NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Carleton College athletic director Gerald Young announced that Bob Pagel, associate head coach and defensive coordinator, has been appointed interim head football coach through the end of the 2012 season.
“We are extremely pleased that Bob has agreed to serve as interim head coach for the 2012 season,” Young said. “His leadership, knowledge, and familiarity with Carleton ensures program stability, and we're looking forward to a successful 2012 fall campaign.”
Pagel, who completed his seventh season on Knights staff this past fall, is the 17th head coach in Carleton football history. He takes over for Kurt Ramler, who resigned on Jan. 5.
“I always hoped that there would be an opportunity here,” Pagel said. “My family loves Northfield. I love the challenges that coaching here are going to provide. I love the fact that this is a top-10 academic school, and that we’ll be able to do some great things and attract not just the best students, but guys that are highly motivated and want to be great football players too. To have the opportunity to be the guy that leads that is pretty exciting to me because this could be a tremendous opportunity for everyone involved.”
Pagel served as the Knights’ special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach during the 2004, 2006 and 2007 campaigns. He implemented the coverage schemes for a defense that finished eighth in the nation in takeaways during the 2006 schedule. 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.
A two-time all-conference player and 1992 graduate of Wartburg College (Iowa), Pagel worked under current UMD head coach Bob Nielson for three years at Wartburg 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 rejoining Nielson at 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 (8), Ella (5), and Wyatt (11 months).