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Coaching Staff

Josh Ison
Assistant Coach

Josh Ison is entering his seventh season as the Special Teams Coordinator, Linebackers and Head Strength Coach.

Ison comes to Tiffin from the University of Michigan where he worked as Special Teams Quality Control and TE (2009), DB (2010) after working as an Assistant Strength Coach during the 2008 season. While at Michigan Ison mentored Second Team All-American, Finalist for the Ray Guy and 5th round draft pick by the New England Patriots, Zoltan Mesko. He also spent one year working as a graduate assistant in Health Works Rehabilitation & Fitness Center at West Virginia University (2006-07) working with strength and conditioning.

Ison also spent five seasons as the linebackers coach at Fairmont State University (2003-07), where he coached three All American linebackers Ed Smith (2003), Matt Vance (2005) and Vince Black (2007) and six All Northeast Region players and the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year in the WVIAC. In his time at Fairmont State the defense was at the top of nearly every statistical category in the league at some point during his tenure, including 2004 when the defense was the best in the league and 20th in the country in total defense. Fairmont State also led the league once again in total defense in 2007 where they rated 15th in the country.

In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Ison was the head strength coach for the football team for two seasons and became the athletic department’s director of strength and conditioning for his final three seasons.

Ison was a standout linebacker for Fairmont State and was a team captain during the 2002 season, and was part of the 2000 Falcons team that won the West Virginia Conference championship. Ison was a four year letterman at Fairmont State University at middle linebacker; (2002) received Don Hansen’s Football Gazette All American Team. He attended training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals as a linebacker (2003), and then went on to play in the Arena leagues with the Colorado Crush as a fullback/linebacker (2004) and the Manchester Wolves linebacker/fullback (2004).  Ison also holds certifications from the USA Weightlifting Level I Sports and the American Red Cross.

He is a 1999 graduate of Waverly High School in Waverly Ohio where he was an All State linebacker. Ison earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Fairmont State (2004) and a master’s degree in Athletic Coaching Education from West Virginia (2007).

Ison and his wife, Erin, reside in Toledo with their son, Joshua Zane Ison.


Matt Edwards
Assistant Coach

Coach Matt Edwards enters his fourth season with the Dragons.

The Dragon defense continued to trend in the right direction in 2015, surrendering a touchdown less per game than in 2014, 759-less rushing yards, and collecting 34 sacks compared to 12 the year before. Three players from the Dragons' defense were selected to the All-GLIAC Honorable mention team, linebacker Morgan Loyd, defensive lineman Jalen Randolph, and defensive back Stefan Willis. Loyd also performed in the classroom, being named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, the first in program history.

Edwards began coaching in 2003 as the linebackers coach at the College of Wooster. He then spent eight seasons working at Kent State starting out as a graduate assistant and was eventually named defensive line coach. During his career with the Golden Flashes, Edwards coached numerous players who received MAC honors, including Roosevelt Nix, MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, and Danny Muir, former starter for the Indianapolis Colts.

In 2011, Edwards returned to his alma mater and coached the Miami Redhawks' defensive ends before taking on the responsibility as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.

After two seasons with the Redhawks’ Edwards left to become the defensive line and special teams coordinator at Florida Atlantic.  The first season at FAU the defense finished 11th nationally in total defense, broke four sack records and finished bowl eligible. Edwards mentored 3 players from FAU to all conference accolades for the 2013 season

Edwards began his collegiate playing career as a linebacker for a team that finished his freshman season with a 10-1 record. He then moved to defensive end and served as team captain his senior year. Edwards earned his bachelor's degree in sport organization in 2002.


Lee Stalker
Assistant Coach

Lee Stalker enters his fourth season with the Tiffin Dragons coaching staff. Stalker comes to Tiffin after coaching at Oberlin College, where he served as the Linebackers/Defensive Line Coach as well as their Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Stalker took over the Defensive Line in 2014, a group that posted only 7 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss that season. Since then, Stalker's group has logged 45.5 sacks and 84.5 tackles for loss.

The Dragons defense continued to improve in 2016, especially on the defensive line. The Dragons allowed 25 less yards per game than 2015, including six less rushing touchdowns than the prior season. As a defense, Tiffin collected 24 sacks, the defensive line accounted for 19 of those sacks. The defensive line held their own in the tackles for loss category, accumulating 63% of Tiffin's tackles for loss.

Stalker played Defensive End at Kent State University from 2007-11. He completed a great career that once began as a preferred walk-on player. Stalker earned himself a scholarship, became a two year starter and served as a team captain for the Golden Flashes in 2011. Following the 2011 season he was also a finalist for the NCAA Burlsworth Trophy.

He majored in Architecture & Environmental Design with a minor in Sports Administration at Kent State University.


Shawn Murphy
Assistant Coach

Shawn Murphy enters his seventh year with the Dragons and will be working with the defensive backs. In 2011, he served as the offensive assistant coach for the Dragons. Before coming to Tiffin, he coached at Tiffin Columbian High School from 2005-2009 where he won four league titles and had three playoff appearances.

Prior to his time at Tiffin Columbian, Murphy attended Heidelberg University where he was a three year letter winner on the football team. He would go on to receive his degree in Education followed by his Master’s degree in Educational Administration.

Murphy is currently employed by Tiffin City Schools as the Dean of Students at the Tiffin Middle School.  Murphy resides in Tiffin with his wife Karen and two daughters Evelyn and Annabelle.


Steve Gilbert
Assistant Coach

Steve Gilbert enters his sixth year with the Dragons football program and serves as running backs coach. In 2011, Gilbert was inducted to the OHSFCA Hall of Fame after a 37 year career as a high school coach and teacher. He is a 1968 graduate of Toledo St. Francis DeSales High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in 1973 and his Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1979. He also earned a Vocational Education degree from Kent State University in 1991.

Gilbert has been an assistant football coach and wrestling coach at North Baltimore HS (1973-75); Bowling Green HS (1975-81); and Norwalk HS (1981-84). In 1985, Gilbert was named Head Football Coach at Ashland Crestview HS. In two years he moved on to Mansfield Senior HS as Head Coach. In 1993 he was named Head Coach at Tiffin Columbian HS where he stayed for 17 years, posting a career record of 137-44 with 10 NOL Championships and 8 trips to the OHSAA State playoffs. His career high school record is 189-72.

During his years as a high school coach, he earned many awards including: five-time Northwest Ohio Coach of the Year; OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity award (2008); President of the OHSFCA (2000); President of the Northwest Ohio Football Coaches Association (1998-2000); Regional Director for the OHSFCA (1995-2010); Board of Directors for NW Ohio Football Coaches Assn. (1995-2011);  and Head Coach for Ohio in Big 33 game vs. Pennsylvania (2000). He coached NFL All-Pro Hugh Douglas while at Mansfield while also coaching 58 All-Ohio players at Columbian. Coach Gilbert is very honored that over 20 of his former assistants or players are now high school head coaches.

Coach Gilbert is married to his wife Nancy and they have two sons, Aaron and Kyle and daughter-in-law Meredith


John Morookian
Assistant Coach

John Morookian is in his third season at Tiffin University and will be serving as the Offensive Line Coach.

Coach Morrokian's offensive line paved the way for an offense that led the charge in 2015, including a ground attack that racked up 535-rushing yards more than the season before, and five more rushing touchdowns. Center, Mason Butler, was a 2015 USA College Football D-II Pre-Season All-American, and is a two time All-GLIAC selection.

Morookian came to Tiffin University from The University of Toledo where he was a graduate assistant for the 2014 season. Previously to Toledo, Morookian was the Tight Ends coach at The University of Findlay for two seasons in 2012 and 2013.

Morookian was a 4 year starter at offensive lineman (08-11) for the Toledo Rockets where he started 48 consecutive games. He played in two Bowl games as a Rocket, finishing his career as a student athlete with a win over Air Force in the Military Bowl.

A native of Providence, RI. John Morookian attended LaSalle Academy and later went on to attend Milford Academy prior to Toledo.


Phillip Ely
Assistant Coach

Phillip Ely is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach/Pass Game Coordinator for the Tiffin Dragons after being a defensive graduate assistant for the Iowa State Cyclones under Head Coach Matt Campbell.  Ely assisted Defensive Coordinator Coach John Heacock with the Cyclone defense in 2016.

Ely is a 2014 graduate of Toledo, where he led the Rockets to a 10-2 record and a victory in the Boca Raton Bowl as their starting quarterback.

Ely, who played two seasons at Toledo after transferring from Alabama, threw for 3,000 yards and 23 TDs against only 10 interceptions in his only full season as a starter in 2015. He missed the majority of his junior season (2014) after suffering a knee and shoulder injury.

A native of Tampa, Fla., Ely was a member of the Alabama football team for two seasons (2011-13), earning a pair of national championship rings under Head Coach Nick Saban. He played in six games as a backup QB for the Crimson Tide during the 2012 campaign.

Ely was recruited to Alabama after a decorated career at Plant High School in Tampa. He led Plant to three state championship games and walked away with a pair of Florida state titles and was named a U.S. Army All-American.


Joe Horn
Assistant Coach

Joe Horn is in his first season on the Tiffin coaching staff.

Horn spent the last two seasons coaching receivers at Ashland, including All GLIAC wide receiver Danny Piko. During the 2015 season Ashland had an undefeated regular season and won the GLIAC Championship.

Horn is a 2010 AU graduate, and he ranks as one of the most prolific wide receivers in school history. He shares the school single-game record for touchdowns (six), and he also holds the school single-season record for touchdown receptions (12). He is the program's career leader in touchdown receptions (28) and receiving yards (2,681). He is second in career catches (170).

Horn has the record for the longest pass play in school history - 96 yards (done twice). He was a three-time All-GLIAC second-team selection. Horn was a member of the 2008 team that advanced to the NCAA playoffs and won the lone postseason game in school history.

While at AU, Horn was also a member of the track and field team. Four times he was recognized as the GLIAC runner of the year (indoors and outdoors). He was first-team all-conference in track and field and was recognized as an All-American 12 times.

After leaving the Eagles, Horn signed a free agent contract with the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts. He participated in three preseason games with the Colts. He also spent time with the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders and the Arena Football League's Cleveland Gladiators and Tampa Bay Storm.

Horn has worked as an assistant football coach at Perrysburg (Ohio) High School, and he's been a volunteer assistant coach with the AU track and field program.


Akeem Needum
Assistant Coach

Akeem Needum enters his first season with the Dragons coaching staff.

Previous to coming back to Tiffin, he served on the Carthage College Football coaching staff in August of 2015, coaching running backs.

Akeem played for Tiffin University for four years as a strong safety and starter on special teams.  He earned three straight varsity letters while serving as a Defensive captain in his senior year.

A native of Columbus, OH, Akeem graduated in May of 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Sports Management.


Mike Fuhrman
Assistant Coach

Mike Fuhrman is entering his second season with the Dragons. He was the Assistant Offensive Line Coach in 2015 and was named Tight Ends Coach before spring practice started in March, 2016. Pryor to Tiffin, Fuhrman coached Tight Ends for the Boston Brawlers in a professional football minor league called the Fall Experimental Football League. (FXFL)

Fuhrman walked on at Penn State University as a long snapper in 2008, playing under Joe Paterno and Bill O'Brien. He lettered his Senior year (2012) starting ten out of twelve games and was named special teams captain for the Iowa game. Following his senior season, he received The Most Outstanding Walk-On Award by his coaches.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Fuhrman graduated from Penn State University in December of 2012 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology.


Harold Smith

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Alana Widman

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Kenan Mayfield

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