OXFORD, Ohio - Head football coach Chuck Martin has announced three additions to his coaching staff. George Barnett, Eric Koehler and Pat Welsh have already begun their duties at Miami University.
All three bios can be found below.
Barnett spent the past four seasons at Illinois State as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator and was named offensive coordinator prior to the 2013 season for the Redbirds. While at Miami he will serve as the co-offensive coordinator and coach the offensive line.
Barnett brings a wealth of knowledge along the offensive line, having coached the position for the past 15 years, dating back to 1999.
In his time with the Redbirds his offense averaged 145.7 yards per game on the ground and allowed just 1.3 sacks per game. Their best season came during the 2011 campaign in which they allowed only six sacks in 11 contests, while rushing for 2,017 yards (183.4/game) while helping Illinois State to a 7-4 record. The six sacks allowed that season ranked third-best in the country and the Redbirds produced their first 1,000 yard rusher since 2006.
Prior to Illinois State he had a two-year stint as the offensive line coach at Division II powerhouse Grand Valley State, which advanced to the 2009 NCAA Division II national title game.
The Tuscola, Ill., native thrived in his two seasons at GVSU as offensive line coach and helped the Lakers’ offense become one of the best in the country. In 2009, GVSU ranked third in the country in sacks allowed (.60) after giving up just nine sacks in 15 games played. The Lakers also ranked 11th in the country in rushing offense (227.5 ypg), 12th in total offense (450.1 ypg) and 14th in scoring offense (35.8 ppg). Barnett also mentored senior Nick McDonald, who was a consensus Division II All-American and the GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year.
In 2008, Barnett guided the GVSU offensive line unit that saw all five of its starters earn All-GLIAC honors. The Lakers finished the season ranked 10th in the nation in scoring (38.5 ppg), 13th in sacks allowed (1.08), 14th in rushing (228.4 ypg) and 25th in total offense (429.0 ypg.)
Barnett came to Grand Valley State after a three-year stint as offensive line coach at Indianapolis. The Greyhound offense increased its production every season behind the Barnett-led offensive line. Indianapolis recorded four-year highs offensively in passing yards (234.1 ypg), rushing offense (189.2 ypg) and total offense (423.3 ypg) in 2007.
Prior to his arrival at Indianapolis, Barnett spent the 2004 season at Illinois where he was a graduate assistant and worked with the offensive line for the Illini.
Barnett began his coaching career and taught for five years at Mattoon (Ill.) High School from 1999-2003. He served as assistant head coach for the Green Wave’s state semifinalist team in 2003, working as offensive coordinator and the offensive line coach.
Barnett earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education in 1998 from Millikin in Decatur, Ill. He was a four-year football letter-winner for the Big Blue and earned all-conference plaudits. In addition, he was named to the National Dean’s List while at Millikin.
Barnett and his wife, Lori, have two children, Elle and James.
2013 – Offensive Coordinator/OL, Illinois State
2010-12 – Running Game Coordinator/OL, Illinois State
2008-09 – Offensive Line, Grand Valley State
2005-07 – Offensive Line, Indianapolis
2004 – Graduate Assistant/OL, Illinois
1999-03 – Assistant Head Coach/OL, Mattoon High School
Koehler (KAY-ler) will join Barnett as the co-offensive coordinator and coach quarterbacks at Miami. He comes to the RedHawks after spending the 2013 season as the quarterbacks coach for Illinois State.
Koehler has served as an offensive coordinator in five of the last six seasons and has also coached the quarterback position, dating back to 2000.
In his one season with the Redbirds, Koehler helped coach Blake Winkler to the Missouri Valley All-Newcomer Team, while helping Illinois State average 24.7 points per game and finish fourth in the conference in passing efficiency.
Prior to Illinois State he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at NCAA Division II Grand Valley State in 2012. Koehler spent five seasons on the Lakers’ coaching staff, including two years under coach Martin (2008-09). He was the offensive coordinator from 2008-12 and coached quarterbacks from 2009-2012 and running backs in 2008.
Koehler’s offensive unit led the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) and ranked No. 6 in the country in scoring offense in 2012, as the Lakers averaged 41.9 points per game. GVSU also ranked second in the conference and No. 13 in the country in total offense (474.5 ypg), and quarterback Isiah Grimes led the country with a pass efficiency rating of 178.1.
A promoter of a balanced offensive attack, Koehler guided a Lakers offense that led the GLIAC in rushing (226.4), total offense (467.5) and scoring (42.3) in 2011. GVSU, which ranked sixth nationally in scoring and No. 10 in total offense, averaged 48.2 points in its last seven games, all wins.
Koehler guided an offense that averaged 216.3 yards per game rushing and 221.3 yards per game passing in 2010. He was also a key contributor to a GVSU offense that ranked ninth nationally in rushing (237.3 ypg), No. 11 in total offense (455.1 ypg) and No. 12 in scoring (36.8 ppg) in 2009.
Prior to arriving at GVSU, Koehler spent six years at Wartburg (Iowa) College, including the final two years as head coach. Koehler led Wartburg to a 16-4 overall mark in his two years at the helm, including a 13-3 mark in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Knights were 8-2 in 2007 and ranked as high as No. 10 in the 2007 American Football Coaches Association DIII poll during the season.
Wartburg also finished 8-2 under Koehler in 2006. Including his tenure as an assistant, Wartburg was 52-13 overall with three NCAA DIII playoff appearances. Wartburg ranked among the leaders in every offensive category with Koehler directing the offense. His 2002 and 2003 offensive units led the ICAC in total offense and scoring offense. In addition, the Wartburg offense ranked among the national leaders in DIII in both rushing and passing.
Koehler is married to his wife, Heidi.
2013 – Quarterbacks, Illinois State
2009-12 – Offensive Coordinator/QBs, Grand Valley State
2008 – Offensive Coordinator/RBs, Grand Valley State
2006-07 – Head Coach, Wartburg College
2002-05 – Assistant Coach, Wartburg College
Welsh will coach tight ends at Miami after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame. While with the Irish he worked with the offensive line.
Prior to his time at Notre Dame, Welsh worked at Wittenberg (Ohio) College in 2011 and with Grand Valley State’s football program from 2008-10.
In 2011, Welsh served as quarterbacks coach at Wittenberg. With the Tigers, Welsh helped Ben Zoeller earn North Coast Athletic Conference offensive player of the year honors after Zoeller led the NCAC with 2,651 passing yards and 265.1 passing yards per game. Wittenberg was 8-2 in 2011 and finished second in the NCAC with a 5-1 record.
Welsh served as a defensive assistant for the Lakers in 2010 and helped Grand Valley State’s defense hold opponents to 19.2 points per game. The Lakers were 11-2 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Welsh assisted with coaching the Grand Valley State defensive backs and also doubled as the Lakers video coordinator.
A 2010 graduate of Grand Valley State with a degree in physical education and an emphasis in sports leadership, Welsh worked as a student assistant with the football team in 2008 and 2009.
Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., Welsh is a native of Whitehall, Mich. He and his wife Jacqueline were married in May 2012.
2012-13 – Graduate Assistant, Notre Dame
2011 – Quarterbacks, Wittenberg College
2010 – Defensive Assistant, Grand Valley State