From the Register-Mail:
When new Knox College head football coach Chad Eisele tells his players, â€œWe are building a championship program, we will not fail,â€ heâ€™s not playing mind games with a team that finished 1-9 last year.
Eisele, the Prairie Fire athletic director of the past four years who took over the football programâ€™s top job late last fall, is speaking from experience.
The Knox alum engineered a similar turnaround at Lake Forest College a decade ago. The Foresters hadnâ€™t had a winning season in 18 years, but went 9-2 in 2002 to share the Midwest Conference title â€” Eiseleâ€™s third season as head coach.
Having Casey Urlacher, Brianâ€™s brother and MWC Player of the Year that season, didnâ€™t hurt but Lake Forest also posted 7-3 and 8-2 records after Urlacherâ€™s departure and helped Eisele gain the Minnesota State-Moorhead job for one season before he became Knox AD in 2006.
â€œThe year I took over at Lake Forest, weâ€™d graduated 18 or 19 starters and I said, â€˜Iâ€™m not here just to collect a paycheckâ€™,â€ said Eisele.
â€œItâ€™s similar, but itâ€™s also new,â€ he said of his opportunity at Knox.