of athletics and recreation. “I am confident that his enthusiasm for the game and positive energy will be exciting additions to the football program, as well as to the department of athletics.”

The search committee who evaluated Duerr and the other candidates consisted of various members of the Beloit College community, including representatives from athletics, human resources, development and alumni relations, the faculty, and students.

“I believe that I was able to clearly define my plan for Beloit College football and convince the search committee that my personality and strength could help the young men in our program have a positive experience,” says Duerr. “I’m most looking forward to developing relationships with our players and helping them grow as young men.”

“Our guys deserve a football program that mirrors the values found in our mission and will provide them all with a truly outstanding experience,” Carl adds. “I couldn’t be more excited about the future of Beloit College football.”

To read more about Duerr and his background, click here.