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A Kick Return System
Bernie Anderson, Head Coach
An overview of special teams philosophy, NMU’s kick return system, and off-season drills.
Man-to-Man Teaching Progression
Chadd Braine, Def. Coordinator
An overview of defensive back fundamentals with an emphasis on bump and cushion coverage.
Playing on the Offensive Line
Jeff Duvendeck, Off. Coordinator
Covers the characteristics and fundamentals demanded of NMU offensive lineman.
Coaching Running Backs
Eric Duchaj, RB Coach
An Overview of the basic techniques and drills used to develop running backs.
The NMU Outside Linebacker
Matt Bush, OLB Coach
An overview of outside linebacker play, including how to take on blocks, tackle and rush the passer.
NMU Defensive Line Play: A 5-Point Progression
Ethan Jeros, D Line Coach
Covers the five-point progression designed to stop the run and rush the passer.
The Words of a Champion Part I
Tom Wender, Linebackers Coach
MHSFCA Hall of Fame coach discusses building a successful program and how to change a losing attitude.
The Words of a Champion Part II
Tom Wender, Linebackers Coach
MHSFCA Hall of Fame coach discusses responsibility of the head coach and gives advice to young coaches.
Turning Adversity Into Opportunity
Bernie Anderson, Head Coach
Coach Anderson discusses how to turn adversity into opportunity, and the three questions that are the foundation of the NMU program.
Coaching Quarterbacks
Dan Mettlach, Quarterbacks Coach
An Overview of the basic techniques and drills used to develop quarterbacks.
Linebacker Drops in the Traditional 3-Deep Zone
Chadd Braine, Def. Coordinator
An overview of linebacker play in the 3-deep zone including adjustments to one-back sets and trips.
NMU Football Championship Manual: Part I
NMU Football Staff
Provides guidelines for success on and off the field. Covers Academics, Body Maintenance and Character/Attitude.
NMU Football Championship Manual: Part II
NMU Football Staff
Provides guidelines for success on and off the field. Covers Speed/Strength/Football Skills and Knowledge of the Game.
The Equipment Manager
John Tessaro, Equip. Manager
How the role of the equipment manager has changed, and how it impacts the team.
Coach/Athletic Trainer Relationship
Kris Rowe, ATC
Discusses the dynamics of the coach/athletic trainer relationship.
Kris Rowe, ATC
Discusses the importance of hydration and important strategies regarding proper hydration.
Updated: Jun 20, 2010, 10:19 PM ET

John Luckhardt

Head Coach
California University of Pennsylvania


California University of Pennsylvania head coach John “Lucky” Luckhardt is one of the most successful coaches in college football today. In 21 seasons as a head coach he has 161 wins, 11 playoff appearances, and is ranked in the top 10 in wins and winning percentage among current NCAA II coaches.


He just finished his fourth season at the helm of the Cal program leading the Vulcans to their first PSAC West title and best record (8-2) in 21 years.


It was Luckhardt’s 14th league championship as a head coach. He won 13 President's Athletic Conference crowns in 17 years at Washington & Jefferson College (1982-1998) where he went 137-37-2, won five NCAA III regional championships, and played for the national championship in 1992 and 1994. Luckhardt overall career record is 161-55-2 (74.5%).


He also Washington & Jefferson’s athletic director from 1986-1998 and the Director of Special Projects from 1998-2000.


Luckhardt began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Purdue (1967-1969) before coaching at Northern Illinois (1970-1972) and Lehigh (1973-1981). As the defensive coordinator at Lehigh, the team qualified for the playoffs five times and captured the 1977 NCAA II championship.


Luckhardt was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and received the American Football Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. From 1994 through 1998 he was elected to and served on the American Football Coaches Association Board of Directors. In 1992, he was named the AFCA/Kodak Division III National Coach of the Year, and CNN named Luckhardt the Division III Coach of the Year in 1994.

Luckhardt was a member of the 1967 Boilermakers’ Rose Bowl team that defeated USC, 14-13, and finished 7th in the nation with a 9-2 record. He was an All-Big-Ten Academic Team selection his senior season and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health and Physical Education in 1968. He received his Master’s of Science Degree in Physical Education/Psychology from Purdue in 1970.

Coach Luckhardt and his wife Barbara have two children, Allison and Matt. Lucky resides in Peters Township, where he enjoys gardening when he is not coaching.


Articles by John Luckhardt:

Being “Lucky” and Good: An Interview with CUP Coach Luckhardt  



Biography and photograph courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania.

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