College Coaches


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Meet the Hawaii Tiki Bowl Coaches. Below is a list of coaches who have or will be coaching in the Class of 2025 Hawaii Tiki Bowl event in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Head Football Coach Buck Buchanan


Head Football Coach
Hendrix College – Arkansas
Conway, AR

The Hawaii Tiki Bowl is proud to announce the addition of Coach Buck Buchanan to our coaching staff. He is great football coach of high character and very respected in the coaching profession.

In 2017, Buchanan led Hendrix to a program-best 8-2 record that included a third-place finish in the SAA. Buchanan also coached the 2017 SAA Offensive Player of the Year in quarterback Miles Thompson. Thompson completed completed one of the most prolific seasons in college football after passing for 3,472 yards and 37 scores while running for 552 yards and 10 touchdowns as well.


Head Football Coach
Lackawanna College – Pennsylvania
Scranton, PA

Coach Mark Duda has been the Head Football Coach at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania since 1993. He has produced 315 Division I scholarship football players and 15 of his players have gone on the NFL. He is 2nd among active football coaches in the NJCAA in wins.

During his career as an athlete he played for the University of Maryland where he still hold the record for sacks in a season. Coach Duda also played 5 seasons in the NFL for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Coach Duda has coached with us in Hawaii for 3 years.

Mark Duda
Vince Fillipp


Head Football Coach
St. Ambrose University – Iowa
Davenport, IA

Coach Vince Fillipp, a former All-American defensive lineman, was named the Head Football Coach for St. Ambrose University in 2022. Coach Fillipp has spent 13 seasons as part of the St. Ambrose football program, including four years as a player. He has served as the SAU Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator since 2017, and added the title of Associate Head Coach in August 2021. Prior to his time at St. Ambrose. he spent the previous three seasons as the Defensive/Recruiting Coordinator at Kansas Wesleyan University.

Coach Fillipp brought his intensity and love for the game to the beaches of Hawaii.


Head Football Coach
Trinity Valley College – Texas
Athens, TX

Sherard Poteete is the Head Football Coach at Trinity Valley Community College. This past season, the Poteete-led Cardinal offense helped the Cardinals to a fourth straight SWJCFC regular season title, a fifth straight No. 1 seed in the SWJCFC regional playoffs and to the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl for a second straight year and fourth time in five years. Coach Poteete has coached at the NJCAA and NCAA Div 1 levels.

Sherard Poteete


Head Football Coach – 2015 NAIA National Champions
Marion University – Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

In 2014 Coach Henninger was named American Football Coaches Association – NAIA National Coach of the Year. His team was national runner-up in 2014 and National Champions in 2015.


Offensive Line Coach
St. Ambrose University – Iowa
Davenport, IA

Zach Gadbury has been named the Offensive Line Coach for the St. Ambrose University football team. Gadbury joined the St. Ambrose coaching staff in 2020.

Coach Gadbury will be coach in the Hawaii Tiki Bowl for the second year in a row.

Zach Gadbury
Leonard Hunt


Assistant Coach
Trinity Valley College – Texas
Athens, TX

Coach Leonard Hunt is the Tight Ends and Running Backs Coach at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.

Coach Hunt will be coaching in the Hawaii Tiki Bowl for the second time this year.


Head Football Coach
Hastings College – Nebraska
Hastings, NE

Matt Franzen took over the Hastings Football program in December 2018. A native of Lincoln, Franzen graduated from Doane College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. He also holds a Masters Degree from Hastings College in Teaching/Physical Education. He earned First Team NAIA All-America honors in 1993 as an offensive lineman.

We look forward to seeing Coach Franzen at the Hawaii Tiki Bowl for the Class of 2025 event in Honolulu.

Matt Franzen


Marian University – Indiana
Associate Head Football Coach
Indianapolis, IN

Andy Mitchel is the Associate Head Coach at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Mitchel has brought a new style and attitude to the MU offense. In 2018, Mitchel guided Marian’s offense to one of its best seasons in program history. The Knights ranked second in the country in sacks against, second in pass efficiency, fourth in third down conversions, sixth in total offense per game and 15th in rushing offense per game. During his second season in 2015, Mitchell helped the Knights to the program’s second national championship behind an offense that posted nearly 42 points per game.

The Hawaii Tiki Bowl is excited to see Coach Mitchel take the field for his second year with our high school players.


Head Football Coach
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Miami, OK

Zach Crissup is the Head Football Coach at NEO A&M College in Oklahoma. Crissup was named the 23rd Head Coach in the history of Golden Norsemen Football on September 10, 2020. This was upon completion of his 7th season as a member of the Golden Norsemen coaching staff. Crissup spent two years as the Defensive Coordinator in his second stint at NEO where he previously coached linebackers and coordinated strength and conditioning. Crissup played Division I football for Oklahoma State University.

Coach Crissup will be coach in the Hawaii Tiki Bowl for the 5th time this year.

Zach Crissup
Bill Reiss


Defensive Coordinator
Lackawanna College – Pennsylvania
Scranton, PA

Bill Reiss has been a member of the Lackawanna College football staff since the Spring of 2009. He is currently serving as the Defensive Coordinator. During the 2019 campaign, the Falcons Defensive led by Bill Reiss accumulated a top 10 finish in the NJCAA in most statistical categories. The defensive performance helped propel the Falcons to an 11-0 finish, an El Toro Bowl victory, and a #6 ranking in the NJCAA. During his career, he has helped multiple student athletes sign Division 1 Scholarships and has coached multiple NFL players, most recently coaching Kyzir White.


Former Head Football Coach
Lamar University
Beaumont, TX

Coach Ray Woodard spent seven years at the Head Football Coach at NCAA Division 1 Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. As a players Woodard was a 2-time Junior College All-American and integral part of a University of Texas defense that led the nation in total defense. He played 5 seasons in the NFL and was a member of the 1986 Denver Bronco Super Bowl team. Coach Woodard has coached for 33 years and has been a head coach at every level of football ranging from high school, junior college, Division 1 and Professional Football. Coach Woodard has coached with our organization for a number of years and we look forward to him joining us again in Honolulu for the Hawaii Tiki Bowl.

Ray Woodard


Former Offensive Coordinator
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

Coach Les Koenning he has served as offensive coordinator for Duke University, University of Houston, University of Alabama, Texas A&M University, South Alabama University, Mississippi State University, UAB, and most recently at the University of Kansas. Koenning is a 34 year coaching veteran. The Hawaii Tiki Bowl looks forward to Coach Koenning joining our staff again for the Class of 2025 event. His connections in the college football world will be great for the athletes in our event.


Defensive Coordinator
St. Ambrose University
Davenport, IA

DeQuinn Watford is the Offensive Coordinator at St. Ambrose University in Davenport Iowa. Raised in Tennessee, Watford is an alum of St. Ambrose University. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Studies, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. We look forward to seeing Coach Watford in Hawaii again for the Class of 2025 Hawaii Tiki Bowl.

DeQuinn Watford
Zac Erekson


Head Football Coach
Snow College
Ephraim, UT

Zac Erekson is the Head Football Coach at Snow College in Utah. Erekson is entering his third season at Snow, second as the head football coach and his 13th year overall in coaching. In Erekson’s first season as Head Football Coach he led the Badgers to an 8-0 regular season finish and a trip to the National Championship game. Coach Erekson’s positive and upbeat coaching style is a great fit for the Hawaii Tiki Bowl. We look forward to seeing him at our event for years to come.


Defensive Coordinator
Trinity Valley College
Athens, TX

Coach McMillan is the Defensive Coordinator at Trinity Valley College. He has coached also coaches at the University of California and Texas Tech University. Having him as a part of the coaching staff for the Class of 2023 Hawaii Tiki Bowl was a great part of our successful event.

Mark McMillan