Travis Rundle enters his first season as Sewanee's Head Football Coach.
University of the South Athletic Director Mark Webb has announced that Travis Rundle has been named the 31st head football coach in Sewanee's storied history.
Rundle comes to Sewanee after serving as the defensive coordinator and head strength and conditioning coach for the past six seasons at NCAA Division III institution Illinois Wesleyan University.
During Rundle's tenure, Illinois Wesleyan was among the nation's best in scoring, rushing, passing, and total defense. Last season, the Titans ranked 35th or better nationally in eight defensive categories. That included being the top-ranked program in total defense and fourth-down defense in 2016.
In 2015, Rundle helped guide the Titans to top-33 rankings in 10 national statistical categories. Under Rundle's leadership, two Illinois Wesleyan student-athletes earned AFCA First-Team All-American honors at defensive end while one Titan earned AFCA Third-Team All-American accolades at cornerback.
As a team, Illinois Wesleyan earned NCAA playoff bids in 2011 and 2013 while 26 defensive players earned All-CCIW awards.
Prior to his time at Wesleyan, Rundle served as a defensive coach at Penn State University from 2004-2010.
No stranger to Division III, Rundle graduated in 2002 from Albion College (Mich.), where he was a four-year letterman and a member of three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship teams. An All-MIAA quarterback for two seasons, Rundle set a number of single season passing records that still stand, including records for completions and attempts.
After graduating, he remained at Albion as an assistant coach for a season, helping with the linebackers and with recruiting, before becoming an assistant at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif.
Rundle and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of two sons, Tyler and Grant, and a daughter, Rachel.