Since the of fall 1979, the Ravens have been guided by one of its own – head coach Larry Wilcox. During his tenure as head coach, the Ravens have compiled an overall record of 268-143.
In 2014, Coach Wilcox earned his 250th career win at Benedictine, making him one of only four coaches in NAIA history to reach the 250-win career milestone.
The dean of the Heart of America Athletic Conference, Coach Wilcox has guided the Ravens to six Heart titles since Benedictine joined the conference for the 1992 season. He took over the program just seven years into the modern era of Raven football after the program was started back up after a 10-year absence.
In 2013, Coach Wilcox was recognized by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as the AFCA Region 3 Coach of the Year after guiding the Ravens to the Heart Championship and a return to the NAIA Football Championship Series.
A four-time Heart Coach of the Year, Coach Wilcox has guided the program to 12 NAIA Football Championship berths, which includes a run of nine straight seasons from 1995-2003.
Coach Wilcox currently ranks second on the NAIA All-Time wins list and is the winningest four-year football coach in the history of Kansas.
A 1972 graduate of Benedictine, Coach Wilcox began serving as an assistant coach immediately following his playing career until taking over the Ravens. He is the 13th head coach in the history of the St. Benedict’s/Benedictine College football program and is the program’s all-time wins leader.
Since 1979, defensive coordinator Charlie Gartenmayer has served alongside Coach Wilcox. He retired from many years of service in the Atchison public school system in Spring 2007. After enjoying a brief retirement, he took over as Benedictine’s Athletic Director in Fall 2007.
Until the 2012 season, Coach Gartenmayer was part of a unique record at Benedictine. As a member of the 1974 Raven defense, he helped guide the unit to a top-ranking in the NAIA, surrendering just 164.7 yards per game.
That same defense held the record for fewest first downs allowed in a game at five until the unit led by Coach Gartenmayer broke the record in the first two games of the 2012 season, pushing the record to three.
Coach Gartenmayer is one of two current Raven assistants honored for their roles as an assistant coach when he was named the AFCA-NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000.
Dennis Murphy, wide receivers coach, also began his run with the Ravens in 1979. Coach Murphy became the second Raven assistant to earn the honor of being named an AFCA-NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year when he earned the honor at the conclusion of the 2008 season. Coach Murphy has coached several All-America receivers, most recently 2008 when Conor Walsh was named an AFCA-NAIA All-American.
Coach Murphy has worn many hats since 1979. In addition to serving as an assistant football coach, he was also charged with running the Benedictine Track & Field program for many years, moving away from that position in 2002. He has also been a key coach in molding the Ravens of the future as he headed up the junior varsity program for many years. In addition to his coaching duties, Coach Murphy teaches in the Health, Wellness and Exercise Science (HWES) department at Benedictine and is also one of the school’s six fully certified athletic trainers.
George Papageorgiou joined the Raven coaching staff in 2000 as the assistant head coach and running backs coach.
The 2015 season marks the 10th season that “Coach Pops” has been charged with guiding the Raven offensive line.
Under his leadership, the offensive line has aided in some of the top offensive production in school history.
As the Ravens’ running backs coach, he helped mentor five of the Ravens all-time leading rushers. Two of his top success stories rushing for a combined 4,367 yards in Josh McAlister and John Willits. He has been a key recruiter of some of the Ravens’ top transfer athletes during his tenure as an assistant coach.
Coach Jon Stammers, Strength & Conditioning Coordinator and defensive ends coach, has been on the Raven coaching staff for over 25 years serving as various position coaches on the defensive side of the ball. He moves to coaching defensive ends after helping guide the defensive front to numerous top rankings in the NAIA.
As the Ravens strength & conditioning program coordinator, Coach Stammers is charged with keeping the Ravens in shape during the season and also coordinates their off-season workouts.
Coach Stammers is a 1980 graduate of Benedictine College. He is also an instructor in Benedictine’s HWES department.
Quarterback coach and Offensive Coordinator Fran Johnson has followed in the footsteps of Coach Wilcox and Coach Gartenmayer in his journey into coaching.
He played quarterback for the Ravens from 2001-2004 and after a brief professional indoor football career, he rejoined his alma mater as the quarterbacks coach.
He took over as the Offensive Coordinator in 2010 while continuing his role as quarterback coach.
Under his guidance as quarterback coach, Coach Johnson has watched as former quarterbacks Ryan Kelly and Bill Noonan have rewritten the Raven record books.
Another former Raven, Tyler Lueckenhoff graduated from Benedictine in 2012 and immediately transitioned to coaching his alma mater.
He is a four-time letter winner for Coach Wilcox and is also a two-time All-HAAC defensive line selection. He was also a captain for the Ravens during their 2011 NAIA Football Championship Series run.
After finishing his playing career for the Ravens as a linebacker in 2010, Will Finley remained with the Ravens as he transitioned into a coaching roll. He served for two seasons as a graduate assistant helping coach the running backs.
In 2013, Coach Finley joined the staff as an assistant and transitioned back to the defensive side of the ball as he took over coaching the inside linebackers. Under his leadership, the Ravens placed two inside linebackers on the second team and honorable mention All-HAAC team in 2013. He continues to bring his experiences as a Raven to the sideline as he helps lead the next generation of Ravens.
Koch graduated from Washburn University in 2012 with a degree in Physical Education. While an Ichabod he played both outside linebacker and free safety. He began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant at Washburn. Kaleb started out on the defensive side of the ball, coaching the defensive line from 2012 to 2013. From there, he spent the next three seasons coaching on the offensive side, working with tight ends and fullbacks. Koch moved to running backs coach in spring 2016. During his time at Washburn he coached three All-MIAA players.
Yost comes to Benedictine from Creighton Prep High School in Omaha, NE, where he served as head coach the last two years and as offensive coordinator four years prior to that. During that time, Yost was also the head coach/offensive coordinator for indoor football's Omaha Beef football team. Yost also had head and assistant coaching stints at Red Oak High School (IA), Sioux City West High School (IA), Sioux City Bandits indoor football (IA), West Sioux High School (IA), Hamar (Norway), Washington & Jefferson College (PA), Nampa High School (ID), and Dell Rapids St. Mary High School (SD). As a player, Yost played tight end at Dakota State University in Madison, SD, and tight end/free safety at Beresford High School in Beresford, SD.
Brian graduated from Missouri Valley College in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration. While a Viking, he played running back. Brian continued his education at Fontbonne University where he graduated with his MBA in 1998. In 2013, Brian received his MEA-Athletic Administration from William Woods University. He then continued his education by earning his MAT & MEA, with Principal Certification in 2017. His first head coaching job was with Cardinal Ritter College Prep from 2007-2010. Brian had one state runner-up and two semifinals in three years. Brian continued his head coaching career at Hazelwood East High School from 2010-2013; accomplishing three semifinal titles. Brian became the Head Coach and Business Instructor at Lutheran High School North from 2013-2015 where he captured one semifinal and one quarterfinal appearance before returning to his alma mater Bishop DuBourg High School. During Brian’s coaching career he has coached players that have gone on to colleges, universities, and the NFL.