College Football: Eisele intent on producing a Knox winner

From the Register-Mail:

When new Knox College head football coach Chad Eisele tells his players, “We are building a championship program, we will not fail,” he’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 program’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 hadn’t had a winning season in 18 years, but went 9-2 in 2002 to share the Midwest Conference title — Eisele’s third season as head coach.

Having Casey Urlacher, Brian’s brother and MWC Player of the Year that season, didn’t hurt but Lake Forest also posted 7-3 and 8-2 records after Urlacher’s departure and helped Eisele gain the Minnesota State-Moorhead job for one season before he became Knox AD in 2006.

“The year I took over at Lake Forest, we’d graduated 18 or 19 starters and I said, ‘I’m not here just to collect a paycheck’,” said Eisele.

“It’s similar, but it’s also new,” he said of his opportunity at Knox.