Head Coach Jeff Grisch
Jeff Girsch, who has spent 20 years as a college football coach, will enter his fifth season as the defensive coordinator at Angelo State.
Girsch led a defensive unit in 2017 that received four Lone Star Conference first-team selections and was second in the conference by limiting opponents to 348.5 yards per game. Three defensive players, Markus Jones, Justin Jackson and Fred Lawrence were named All-Americans after the season where the Rams held quarterbacks to 211.6 yards per game in 2017 and rushers to 136.8 yards. ASU’s defense allowed only 22.5 points per games and saw Bright Ihegworo, Jones, Jackson and Lawrence each earn LSC first-team honors. Jones was named the LSC Defensive Player of the Year after finishing the season with 10.5 sacks and 63 total tackles. Jackson earned LSC Linebacker of the Year and Lawrence was LSC Defensive Back of the Year.
The 2016 Ram defense only allowed 341.2 yards per game in one of the more prolific offensive leagues in the nation. The yards per game was the second lowest given up since 2002. The Rams defense also finished 1st in the LSC conference and 5th in the nation in opponents 3rd down percentage holding them to a 26.5% rate. Six players were named all-conference highlighted by Markus Jones and Justin Jackson on the first team. Jones and Bright Ihegworo picked up all-region honors for their play on the defensive line and combined for 13 sacks between the two.
The 2015 Ram defense finished second in the conference in total defense, scoring defense, sacks, opponents 1st downs, and opponents 4th down conversions. They also finished first in the conference in opponents 3rd downs percentage while forcing 19 turnovers. Opponents were held to just 207.1 yards per game passing. Clayton Callicutt, Fred Lawrence, John Siliga, Jeremy Johnson, Willie Brown, Richard Franklin and Ryan Clapsaddle earned LSC All-Conference selections. Clayton Callicutt was also named LSC Defensive Lineman of the Year for the second straight season. The Rams were No. 13 nationally with four defensive touchdowns and No. 15 in tackles for loss.
Girsch guided a defense that led the Lone Star Conference in forced turnovers with 18 in 2014. The Rams scored 115 points off of those turnovers.
Girsch’s defense produced four LSC All-Conference players including two first team selections in linebacker Rush Seaver (148 total tackles, second highest season total in ASU history) and defensive end Clayton Callicutt (LSC Defensive Lineman of the Year), and two second team selections in cornerback Jarred Ross and defensive tackle John Siligia.
Prior to joining Angelo State University, Girsch had spent 18 years coaching at St. Ambrose University, with his last six as the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach. He was named the MSFA Assistant Football Coach of the Year in 2008.
During his tenure at St. Ambrose, Girsch coached over 50 All-Conference Players, Five All-Americans, and was a part of Seven Mid-States Football Association Conference Championships. His defense finished in the top 25 in scoring five of his six years as the Coordinator, highlighted by a No. 2 finish in 2009 and a No. 5 finish in 2011.
Girsch is a graduate of St. Ambrose University, where he excelled as a four-year starter as a wide receiver on the football team. He currently ranks fourth in career receiving yards (1,617), 10th in career receiving touchdowns (11), and 10th in career receptions (94).
Girsch and his wife Erin, who is the Tutoring Center & Supplemental Instruction Coordinator at ASU are proud parents of two daughters, Jamee and Jill.