Mike Magistrelli - Head Coach
Mike Magistrelli took the reins of the St. Ambrose Fighting Bees football
program in 2007 and won the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League
championship in back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008.
In his five years at the helm, Magistrelli has compiled a 34-19 record. He also coaches the
St. Ambrose finished 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the MSFA in 2011, and the Bees finished the
year ranked #22 in the postseason NAIA coaches poll.
His 2010 team finished only 5-5, but the Bees held leads in the fourth quarter
in three of the five losses.
2009, SAU finished 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the MSFA Midwest League.
In 2008, the Bees were 8-4 overall and 6-1 in conference play. The
season ended with a 28-0 loss to eventual national champion Sioux Falls in the
NAIA playoffs. In his initial year at the helm, Magistrelli guided the Bees to
an 8-3 mark and a perfect 7-0 record in the MSFA Midwest League.
A two-time all-conference quarterback at Coe College, Magistrelli began his
coaching career as a graduate assistant at St. Ambrose from 1997-99.
He returned to Coe in 1999 and served as the quarterback coach and recruiting
coordinator for three seasons. In 2000, his quarterback set the single-season
Iowa Conference record by throwing for 2,275 yards. Magistrelli was promoted to
defensive coordinator at Coe in 2001, and the following year, the Kohawks won
their first conference championship in school history.
After five seasons at Coe, Magistrelli came back to St. Ambrose in 2004 as the
defensive coordinator under head coach Todd Sturdy. He remained the defensive
coordinator through the 2006 season before taking the helm in 2007.
ďMy goal is to prepare the student-athletes for success on the field, but more
importantly for the world that is ahead of them when they leave,Ē Magistrelli
said. ďItís a tremendous honor for me and an awesome responsibility that I
Magistrelli received his bachelorís degree in Elementary Education from Coe in
1997 and his master's in Post-Secondary Disability Services from St. Ambrose in
He currently resides in Bettendorf, Iowa, with his wife Lisa and their four
Jeff Girsch - Defensive Coordinator
After a one-year hiatus in 2007, Jeff Girsch returned to the Fighting Bees
coaching staff in 2008 and made an immediate impact by being named a co-MSFA
Midwest League Assistant Coach of the Year that season.
During his tenure at St. Ambrose, Girsch has coached defensive backs and wide
receivers, and now serves as the defensive coordinator.
Girsch is a graduate of SAU, where he excelled as a four-year starting wide
receiver. He currently ranks fourth in career receiving yards (1,617), eighth in
career touchdown receptions (11), and tenth in career pass receptions (94) at
After graduating from St. Ambrose in 1994, Girsch joined the Fighting Bees
football coaching staff in the fall of that year. He coached the wide receivers
from 1994-98. Girsch returned to the staff and coached the defensive backs from
2000-03 before again coaching the defensive backs from 2004-06.
In 2007, Girsch coached receivers and tight ends at Bettendorf High School,
where the Bulldogs won the Iowa state championship. He returned to SAU in March
of 2008 for the start of spring practice.
Girsch currently resides in Davenport, Iowa, with his wife Erin, an admissions
counselor at St. Ambrose, and their daughters, Jamee Kay and Jill.
- Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Matthew Drinkall joined the St. Ambrose coaching staff in 2008.
After coaching the wide receivers in 2009, he coached the offensive line in
2010. He was named the Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line coach in 2012.
The MSFA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011, Drinkall coached first team
all-American Carl Meister and three all-conference offensive linemen (Meister,
Nick Hauge and Nick Avery). The line led the way for the MSFA's leading rusher
and helped the Bees rush for at least 100 yards in nine of 10 games. The Bees
also rushed for 400 yards in a game for the first time in the Magistrelli era.
Two players also earned Capital One Academic All-District honors.
Drinkall coached three linemen to all-conference honors in 2010. The Bees rushed
for 300 yards in a game twice, the first two times the team has done that with
Magistrelli as the head coach. SAU averaged more than 400 yards of total offense per game in
2010, also the first time that has happened under Magistrelli.
In 2009, Drinkall coached a pair of all-conference wide receivers in Billy
Rembold and Jacob Rohde. In the final game of the year, Beau Foiles set school
and conference records for single-game receiving yards (294) and touchdown
As the special teams coordinator, Drinkall coached second team all-American
return specialist James Hannah-White and all-conference punter Scott Langel. The
Bees also led the nation in punt returns in 2009.
Before arriving at SAU, Drinkall coached tight ends at Western Illinois
University for two years. During that time, the Leathernecks were one of the
nationís top rushing offenses. In 2007, starting tight end Matt Warner finished
second on the team in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. In
2006, Drinkall guided former Penn State linebacker J.R. Zwierzynski to 2006
Gateway Conference All-Newcomer honors.
Drinkall came to Western Illinois from Bettendorf High School, where he served
as the strength and conditioning coordinator and coached defensive backs and
wide receivers from 2003-06. He was a member of a coaching staff that helped
Bettendorf to a No. 13 national ranking by USA Today and an undefeated Class 4A
Iowa state championship in 2004. Bettendorf compiled a 30-4 overall record
during his tenure.
Drinkall was a wide receiver for the Iowa Hawkeyes before an injury ended his
playing career prematurely. He played his prep football at Bettendorf High
School where he was one of only two players in program history to have both
1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving. Drinkall earned his Masterís degree
in 2007 and his undergraduate degree in 2006.
Drinkall resides in Davenport.
Vince Fillipp - Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Vince Fillipp joined the coaching staff as the junior varsity defensive line
coach in 2009 after a successful playing career with the Fighting Bees. He
became a graduate assistant in 2010 and will continue coaching the defensive
line in 2011.
was a two-time all-conference selection and was chosen as one of the Top 8
Defensive Linemen in the country in 2008.
Fillipp graduated with a bachelorís degree in Sports Management. The 2009
season marked his first year of coaching. A native of Cary, Ill., Fillipp
currently lives in Davenport.
Mercer - Running Backs
Mercer was added to the St. Ambrose football coaching staff in 2010. He coaches
the running backs and assists with the strength and conditioning program.
While rehabbing an injury in 2004, Mercer got his first coaching
experience at Green Mountain High School coaching linebackers. He resumed his
player career at Mesa State College and in 2007, he helped lead the Mavericks to
a 10-2 record and a Division II playoff berth while earning all-RMAC honorable
mention as a running back.
At the conclusion of his playing career, Mercer joined the Mesa
State coaching staff as the running backs coach in 2008, when he helped Bobby
Coy become an all-conference performer, Mesa Stateís all-time leading rusher,
and a Harlon Hill Trophy finalist. Before joining SAU, Mercer coached the
running backs at Rochester Community and Technical College. At RCTC, Mercer
coached an MCAC first team all-conference selection in Brian Schroeder and aided
the Yellow Jackets to a North Star Bowl berth and a 10-2 record.
2010, Jeremy married his wife Lianne of Longmont, Colo.
John Michaletti - Defensive Backs
Michaletti, the schoolís first recipient of the Bob Jurevitz Award, joined the
SAU football coaching staff in 2012 and will coach the defensive backs.
In an honorable mention all-conference senior campaign, Michaletti finished
third on the team with 63 total tackles and two interceptions. He also recovered
a pair of fumbles and returned five kickoffs for 152 yards, including an 85-yard
touchdown return against Waldorf. In his SAU career, he played 25 games and made
Michaletti received the Jurevitz Award for best exemplifying the characteristics
the late Bob Jurevitz displayed both on and off the playing field.
Nick Trout - Tight Ends
Nick Trout joined the
SAU football staff as the tight ends coach in 2011.
Originally from Manteca, Calif., Trout played at San Joaquin Delta Community
College before transferring to the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In his three
years at UMD as a tight end and long/short snapper, he helped the Bulldogs win
two NCAA Division II National Championships and an overall record of 42-2.
Trout graduated from Minnesota-Duluth in 2011 with a degree in Exercise Science.
During spring practices in 2011, he served as a student assistant, coaching the
Kyle Wantland - Wide Receivers
2012, Kyle Wantland joined the Fighting Bee football coaching staff in charge
of the wide receivers.
Rick Fountain - Linebackers
Rick Fountain rejoined the Fighting Bees staff as the inside linebackers
coach in 2010 after previously coaching the Bees from 1994-99.
Fountain was a four-year starter at inside linebacker for St. Ambrose. The
three-time all-conference pick was a team captain and an honorable mention
all-American as a senior.
Fountain, a native of West Branch, Iowa, graduated from St. Ambrose in
December 1993 with a degree in both Criminal Justice and Psychology.
Rick is married to Jeanie and resides in Le Claire, Iowa. He has four
children - Tristan, Tylar, Ashley and Kayla.
Russ Monk - Offensive Line
After a standout career, Russ Monk remained with the St. Ambrose football team
as a student assistant coach in 2008 and 2009, coaching tight ends and running
backs. He returned in 2011 as the offensive line coach.
Originally from Monticello, Iowa, and Monticello High School,
Monk was a two-year starter at right tackle for the Fighting Bees. He earned
first team All-Mid-States Football Association Midwest League honors in 2007.
Monk has played professionally as a fullback since his playing career with the
Bees ended. He spent two seasons with the Quad City Steamwheelers of the af2 and
led the 2008 team in rushing. Monk then moved to the AFL and was with the
Cleveland Gladiators in 2010 and 2011 before spending the 2012 season with the
Monk earned his degree in Elected Studies from St. Ambrose. He lives in
Davenport, Iowa, and works at West High School.
Ed Morrissey - Outside Linebackers
Ed Morrissey joined the Fighting Bees football coaching staff in 2007. He
coaches the outside linebackers. Morrissey was the head coach at Pleasant Valley High
School for 28 seasons and currently teaches physical education there.
Morrissey received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and went on
to earn his master's from Syracuse University. While at Syracuse, he served as a
football graduate assistant for two seasons. Morrissey also served as an
assistant coach at Davenport Assumption High School for three years.
Morrissey currently resides in LeClaire, Iowa, with his wife Carol. They have
five children - Mike, Erin, Joe, Katie and Jim.
Mark Schlichting - Cornerbacks
Mark Schlichting returned to
the SAU sidelines in 2010, coaching the defensive backs. He previously was the
defensive line coach at St. Ambrose from 2002-06.
A native of Davenport, Iowa,
Schlichting played for the Bees from 1990-92. He earned a degree in Business
Administration from SAU in 1992 and received a Masters of Educational
Administration from Western Illinois University in 2004.
Schlichting also has
10 years of high school football coaching experience at Davenport Central. He
has coached 14 years of baseball at Central and Davenport West, coached 15 years
of high school and middle school wrestling, and coached six years of middle
Schlichting served in the 1st Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army
from 1986-88 and was the 1st Cavalry Post Wrestling Champion at Ft. Hood, Texas.
He has taught Computer Education in Davenport Middle Schools for 16 years and is
currently at Williams.
Schlichting has two children - Kolton and Kayla. He
resides in Davenport.
Greig Spuhler - Tight Ends
Greig Spuhler joined the
St. Ambrose University football coaching staff in 2011. Spuhler spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Mansfield
University, and spent the 2010 season as the teamís defensive coordinator. He
coached four first team all-league selections.
A native of Canton, Ohio, Spuhler was a four-year starter at MacMurray College.
He earned his degree in History from MacMurray in 2008.