Josh Littrell enters his first season as head coach of the Waldorf University football team.
Littrell joins the Warriors after spending four seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Doane University in Crete, Neb. where he assisted in elevating the program’s level of success. The Tigers finished ranked in the top 25 of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) poll in each of his four years at Doane, which included top-10 rankings the past two seasons. Littrell compiled a 25-7 record as offensive coordinator at Doane, helping the Tigers post a 9-2 record in each of the past two seasons while earning back-to-back runner-up finishes in the always-dominant Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and two straight NAIA playoff appearances. Last season, Doane ranked 15th in the NAIA with 225.2 rushing yards per game, 15th in scoring offense with 35.7 points a game and 17th in total rushing offense (2,477 yards). During Littrell’s first season with the Tigers, they turned in a 5-5 record. Doane improved its record to 7-3 during the 2014 season, concluding the year a 49-48 upset win over top-ranked Morningside College. The Tigers continued their upward trend with Littrell commanding the offense, rolling to two consecutive seasons that ended with 9-2 records. While coaching at Doane, Littrell heavily and successfully recruited student-athletes from Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.
From 2007 to 2013, Littrell served as offensive coordinator and assistant coach at Earl Warren High School in San Antonio. During the 2011 season, he engineered an offense that led all San Antonio schools in scoring. The Warriors captured the 2011 district championship and reached the quarterfinal round of the Texas Class 5A playoffs. Earl Warren was a 2010 area finalist, claimed the 2008 district title and was also an area finalist during the 2008 and 2007 seasons. Littrell developed three first-team all-district quarterbacks during his time with the Warriors.
Serving as a physical education teacher and passing game coordinator at Del Rio High School in Del Rio, Texas, Littrell designed the passing scheme for the Rams while working with the team’s quarterbacks and wide receivers from 2005 to 2007.
Littrell was the offensive coordinator at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan. until to 2005 where he also oversaw fundraising for the athletic department. Working in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ranks at Hutchinson, he coached numerous student-athletes onto respectable NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NAIA collegiate careers. The Blue Dragons played in the 2003 Valley of the Sun Bowl and were the 2004 Heart of Texas Bowl champions under Littrell.
From 2001 to 2002, Littrell oversaw football operations and was an administrative assistant for head coach Jerry Kill at then-NCAA Division 1-AA Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. His coaching career also included a stint as a student assistant and assistant wide receivers coach at NCAA Division II’s Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan. from 2000 to 2001.
A native of Olathe, Kan., Littrell is a 1995 Olathe South High School graduate and played as a quarterback and wide receiver during his prep career with the Falcons. He continued his education and football career at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan., playing as a wide receiver during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Littrell went on to play NCAA Division II football at Emporia State from 1998 to 1999. He graduated from Emporia State in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in integrated studies and an emphasis in physical education. Littrell served in the United States Marine Corps from 1996 to 2000 and is currently pursuing a master’s of education degree from Doane.
Littrell has helped organize and oversee numerous camps during his coaching career, including the Tony Gonzalez Football Camp and was also the coordinator of the Darren Sproles Football Camp. His professional affiliations include the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA).
The son of a football coach, Littrell’s father, Mark, is the head coach at Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth, Kan. and was inducted into the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association (GKCFCA) Hall of Fame in 2017. Littrell and his wife, Renae, have three sons – Cooper, Max and D.J.
Keith Jordan enters his first season as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Waldorf University football team.
Jordan possesses a wealth of coaching knowledge, bringing 35 years of experience to the Warriors. He spent the past four seasons with the NCAA Division I football program at the University of Minnesota and served as the team’s acting linebackers coach during the 2016 campaign. Jordan was previously the special teams quality control assistant for the Golden Gophers, organizing and running all facets of special teams scouting and handling all other day-to-day operations for special teams. Prior to his quality control role, Jordan served as the operations assistant and defensive analyst for two seasons. During Jordan’s tenure at Minnesota, the Golden Gophers made four consecutive bowl appearances with wins over Central Michigan University in the 2015 Quick Lane Bowl and Washington State University in the 2016 Holiday Bowl.
Jordan arrived at Minnesota after coaching at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kan. from 2010 to 2013. He worked as the defensive coordinator for the Greyhounds while also serving as the special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator in his second stint with the program. Jordan was also the defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator at Fort Scott from 2001 to 2004.
Jordan’s time at Fort Scott fell between two coaching stints at Northern Michigan University where he was the defensive coordinator for NCAA Division II’s Wildcats from 1997 to 1999 and returned as the defensive backs coach from 2004 to 2006.
During Jordan’s accomplished coaching career, he also spent time in coaching roles at NCAA Division II programs Southwest Baptist University, Northeast Missouri State University (now known as Truman State University) and Pittsburg State University. At Southwest Baptist, he served as defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator from 1995 to 1997. From 1994 to 1995, Jordan was the running backs coach at Northeast Missouri State. As a graduate assistant at Pittsburg State from 1989 to 1990, he worked with the team’s running backs and wide receivers.
Jordan also spent 17 years working in high school football, which included nine years as a head coach. His head coaching positions included stops in Missouri at Monett High School, Kirksville High School and Jasper High School. Jordan was also the head coach of the track and field teams at Lamar High School, Sarcoxie High School and Jasper in Missouri. He was assistant basketball coach at Lamar and Sarcoxie while serving as head basketball coach at Jasper.
A native of Sayre, Okla., Jordan played football at Pittsburg State where he was a defensive back for the Gorillas. He earned all-conference academic honors from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) in 1980, was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society and was recognized as an Outstanding Student Teacher in secondary education. Jordan graduated from Pittsburg State in 1981 with a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education, along with minors in history and driver’s education.
Jordan and his wife, Jacque, who works at Prior Lake High School in Prior Lake, Minn., have been married for more than 30 years. The couple has two grown children. Their daughter, Marisa Compton, is a volleyball coach at Neosho Community College in Chanute, Kan. and their son, Owen, played quarterback at Lincoln University and is now a graduate assistant at Kansas State University.
Shawn Henry enters his first season as linebackers coach for the Waldorf University football team.
Henry brings more than 16 years of coaching experience to the Warriors after serving as an assistant coach and volunteer coach. He possesses the ability to coach both offense and defense, extensive knowledge in the breakdown of offensive/defensive game plans and film, as well as a vast knowledge of offensive and defensive strategies.
Henry joins Waldorf’s staff after spending four years at Culver-Stockton College, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) program located in Canton, Mo. At Culver-Stockton, he served as the tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2014 to 2016. In addition to his coaching duties, Henry served as the program’s video coordinator and equipment manager. Coaching the Wildcats during the 2016 season, he coached a tight end who earned second-team all-Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) honors and ranked seventh in the conference in receptions. Culver-Stockton’s passing offense jumped from 48th in the nation to fourth in the NAIA with 352.5 yards a game during the 2016 campaign. Arriving at Culver-Stockton in 2013, Henry spent his first season as the defensive backs coach for the Wildcats.
Prior to joining Culver-Stockton’s coaching staff, Henry spent four seasons at the State University of New York College at Cortland (also known as SUNY Cortland) in Cortland, N.Y. While at SUNY Cortland, he contributed to the coaching staff on both sides as the ball while working as the program’s video coordinator and assistant recruiting coordinator. During the 2012 season, the Red Dragons posted a 9-2 record and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. Henry coached SUNY Cortland’s quarterbacks and wide receivers from 2009 to 2010, the offensive line from 2011 to 2012 and the linebackers from 2012 to 2013. In 2010, the Red Dragons rolled to a 10-2 record and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
Henry earned a bachelor’s of science degree in computer science from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. in 2002. While at Alfred, Henry played NCAA Division III football as the quarterback for the Saxons for two seasons. He spent the first two years of his collegiate career as quarterback at Alfred State College, playing in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ranks. Henry received an associate’s degree in computer information systems from Alfred State in 2000.
In 2000, Henry served as an assistant coach at Alfred State. As the offensive coordinator for the Pioneers, he worked with the team’s quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Outside of athletics, Henry was employed as a software quality engineer for Transact Technologies, Inc. in Ithaca, N.Y. from 2007 to 2010. From 2005 to 2007, he worked as an associate programmer II, team lead and project lead for Ensco, Inc. in Endicott, N.Y.
A native of Dansville, N.Y., Henry is the son of Marlow and Karen Henry and also has one brother, Jared. His father spent a decade coaching the Dansville Junior Mustangs and also coached baseball for five years.
Kevin Roehrich enters his first season as offensive line coach for the Waldorf University football team.
Roehrich previously served as an assistant coach at Doane University, helping energize the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) program in Crete, Neb. from 2013 to 2015. He spent his first two seasons as the defensive line coach and coached the offensive line during his final season at Doane. The Tigers finished ranked in the top 25 of the NAIA poll in each of Roehrich’s three years at Doane, which included a top-10 ranking in 2015. Doane finished with a 5-5 record during Roehrich’s first season and improved to 7-3 during the 2014 campaign, which concluded with a 49-48 upset win over top-ranked Morningside College. The Tigers continued to show steady improvement, powering to a 9-2 record in 2015 to earn a runner-up finish in the challenging Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and qualifying for the NAIA playoffs.
From 2011 to 2013, Roehrich worked as an assistant wrestling coach at Crete High School in Nebraska. In the volunteer position, he helped run practice drills with athletes while providing assistance at tournaments and dual meets.
Roehrich attended Doane College, where he played football and earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in fitness and sports management in 2013. He was a three-year all-GPAC offensive lineman for the Tigers, playing every position on the offensive line during his collegiate career. Roehrich was selected as a team captain during the 2012 season and anchored an offensive line that allowed a nation-best four sacks in 10 games. While attending Doane, he was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and the Campus Crusade for Christ. Roehrich continued his playing career professionally, starting in three games on the offensive line for the Lincoln Haymakers in the Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) and helping the team to its first-ever victory.
A Grand Island, Neb. native, Roehrich graduated from Northwest High School in 2009.
Outside of athletics, Roehrich was employed as a records coordinator for Dow AgroSciences in York, Neb. for the past two years. Previously, he spent one year working as a lead teller for Union Bank & Trust Company in Lincoln, Neb.
Roehrich, who currently resides in Forest City, is the son of Chuck and Loretta Roehrich. He has two older brothers, Chris and Dan, who are members of the United States Marines Corps; a younger brother, Justin, who is employed as a police officer with the Grand Island Police Department, and a younger sister, Alyssa, who is a certified nursing assistant with the Grand Island Veterans Home.
Jonathan Black enters his first season as defensive line coach for the Waldorf University football team.
Black spent the 2016 season at Waldorf as a student assistant, helping to coach the team’s defensive line. He worked with players to directly facilitate progression, conducted game tape assessment of weekly opponents and also assisted in recruiting.
Black graduated from Waldorf in 2017 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology. He was a starting defensive tackle for the Warriors during the 2015 campaign and earned North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Academic Scholar-Athlete honors.
During the 2013 season, Black played on the defensive line for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) program at Hampton University in Hampton, Va. He started his collegiate athletic career at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he helped the Fighting Artichokes to an 11-1 record, the Western States Football League (WSFL) title and a victory in the Valley of the Sun Bowl.
A native of Gary, Ind., Black is a 2011 West Side Leadership Academy graduate. He was named as one of the top 40 Indiana sophomores to watch prior to his sophomore season, was named a first-team Northwest Indiana Conference (NWIC) selection and was also an all-star and all-area selection in basketball during his prep career with the Cougars.
Black is the son of Arthur and Cosetta Black. He resides in Forest City and is currently pursuing a master’s of arts degree in organizational leadership from Waldorf with an emphasis in sport management.
Brandon Freeman enters his first season as wide receivers coach for the Waldorf University football team.
Freeman joins the Warriors after previously being employed as a student teacher and coach with the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio for two years. At Rawlinson Middle School, he oversaw the day-to-day management and operations of the physical education program while utilizing data, lesson pacing and sequencing, instructional coaching and innovation to have students engaged in academic and kinesiology movement activities and team sports. Freeman also directed and coordinated the day-to-day operational aspects of campus physical education and discipline management at Kay Franklin Elementary School.
In 2015, Freeman graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with a bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology. While attending UTSA, he played NCAA Division I football for the Roadrunners and was a four-year starter as a wide receiver. Freeman also served as a team captain during his final two seasons at UTSA and was and led the university’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter.
A Cameron, Texas native, Freeman is a 2010 C.H. Yoe High School graduate. He was a team captain for the football team during his junior and senior seasons. Freeman was also a three-time first-team all-district selection during his prep career with the Yoemen.
Freeman is the son of Kevin and Melanie Freeman. He and his wife, Mary, have one daughter, Kylee, and reside in San Antonio. Freeman is currently pursuing a master’s of arts degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis in sport management at Waldorf.
John Hickey enters his first season as linebackers/safeties coach for the Waldorf University football team.
Hickey, who was employed as the physical education teacher for the Arickaree School District in Anton, Colo. this past year, served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Flagler High School in Flagler, Colo. during the 2014 season. From 2012 to 2013, he was the linebackers coach at Wheat Ridge High School in Wheat Ridge, Colo. Hickey also coached at the University of Colorado’s football camps from 2010 to 2011 during Jon Embree’s coaching tenure with NCAA Division I’s Buffaloes. Embree now works in the National Football League (NFL) as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the San Francisco 49ers.
In 2015, Hickey earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in child development and human performance from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo. After playing NCAA Division II football as a true freshman outside linebacker during the 2008 season at Western State Colorado University, he transferred to Adams State as a sophomore. Continuing his NCAA Division II football career as an outside linebacker at Adams State, Hickey garnered All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Academic honors in 2010.
A Broomfield, Colo. native, Hickey graduated from Broomfield High School in 2008. He started his prep career at Broomfield, playing for the Eagles during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Hickey attended Denver South High School in 2006, earning all-conference recognition as a quarterback and linebacker. He returned to Broomfield for his senior season in 2007 and was a preseason All-American while being rated 36th nationally as a safety by ESPN. Hickey capped his senior year with the Eagles by being named an all-conference selection by the Northern League as a quarterback on offense, as well as a linebacker and safety on defense. In addition, he was recognized on the All-Boulder County Team.
Hickey is the son of John and Dena Hickey. He currently resides in Forest City and is pursuing a master’s of arts degree in organizational leadership at Waldorf.