Travis Rundle enters his second season as Sewanee's Head Football Coach, and he is the 31st head football coach in Sewanee's storied history.
In his first season with the Tigers in 2017, Rundle's defensive play-calling helped the Tigers to improvements in seven of nine statistical categories. One stat that saw the most improvement was interceptions. The Tigers finished 2016 with just six interceptions, 206th out of 240 ranked teams. In 2017, All-Southern Athletic Association First Team member John Cleveland matched last year's team total with six picks, 17th-best in all of NCAA Division III. All-SAA players William Phillips and Wesley Porter each added five of their own. As a team, the Tigers totaled 21 picks, good for 10th-best in all of NCAA Division III, one better than National runner-up Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas).
He coached seven players to All-Conference honors, including Newcomer of the Year William Phillips, who started his collegiate career with a 98-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, the longest in the modern era of Sewanee football. Phillips became the second SAA Newcomer of the Year for the program.
Rundle also coached three players to confernece player of the week honors, tying the most in a season since 2008.
On the academic side, the Tigers totaled 18 student-athletes to the SAA Academic Honor Roll. Three of those 18, Jay Douglass, James Hewell and Glenn Ireland, were named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society.
Rundle came 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 stands, 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.
The Rundle File
Year -- Overall W-L Record -- Conference W-L Record -- Notes