A veteran of 13 years as a head coach at three NCAA Division III schools, Jeff Hand enters his eighth season as the head football coach at Westminster College in 2012.
After successful appointments as the head coach at Benedictine (Ill.) from 1999-2000 and Waynesburg from 2001-04, the native of Ellwood City, Pa., returned home to Lawrence County in 2005 to become the 32nd coach in the history of the Titan football program.
Hand’s 13-year career record is 64-67 (.488) including five winning seasons, three seasons with seven or more wins, two postseason appearances, and one NCAA playoff appearance. His six-year record of 27-43 (.385) at Westminster includes a few 5-5 seasons in 2007, 2008, and 2011. Hand has also coached Westminster’s all-time leading passer, receiver and the fifth all-time leading rusher, as well as 21 all-conference players who earned 27 all-conference nods.
While at Waynesburg, Hand’s best season was in 2003 when he led the Yellow Jackets to the school’s first outright Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship and its first appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs with a 9-1 regular season. He was named the 2003 PAC and NCAA Division III Region II Coach of the Year.
A 1992 graduate of Clarion University, Hand earned a master’s degree at Indiana University Southeast in 2000.
Jeff Hand Year-By-Year::
Record / Postseason / Awards
|Record at Westminster:||27-43 (.385), 7 years|
|2004||Waynesburg||Head Coach||7-4 / ECAC Southwest Bowl|
|2003*||Waynesburg||Head Coach||9-2 / NCAA Division III Playoffs / PAC Champion|
|PAC and NCAA Division III Region II Coach of the Year|
|2000||Benedictine (Ill.)||Head Coach||7-3|
|1999||Benedictine (Ill.)||Head Coach||6-4|
|Career Record:||64-67 (.488), 13 years|
|1998||Benedictine (Ill.)||Defensive Coordinator|
Co-Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks / Recruiting Coordinator
Dwayne Pavkovich enters his eighth season at Westminster in 2012, his sixth season as co-offensive coordinator and his eighth overall as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
Pavkovich has coached nine all-conference players, including the school’s all-time leading receiver, the school’s all-time leader for receptions by a tight end, and the school’s all-time leading passer.
A 2002 graduate of Hiram College with a degree in elementary education, Pavkovich worked as the recruiting coordinator at his alma mater in 2002 and as offensive coordinator in 2003.
After a head-coaching change at Hiram in 2004, Pavkovich became the offensive coordinator at Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, N.C., leading it to a state championship game appearance in his one season with the team before returning to the college ranks at Westminster.
Pavkovich was a four-year starter (1998-2001) at quarterback at Hiram, serving as team offensive captain as a junior and senior. Pavkovich, who set the freshman and sophomore passing records, still holds the overall record for pass attempts in a season with 318 as a sophomore in 1999.
Pavkovich earned a master's in education from Westminster in 2011. He resides in his hometown of Poland, Ohio, where he was a 1997 graduate of Poland Seminary High School.
Co-Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line / Special Teams Coordinator / Strength & Conditioning
Scott Coy enters his sixth year on the Westminster coaching staff in 2012 as co-offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, and special teams coordinator.
Coy has coached seven all-conference players during his tenure. The Titans’ ball-control offense ranked fourth in the nation in time of possession in 2009.
Coy came to Westminster from Division I Northern Illinois where he was a graduate assistant, coaching the offensive line beginning in January 2006 and previously serving as a video assistant at NIU since August 2004.
Prior to coaching at Northern Illinois, Coy was an assistant offensive line coach at his alma mater Mount Union from December 2002 to May 2004, during which the Purple Raiders won the 2002 NCAA Division III National Championship.
As a player, Coy was a two-year letterman and starting offensive lineman on Mount Union’s 2001 national championship team. Coy played left tackle and started all 14 games.
A native of West Salem, Ohio, and a 1998 graduate of Norwayne High School, Coy earned a master’s degree in adult education from Northern Illinois in December 2006 and bachelor’s degrees in computer science and mathematics (concentration in statistics) from Mount Union in May 2002.
He and his wife Sarah reside in New Castle.
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers / Academic Support Coordinator
Mike Sandy enters his fourth season at Westminster including his second as the defensive coordinator. Sandy coached linebackers his first two seasons and he continues to serve as the academic support coordinator. In 2010, the team’s linebacking corps produced three of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference’s top six tacklers including the league’s leader in tackles.
Sandy came to Westminster after coaching five years at McDonough High School in Pomfret, Md., including three as varsity assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. During Sandy’s five years at McDonough, he helped guide the team to a state championship game appearance and he coached three players that received scholarships from Division I-A schools, one of which reached the NFL.
Prior to coaching at McDonough, Sandy was a receivers coach at his alma mater, Hiram College, where he played wide receiver for four years from 1999-2002 and led the team in receptions as a junior and senior.
A native of Medina, Ohio, and a Buckeye High School graduate, Sandy resides in New Wilmington with his wife Kelly and son Cooper.
Bob Altenhof enters his second season on the Westminster coaching staff in 2012. Altenhof will coach the secondary with a concentration on safeties.
Altenhof is a former head coach at West Branch High School in Ohio where he coached from 1981-2010 including 17 years as defensive coordinator and the last six years as head coach. He remains the school’s full-time guidance counselor.
Altenhof’s son, Bill, played at Westminster from 2007-10. Altenhof is a 1981 graduate of Geneva College where he was a four-year starter and all-district player.
He resides in Homeworth, Ohio.
Mike Donato is back for his sixth year on the Titan coaching staff in 2012 as an assistant coach.
Donato coached the defensive line his first two years and running backs the last two seasons. During his tenure, Donato coached two-time all-conference defensive end Andrew Robison and first-team all-conference running back and team MVP Nick McKolosky.
Donato coached in the high school ranks for 23 years before coming to Westminster. He was the head coach at Kennedy Catholic High School in Sharon, Pa., from 2003-06 after serving as an assistant at his alma mater of Sharon High for 19 years.
Donato coached 10 teams that won the District 10 Championships, including one as head coach for Kennedy in 2005. The District 10 champion Sharon teams of 1994 and 1995 advanced to the state championship game.
During his playing career, Donato was a four-year starter and a three-year first-team all-conference linebacker at Thiel College before graduating in 1970 with a business degree.
A retired captain for the City of Sharon Fire Department, Donato resides in his hometown of Sharon.
Jon Gubish begins his first season as a graduate assistant at Westminster in 2012 where he was a standout wide receiver for the Titans during the 2007-10 seasons. Gubish will coach the wide receivers.
Gubish owns the single season records for receptions in a game and season for the Titans and ranks third on the all-time receptions list.
A native of Pittsburgh, Gubish spent the last two seasons as a coach at his alma mater, Northgate High School and at Washington and Jefferson. Gubish holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and is currently working on his master’s at Westminster.
Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Paul Yohman is serving as an assistant coach for strength and conditioning for the Westminster football program while he completes his undergraduate degree in exercise science at Youngstown State. Yohman is a native of New Wilmington and a 2008 graduate of Wilmington High School.