Head Coach John Sala
John Sala enters his fourth season as the head football coach of the Hurricanes. In 2010, the Hurricanes posted a 6-4 mark and defeated the first varsity 4-year program in school history (Edward Waters College). Sala and his staff have been in place since the 2008 season (the inaugural season of being an NJCAA affiliated institution). As an NJCAA football school, the Hurricanes are 17-12 under Coach Sala and boast having the only four NJCAA Football All-Americans in school history (1 in 2008 and 2 in 2009, and 1 in 2010).
Coach Sala has coached college football for the past 15 seasons – the last nine as head coach. His record as a head football coach is 45-41 (.523). During his career, Coach Sala has coached 15 NCAA or NJCAA All-Americans, as well as over 150 players that have moved on to further their careers at four-year, scholarship institutions. What’s more, several of Sala’s former players have moved on to play professional football.
Prior to Louisburg, Coach Sala spent 7 seasons with Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. In 2001, he was hired as the team’s Offensive Coordinator. In 2002, Coach Sala was promoted to Head Football Coach of the Panthers and retained his Offensive Coordinator duties (a role he continues to enjoy). During his tenure at Ellsworth, Coach Sala’s teams reached new heights: 3 Bowl Championships (2001, 2003 and 2004) and, in 2004, ECC won it’s the first Region XI Football Championship since 1993. Other stops during Coach Sala’s coaching career include: Iowa Central Community College, Kenyon College, Quincy University, and Buena Vista University.
What John is most proud of, however, is the emphasis his staff places on character. While winning is always important in sports, Coach Sala’s staff has always made recruiting good people the number one priority. The football program at Louisburg College is dedicated to recruiting, developing, and promoting quality young men, as well as great football players. Coach Sala’s staff has been given credit for “changing the culture” at LC and previous institutions they’ve coached – both through the recruitment and selection of quality people, and the development of the young men entrusted to them.
A native of Illinois, Sala received his Associates Degree from John A. Logan College, Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University, and his Master’s Degree from Iowa State University. John and his wife, Tracey, have two sons Jacob (6) and Max (4).
Head Coach John Sala
Defensive Coordinator Trevor Highfield
Trevor Highfield begins his fourth season at Louisburg as the Hurricanes Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator. The 2009 and 2010 seasons ended with the Hurricanes Defense ranked in the top ten in the NJCAA.
Before arriving in Louisburg, Highfield has served as Defensive Coordinator at Ellsworth Community College and Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Previous to Northwestern Oklahoma, Highfield served two years at the University of Texas-El Paso where he specialized in working with the Defensive Tackles. Before Arriving at UTEP, Highfield was the defensive line coach at Western New Mexico University while also serving as the assistant strength and conditioning coach and assistant recruiting coordinator.
Highfield was a three-year starter at the University of Washington from 1993-1995. He played defensive tackle as a sophomore, offensive guard as a junior, and center as a senior. He was a multiple award winner as a senior, including receiving All-PAC 10 honors, as well as being tabbed the Huskies Lineman of the Year. He was inducted into the Washington Football Hall of Fame in 1999. Highfield was a member of the 1991 National Championship team and three PAC-10 championship teams (1992, 1993, and 1995) at Washington.
Highfield earned his B.A. degree in Sociology from University of Washington in 1997 and a Masters in Physical Education from University of Central Missouri in 2011. Trevor, his wife Clare and their two children, Haylijane (4) and Kade (2) reside in Louisburg.
Coach Trevor Highfield
Quarterbacks/Special Teams Coach Rob Rogers
Rob Rogers begins his fourth season as an assistant football coach at Louisburg College. The seasons of 2008-2010, he served as Offensive Line Coach. In 2011, his duties switch to Quarterbacks. He came to Louisburg from Ellsworth Community College where he was the running backs coach. His accomplishments at Ellsworth include coaching the top two backs in the Region. During the first three seasons at Louisburg he has produced an All-American Returner. Also during his coaching career he has sent two kickers onto Division I-FBS teams. This past year two offensive linemen went on to Division I-FBS schools.
Before coaching at the college level, Coach Rogers spent nine years at the high school ranks. This included six years at Regina High School where he led the team to three playoff appearances and a State Championship.
Coach Rogers is a graduate of Wayne State College where he played quarterback for three years. He is now working on his Masters of Education at Ohio University. Rogers and his wife, Sara, have a son, Gunner (5). They reside in Louisburg.
Coach Rob Rogers
Coach Aaron Baker
Aaron Baker enters his second season with the Hurricanes as the Running Backs/Tight Ends Coach. Baker is also the Hurricanes Strength and Conditioning Coach. He comes to Louisburg College from Constantine, Michigan
Before entering the college ranks at Louisburg, Baker coached a season at his former high school, Constantine High School. He came back to his former school to coach the Quarterbacks, Running Backs, and Tight Ends. As a player at Constantine High School, Baker played Quarterback under his father and led his team to the school’s first ever State Championship in 2004.
Baker earned his B.A. degree in Communication Studies from Albion College. While at Albion, Baker was a multiple award winner as a senior. As a Wide Receiver he was named to the MIAA All-Conference Team and was named Albion’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2008.
Baker is the son of Tim and Christine Baker. He has a brother Austin, whom is a graduate of Michigan State University and a sister Andria, whom is a junior at Alma College. Baker is also currently enrolled as a Graduate Student at Ohio University, pursuing his Masters Degree in Coaching Education.
Coach Aaron Baker
Coach Andrew Denryter
Andy Denryter begins his first season at Louisburg as the Defensive Assistant and Defensive Backs coach for the Hurricanes. Andy comes to Louisburg after serving as the Tight Ends Coach, Film Coordinator and Special Teams Assistant for Illinois College during the 2010 season. Coach Denryter also served as the Defensive Line coach and assistant strength coach for Illinois College during the 2011 spring season. During the 2007 season Denryter served as the Tight Ends coach at Adrian College (MI).
As an undergraduate Denryter attended Adrian College and graduated with honors in 2008 earning a BA in Communication. As a quarterback at Adrian College, Denryter received such honors as being named Team Captain, MVP, and was named to the MIAA All-Conference team. Prior to Adrian College, Denryter played quarterback and safety at Chippewa Valley HS in Michigan where he played on the 2001 State Championship team.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, Andy completed his graduate work at Miami University in Oxford Ohio where he earned a Master’s Degree in Speech Communication, and served as Public Speaking Instructor. Denryter is originally from Clinton Township, Michigan where his parents still reside. He is one of four children in the Denryter family.
Coach Andrew Denryter
Coach Christopher Bocage
Christopher Bocage begins his second season as the wide receivers coach with the Hurricanes. Bocage comes to Louisburg after spending two seasons at Hudson Valley Community College where he coached the wide receivers, coordinated the passing game, and served as the interim head coach.
Bocage played collegiate football for the University of Southern California Trojans from 2002-2004. During his career at USC, he was a part of two NCAA Division I National Championship teams in 2003 (Split national title with LSU) and 2004 respectively. He was named Scout Team/Practice Squad Offensive Player of the Year in 2004.
Bocage also played two seasons in the Arena Football League for the Albany Conquest in 2008 and the Tennessee Valley Vipers in 2009. Additionally, he earned a B.S. in Computer Science from USC in 2005.
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Head Coach John Sala