Football Names Craig Hauser Linebackers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator

April 24, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired Craig Hauser as its new linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator, head coach Steve Gilbert announced today. Hauser replaces Rick Humphreys, who left after four seasons to take over as director of the new Center Academy school.

Hauser comes to JU after three seasons as linebackers coach at Gannon (Pa.) University, where the Golden Knights ranked 18th in NCAA Division II in rushing defense last season, allowing just 104 yards per game. Gannon also ranked 15th in pass efficiency defense (91.83) and 17th in total defense after yielding 265 yards per contest. Hauser also worked with the special teams at Gannon and was responsible for recruiting in Ohio, Pittsburgh and Florida.

"Craig brings enthusiasm, intensity and high energy to our staff, " says Gilbert, who led JU to its first winning season in 2001. "He has experienced success in each of his coaching endeavors and comes highly recommended by his former head coaches."

Prior to coaching at Gannon, Hauser spent two seasons at Western Kentucky, where he was the outside linebackers coach in 1998 and worked with the defensive backs in 1997. The Hilltoppers went 10-3 in 1997 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division 1-A playoffs, while ranking eighth in Division 1-A in rushing defense. While at Western, Hauser also recruited Indianapolis and the California Junior Colleges. In the spring and summer of 1997, Hauser also served as the defensive coordinator of the Wolfsburg Blue Wings, a semi-pro football team in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Hauser started his coaching career at his alma mater, Butler University, in 1996 where he played strong safety from 1992-95. He was a two-year starter for the Bulldogs, earning Pioneer Football League All-Conference honors and Academic All-Conference honors in 1995, while being voted team captain by his teammates. In 1994, Butler captured the PFL Championship and was the 1992 Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference champion before joining the PFL.

The Dolphins, who captured the 2001 Southern Division Championship in their first year as a member of the Pioneer Football League, will open their fifth season of football on September 7 against Lenoir-Rhyne at 1 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field on the JU campus.