Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman announced this past week that Whittier College Head Football Coach Todd Stratton had his interim title taken off and is now the front man for the Poet football program for 2013.
"I’m very impressed with the work Todd and his staff have exemplified this past season. He deserves this opportunity to build upon the foundations he has put in place and the successes his team accomplished," explained Coleman. "At the conclusion of our end of the year meetings, I’m extremely excited for the future of Poet football and the direction Coach Stratton has laid out for the immediate future."
Stratton became the Interim Head Coach for the 2012 season after the departure of Kirk Jellerson and completed one of the most successful seasons for Whittier College football in recent years. He led the football program to a 4-5, 3-4 SCIAC record, the best record since 2007. Not only did he run the program as the Head Coach he was also the offensive coordinator and he proved to be one of the best in the country having his offensive unit finish nationally ranked in:
While being ranked in the Top 15 in the country in these four categories, he also saw his offense break 18 school records.
With this turnaround from a 2-7 team to a 4-5 program in just one year is a testament to his coaching and offensive prowess. He saw Nathan Poole grab 2nd Team All-West Region recognition as a defensive tackle, Dameron Fooks earn All-American status and four players grab All-SCIAC honors including:
This year the Poets got wins over Puget Sound (55-24), Pomona-Pitzer (34-20), Claremont-M-S 41-27), and Occidental (61-30) and posted a 4-0 road record.