KCU Knights
2017 Football Coaches
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Corey Fipps
Head Coach - 1st Season
Phone: 334-322-2414

Twitter: @CoachFipps

Corey Fipps spent two seasons as the Offensive Coordinator at NCAA Division II Missouri Southern State University.

In year two, Fipps continued the offensive progress from the previous season. The Lion offense threw for 2,927 passing yards. Seven receivers caught 20 or more balls in 2016. Three Lion wide outs received MIAA honors, including Scott Lathrop who caught 66 passes. 

In year one, Fipps more than doubled the passing yards from the previous season. Four Lions caught touchdowns, including six from Chad Nolan. Three receivers had more than 400 receiving yards, while Nolan and freshman Carson Day were both named All-MIAA.

Fipps served as the Co-Offensive Coordinator at NAIA Bellhaven University under former University of Kentucky head coach Hal Mumme. In 2014 at Bellhaven, Fipps'; offense racked up 4,855 yards of total offense, including over 3,700 in the air. The Blazers averaged 10.4 yards per catch and recorded 28 touchdowns passing, while averaging 337 yards in the air per game.

Prior to Bellhaven, Fipps was the Offensive Coordinator at NAIA Montana Tech. In his one season at Tech, the Orediggers ranked 15th in the NAIA in passing offense per game (261.4) and 22nd in total passing (2614). Tech averaged 21.4 first downs per game and 403.1 yards of total offense, all while producing 1,000 yard rusher Pat Hansen.

Fipps joined the Orediggers from Sacramento City College, a member of the California Community College Athletic Association, where he served as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. In his only season with the Panthers, he increased the offensive production by 150 yards and 11 points per game. The Panthers led the CCCAA in pass attempts and completions, all while producing 1,000 yard rusher Logan Lanier.

Prior to his time at SCC, Fipps spent three seasons with NAIA Faulkner University as the offensive coordinator and lead recruiter. He increased the team’s offensive production in each of his seasons. In 2011, the Eagles ranked first in the nation in total offense (520 yards), first downs (30.2) and passing offense (397) per game. They were also the NAIA’s third highest scoring team per game (43.5 points), concluding the season with a 95-89 victory over Mid-South Conference rival Union College.

While at Faulkner, Fipps coached 2011 AFCA All-American Josh Hollingsworth. The standout quarterback passed for 3,937 yards and 43 touchdowns for the Eagles in Fipps’ offensive scheme.

Fipps also spent time at NCAA Division II Harding University, his alma mater, and also First Baptist Academy and the Frisco Thunder of the Indoor Football League.

As a player, Fipps played offensive tackle at Harding University. While playing for the Bison, he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in education and kinesiology, respectively.

Corey and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters, Kensley, Caroline, and Emery.

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Troy Baker
Defensive Tackles - 1st Season
Phone: 209-565-7728

Troy Baker begins his first season with the Knights working with the Defensive Line. Troy has spent the last 3 seasons coaching in Europe, Switzerland, and Norway.

Most recently, he was the head coach for the Bienna Jets in Biel, Switzerland and led an offense that average 40 points a game. In 2016, he coached the Zurich Renegades as the Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach and led them to the Junior Swiss Bowl Finals. In 2015, he coached the Lura Bulls as the Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach/ Special Teams coach to their first Norwegian National Championship.

In 2014, Troy coached Running Backs and coordinated the film for Evangel University. In 2013, he was part of the staff at Oklahoma Panhandle University. In 2012, Troy was an assistant coach for the Butte College Roadrunners where he coached running backs and helped lead the Roadrunners to a Nor Cal Championship and a #2 national ranking. While there, he coached the college’s first pair of 1000 yard rushers.

Coach Baker played defensive line at Harding University in 2003-04 under KCU head coach Corey Fipps. After sitting out a couple of years to work, he returned to play at Butte College in Chico, CA. There he started on the offensive line with two future NFL players. At Butte, they finished with a win in the State Center Bowl. He then transferred to Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL to finish his degree in Sports Management.

Troy attended Calaveras High School in San Andreas, CA where he lettered all four years in football, wrestling, and track. His senior year he was All-State in all 3 sports. He is originally from Valley Springs, CA.

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Mark Brame
Running Backs - 2nd Season
Phone: 425-492-4430

Twitter: @coachbrame

Mark Brame is a veteran of the US Navy serving in Operation Iraqi and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Upon completion of military service, Brame graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder while completing an internship with Coach Bob Simmons at Boulder High School (5A). Brame went on to continue his coaching career at an independent Jr. College in the Pacific Northwest coaching offensive line for the Everett Red Raiders located in Everett, Washington.

After the 2015 season Brame got hired onto KCU’s coaching staff where he was retained from the previous coaching staff and is now entering his 2nd year coaching at KCU. During Brame’s first season with the Knights’, he worked with the running backs. He will continue to work with the running backs heading into the 2017 season.

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Neal Burcham
Wide Receivers / Recruiting Coordinator - 1st Season
Phone: 501-581-8909

Twitter: @NealBurcham_12

Neal Burcham is entering his 1 st season as a collegiate coach.

Burhcam is a recently graduate from Southern Methodist University (SMU) where he played quarterback for 3 years before multiple career ending surgeries in the fall of 2015. He started 4 games for the mustangs with his best performance coming against 16 th ranked UCF where he threw for 222 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game in the 3 rd quarter with a concussion.

In 2011, Burcham competed at the Elite 11 quarterback competition in Malibu, CA where he finished with MVP honors alongside Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB and former overall #1 pick in the NFL draft, Jameis Winston. Burcham has a strong connection to the football staff at KCU having played for Coach Fipps’ former college coach and Zach Tribble’s dad, Randy Tribble at Greenbrier High School in Arkansas.

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Casey Carpenter
Running Backs/Strength & Conditioning - 1st Season
Phone: 334-885-2113

Twitter: @caseycarp12

Casey Carpenter begins his first season as an on the field position coach in the college ranks. He has been involved with strength and conditioning programs at his previous stops.

Carpenter comes to KCU after spending the past season at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, where he was the assistant strength and conditioning coach for all athletics.Prior to Millsaps, Carpenter was a strength and conditioning intern at Rice University in Houston, TX and Samford University in Birmingham, AL.

Carpenter played football at Faulkner University under KCU head coach Corey Fipps. And graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Kinesiology.

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Cody McCallister
Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs - 1st Season
Phone: 615-483-7371

Cody McCallister spent three seasons at NCAA Division II Mississippi College as a Graduate Assistant.

In his third season with the Choctaws, McCallister returned to the defensive side of the ball working with the strong safeties where Da’Quan Lewis finished second on the team in tackles.

During McCallister’s first two seasons with the Choctaws, he worked with tight ends and wide receivers. He helped mentor wide receiver Marcel Newson who would go on to collect over 1,500 receiving yards and 18 total touchdowns during his two year career at Mississippi College while picking up several awards along the way including AFCA 2 nd Team All-American, Don Hansen Division II All Super Region 2 First Team, and 1 st Team All GSC Receiver and Return Specialist.

Also during his three seasons for the Choctaws, McCallister worked as the special team’s quality control and video coordinator.

Prior to Mississippi College, McCallister was the co-defensive coordinator at Mount Juliet Christian Academy in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

As a player, McCallister played free safety at Cumberland University, where he was an Academic All-American. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Cumberland University in 2013 and his Master’s Degree from Mississippi College in 2016.

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Matt Pelesasa
Inside Linebackers - 1st Season
Phone: 650-868-2069

Matt Pelesasa joins the Knights’ staff this season as Inside Linebackers Coach. Prior to KCU, he served as QB Coach for the College of San Mateo (CA). As a player, he played junior college quarterback at the College of San Mateo, Division I Western Kentucky University, and NAIA Menlo College. Coach Pelesasa graduated with a BA in Psychology from Menlo College in 2013. He is married to Sawyer Pelesasa and they have two daughters Kinley (4) & Lily Jo (8 Months).

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Scott Pollock, Jr.
Offensive Line - 2nd Season
Phone: 559-270-2354

Twitter: @CoachPollockJr

Scott Pollock is entering his 2nd season with the Knights and will be coaching the offensive line. Last season as Defensive Coordinator, the Knights’ Defense improved in every defensive statistical category. In 2016, the Knights allowed 100 yards less per game in rushing yards than in 2015, ranked 1 st in pass defense in NAIA, set a school record for the least points allowed in one game, and created 30 takeaways.

Pollock came to KCU in 2016 from Reedley (CA) Community College. He began his career at El Dorado High School in Placerville, CA where he coached the Offensive and Defensive lines. In 1998, he became a student assistant at Humboldt State (CA) University where he coached Tight Ends. In 1999, Pollock moved to American River (CA) Community College as the Tight Ends coach, helping guide the Beavers to a Mid-Empire Conference Championship. In 2000, Pollock was hired as the Offensive Line coach at Reedley College. That season, the Tigers were the Merced Elks Bowl Champions, Reedley’s first bowl game victory in 26 years. Pollock gained a vast amount of experience at Reedley, coaching Outside Linebackers in 2001 and Defensive Backs in 2002. In 2002, Reedley College won the California Community College Athletic Association State Championship to cap a perfect 12-0 season. Reedley was also named the mythical 2002 Junior College National Champions by JC Gridwire. In 2003, Pollock moved to Concord (WV) University where he was named the Defensive Line Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for football. In 2004, Pollock was named Defensive Line coach at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. In 2006, Pollock moved back to California when he was named the defensive backs coach at Reedley College. During his second stint at Reedley, Pollock’s versatility was again utilized as he also coached Running Backs in 2010, Offensive Line in 2011 and 2012, and Defensive Line from 2013 to 2015.

Pollock married Tanya Warwick on February 14, 2014 after a ten-year courtship. They have one daughter Ashley, 24, who lives in Fresno, CA.

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Bret Story
Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Ba - 1st Season
Phone: 864-764-2038

Twitter: @StoryBret

Bret Story begins his first season with the Knights after spending the past two seasons at Division II Missouri Southern State.

Story led the wide receiving corps for the Lions during his second season after working with Linebackers during his first season. Story coached Kyjuan Tate to 105 tackles, leading the team in that category and earning All-MIAA honors in the process. 

He came to Southern after two seasons at Angelo State as the running backs coach.

Prior to ASU, Story was at Great American Conference's Northwestern Oklahoma where he coached quarterbacks.  In 2012, Story helped bring NWOSU quarterback Kyle Jech’s career to a record-smashing finish. Jech, a senior and four-year starter, smashed Northwestern’s single-season records for most completions (251) and passing yards (2,650), while throwing only four interceptions. In their week two matchup with nationally-ranked CSU-Pueblo, Jech shredded the secondary for a school-record 43 completions.

Prior to Northwestern Story spent a year coaching the defensive line at the Apprentice School in Virginia.

Story started his coaching career at Newberry College (S.C.) in 2010, working with the tight ends and special teams.

The South Carolina native originally found himself on a path toward baseball. He was starting catcher at South Carolina Upstate from 2005-07, then was signed by the Texas Rangers as an undrafted free agent. Story played professionally in the Rangers’ organization before shifting his sights back to the gridiron.

With football eligibility remaining, Story returned to the college ranks to play one year at Newberry College.

He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education with a concentration in Leisure Studies.

Story is a 2003 graduate of Broome High School, where he was a three-sport athlete. He played in the North/South Select game as a catcher, as well as an All-Region choice at quarterback as a senior.

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Louis Story
Defensive Ends - 1st Season
Phone: 864-384-2820
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Zach Tribble
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks - 1st Season
Phone: 501-278-6915

Zach Tribble joins Corey Fipps staff after spending the past 6 seasons at Faulkner University.

Tribble most recently coached the Wide Receivers at Faulkner where the offense ranked 7 th in the country in passing yards per game. While at Faulkner, Tribble was a part of two Mid-South conference championships and two playoff appearances.

Tribble played quarterback for Corey Fipps at Faulkner University in 2010, while coach Fipps was the offensive coordinator.

A native of Searcy, Arkansas, Tribble was a two-year letterman at Harding University and a one-year letterman at Faulkner University, all as a quarterback.  An injury cost him his final year of competition but allowed an early transition to coaching.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Faulkner University, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the science of counseling.

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Ryan Whetsel
Graduate Assistant / Defense - 2nd Season
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Johnny White
Student Assistant / Offense - 2nd Season