Mike Schmidt was named 13th head football coach in University of Wisconsin-La Crosse history February 4, 2016. A native of Menomonie, Wisconsin, Schmidt served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at UW-Platteville in 2015.
Schmidt coached Andrew Robinson while at UW-Platteville, the 2015 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Defensive Player of the Year and All-WIAC first team selection. Robinson was named a finalist for the 2015 Cliff Harris Award, an award presented to the top defensive player represented in the nation's small colleges.
UW-Platteville ranked second in the WIAC in passing defense (191.7 yards per game) in 2015 while finishing third in total defense (329.7) and fourth in rushing defense (138.0). The Pioneers were also third in scoring defense (21.7 points per game).
Prior to arriving at UW-Platteville, Schmidt was the defensive coordinator and coached the linebackers and defensive backs at the University of Dubuque (Iowa) from 2011-14. He also served as the recruiting coordinator from 2009-14.
Named the 2013 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NCAA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year, Schmidt coached running backs (2009-10), defensive backs (2009) and offensive line (2010) at Dubuque (Iowa). He served as a graduate assistant coach at Minnesota State University Mankato in 2008, coaching the defensive line. Schmidt is a member of the AFCA and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA).
A 2008 graduate of UW-La Crosse, Schmidt was four-year football and baseball letter winner for the Eagles. He served as a two-sport team captain in 2007-08 while earning his bachelor's degree in marketing. Named to the 2007 WIAC Honorable Mention Football Team as an all-purpose back, Schmidt recorded two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. He was a 2008 all-conference honorable mention selection in baseball after hitting .340 and leading the Eagles in home runs (6) and RBI (38). Schmidt was also named to the 2008 All-WIAC All-Sportsmanship Baseball Team.
A 2003 graduate of Menomonie High School, Schmidt was a member of the state football championship team his senior season in 2002 under Joe LaBuda while earning first team all-state honors.
Schmidt is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Missional Christianity degree at the University of Dubuque (Iowa) Theological Seminary. Schmidt and his wife, Morgan, have two sons, Sonny (4) and Scout (2).
Offensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator
Andrew McGlenn begins his third season as an assistant coach in 2015. He serves as UW-L's offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator and teaches in the exercise and sport science department.
McGlenn came to UW-L after serving as an physical education and adapted physical education teacher as well as assistant football coach at New Richmond (Wis.) High School for two seasons. He was the offensive line coach and special teams coordinator.
He earned his bachelor's degree from UW-L in 2005 and his master's degree from Chadron State College (Neb.) in 2009. McGlenn was a four-year letter winner at UW-L, playing right tackle. He was named to the 2003 and 2004 All-WIsconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) First Team and was a member of three league championship teams with the Eagles (2002, 2003, 2004).
Prior to teaching and coaching at New Richmond, McGlenn was an assistant football coach at the University of Dubuque (Iowa) from January, 2009 to February, 2011. He coached the Spartans' offensive line and running backs while also serving as the football operations director.
McGlenn was a graduate assistant football coach and teacher in the health, physical education and recreation department at Chadron State (Neb.) from July, 2007 to December, 2008. He was the assistant offensive line and assistant football strength coach as well as coaching the inside receivers. McGlenn was a member of head coach Bill O'Boyle's staff, the 2007 Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year.
A member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA), McGlenn was an assistant football coach and the junior varsity offensive coordinator at Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead High School in 2006-07.
McGlenn has worked at football camps at Cambria-Freisland (Wis.), Milton (Wis.) High School, UW-River Falls, Chadron State (Neb.), UW-L and Edgerton (Wis.) High School.
Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line
Mike Anderson begins his 18th season as offensive line coach and 22ndoverall with the Eagles in 2016. He also serves as UWL's assistant head coach. His first four years were as offensive backfield coach.
Anderson was head football coach for eight seasons at La Crosse (Wis.) Central High School, compiling an overall record of 54-28 from 1987 to 1994. The Red Raiders were 27-3 in conference games and claimed five league titles (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993) under Anderson. Central made five post-season appearances, making it to two state semifinals. Anderson was named the 1990 La Crosse Tribune Coulee Region Coach of the Year and earned the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) Region Coach of the Year three times (1989, 1992, 1993). He was an assistant coach for the North Team in the 1990 Shrine All-Star Game.
He was an assistant coach at Central from 1981 to 1986 prior to being named head coach. Anderson also coached wrestling and track & field for the Red Raiders and was chosen as La Crosse Central's Teacher of the Year in 2006.
A 30-year member of the WFCA, Anderson served as an assistant football coach at Menomonie (Wis.) High School from 1973 to 1980. He was also an assistant wrestling and track & field coach and was selected the 1978 Menomonie High School Teacher of the Year.
Anderson has been an assistant coach at UWL since 1995, when the Eagles captured the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III title with a 36-7 victory over Rowan College (N.J.). UWL finished 14-0 overall.
He has been a member of six Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championships (1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004) at UWL and seven NCAA Division III playoff appearances (1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006). For his efforts, Anderson was named the 2004 WIAC Assistant Coach of the Year.
A 1973 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, Anderson was a three-time letter winner in football. He served as the President of the Coulee Region Football Coaches Association from 1987 to 1994 and was a WFCA District Representative from 1988 to 1994.
He was inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 2012.
Named the 2005 La Crosse County American Legion Citizen of the Year, Anderson has been a Mason, Scottish Rite and Zor Shriner and member of the La Crosse Shrine Club and Firehouse Jesters since 1991.
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
Jake Landry is in his first season as an assistant football coach in 2016. He serves as UWL's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach while working in the sports performance center in the intercollegiate athletics department.
Prior to coming to UWL, Landry worked as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb for three seasons (2013-15), including the last two (2014-15) as a graduate assistant coach. After serving as an intern with the Huskies' quarterbacks in 2013, Landry worked with the NIU linebackers in 2014. He returned to coaching the quarterbacks in 2015.
NIU won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) West title and played in a bowl game all three years (2013-15) while Landry was an assistant coach. The Huskies captured the MAC Championship game in 2014 with a 51-17 victory over Bowling Green State University (Ohio). NIU played in the 2013 and 2015 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and in the 2014 Boca Raton Bowl.
The Huskies averaged 31.1 points and 398.5 yards of offense (190.1 rushing; 208.4 passing) per game in 2015. NIU's quarterbacks finished 240-of-404 passing (59.4%) for 2,918 yards with 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In 2013, Landry assisted NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch in finishing third for the Heisman Memorial Trophy. Lynch was 253-of-404 (62.6%) passing for 2,892 yards with 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for a team-high 1,920 yards (6.6 average per attempt) with 23 touchdowns. Lynch was a 2013 Associated Press (AP) First Team All-America and selected the MAC Most Valuable Player. NIU averaged 39.6 points and 519.8 yards (297.2 rushing; 222.6 passing) in 2013.
Prior to coaching at NIU, Landry spent two seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The Bulldogs won two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) North Division titles while finishing 21-5 overall.
A four-year letterwinner at the University of North Dakota, Landry started at quarterback and served as team captain in 2009 and 2010. He earned his bachelor's degree in communications from North Dakota in 2011 and his master's of education from Minnesota-Duluth in 2015.
Matt Janus was hired January 10, 2017 to serve as UW-La Crosse's defensive coordinator. He also works in the intercollegiate athletics department in event management and equipment room.
Janus worked an assistant coach at University of Wisconsin-Platteville from 2014-16, serving as co-defensive coordinator for the 2016 season. The Pioneers finished second in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in total (342.1 yards per game) and rushing (109.5) defense in 2016 while ranking third in scoring defense (18.9 points per game) and turnover margin (+10). UW-Platteville was also fourth in passing defense (232.5 yards per game) as it earned an at-large bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championship.
He was UW-Platteville's Athletics Department Recruiting Coordinator for Iowa from June 2014 – March 2016 while also serving as the Pioneers' defensive line coach. Janus coached Andrew Robinson at UW-Platteville as Robinson was named the 2015 WIAC Defensive Player of the Year. Robinson, who completed his first season as an assistant football coach at UWL in 2016, earned 2015 D3football.com All-America Third honors under Janus' tutelage. Robinson was a three-time (2013-15) All-WIAC First Team selection.
A total of nine defensive players earned all-conference honors under Janus at UW-Platteville.
Prior to arriving at UW-Platteville, Janus was the defensive coordinator at Sheboygan Falls (Wis.) High School from June 2011 – June 2014. He was a graduate assistant coach at UW-Platteville from May 2010 – June 2011, working with the outside linebackers.
Janus earned his bachelor's (2010) degree in social science and master's (2016) in adult education from UW-Platteville. He earned three football letters for the Pioneers, serving as team captain in 2009.
Steve King starts his first season on the UW-La Crosse football coaching staff in 2016. King comes to UWL after coaching at Holmen (Wis.) High School the last 33 years, including 29 seasons as the Vikings' head coach. He went 155-134 as Holmen's head coach, winning five Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) titles (1992, 2002, 2003, 2013, 2015) and finishing second in 10 different seasons. The Vikings earned 18 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) playoff appearances under King, who retired from coaching after the 2015 season. He will retire from teaching at Holmen (Wis.) at the end of the 2015-16 school year.
Earning his bachelor's (1977) and master's (1992) degree from UWL, King earned three letters as a defensive back while recording 11 career interceptions. He was named to the 1975 and 1976 All-Wisconsin State University Conference (WSUC) Honorable Mention Team. King led UWL with six interceptions in 1975.
King was named the UWL Alumni Coach of the year in 1990 and earned District VIII Coach of the Year four times (1991, 2002, 2003, 2013). A member of the Coulee Region Football Coaches Association since 1984, including serving as its president from 1996-2010, King has been a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association since 1984.
King and his wife, Mary, have three children and seven grandchildren.
Bob Lichty joins the UW-La Crosse football coaching staff in 2016. Lichty joins the staff after 43 years as an assistant coach and coordinating the 3-Dimensional Character Development Program for coaches and athletes. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, Lichty graduated from Columbus High School. He played football his freshman year at the University of Northern Iowa and then served in the U.S. Army for three years before transferring to UW-Eau Claire, where he earned his bachelor's degree.
He began his coaching career in 1973 at UW-Eau Claire assisting with the offensive line. Lichty started coaching the offensive line at UW-Stout in 1974 while earning his master's degree. He spent the next four years at Wausau (Wis.) Newman High School as an assistant football and track & field coach and head wrestling coach. Lichty coached at Mount Senario College (Wis.) from 1978-87, serving the first five seasons as the defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach in 1984 for four years. He was named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1987 after leading Mount Senario to league titles.
Spending the next 26 years coaching high school football at Bruce (Wis.), Ladysmith (Wis.) and Menomonie (Wis.) High School, Lichty returned to coach the linebackers at UW-Stout in 2014. He spent the 2015 season coaching at UW-Eau Claire.
Lichty and his wife, Carolyn, have two children and three grandchildren.
Running Backs / Special Teams
Jonny Brenner starts his first season as an assistant coach at UW-La Crosse in 2016. He serves as UWL’s special teams coordinator and running backs coach.
Prior to coming to UWL, Brenner coached the safeties at UW-Platteville in 2015.
Originally from Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, Brenner has been the head coach and offensive coordinator of the Schwaebisch Hall Unicorns (U19) for the last 11 years. He led his team to the first national title and the second trip to the Junior Bowl in team history in 2016.
As a player, Brenner played wide receiver for the most of his 16-year career which ended in 2014. With the Schwaebisch Hall Unicorns, he won the German Bowl in 2011 and 2012. Brenner also played for Team Germany and won the European Championship in 2010 and 2014.
Brenner serves as a police officer in Germany and earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of the State Police in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.
“Coach Brenner is an incredible asset for our football program," said UWL head coach Mike Schmidt. "He is one of the smartest and dedicated coaches I have ever been around. His passion for his players along with his desire for greatness have obviously resulted in championship performances."
Andrew Robinson begins his first season as an assistant coach at UW-La Crosse in 2016, coaching the defensive line. He comes to UWL after earning his degree in business from UW-Platteville in 2016.
A native of Arcadia, Wisconsin, Robinson was named the 2015 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Defensive Player of the Year at UW-Platteville after recording 43 tackles (27 unassisted), 7.5 quarterback sacks and 22.0 tackles for loss. He also finished with three forced fumbles, three blocked punts and kicks and one fumble recovery.
Robinson was a three-time (2013-15) All-WIAC First Team selection.
Named one of 63 finalists for the 2015 Cliff Harris Award, Robinson earned 2015 D3football.com All-America Third Team honors. The Cliff Harris Award is given to the top defensive player representing National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and III and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) colleges and universities.
He was a 2015 D3football.com All-West Region First Team selection while earning all-region second team honors in 2013 and 2014.
Robinson holds eight school records at UW-Platteville, registering 25.0 career quarterback sacks, 55.0 tackles for loss and 10 forced fumbles. He signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 2016.
He was a four-sport athlete at Arcadia (Wis.) High School, competing in football, basketball, track & field and baseball.
Vinny Whipple starts his first season as an assistant football coach at UW-La Crosse in 2016, coaching the defensive backs. A native of Eagle Grove, Iowa, Whipple was a four-sport (football, basketball, track & field and baseball) athlete at Eagle Grove High School.
He earned his bachelor's degree in sports marketing and management from the University of Dubuque (Iowa) in 2015. A three-year starter at safety for the Spartans, Whipple was named to the 2013 All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) Second Team after starting all 10 games. He finished second for Dubuque (Iowa) with 72 tackles while recording 2.0 tackles for loss, one interception and one forced fumble.
Whipple was named Dubuque's MVP in 2014 after starting all 10 games and finishing second on the team with 100 tackles, including a team-high 56 solo. He recorded two forced fumbles in 2014 while finishing with one fumble recovery and one interception.