Mules Football Camps
Assistant Coach / Defensive Coordinator
Wes Bell is in his second season as defensive coordinator for the Mules in 2017. He came to UCM with 12 years of collegiate coaching experience, including the previous nine years at Missouri Western, and the last two as the Griffons’ defensive coordinator.
In his first season in Warrensburg last year he led the Mules to the No. 3 total defense in the MIAA while switching schemes from a 4-3 to a 3-4. UCM was third in the league in passing defense and fourth in scoring defense as well. Eight defensive players earned All-MIAA accolades including safety Tevin Teamer being named to the conference’s first team.
In 2015, Bell led the Griffons to the No. 2 total defense in the MIAA. At 19.7 points per game, they were also second in the MIAA and 22nd in Division II in scoring defense. They intercepted 19 passes on the season, second in the conference and 13th in the nation. Bell coached Griffons cornerback Michael Jordan who was named a First-Team All-American by five different publications.
In his first season as defensive coordinator, the Griffons held opponents to the fifth lowest point (179) total in program history and the lowest since 1993. Bell's unit ranked sixth in the nation and first in the MIAA in defensive TDs (5); ninth nationally and first in the MIAA in 4th down defense (28.6%); and ninth nationally and third in the MIAA in scoring defense (16.3 oppg). His defense also led the MIAA in sacks and ranked 15th in the nation and finished second in the MIAA in interceptions, red zone defense and total turnovers gained.
The 2014 unit was third in the MIAA in total defense and rushing defense. Michael Jordan was named to four All-American teams as a defensive back and was a repeat, first team All-MIA selection. Seven members of the Griffon defense were named All-MIAA and three took home MIAA Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week awards (Stephen Juergens, Marc Harrison and Kirk Resseguie).
Bell joined Missouri Western in the fall of 2007. During his time, he has coached 30 All-MIAA student-athletes and four All-Americans. He coached current Chicago Bears defensive end David Bass, who played for the Griffons from 2009-12.
Prior to Missouri Western, Bell had two year stint with Minnesota State University-Moorhead. In his first year-and-a-half at Moorhead, Bell was the defensive line coach, special teams coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator.
In the spring of 2007, Bell moved to defensive coordinator and coached the inside linebackers. At MSU-Moorhead, Bell coached two defensive linemen that received All-conference accolades in 2005 and three defensive lineman that received all-conference honors in 2006.
Prior to MSU-Moorhead, Bell spent one year at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, where he was the co-defensive coordinator and the defensive line coach. He also coached at Emporia High School during the 2003-04 season.
Bell attended Independence Community College for two years. He then transferred to Emporia State University, where he played on the defensive line. Bell was a team captain and received All-MIAA honors while playing at Emporia. He holds a bachelor's degree in social science from Emporia State University and a master's degree in educational leadership from MSU-Moorhead. He prepped at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School in Melvern, Kansas, where he was an All-State football and basketball player.
Bell and his wife, Rebecca, have two sons, Gavin and Chase.
Assistant Coach / Offensive Coordinator
John McMenamin begins his third season as the offensive coordinator at Central Missouri in 2017.
Last season, his UCM offense was tops in the MIAA and ninth nationally in passing while also ranking third in the league in scoring and total offense and fifth in rushing. Eight offensive players were named to the All-MIAA Team with wide receiver Jaylen Zachery and offensive lineman Derrick Puni earning First Team nods. Four offensive players earned All-Region honors with three; Puni, Zachery and quarterback Garrett Fugate earning All-America honors.
In his first season in 2015, the Mules had the No. 2 total offense in the MIAA and 22nd nationally. UCM was third in the league in passing and scoring and fourth in the conference in rushing. Nine offensive players earned All-MIAA honors, three players earned All-Region honors, and tight end Ian Toalson was named an Honorable Mention All-American.
McMenamin came to UCM after spending the previous four seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wayne State (Neb.).
McMenamin’s 2014 offense at Wayne State ranked in the top 25 in NCAA-II in seven different offensive categories and had five All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference players. Quarterback Zach Osborn was second in the league in passing yards and led the conference in total offense. He coached 16 All-NSIC players during his time at Wayne State.
Prior to arriving at Wayne State, McMenamin served as offensive coordinator at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, from 2009-2010 where he helped turn around a Warrior program that went 8-3 in 2010 while finishing No. 22 nationally in NAIA. It was the school’s most successful football season in the last 16 years.
McMenamin was credited with making Midland University one of the top rushing teams in NAIA football, ranking as high as 12th in 2009. He also served as an assistant coach at Nebraska-Omaha from 2006-08. He was hired as wide receivers coach in 2006 before being promoted to quarterbacks coach in the spring of 2007.
McMenamin also has high school coaching experience, serving as the offensive coordinator at Omaha Central High School in 2004 before moving to the college ranks.
McMenamin played quarterback for Svoboda at Northwest Missouri State where he set 27 school records for the Bearcats from 1998-2002. He was an All-American in 2002 and was a member of the Bearcats’ 1998 and ‘99 NCAA Division II national championship teams.
John and his wife Andrea have two children, Jackson and Jessa.
Assistant Coach / Linebackers
Chuck Clemens enters his 19th season as a member of the Central Missouri Football coaching staff in 2017 and his second season coaching the linebackers. The 2017 season will mark his 29th year overall coaching at the collegiate ranks.
In 2016 he took over coaching duties for the linebackers, after previously working with the defensive line. His linebacking corps had one player earn All-MIAA honors, sophomore Dylan Albertson who made the switch from defensive back. His group helped the UCM defense to a No. 3 ranking in the MIAA in total defense and No. 4 in scoring defense.
Clemens is also in charge of many of the Mules’ community relations projects like the Fuel the Mules, UCM Football Summer Camps, and the Mules Football Golf Fundraiser.
During his tenure with UCM, the Mules have enjoyed 17 winning seasons and six trips to the postseason; including the 2001 Mineral Water Bowl championship; three trips to the NCAA-II Playoffs in 2002, 2010 and 2016, the 2011 Lower Kanza Bowl and the 2014 Live United Texarkana Bowl championship. In both 2001 and 2002, the Mules set school records for wins with 10 and broke that record with 11 wins during the 2010 campaign.
Clemens coached 30 All-MIAA defensive lineman during his time at Central Missouri, including nine first team selections, five All-Americans, one MIAA Defensive MVP in Colston Weatherington and one MIAA Freshman of the Year in Josh Powell.
In 2015, he had three defensive lineman named to the All-MIAA Team including first team honors for senior defensive end Jason Venckus, who ended his career seventh all-time at UCM in tackles for loss.
In 2014, his defensive line helped the Mules finish third in the MIAA in sacks and three defensive lineman were named to the All-MIAA team. Ramond Hunter earned first team all-conference accolades, while Jason Venckus was named to the conference’s third team after leading the league in tackles for loss and finishing seventh in sacks. Russell Allen was named to the league’s honorable mention team registering 28 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.
Two of Clemens’ former players, Weatherington and Roderick Green were selected in the NFL Draft and both have since been enshrined into the UCM Athletic Hall of Fame.
Clemens came to Central Missouri in June, 1999, after spending 10 seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Truman State University. He was an offensive assistant for the Bulldogs from 1989-1993, then was a defensive assistant from 1993-95 before being named defensive coordinator in 1995. He played at Truman State (then Northeast Missouri State) from 1983-86 as a tight end and earned honorable mention All-Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Association recognition on the Bulldogs’ undefeated MIAA championship team in 1985.
Following his playing career, he served as a student assistant on the Bulldogs’ staff in 1987 before going to Eastern Illinois University as a graduate assistant for the 1988 campaign.
Clemens received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1988 from Truman State. He has a daughter, McKenzie, a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno, and a son, Tyler, a junior at UCM.
Assistant Coach / Offensive Line
Hank McClung is in his eighth year as the Mules offensive line coach and in his 30th season overall as a college coach, including 24 years as an offensive line coach. He has coached at five different NCAA Division II schools in the Lone Star Conference, and has deep roots in the state of Texas as a native of Midland.
During his time coaching the UCM offensive line, 16 Mules have earned all-conference honors with Logan Freeman and Brian Berzanski earning two first team awards each. Freeman was also an honorable mention All-American following the 2011 season and a second team Academic All-American following the 2012 season. He signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders following his UCM career. Berzanski was an All-Region selection following both his junior and senior seasons.
Last season, the UCM offensive line paved the way for the nation’s No. 9 passing offense. The Mules led the conference in passing, were third in scoring and total offense. Derrick Puni earned First Team All-MIAA and Honorable Mention All-America honors. Chris Gomez was a Third Team All-Conference honoree and Layne Fischer earned Honorable Mention honors.
The 2015 Mules’ offensive line led the way for the MIAA’s No. 2 ranked total offense, third-ranked passing and scoring offense and the league’s No. 4 rushing attack. Four Mules were named to the All-Conference team with Berzanski earning First Team honors.
In 2014, his line paved the way for the conference’s leading rusher in All-American LaVance Taylor, who rushed for a UCM single-season record 1,918 yards and his 218.2 all-purpose yards per game was the top mark in all of NCAA Division II.
McClung was named the AFCA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year following the 2011 season. His offensive lines allowed just 16 sacks in each of the 2010 and 2011 seasons, while blocking for two of the top passers in Central Missouri history. The Mules attempted nearly 1,200 passes during that span, while becoming the first team in NCAA-II history with a 5,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season (2010).
In 2009, he was at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee but spent the previous six seasons as the offensive line coach at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. While there he coached an offensive unit that broke the school record with more than 5,000 yards in a season, and 742 yards in a game, as well as two 1,000-yard rushers. One of his running backs also broke the school record with 8.9 yards per carry in a season. He also helped the Rams to a Division II Playoff appearance in 2005.
Prior to his time at ASU, McClung was at Division I-AA Drake University (Iowa) from 2000-2002, where he also coached the offensive line. While at Drake, he helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2000 Pioneer Football League Championship, with his offensive line being named the team’s offensive MVP for its performance in 2002.
He made a one-year stop at Abilene Christian University (Texas) in 1999 after a three-year stint as head coach at Midwestern State University (Texas) from 1996-98. While there he directed the program’s move from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. He was the interim head coach there in 1995, and the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in 1994 and 1995. During his time as the offensive coordinator, he also served as assistant head coach, and helped the team break every passing record in the books.
McClung also spent three seasons at Texas Tech, a season at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and a season at Eastern New Mexico University, his alma mater. He also coached under Mules head coach Jim Svoboda at Nebraska Wesleyan in 1988-89.
McClung received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from ENMU in 1986 where he also played football, and his master’s degree in sports and recreation management from Hardin-Simmons University in 2000.
He and his wife, Rhonda, have two children, Ben and Isabelle.
Assistant Coach / Defensive Backs / Special Teams Coordinator
Kyle Westphal is in his fifth season as a member of the Mules coaching staff. He is the special teams coordinator and coaches the UCM defensive backs.
During his tenure in Warrensburg, Westphal has coached 14 All-MIAA players, Seven defensive backs and seven special teams honorees, and one All-American.
In 2015 two of his defensive backs and two special teamers earned All-MIAA honors and redshirt freshman placekicker Billy Greco earned Honorable Mention All-America honors after making the second most field goals in a single-season in UCM history.
The UCM defense recorded 24 interceptions in 2014, the most in the MIAA and the third most in a single-season in school history. The Mules were fourth in the league in punting and LaVance Taylor tied the UCM career record with his third kickoff return for a touchdown.
In 2013, UCM led the conference in both kickoffs and kickoff return, and led the league in field goal efficiency. In addition, Zach Gebhardt earned All-MIAA honors as both a placekicker (2nd team) and punter (honorable mention).
In 2012, the Mules led the MIAA and were fourth nationally in net punting. The special teams unit also ranked fourth in the league averaging 20.9 yards per kickoff return. Punter Matt Jordan was a second team All-MIAA selection, while free safety Patrick Lewis earned an honorable mention nod.
Prior to coming to UCM, Westphal was the defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator at Hastings (Neb.) College during the 2011 season.
His defense at Hastings was ranked in the top 10 in the country in scoring defense, rushing defense and total defense and was No. 1 in the conference in scoring defense. Seven players earned all-conference honors under his tutelage. His special teams unit ranked first in the nation in kickoff returns and first in the conference in kickoff coverage, third in net punting and third in punt returns.
Before taking his position at Hastings, Westphal served as an assistant coach at Loras (Iowa) College from 2007-2010. During his time there he coached the defensive backs and linebackers. He was the special teams coordinator from 2008-10 and the co-defensive coordinator from 2009-10. During his time as co-defensive coordinator his units were ranked in the top three in the conference in passing defense, total defense and redzone defense. They also ranked in the top 30 in the country in total defense, rushing defense, sacks and tackles for loss.
Prior to Loras, Westphal spent two years at Northwest Missouri State as a graduate assistant, coaching the wide receivers. His second year in Maryville he coached the Bearcat running backs. He was a part of two National Runner-Up finishes for NWMSU, helping the squad to a 25-5 record over two seasons and an MIAA Championship.
Westphal played collegiately at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. He was a three-time all-conference defensive back for the Storm and an All-American in 2003. He was a four-year letterwinner and a two-time team captain in addition to being named the Defensive MVP as both a junior and senior. He holds school records in seven different categories. He was inducted in to the Simpson Hall of Fame in the fall of 2015.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Sports Administration from Simpson in 2005 and his master’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Northwest Missouri State in 2006.
The Fontanelle, Iowa native and his wife Crystal have two kids, Zoey and Kobe.
Strength & Conditioning CoordinatorSean Teter
Sean Teter is in his fifth year as the strength and conditioning coach for the athletic department at UCM. He oversees and implements the strength and conditioning programs for all 17 of Central Missouri’s intercollegiate athletic programs.
Teter came to Central Missouri in December of 2010 as a graduate assistant in strength and conditioning. He worked closely with the Mules Baseball team on their strength and conditioning program, while assisting with Mules Football and Jennies Basketball.
Prior to coming to Warrensburg, Teter was a strength and conditioning intern at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan.
He was a two-year football letterman at Butler Community College before transferring to the University of Kansas.
Teter holds his USA Weightlifting certification and CSCCa certification.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Kansas in December 2010 and is pursuing his master’s degree in kinesiology.
Graduate Assistant / Operations
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Graduate Assistant / Running Backs
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Graduate Assistant / Defensive Line
Trey Jackson returns to his alma mater in his first season as a graduate assistant with the Mules. He will work with the UCM offensive line in 2016.
Jackson played in 22 games for the Mules in 2009 and 2010 along the defensive line. He recorded 57 total tackles, including 24 solo stops in his two-year career. He had 12.5 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks as well as a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
Following his UCM career he played one season for the Dayton Silverbacks in the American Continental Indoor Football League and one season for the Mid-Missouri Outlaws of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League.
He has spent the previous three seasons coaching the defensive line at Warrensburg High School.
The Indianapolis, Ind. native earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management in May of 2016 and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Sports Management.
Graduate Assistant / Defensive LineJanis Matulis
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Graduate Assistant / Wide ReceiversAndre Sims
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Graduate Assistant / Defensive Backs
Connor Smith begins his first season as a graduate assistant after a four-year playing career with UCM. He will work with the Mules’ defensive backs in 2016.
Smith was a Second Team All-MIAA honoree as a senior in 2014 after finishing fifth on the team with 56 tackles and a team-leading four interceptions. Had a career-high 13 tackles in a comeback overtime win at Missouri Southern.
He finished his career with 148 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss and six interceptions in 39 career games played.
The Rogersville, Mo. native earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sciene and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Sports Management.
Graduate Assistant / Offensive Line / Tight EndsTrevor Wescott
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