Primary Recruiting Areas: Ohio, Pennsylvania (WPIAL)
Chris Kappas is in his fifth year in his second stint on the Mount Union coaching staff and in 2017 is in his first season as offensive coordinator.
Kappas spent the last three seasons as defensive coordinator and led a unit that had been in the top 10 in at least three national defensive categories in each season.
In 2015, Kappas earned National Coordinator of the Year honors as his Purple Raider defense topped all of college football allowing 197.6 yards per game. Mount Union also led the nation in third down defense (21.4-percent), rushing defense (55.2 yds/game), scoring defense (9.3 ppg), sacks (4.53 per game) helping leading the team to its 12th national championship.
Kappas spent three years as an assistant coach at Bowling Green State University after a three-year stint on the Mount Union coaching staff.
A 2008 Mount Union graduate, Kappas was a three-year letterwinner at defensive back that earned Academic All-OAC and Academic All-District honors while being a member of the 2005 and 2006 National Championship teams.
A native of the Pittsburgh, Pa, suburb of North Hills, he earned a master's degree at Bowling Green while he, his wife Krista and son Coby reside in Louisville.
Top 10 National Rankings as Defensive Coordinator
- No. 2 in defensive touchdowns
- No. 7 in rushing defense
- No. 8 in sacks
- No. 1 in total defense
- No. 1 in scoring defense
- No. 1 in rushing defense
- No. 1 in 3rd down defense
- No. 5 in passing yards allowed
- No. 7 in pass efficency defense
- No. 9 in fumbles recovered
- No. 3 in fumbles recoverd
- No. 4 in scoring defense
- No. 4 in turnovers gained
- No. 7 in tackles for loss
- No. 10 in total defense