Travis Rundle enters his third season as Sewanee's Head Football Coach, and he is the 31st head football coach in Sewanee's storied history.
The Tigers 2018 campaign saw the team improve with four wins, but the biggest win of the year came on Oct. 27, as Sewanee reclaimed he Orgill Cup with a 27-14 win over Rhodes. bringing the Cup back to the Domain for the first time since 2011.
In May 2019, his team had the opportunity to travel to Greece and Italy for an overseas trip with Global Football Spring Tours.
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.
Eight student-athletes were honored on the All-Conference team, while 20 were listed on the Academic Honor Roll. Additionally, four athletes, Trey Claus, Michael Jacobs, Travis Nadalini and Brinley Rhys were honored to the Hampshire Honor Society. Jacobs was also chosen to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
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 conference 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.
In two seasons with the Purple and Gold, there have been 15 All-Conference selections, 38 Academic Honor Roll selections and seven student-athletes were named into the 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