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Tom Journell, football action, 2018-08-09 

Tom Journell, football headshot, 2018-04-23Head Coach Tom Journell
Recruiting areas: southwest/west Twin Cities suburbs. northern outstate Minnesota; south/southwest Chicago suburbs; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Missouri; Ohio; Michigan; Nebraska; North Dakota; South Dakota.

Tom Journell was hired as head football coach on April 23, 2018.

Journell is the 18th head coach in the 115-year history of Carleton football and brings with him 31 years of coaching experience, including two previous stops as a head coach. He guided the UW-Stevens Point (UWSP) program since 2012 and was at the helm of the Elmhurst College program for the 2004-2007 campaigns.

Journell owned a 29-31 overall record in his six seasons at UWSP as the Pointers played in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). Last season, that conference featured five teams ranked among the nation’s top-25 squads.

His 2016 team went 6-4, with three of those losses coming against top-10 foes. In 2014, UW-Stevens Point ranked as high as No. 13 in the country as the Pointers opened the season with five consecutive wins, including a victory over No. 5 North Central (Ill.).

Journell was defensive coordinator at UWSP for four seasons beginning in 2008, helping lead the team to a 19-9 record in WIAC play and a 27-14 overall mark. During his tenure, the Pointers' defense finished amongst the league leaders in almost every statistical category.

In 2008, UWSP finished the season 9-2 overall and earned the program’s first NCAA Championships appearance since 2001. That season, Journell was honored as the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association’s assistant coach-of-the-year.

Prior to joining the UW-Stevens Point staff, Journell spent four seasons as the head coach at Elmhurst College (Ill.).

He closed his time with the Bluejays by becoming the program’s first coach in 24 years to lead his team to back-to-back-to-back winning seasons.

Previously, Journell spent 15 seasons at UW-River Falls, spending time as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. He started with the Falcons in 1989 as the team’s secondary coach and after one season was promoted to defensive coordinator. In 1995, he was again promoted to assistant head coach, a position he held for the next eight seasons. Journell helped lead the Falcons to NCAA Division III playoff appearances in both 1995 and 1996 and aided UW-River Falls to its last WIAC title in 1998.

Previous to coaching at UW-River Falls, Journell spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio) where he was an assistant defensive secondary and linebackers coach.

A native of Eaton, Ohio, Journell and his wife Betsy have two sons, Mack and Tate. Mack is a member of the Carleton class of 2021 and plays wide receiver for the Knights.


Ben Gray, football headshot, 2018-07-11Assistant Coach Ben Gray (Defensive Coordinator)
Recruiting areas: southeast/east Twin Cities suburbs; north/northwest Chicago suburbs; Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; International.

Ben Gray was hired as the Knights’ defensive coordinator prior to the 2018 campaign. He spent the previous 12 seasons on the staff at Elmhurst (Ill.) College, serving as that team's strength and conditioning coach while also working with the linebackers. In his time with the Bluejays, Gray coached 10 all-conference players (nine linebackers and one defensive lineman) and three all-region honorees. Gray attended the 2016 NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy where he was one of 29 NCAA coaches who joined 30 NFL representatives. A 2003 graduate of UW-River Falls, Gray played cornerback and linebacker for the Falcons, then spent two seasons on the UWRF staff prior to working at Elmhurst.  



Brett Bartolone, football headshot, 2018-07-11Assistant Coach Brett Bartolone  (Offensive Coordinator)
Phone: TBD
Recruiting areas: 
northeast/north Twin Cities suburbs; southern outstate Minnesota; Wisconsin (area codes 715, 608, and 535); Alaska; Arizona; California; Colorado; Hawaii; Idaho; Montana; Nevada; New Mexico; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Wyoming.

Brett Bartolone was added to the Carleton coaching staff before the 2018 season after spending the previous campaign as quarterbacks coach at St. Lawrence University. He previously served as the offensive coordinator for The Flash Football Club (a European amateur team in Paris, France) during the spring of 2017. He coached the wide receivers and assisted in coordinating the passing game at Whittier College during the 2016 season. Bartolone was an Honorable Mention College Football News Freshman All-America selection and Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 at Washington State University in 2012. He had 53 receptions for 435 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie before suffering a career-ending injury as a sophomore. He spent his final two seasons with the Cougars as a student-assistant coach, working with the inside receivers and providing the offensive coaching staff with halftime analysis of defensive coverages. 



Andrew Derksen, football headshotAssistant Coach Andrew Derksen  (Recruiting Coordinator)
Recruiting areas:
northwest/west Twin Cities suburbs; St. Cloud Area and western outstate Minnesota; Wisconsin (area codes 920, 262, and 414); Connecticut; Delaware; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont.

Andrew Derksen joined the Knights in May 2018. A native of Maple Grove, Minn., he has familiarity with the MIAC having coached linebackers at the University of St. Thomas during the 2014 season. Prior to that, he spent one season working with the linebacking corps at Missouri Western State University. He helped the Division II Griffons post an 8-3 record, and the defense ranked third nationally with 32 takeaways (16 fumbles, 16 interceptions) for 11 games. Three of his linebackers earned all-conference honors. Derksen coached from 2010-2012 at his alma mater, the UW-Stevens Point. He played one season as a defensive back with the Pointers before incurring a career-ending injury. He received his BA in Business Administration and finished his Master’s degree from UWSP in 2014.



Assistant Coach Scott Van Epps (Defensive Linemen)

Scott Van Epps was hired onto the Carleton staff in June 2018. He is a graduate of nearby Kenyon-Wanamingo (Minn.) High School where he teaches mathematics. His coaching history includes head coaching and defensive coordinator positions at Kenyon-Wanamingo and Prescott (Wis.) High School. As a 2000 graduate of UW-River Falls, he also played and coached defensive line for the Falcons. Van Epps resides in Kenyon, Minn., with his wife Sarah and their three children.


Assistant Coach Kevin Worthy (Offensive Linemen)


Grant Hartmann (Running Backs)