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Eric Bergman | Assistant Coach
 
Eric Bergman joined the McKendree football coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach in the spring of 2013. In the summer of 2018, Bergman was named as the Bearcats' offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

Prior to the 2014 campaign, Bergman was elevated to a full-time coaching position for the Bearcats and tutored the running backs while serving as the recruiting coordinator. Bergman took on a different role in 2017 by coaching the McKendree quarterbacks.

In 2017, Reece Metcalf was able to flourish in his first full season as the Bearcats' starting quarterback. Thanks in part to Bergman's tutelage, Metcalf finished the season with 1,902 passing yards, which is the fourth-highest season total by a McKendree quarterback. Metcalf also threw for 13 touchdowns with just four interceptions and garnered honorable mention All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors following the season.

McKendree finished second in the GLVC in rushing under Bergman's guidance in 2016. Much of the Bearcats' success on the ground was due to the breakout season enjoyed by Shayeen Edwards, who rushed for a career-high 771 yards while adding four touchdowns. Edwards also established a new program record with 212 rushing attempts in 2016.

For his efforts, Edwards earned first-team All-GLVC honors in 2016. Edwards became the first McKendree running back to receive first-team All-Conference accolades since the Bearcats joined the GLVC in 2012. It was also the first time a Bearcats' running back collected first-team All-Conference honors since 2010.

Bergman's running back corps led the GLVC in rushing in 2015. The Bearcats were the only team in the league to average more than 200 yards per game a year ago, posting 200.1 yards per outing. McKendree averaged a league-high 5.2 yards on every carry and tied for the second in the GLVC with 24 rushing touchdowns. Isaac Fisher bested his school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season, gaining 808 yards on the ground which was good enough for third among all conference rushers.

In addition to Fisher's rushing numbers from 2015, Bergman aided in the development of sophomore running back Shayeen Edwards, who rushed for a career-best 463 yards while tying senior Treye Williams for second on the squad with five touchdowns.

In his first season as the running backs coach at McKendree in 2014, Bergman saw the development of Fisher as a dual threat. In addition to throwing for a school-record 2,722 yards in 2014, Fisher became the first quarterback to lead McKendree in rushing for a season. Fisher gained 764 yards on the ground and scored nine times on top of his 19 touchdown tosses. Bergman was also instrumental in the tutelage of the Bearcats' young running backs unit, which included the emergence of sophomore Kevin Witcik and sophomores Shayeen Edwards and Myles Hammonds.

Ryan Herring also put the exclamation on his stellar four-year career in the McKendree backfield in 2014. Herring was second on the squad with 417 rushing yards and closed his playing days with 1,437 yards on the ground.

Bergman, a native of Elk Grove Village, Ill., played in 34 games with 11 starts on the offensive line at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Bergman started 10 games at right guard during his sophomore season in 2010, and added another start during his senior campaign in 2012. The Salukis averaged better than 30 points per game and more than 300 yards per contest during Bergman's sophomore year. He was also a part of consecutive Missouri Valley Conference championships in 2008 and 2009.

Bergman graduated from Southern Illinois in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in sports administration. Bergman and his wife Bianca -- who serves as the head cheerleading coach at McKendree -- reside in Lebanon.

Atiba Bradley | Assistant Coach

McKendree University head football coach Mike Babcock has named Atiba Bradley as the Bearcats’ new defensive coordinator. Bradley joined the Bearcats' staff in January 2019.
 
Bradley comes to McKendree after spending three seasons on staff at the University of South Dakota. Bradley is also very familiar with the NCAA Division II ranks, having served on the coaching staffs at both Quincy University and Missouri Southern State University.
 
For two seasons at South Dakota, Bradley served as the Coyotes’ co-defensive coordinator. He also helped guide the linebacking corps. In 2017, Bradley was part of the South Dakota staff that guided the Coyotes to an eight-win season and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs. South Dakota’s defense ranked fifth in the nation in quarterback sacks.
 
Prior to his experience at South Dakota, Bradley spent three years on staff at Western Illinois University. There, he was the Leathernecks’ linebackers coach in 2013-14 before being elevated to co-defensive coordinator in 2015. That season, he helped guide Western Illinois into the Division I FCS playoffs for the first time since 2010, where the Leathernecks reached the second round.  In Bradley’s first season at Western Illinois in 2013, he tutored a linebacking corps that helped the defensive unit rank seventh nationally in total defense and third in passing defense.
 
Before making the move to the FBS coaching ranks, Bradley spent the 2012 season as the defensive and recruiting coordinator at Great Lakes Valley Conference member Quincy University. He came to Quincy after serving as the assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater – Missouri Southern State University – for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Along with his assistant head coaching and recruiting responsibilities, Bradley was the Lions’ linebackers coach and oversaw student-athlete academic progress.
 
Bradley was also a graduate assistant and offensive quality control coach at the University of Missouri, assisting in coaching the Tigers’ defensive line and quarterbacks. Bradley began his coaching career on staff at Missouri Southern, serving as the Lions’ assistant cornerbacks coach for the 2006 season before handling duties as the team’s assistant offensive line and tight ends coach in 2007.
 
As a student-athlete, Bradley was a defense end and linebacker at Missouri Southern from 2002-05. He received his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern before earning his master’s degree from the Universit of Missouri.
 
Bradley and his wife Jacquelyn have three children: Briauna, Kiara and Marcus.


Colton Meyers | Assistant Coach
 
Colton Meyers returned to the McKendree University football coaching staff prior to the 2017 season as the Bearcats' wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Meyers spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. Prior to the 2018 season, Meyers was moved into the role of quarterbacks coach and will continue to serve as the Bearcats' recruiting coordinator.

In 2017, Meyers was able to aid in the emergence of wide receiver Jalyn Williams, who caught a career-high 45 passes for 596 yards. He ranked fourth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in receptions and receiving yards per game as well. Four of Williams' receptions went for touchdowns to also lead the Bearcats on his way to second-team All-GLVC honors after the season.

Meyers first became a member of the McKendree football coaching staff prior to the 2014 season. Meyers served as a graduate assistant coach in 2014 and 2015 for the Bearcats and tutored the team's tight ends.

Meyers originally came to McKendree after serving as an intern at Southwest Minnesota State University. There, Meyers served a variety of roles. He helped coach the Mustangs' defensive line, served as a strength and conditioning coach and assisted the recruiting coordinator. Meyers was also an adminstrator for the SMSU football camps.

Prior to his experience at Southwest Minnesota State, Meyers spent one year as an assistant coach at Elverado-Trico High School in Illinois. Meyers was the Falcons' defensive line coach and special teams assistant.

A native of Williamsville, Ill., Meyers graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in sports administration with a minor in coaching. He earned his master's degree from McKendree in 2016.

Jason Rejfek | Assistant Coach

Former McKendree University football standout Jason Rejfek returned to his alma mater in April 2018 to join the Bearcats’ coaching staff. Rejfek, who was a four-year letterwinner at linebacker, will coach the McKendree wide receivers on head coach Mike Babcock’s staff.
 
Rejfek comes back to McKendree after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Lindenwood University-Belleville. During his time as a member of the Lynx staff, Rejfek coached defensive backs, defensive line and wide receivers. Rejfek was also the program’s recruiting coordinator during his final two years with the program.
 
In his first season at Lindenwood-Belleville in 2015, Rejfek guided his defensive backs to a school record for interceptions. One season later, he led the Lynx defensive line to a program mark in quarterback sacks.
 
Rejfek was also part of the Lindenwood-Belleville transition into membership in the Mid-States Football Association in 2015. McKendree played in the MSFA from 1998-2010 during the program’s NAIA days.
 
Rejfek began in coaching career as a defensive assistant at Point University in 2012. He was the defensive coordinator for the Skyhawks’ first three seasons of existence, developing practice and game plans while calling each play. Rejfek coached linebackers in his first and third seasons at Point while tutoring the Skyhawks’ defensive backs in 2013. He was also the team’s video coordinator during his tenure.
 
On the gridiron, Rejfek started every game at outside linebacker in each of his final three seasons at McKendree. As a junior in 2010, he established a career-high with 95 tackles on his way to first-team All-MSFA Midwest League honors. The 95 stops by Rejfek is tied for seventh on the Bearcats’ single-season list. Rejfek finished his McKendree playing days with 216 tackles, which is good for ninth on the program’s career chart. He is also tied for third on the Bearcats’ all-time list with five fumble recoveries, three of which came as a sophomore in 2009.
 
Rejfek helped lead McKendree to a pair of MSFA Midwest League championships and to its final two NAIA playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010. The Bearcats’ 2010 squad reached the national quarterfinals for just the second time in program history.

Kenny-Ray Augustus | Assistant Coach

Kenny-Ray Augustus joined the McKendree University football coach staff in the summer of 2018. Augustus will handle duties as the Bearcats' defensive line coach.

Augustus arrived in Lebanon after spending 12 seasons as the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Indianapolis. While a member of the Greyhounds' staff, Augustus helped lead the program to five Great Lakes Valley Conference championships and four NCAA Division II playoff appearances.

During his time at UIndy, Augustus coached the defensive line to four seasons that produced 25 or more quarterback sacks. In 2017 -- Augustus' final season at UIndy -- the Greyhounds matched McKendree with 30 sacks, which was good for second in the league. Augustus had four of his pupils earn All-GLVC accolades, including a pair of first-team honorees. Indianapolis also led the GLVC in scoring defense, allowing just under 19 points per contest.

Along with his coaching duties at Indianapolis, Augustus was a two-time participant in the NFL's Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship. Named after the late Hall of Fame coach who conceived the idea, the program exposes talented minority coaches to the methods and philosophies of summer NFL training camps.

His first experience in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program came in 2010, when Augustus interned with the San Diego Chargers. In addition to assisting in training camp, Augustus assisted with player interviews during the 2012 NFL Combine. Augustus later worked with the Carolina Panthers during training camp in 2012.

In February 2011, Augustus earned one of just 30 NCAA invitations to attend the first-ever NCAA-NFL Football Academy. The four-day event was held in Orlando, Fla., and was developed to provide individuals with the necessary tools and networking opportunities to enhance their chances at success in the football coaching profession.

The Bolingbrook, Ill., native played for two seasons at Joliet Junior College before moving on to the University of CIncinnati. Augustus earned his bachelor's degree from Cincinnati in 1999.


Jeff Bloom | Assistant Coach
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jordan Quertermous | Graduate Assistant Coach

Jordan Quertermous joined the McKendree University football coaching staff in the spring of 2018. Quertermous will seve as a graduate assistant for the Bearcats, and will aid Michael Harrison in coaching the program's defensive backs.

Quertermous comes to McKendree after spending the 2017 season as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, Knox College. While at Knox, Quertermous handled duties as the Prairie Fire's video coordinator. He also assisted with the planning of practice, helped with travel logistics and was a coach for the offensive line.

A four-year letterman for the Knox football team, Quertermous was a three-year starter along the Prairie Fire's offensive line. He also served as a team co-captain while at Knox. Quertermous, a native of Eldorado, Ill., graduated from Knox with a degree in psychology in 2018.


Drake Leeper | Graduate Assistant Coach

Drake Leeper came to McKendree University in the summer of 2018 to serve as a graduate assistant football coach. Leeper will tutor the Bearcats' running backs.

Leeper arrived at McKendree after spending the 2017 season as the offensive and defensive line coach at Ottawa High School. There, he was responsible for installing the run and pass blocking schemes along with installing player improvement drills and managing the special teams unit. Leeper also gained valuable experience serving as an offensive coach for Don Beebe's House of Speed and with the Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

As a player, Leeper captured three consecutive state championships at Rochester High School from 2010-12. The Rockets' 2011 squad racked up the most total yards in Illinois High School Association (IHSA) history with nearly 6,800. A two-time All-Conference honoree, Leeper earned second-team All-State accolades in 2012. He went on to play three seasons at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.


Jordan Fark | Strength and Conditioning Coach