Mike Richtman takes over as the 49th head football coach for the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers. He previously served as an assistant coach and academic liaison for IW and has coached offensive and defensive line, as well as serving as the special teams coordinator since August 2013.
Before coming to Iowa Wesleyan, Richtman served as a Social Studies teacher and coach at Lewiston-Altura High School in Lewiston, Minnesota. While there, he served as offensive and defensive lines coach, and special teams coordinator. He was also the head softball coach.
“I feel extremely honored to be named the head football coach of Iowa Wesleyan University,” Richtman said. “This is a time of great energy and momentum as the university embarks on its vision of becoming the preeminent educational leader and university for Southeast Iowa. I am excited for the role that Tiger Football can play as a catalyst for educating, empowering, and inspiring our student-athletes to lead meaningful lives and careers. Working together with the athletic administration, dedicated coaching staff and quality student-athletes, I have no doubt we will grow the program into something the University, community of Mount Pleasant, and Southeast Iowa will look to with pride.”
Richtman, a graduate of Saint Mary’s of Minnesota (BA ’97, MA ’99) also served as an Instructor in the Teacher Education Program at Iowa Wesleyan. He and his wife Meg, reside in Mount Pleasant with their three children, Caroline, Jacob, and Elizabeth.
Joe Stubbs is in his ninth season with the Tiger football coaching staff. He is in his second season as defensive coordinatior and has previously coached the team's defensive backs, wide receivers coach. He also carries the titles of associate head coach as well as recruiting coordinator.
Under Stubbs, the Tigers frequently have rated among the better pass defenses in the Mid-States Football Association, and in 2011 IWU posted some of the best numbers against the pass in school history. Iowa Wesleyan ranked second in the MSFA and third in the NAIA in 2011 in pass defense, allowing just 139 yards per game, and also allowed just 13 touchdown passes while intercepting opposing quarterbacks 15 times.
It was the second time in four years that IWU finished in the top two in the MSFA in pass defense, as in 2008 Stubbs coached a defensive backfield that played a big role in the Tigers being the top pass defense in the Mid-States Football Association and one of the top pass defenses in the NAIA. Wesleyan allowed 145.3 yards per game through the air, sixth in the country. In 2009 and 2010 the Tiger pass defense also was the strongest part of the defensive unit, ranking tenth in the MSFA both years.
Stubbs, a native of Macon, Ga., returned to the IWU football program after a successful playing career with the Tigers from 1998-2002. He played numerous positions for the team throughout his career, including quarterback, running back, wide receiver and free safety, as well as being a return man on special teams. He finished his career with 3,174 all-purpose yards, including 946 yards rushing, 161 yards receiving and 2,067 yards on punt and kickoff returns. He also passed for a total of 1,070 yards during his four seasons at IWU.
Stubbs was named to the MSFA Midwest League First Team as a senior running back in 2002, a year in which he accounted for 518 rushing yards, 434 passing yards and 119 receiving yards. He also received MSFA Midwest League honorable mention accolades during his sophomore and junior seasons.
Stubbs is married to wife Stephanie and has two sons, Joe Jr. (18) and Carlos (6) and daughter Evelyn (5). The couple lives in Mount Pleasant.
David Lukens returns for his sixth year with the Iowa Wesleyan football coaching staff, and is in his fourth season serving as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator after being the team’s defensive coordinator the previous two years.
Under Lukens, the Tigers showed gradual improvement in his two years as defensive coordinator on the defensive side of the ball. In 2011, IWU ranked third in the NAIA in pass defense, allowing just 139 yards per game. The Tigers ranked among the top 50 in the nation in total defense.
Lukens came to IWU after a successful career as a high school coach in Southeast Iowa. He was previously the head coach at Davis County High School in Bloomfield, Iowa, for 16 years, where he took a program that was one of the weakest in the state and turned it into a perennial contender for postseason play. He was named Southeast Iowa Coach of the Year in 1997 and most recently was named District 6 Coach of the Year in 2009.
Lukens brings over 30 years of experience as a high school coach to IWU. He coached high school football for 25 years and also coached basketball, track and baseball in the past. Lukens also was a high school physical education teacher for 28 years and also taught weight training and social studies.
Lukens is a 1979 graduate of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., where he played football and baseball for four years. He has been married to wife Cyndi for 38 years, and the couple has three children: sons Kenneth (34) and Mathew (31) and daughter Annie Goode (30).
Ja'Korey Walker joins the Iowa Wesleyan coaching staff for his 2nd season as an Offensive Line coach. Prior to coaching Walker was a three year starter and two year team captain for the Tigers. Walker was also a two time USCAA First Team All American in 2013-2014, was voted 2nd Team All UMAC in 2014. Walker was voted Team MVP by his teammates and coaches in 2014, and also received the Jake Merrill Award.
Walker received his Bachelors degree in Educational Foundations from Iowa Wesleyan in 2015. Walker is a native of Fayette, Alabama and is a 2011 graduate of Fayette County High School.