Linebackers Coach, Northern Michigan University
After a long and successful prep coaching career, Tom Wender is in his second season at Northern Michigan University as the linebackers and special teams coach.
Wender spent the 2005 season at Saginaw Valley State University as the special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach.
Before moving to the college ranks, he was the head coach at Iron Mountain (Mich.) High School for 21 seasons (1984-2004) where he compiled a 170-55 record with the Mountaineers.
He led his teams to 15 playoff appearances, 11 conference championships, five semifinals, three state finals and two state titles (1993, 2000). His teams finished the regular season undefeated four times and had three seasons with only one loss.
Among his many coaching honors are being inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame (2007), the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame (2007), being named the 2000 Michigan All-Class Coach of the Year and being named the U.P. Class ABC Coach of the Year in his first year as a head coach.
He is a 1968 graduate of Kingsford High School. He earned his bachelorís degree in industrial arts from Northern Michigan University in 1972.
He started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Kingsford H.S. (1977-1980) and Norway H.S. (1981). He was an assistant coach at Iron Mountain for two seasons before taking over the program in 1984.
Articles by Tom Wender:
Words of a Champion: An Interview with Coach Wender Part I
Words of a Champion: An Interview with Coach Wender Part II
Biography courtesy of Northern Michigan University.