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Assistant Coach / Defensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator
Chris DiLella was promoted to defensive coordinator in March of 2018. “Chris has produced in every possible way for our staff the last two and a half years," said head coach Jim Ryan. "As our recruiting coordinator he has helped bring in a very talented class, our special teams have been very good under his watch, and his position group has performed at a very high level. Most importantly, Chris’ loyalty, character, and work-ethic have all shined in his time on our staff.”
The 2017 season was his third on the Rhodes College football staff. DiLella spent his first season as the running backs coach before transitioning into the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for two seasons prior to his promotion.
DiLella came to Rhodes from Gettysburg College where he served as the team’s wide receivers and wing backs coach. During his time, Gettysburg was the only team in the Centennial College to average over 30 points, 430 yards/game, and 5.6 points/play from 2008 through 2013. DiLella also served as the Punt Team Coordinator as well as the head junior varsity coach and offensive coordinator.
Prior to Gettysburg, DiLella spent two seasons as a Defensive Graduate Assistant at Castleton State College. In 2010, the Spartans achieved a winning record in only their second season as a program, going 5-4. He also served as the team’s video coordinator.
He started his career at his alma mater, King’s College, when he served as an assistant coach intern, coaching the wide receivers and tail backs and assisting with special teams. He was a member of the team as a quarterback and wide receiver from 2005-09.
DiLella earned his bachelor degree in Seconday Education and History in 2009 from King’s College and went on to earn his Masters in Education Curriculum from Castleton State in 2012.
Assistant Coach / Secondary Ronald Booker
Ronald Booker enters his fourth season with the Rhodes College football team after a stellar career as a defensive back for the Lynx. Booker joined the Lynx on staff in the fall of 2014 as the safeties coach. During the next two seasons he coached the defensive backs before transitioning to wide receivers coach beginning with the 2017 season.
Booker was a key member of the 2013 SAA Champion Lynx Football Squad, a conference championship that had not been won by the Lynx since the last 80s.
As a defensive back and major special teams contributor, Booker brings his Rhodes specific experience to campus. He also serves as the supervisor of the new Varsity Athletics Weight Room.
Booker earned his Bachelor of Arts in Commerce and Business from Rhodes College in 2014.
Assistant Coach / Video Coordinator / Offensive LineBrad Linares
Brad Linares was promoted to Offensive Coordinator in March of 2018 after spending two seasons as the offensive line coach and video coordinator. In 2017, junior left tackle D.J. Coker earned AFCA All-America honors while two other offensive lineman also added All-SAA accolades.
Linares came to Rhodes College from Carroll University where he spent the last three seasons as the team's offensive line coach. Linares produced eight wins season, which was a school record, while earning a national ranking of 24th from the American Football Coaches Association.
Linares, along with new offensive coordinator Peter Jennings, put together the two highest scoring offenses in school history while setting singles game records for points in a game, yards in a game, passing yards in a game, and rushing yards in a game.
The two-time All-Midwest Conference fullback from Illinois College joined the Pioneers following a one-year stint as the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Waldorf College.
Linares began his coaching career at Iowa Wesleyan University where he coached for four seasons as the wide receivers coach for a season and offensive line coach for three seasons.
Before moving to Waldorf he was the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Cineplexx Blue Devils, a semi-pro team from Hohenems, Austria.
Linares majored in physical education while at Illinois College then earned his master’s degree in sport management from the U.S. Sports Academy.
Rhodes football head coach Jim Ryan has announced that Nathan Luce will be Rhodes' newest quarterback coach. Luce officially began his time on the Rhodes staff in May of 2018, making 2018 his first season on staff.
“Nathan will be a great addition to our staff," said Ryan. "His past experience as an offensive coordinator will be invaluable, more importantly, his experience in recruiting will be a great asset for us.”
Luce come to Rhodes after recently serving a total of six years at Cumberland University as the wide receivers and special teams coach for Cumberland University. For the 2017 season, Luce coached the quarterbacks and was the Co-Offensive Coordinator where the Phoenix ranked 13th in scoring offense in the NAIA and were sixth in total rushing offense. Prior to that he spent four years coaching wide receivers and special teams and worked with special teams and running backs in 2012.
Luce was also a graduate assistant at Cumberland for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, working with the defense, special teams and running backs as well as scouting on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
Before his recent six-year stint with the Phoenix, Luce spent five seasons at two different NCAA Division III institutions. He spent three seasons at fellow NCAA Division III Kenyon College and two seasons at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he coached running backs and signaled plays in no-huddle offenses for both institutions. Luce also handled video editing for the Kenyon offense and also served as the team's equipment manager during one season.
Luce received his bachelor's in Health and Physical Recreation from Heidelberg College in 2004 and earned his master's in Organizational Leadership and Human Relations from Cumberland in 2006. Luce has earned a second master's degree in Teaching from Cumberland in the spring of 2018. He married the former Jennifer Seward from Newberg, Ore., in June 2016.
Rhodes head football coach Jim Ryan has announced that Henry Weinreich has returned to the Lynx football team, this time on the coaching staff for the 2018 campaign.
“We are excited to have Henry back as a Lynx," commented Ryan. "He has all of the qualities necessary to excel as a coach on our staff. I know that Henry will take our defensive line to another level.”
Weinreich graduated from Rhodes in 2017 with a chemistry degree before moving to Washington University in St. Louis to work with the Bears defensive line under long-time coach Larry Kindbom.
As a Lynx, Weinreich was a member of the 2013 SAA Championship squad. During his collegiate career, Weinreich helped the Lynx go 26-14, becoming part of the third most winningest class in in Rhodes history. As a Lynx, Weinreich was a linebacker and member of the special teams.
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