CINCINNATI, Ohio-- The Mount St. Joseph University football team looks to build on a 2016 season that saw them in contention for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship until the final week of the season. unexpected retirement of long-time head coach Rod Huber cast a bit of a shadow on the upcoming season. But with a roster which returns a ton of key contributors from a season ago, and a new young and hungry coaching staff the Lions are sure to compete for a title again.
They will try to do so while playing another outstanding schedule. This is how the schedule will play out.
Date Opponent Time Place
September 2 Capital 1:30 PM Away
September 9 Depauw 6:00 PM Home
September 16 Bluffton* 1:30 PM Home
September 23 Manchester* 1:30 PM Away
September 30 Hanover (Homecoming)* 1:30 PM Home
October 7 Rose-Hulman* 1:30 PM Away
October 14 Earlham* 1:30 PM Home
October 21 Anderson* 1:30 PM Away
October 28 Franklin* 1:30 PM Away
November 4 Defiance* 1:30 PM Home
*Denotes HCAC opponent
Replacing coach Huber will be first year Head Coach Tyler Hopperton who began his coaching career upon graduating from The Mount in the spring of 2012. Hopperton began his coaching career serving as the team's linebackers coach. Hopperton would go on to be the Special Teams Coordinator before being named as the Assistant Head Coach and Director of Recruiting in 2015. Throughout his career Hopperton has coached over 10 All-HCAC Linebackers, an HCAC Special Teams Player of the Year and two USA College Football Third-Team All-Americans. This will be Hopperton's first Head Coach Appointment in his career.
In his time as a student athlete at the Mount, Hopperton exceled on the field and in the classroom. In his four seasons he was named to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference all-academic team three times, and was a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete in 2012. He was also voted as a First Team All-Conference player for his stellar play on the field, a team captain, and was the Mount's Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. Hopperton also displayed stellar leadership as he served as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee President in 2011-12 school year and as a Resident Assistant. Hopperton graduated from Mount St. Joseph University in 2012.
When asked about the opportunity of replacing Huber atop the Mount St. Joseph football program Hopperton had this to say,"Coach Huber had a remarkable impact on the University and its football program throughout his career, and I'm extremely grateful to have had the privilege to play and coach under him. It is a tremendous opportunity to be named as Interim Head Coach for this season and I look forward to continuing the hard work our program has put toward this upcoming season."
Mount St. Joseph Director of Athletics Steve Radcliffe expressed his confidence in the coaching staff saying, "We have a very high degree of confidence in Coach Hopperton and the rest of the staff. Enough confidence that we have decided to defer a decision on whether to do a nationwide search for a new staff until after the 2017 season."
Please join us for what promises to be a fantastic football season on the campus of Mount St. Joseph in 2017.