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Tom Journell, football action, 2018-04-23 

Tom Journell, football headshot, 2018-04-23Head Coach Tom Journell

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.


Andrew Dersken, football headshotAssistant Coach Andrew Derksen  (Recruiting Coordinator)

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.


Rob Davenport, football headshot, 2017Assistant Coach Rob Davenport  (Defensive Coordinator)
Phone: (507) 222-5782

Rob Davenport was hired in 2014 and serves as the Knights’ defensive coordinator. He came to Carleton after two seasons as defensive coordinator and director of football operations at Curry College (Mass.)

Davenport played linebacker for four seasons at Ripon College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1993. He coached at his alma mater from 1993-1994 and again in 1997, with stops at Lake Forest College (1995) and Milton (Mass.) High School (1996) in between. Prior to working at Curry, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (1999), defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Dean College (2003-2007), and defensive coordinator at Mass. Maritime (2008-2011).

Davenport received a Master of Education degree from Cambridge College in 2008. He and his wife, Mary Jo, and daughters, Elena and Katie, live in Northfield. 


Assistant Coach Todd Olson (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)Todd Olson, football headshot, 2017
Phone: (507) 222-4054


Todd Olson joined the Knights in February 2016, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge from coaching career that began in 1980 and included roles at the high school, collegiate, and even pro levels. Olson served as head coach at Richfield (Minn.) High School from 1987-94 and again from 2010-12. He also revitalized the Edina (Minn.) program during his 10 seasons (1995-2004) as head coach. Olson spent one year working as defensive ends coach at Division I University of North Dakota and a season apiece at Northern State (1981) and Minnesota-Crookston (1984). He also served as a spring intern with the Minnesota Vikings in 1996, 2003 and 2004.