Isphording and Johnson join staff; Rodgers promoted
Scott Isphording begins his second tour of duty in Athens and his first as the Bobcats’ Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach in 2014.
In Isphording’s first season working with the Bobcat quarterbacks, both Derrius Vick and JD Sprague found success through the air and on the ground. The duo combined for 11 passing touchdowns and four rushing touchdowns.
Last year’s offense totaled 4,443 yards of offense which ranks fifth all-time in program history. Vick and Sprague threw for 2,474 yards for this season, which is sixth all-time in program history.
Isphording returns to Ohio University after he spent four years at the University of Toledo, beginning as the quarterbacks coach from 2010-11. In 2012, he added the roles of passing game coordinator and recruiting coordinator to his list of responsibilities.
During his four-year stint with the Rockets, Isphording helped guide Toledo to 24 wins, three bowl games, the 2011 Military Bowl title and a 2011 Mid-American Conference West Co-Championship title. In his two seasons as the program’s recruiting coordinator, he helped the Rockets earn the MAC’s top recruiting class in both 2012 and 2013, according to Rivals.com and Scout.com. Scout.com also selected Isphording as the MAC Recruiter of the Year.
Isphording joined the Rockets’ staff in 2010 after spending 2009 as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Ohio University. Isphording helped guide Ohio to a 9-5 record, a MAC East Division Championship and a berth in the Motor City Bowl.
Isphording coached at Eastern Michigan from 2004-08, and was the offensive coordinator in his final two seasons there. In 2008, he led the Eagles to a school-record 5,010 total yards and topped the league in red-zone efficiency, red-zone touchdown efficiency and time of possession. Isphording mentored EMU quarterback Andy Schmitt, who set NCAA single-game records in 2008 with 76 pass attempts without an interception vs. Temple and 58 pass completions in a 56-52 win over CMU.
Prior to his post at EMU, Isphording served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wittenberg from 1998-2003. He helped Wittenberg make five appearances in the NCAA Division III playoffs, win four North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships and compile a 63-9 win-loss record.
Prior to his Wittenberg coaching stint, Isphording was the quarterbacks and receivers coach at Colorado School of Mines (1996-98), and was the quarterbacks coach at Fort Hays State University (1994-96).
A four-year letterwinner as a quarterback at Hanover College, Isphording helped the offense rank third in the NCAA Division III ranks in 1992. During that ‘92 season, Isphording recorded 3,098 yards in passing offense, which was the sixth-best effort in Division III history.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Isphording earned his bachelor’s degree at Hanover (IN) College in 1994. He earned a master’s degree in physical education at Fort Hays State in 1996. Isphording and his wife Shelly have a daughter, Erika, and a son, Gunnar.