Purple Raiders promote Dartt to top job

ALLIANCE — The University of Mount Union head coaching position is staying in the Kehres family.

Geoff Dartt will replace his brother-in-law, Vince Kehres, as the head coach of the NCAA Division III football powerhouse.

The 37-year-old Dartt is the Purple Raiders’ fourth football coach since 1962 and 24th in school history.

He has spent seven years as an assistant coach for the Purple Raiders and five of those years as offensive coordinator.

In his five years as offensive coordinator, the Purple Raiders led the nation in nine different statistical categories including in scoring three times – most recently this past season.

A native of Port Clinton, Ohio, Dartt was a three-year letterwinner as an offensive lineman at Mount Union. He was part of three national championship teams (2002, 2005, 2006) and was an All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection in 2007.

Dartt played on the Mount Union offensive line with Columbiana’s Tim Reash, Springfield’s Luke Summers, Minerva’s James Bird and Lisbon’s Caleb Crowl.

He graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education.

From 2008-12, he was an assistant football coach at Wheaton College (Illinois), working two years with offensive tackles and tight ends and two years as offensive line coach. He also coordinated the team video operations while also being the junior varsity offensive coordinator and assistant strength coach.

He came back to Mount Union in 2012 as offensive line coach on that national championship squad then became offensive coordinator from 2013-16 and led an offense that won four conference titles and the 2015 national championship.

In 2017, he was the offensive line coach at Western Kentucky University before undergoing brain surgery on Oct. 13, 2017, to remove two tumors.

Dartt returned to Mount Union in 2018 as an assistant coach and was named Ohio Athletic Conference Assistant Coach of the Year.

In 2019, he became offensive coordinator again and the Raiders led the nation in scoring, total offense, completion percentage and passer rating.

Vince Kehres resigned Jan. 13 to accept a defensive assistant position with the University of Toledo. The 43-year-old Kehres had a record of 95-6 in seven seasons as Mount Union’s head coach with NCAA Division III national championships in 2015 and 2017.

Vince’s father, Larry, went 332-24-3 with 11 national championship in 27 years as head coach through 2012.

Dartt and his wife, the former Jan Kehres, along with their daughter reside in Alliance.


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