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Trine hires from within to replace AD

Land

Matt Land, Trine University head football coach the past six seasons, was named the school’s athletic director Monday.

Land, who has led the Thunder to three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships in the past four seasons, will remain the football coach.

He succeeds former athletic director Jeff Posendek, who resigned last month.

“The best thing is to continue the ascension of the Trine University athletic programs, and lend the skills that I’ve acquired over the years to the 21 sports in the athletic department,” Land said.

He said he doesn’t expect his new duties to interfere with his success on the field as a football coach.

“My staff is outstanding,” Land said. “It’s all about time management; not confusing activity with productivity. If you can do those things with a group all pointed in the same direction, you should be able to work more productive with the same results expected.”

Land, who assumed the athletic director job immediately, said he would be meeting with each coach individually “within the next five to seven days.”

In 2006, Land inherited a football program that had a combined 2-28 record in its previous three seasons. He guided the Thunder to records of 2-8 and 6-4 in his first two seasons, then won three consecutive MIAA championships and had a combined three-year record of 31-4, which included berths in the NCAA Division III playoffs.

In 2010, Trine finished with an 11-1 record as Land was named d3football.com’s North Region Football Coach of the Year.

Additionally, Trine quarterback Eric Watt received the Gagliardi Trophy, NCAA Division III’s equivalent to the Heisman.

“Coach Land has had an exceptional record of success since he started at Trine in 2006, completely turning around our football program,” Trine President Earl D. Brooks II said in a university statement. “In addition, he has a solid understanding of NCAA and MIAA rules. He has elevated our program to national recognition while exhibiting outstanding organizational, managerial and leadership skills, while representing Trine University well in the community.”

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