Head Coach Bob Pagel
Phone: (507) 222-7131
Bob Pagel took over the reigns of the Carleton program on Jan. 6, 2012 when he was appointed interim head football coach through the end of the 2012 season. Pagel, who completed his seventh season on Knights staff this past fall, is the 17th head coach in Carleton football history.
Pagel served as the Knights’ special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach during the 2004, 2006 and 2007 campaigns. Pagel was promoted to defensive coordinator in Spring 2008, and that fall the Knights posted a 7-3 record, their most successful season in 16 years. He added associate head coach duties for the 2010 campaign.
Prior to joining the staff at Carleton, Pagel spent five years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD), serving as the Bulldogs’ recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach. He helped orchestrate UMD’s nationally-ranked defense as the team garnered their only bowl game bid in 2001 and earned their first berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2002.
Pagel worked for three years at Wartburg College (Iowa) and two seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While at Wartburg, Pagel worked with a defense that helped the Knights go 27-3 and make a pair of national playoff appearances. He spent the 1998 campaign at St. Cloud State University as a graduate assistant coach before joining UMD for the 1999-2003 seasons.
A native of Eyota, Minn., and graduate of Dover-Eyota High School, Pagel received a B.A. degree in business from Wartburg and holds a master's degree in sports management from St. Cloud State. He resides in nearby Nerstand, Minn., with his wife, Chaz, and the couple’s three children, Mason (9), Ella (6), and Wyatt (2).
Assistant Coach Dick Tressel (Offensive Assistant)
Phone: (507) 222-4054
Dick Tressel joined the Knights in March 2012 after spending 11 years at Ohio State University, including the last eight as the Buckeyes' running backs coach. He is no stranger to the MIAC after serving as the head coach at Hamline University for 23 seasons and earning Football News Coach-of-the-Year honors in 1984. He graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1970 with a degree in physical education. He received his master's from Florida State University in 1976 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1996. The big difference makers in his life include his wife, Connie, plus their three sons and daughter-in-law, and seven grandchildren: Mike, Megan, Logan (12) and Quincy (7); Ben, Allyson, Zoe (11), Jack (8) and Molly (3); and Luke, Rachel, Maliha (4) and Kaja (2).
Assistant Coach James Kilian (Offensive Coordinator)
Phone: (507) 222-5783
A former NFL draft pick, James Kilian came to Carleton to coach the wide receivers in 2012. He will take over the Offensive Coordination duties for the 2013 season. Kilian played quarterback at Tulsa University from 2000-2004 where he was named second team all-conference in 2003. After concluding his collegiate career, Kilian was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh round of the NFL draft in 2005. Over the course of his professional career, Kilian has played for the Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Hamburg Sea Devils (Europe), Nashville Kats (AFL), and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL). He has since been a graduate assistant coach at Tulsa where he was named quarterbacks coach. For the 2011 season, Kilian assisted with the running backs at Louisiana State University who played in the National Championship.
Assistant Coach Bill Livingston (Defensive Line/Strength and Conditioning)
Phone: (507) 222-5782
Bill Livingston joined to the Knights’ staff in 2012 as the defensive line and strength and conditioning coach. Most recently, Livingston served as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Hiram College in 2011. He also coached at Otterbein University for eight years from 2003-2010 where he was responsible for a multitude of coaching responsibilities, such as defensive line, special teams, running backs, and wide receivers. Livingston is a former Marine who earned the rank of Corporal and was honorably discharged in 1984. In 1978, he was selected as the recipient of the Leatherneck Award. Livingston achieved a bachelor of arts from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 1999 and earned a MBA in 2011 from Otterbein.
Assistant Coach Tom Bell (Running Backs)
Tom Bell, a longtime successful high school coach and physical education teacher, was honored during the 1999-2000 school year as "Teacher of the Year" in the Montgomery/Lonsdale school district, where he was head football coach for 19 seasons. Bell is a 1971 graduate of Moorhead State University where he was a four-year letterwinner.
Assistant Coach Dave Faust (Offensive Line)
After coaching football for the last 35 years, Dave Faust joins the Knights’ staff in 2012 as the offensive line coach. Faust served as the head coach from 1990-98 at Henry Sibley high school before moving to a position of the Hamline University staff. From 1999-2000 he coached special teams and tight ends before moving to offensive line for the next three years. After his stint at Hamline, Faust returned to Henry Sibley to be the special teams coordinator. At the high school he is also the chair of the physical education and health department. Faust received his undergraduate and master’s degree at Northern State University in 1982 and 1983, respectively.
Assistant Coach John Ott (Defensive Line)
John Ott is in his second season with the Knights. He has held a variety of roles from position coach to coordinator to head coach during his career which spans 22 years in the high school and college ranks. A 1996 graduate of Bemidji State, Ott is working on his masters degree in education leadership from Saint Mary's University.