Head Coach Bob Pagel
Phone: (507) 222-7131
Bob Pagel took over the reigns of the Carleton program in January 2012, and the 2015 campaign was his 12th overall on the Knights staff.
Pagel came to Carleton in 2004 as the Knights’ special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach, a role he filled again during the 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 prior to the 2010 campaign, was tabbed interim head coach on Jan. 6, 2012, and had the interim tagged removed following the 2012 season.
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 for three years at Wartburg and two seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While at his alma mater, Pagel worked with a defense that helped the Wartburg 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, Ella, and Wyatt.
Assistant Coach Rob Davenport (Defensive Coordinator)
Phone: (507) 222-5782
Rob Davenport joined the coaching staff in April 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 Jerome Smith (Recruiting Coordinator)
Phone: (507) 222-5783
The 2015 season marked the first for Jerome Smith as a member of the Knights’ coaching staff. He came to Northfield from Rhodes (Tenn.) College where he served as defensive backs coach. Smith previously spent one year coaching at Walsh (Ohio) University and two seasons at Marian (Ind.) University, helping the latter capture the 2012 NAIA National Championship. He made his collegiate coaching debut at Indiana University, serving as operations intern and quality control coach for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He graduated from Purdue University in 2009 and earned a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration/Sports Management from Indiana University in 2010.
Assistant Coach Dave Faust (Offensive Line)
Dave Faust joined the Knights’ staff in 2012 as the offensive line coach, bringing with him 35 years coaching experience. Faust served as the head coach from 1990-98 at Henry Sibley high school before moving to a position on the Hamline University staff. From 1999-2000 he coached special teams and tight ends for the Pipers before transitioning 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.
Assistant Coach John Ott (Running Backs)
John Ott came to the Knights before the 2013 campaign. He has held a variety of roles from position coach to coordinator to head coach during his career which spans more than 25 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.
Assistant Coach Mick Williams
Mick Williams joined the Carleton staff prior to the 2015 season after a lengthy coaching career in his native Montana. He graduated from Northern Montana College (now known as Montana State University-Northern) with a degree in education and coached 17 years at the high school level, including 15 seasons as a defensive coordinator. He was instrumental in re-starting the football program at MSU-Northern in 1998 and served as defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for six years. He also coached American Legion Baseball for over 30 years and is an assistant coach for the Carleton baseball program.
Assistant Coach Todd Olson
Todd Olson joined the Knights during the winter of 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.
Assistant Coach Conor Lynch
Conor Lynch ’14 returned to his alma mater in 2015 to coach quarterbacks, a position at which he saw time during his four seasons donning the maize and blue. During his senior campaign, Lynch passed for 2,122 yards, the fourth-highest single-season total in team history. He spent the summer of 2014 playing quarterback for the Berlin Rebels of the German Football League and served as a coach for the Jr. Berlin Rebels.