The 2017 campaign is the 10th for Ron Korfmacher at the helm of the Taylor University football program and his 33rd year on staff with the Purple and Gold. Korfmacher enters the 2017 season with the second-highest win total on the sidelines for the Trojans, boasting 45 victories to sit just three wins shy of matching Bob Davenport (1957-1968) for the top spot in program history.
Under Korfmacher’s watch, the Trojans have regularly ranked among the elite academic programs in the nation. Taylor led the NAIA in team grade-point average in 2012 and 2013, while finishing fourth in the nation during the 2014 year and second among all NAIA programs in 2015. During the 2015 season, TU led the NAIA with eight Academic All-District and four Academic All-America performers.
Along with the success within the classroom, Korfmacher has consistently overseen a strong product on the field, highlighted by a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 clip within the ultra-competitive Mid-State Football Association during a record-setting 2015 campaign. TU set 10 single-season team records, broke the program’s all-time single-season scoring mark and posted the program’s highest win total since 2009. The Trojans also were the recipient of the NAIA Five-Star Champions of Character Award for outstanding work within the community.
Korfmacher took the reins of the program in 2008 and made an immediate impact, as Taylor went 13-8 with consecutive winning records in 2009 and 2010, marking TU’s first time with winning records in back-to-back seasons since doing so three-straight times from 1997 through 1999.
During the 2009 season, Korfmacher led Taylor to a 7-3 record for TU’s best finish since going 10-2 in 1999. The Trojans also notched their first win over a ranked opponent, their best finish in the MSFA and their highest national ranking in over a decade. The accomplishments led to Korfmacher being named as the 2009 Regional Co-Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
After spending four years as a quarterback for Taylor during his playing days from 1978 through 1981, Korfmacher earned a degree in business administration from TU in 1982.
Korfmacher then returned to Upland in 1984 and served as an assistant coach for the next 23 seasons. During that time, Korfmacher served as the Offensive Coordinator, while also coaching quarterbacks, running backs and defensive backs.
Korfmacher earned a master’s degree in executive development for public service from Ball State University in 1990.
Korfmacher and his wife, Julie, live in Upland and have three children, Sara, Ben and Rachel.
Greg Wolfe is serving as the Offensive Coordinator for the Trojans once again in 2017, while also working with the quarterbacks during his 13th season with the Taylor University football coaching staff.
The TU offense excelled under the guidance of Wolfe during a record-setting 2015 season, in which the Trojans went 7-3 to match their highest single-season win total since 1999. The Taylor offense set 10 new program records during the 2015 campaign, highlighted by 422.1 total yards of offense and 38.0 points per game.
Prior to coming on board at Taylor, Wolfe served on staff with the Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League, where he worked with wide receivers and special teams.
Wolfe was a member of the football team at Wheaton College and capped his time there with a degree in economics in 2003, before earning a master’s degree in sport and exercise management from Ohio State University in 2005.
During his career as a wide receiver, Wolfe helped the Thunder claim a trio of College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships, including a 12-1 season in 2003.
In addition to his coaching duties at Taylor, Wolfe is a professor within the Physical Education and Human Performance Department.
Wolfe and his wife, Lisa, live in Upland with their sons, Brady, Cooper and Trevor.
The 2017 season is the third for Blake Cattrell as an assistant coach and his fourth on staff with the Trojans. Cattrell works primarily with the offensive line, while also directing the tight ends and kickers for the Purple and Gold.
After graduating from TU in 2013 with a degree in biology education, Cattrell went to serve on staff at Culver-Stockton College, before spending the 2014 season working with the offensive line and running backs at Kentucky Christian University.
Following the 2014 season with KCU, Cattrell was selected to coach in the NCAA Division II vs. NAIA All-Star Game, where he served as the Special Teams Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach.
During his playing days at Taylor, Cattrell earned four letters and was a two-year starter in the trenches for the TU offense. The Westerville, Ohio, native highlighted his career with the Trojans with a selection to the 2012 Ohio College Football Senior Bowl.
Shawn Lashbrook joined the Taylor coaching staff in 2017 on the heels of completing a four-year career as one of the most prolific pass catchers in TU’s program history. Lashbrook now oversees the development of the current Trojan wide receivers.
During his time on the gridiron with the Purple and Gold, Lashbrook hauled in 164 passes in 33 games, ranking second in program history with 2,374 receiving yards and finding the end zone 26 times. Lashbrook was a three-time All-Mid-States Football Association performer, a two-time Academic All-MSFA selection and a 2015 recipient of CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-America honors.
Lashbrook graduated from Taylor in the spring of 2016 with a degree in exercise science.
The 2017 season is the fifth for T.J. Ragan as a member of the Taylor University football staff and his second as the Defensive Coordinator. In addition to overseeing the Trojan defense, Ragan serves as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator.
Ragan came to Taylor after one season as the head coach at Wheaton Academy in Illinois and also boasts experience with the Denver Broncos and multiple NCAA Division I football programs.
During Ragan’s tenure with Wheaton Academy, Ragan helped the program post a three-win improvement and clinch a share of the conference championship. Ragan also implemented and oversaw a performance nutrition program for the entire athletic department.
Prior to his stop at Wheaton Academy, Ragan served in administrative roles with a focus on athletic performance at Valor Christian High and Orange Lutheran High for six years, while also completing a one-year internship with the Denver Broncos as the assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Ragan also served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach during his four-year tenure with Oregon State University, spent five seasons in a similar role at Colgate University and was a member of University of Nebraska’s 1997 National Championship Team as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Huskers.
Ragan earned a degree in Biblical and theological studies from Bethel University in 1991 and is certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
Ragan and his wife, Jenny, live in Upland with their children, James, John, Sarah and Paul.
Cody Schwerin is in his second season on staff at Taylor, after completing a standout playing career with the Trojans in 2014. Schwerin works directly with the TU defensive line.
During his time on the Taylor roster from 2010 through 2014, Schwerin played in 37 games, piled up 75 tackles and 12 sacks from his defensive end position and earned All-Mid-States Football Association honors.
Schwerin excelled in the classroom as well, earning a trio of Academic All-MSFA and NAIA Scholar-Athlete nods. Schwerin was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and was voted as a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2012.
Schwerin graduated from Taylor in the spring of 2015 with a degree in social studies education.
The 2017 season is the third for Jared Boddie since he returned to campus prior to the 2015 campaign to begin his coaching career with Taylor. Boddie specializes with the TU linebackers and has also overseen the defensive backs during his time in Upland.
Boddie started his coaching career as an assistant coach for Keswick Christian High in Saint Petersburg, Florida, while gaining additional experience serving on staff at the Phillips Quarterbacks Academy.
Following the completion of his career on the gridiron with Taylor, Boddie graduated in 2013 with a degree in sport management.
Solomon Grimes joined the Taylor coaching staff prior to the 2016 campaign and works primarily with the TU defensive backs. Grimes also serves as the program’s Recruiting Coordinator.
Prior to coming to Upland, Grimes served on staff at the University of Saint Francis (IN) in various roles over four seasons. Those roles included specializing with the USF defensive backs for three seasons, while also assisting with linebackers, special teams and strength training. During his time with the Cougars, Grimes helped the program reach the NAIA Playoffs three times and advance to the NAIA Playoff Semifinals in 2015.
Grimes also provided strong leadership for the Saint Francis program away from the field, organizing the program’s first-ever mission trip and taking 11 student-athletes to El Salvador in January 2016.
Grimes earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from USF in 2011 and a master’s degree in business administration from USF in 2014.
Grimes and his wife, Kali, currently reside in Fort Wayne.