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Kleckler named LWC Football's defensive coordinator
By Chris Wells
Phil Kleckler has been hired as the Lindsey Wilson College football defensive coordinator, head coach Chris Oliver announced today.
Kleckler joins the Lindsey Wilson staff after six seasons at Benedictine (Ill.), where he served as the defensive and recruiting coordinator each of the last two seasons. He also boasts coaching stints at Occidental (Calif.) and Averett (Va.).
"I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead the Lindsey Wilson defense," Kleckler said. "I would like to thank Coach Oliver and the Lindsey Wilson administration for selecting me for this role. I look forward to building strong relationships within the Blue Raider community and continuing the winning tradition that has been established within the NAIA and the Mid-South Conference."
Kleckler led a Benedictine defense that has led the Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference in scoring defense and rushing defense the last two seasons.
"I'm confident that Phil Kleckler is a great fit for our program, both on and off the field," Oliver said. "He has great experience at the college level, and has been around multiple winning programs as a coach and student-athlete. He understands our defensive philosophy, but will also bring fresh ideas to our program."
Kleckler is a 2006 graduate of Monmouth (Ill.). As a student-athlete, Kleckler was a two-time all-conference selection. He led his teams to a 39-12 overall record, while helping Monmouth to a Midwest Conference championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs.
Lindsey Wilson finished 2016 with an 11-2 record -- the most wins during a single season in the program's history -- while reaching the NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinals.
"I always seek highly qualified candidates who possess exemplary character, and Coach Kleckler certainly falls into those categories," Oliver said. "I am excited that the entire Kleckler family is a part of Blue Raider football."
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