Greg Pscodna Named Head Football Coach
Greg Pscodna has been named the new head football coach at Alma College.
A former head coach at Defiance College and an assistant coach on national championship teams at Grand Valley State University and Albion College, Pscodna joins the Scots after seven years as athletic director at Michigan Center High School, including the past four as head football coach.
“We are terrifically excited about the breadth of experience and success that Greg Pscodna brings to Alma College,” says President Jeff Abernathy. “He is committed to developing young men of character even as he is committed to winning on the playing field.”
Pscodna spent seven years at Defiance College (1996-2002) and successfully rebuilt the football program as head coach. When he arrived at Defiance the dormant program had just 12 student athletes on the squad. During his final 2002 campaign, the team had 95 student athletes on the roster. In 2001, the team finished 8-3, won the Heartland Conference and qualified for the NCAA Division III National Playoffs for the first time in the school’s 101 years of football. Pscodna was twice (2000, 2001) named Heartland Conference Coach of the Year.
“Greg is a person that has a great coaching resume and has had success at every stop,” says Athletic Director John Leister. “He is the right person to continue the tradition of Alma football and take our program to the next level.”
At Michigan Center, Pscodna led his 2010 team to a 9-0 record and a first conference championship in 21 years. In addition, his 2009 team earned a playoff berth for the first time in 19 years, and he was named AP Division 5-6 All State Football Coach.
During his time as athletic director, Michigan Center won 19 conference titles, four district championships, five regional championships, two state runner-up championships and two state championships.
“I am excited to be here at Alma College as football coach,” says Pscodna. “It is a great academic and athletics institution, and I look forward to producing competitive student athletes with the goal of winning MIAA championships.”
Prior to Michigan Center, Pscodna was an assistant head coach/linebackers coach at Grand Valley State University. During his time at Grand Valley, the school, under head coach Brian Kelly, won the 2003 NCAA Division II Championship.
He spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Michigan after six seasons at Albion College (1990-1995). While with the MIAA Britons, Pscodna was defensive coordinator/secondary coach and was part of a staff that won the Division III National Championship in 1994. His defensive squads were ranked in the top 20 nationally in five of his seasons at Albion, and the team won five MIAA titles during his tenure. He also was the football recruiting coordinator in his time at Albion.
His other coaching experience includes one year as defensive line coach for the Arena Football League’s Cleveland Thunderbolts (1992) and as a graduate assistant at Michigan State University (1989-1990).
Pscodna is a 1986 graduate of Adrian College. He earned a Master of Arts in Physical Education and Exercise Science at Michigan State University in 1989.
Posted: Tue, January 10th, 2012 at 4:41PM