BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A five-time national champion as both a player and coach, Geoff Dartt has been added to the WKU coaching staff as offensive line coach, head coach Mike Sanford announced on Friday.
“Geoff comes from one of the most respected and successful football programs in the country,” said Sanford. “With five national championships as a player and coach, he is the right person to lead one of our tone-setting position groups, the offensive line.”
“I am thrilled to join Coach Sanford’s staff here at WKU,” Dartt said. “There is a strong tradition of physical offensive line play on The Hill, and our goal will be to uphold that tradition and continue to have one of the most tenacious offensive fronts in the country.”
Dartt comes to Bowling Green after five seasons at his alma mater, Division III powerhouse Mount Union, where he served the past four seasons as offensive coordinator and all five as offensive line coach. Not only did the Raiders win national championships in both 2012 and 2015 with Dartt on staff, the run also included four-straight Ohio Athletic Conference championships (2012-15).
Under Dartt’s direction as offensive coordinator, Mount Union finished with a top-5 offense three times including the top offense in the nation in 2014 and led the country in First Downs Offense each of his four seasons as offensive coordinator. In 2014 and 2015, behind the play of quarterback Kevin Burke – the Gagliardi Trophy winner, given to the top player in Division III – the Raiders posted the No. 1 scoring offense. Dartt also coached his center, Mitch Doraty, to consecutive DIII Rimington Awards in both 2015 and 2016.
With Dartt on staff at Mount Union, the program went 70-4 with four consecutive appearances in the Stagg Bowl, two national championships and four conference championships.
Prior to returning to Mount Union, Dartt spent four seasons (2008-11) as an assistant coach at Wheaton (Ill.) College where he spent the first two seasons working exclusively with the offensive tackles and tight ends before transitioning to offensive line coach for his final two seasons. While at Wheaton, he also coordinated video operations, coordinated the offense for the junior varsity team and was an assistant strength coach.
The Port Clinton, Ohio native was a three-year letterman along the offensive line at Mount Union and won national championships as a player in 2002, 2005 and 2006 while adding All-OAC honors in 2007. During the 2005 and 2006 national championship seasons, Dartt’s offensive coordinator and position coach was Matt Campbell who went on to enjoy a four-year run as head coach at Toledo (35-15, 24-8) and is now at Iowa State.
Dartt and his wife, the former Jan Kehres, are expecting their first child in February. He earned his degree in health and physical education in 2008 from Mount Union.
THE DARTT FILE
Born: Dec. 22, 1983
Hometown: Port Clinton, Ohio
College: Mount Union, ‘08
PLAYING CAREER (Offensive Line)
College: Mount Union (2002-07)
2008-09: Wheaton (Ill.) (Offensive Tackles/Tight Ends)
2010-11: Wheaton (Ill.) (Offensive Line)
2012: Mount Union (Offensive Line)
2013-16: Mount Union (Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line)
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