Vince Kehres is in his second year as head football coach at Mount Union but is definitely not a stranger to Purple Raider football.
Kehres literally has been a part of the program his entire life as the son of former coach and current director of athletics Larry Kehres.
In his first season on the job, he led Mount Union to its 22nd straight and 25th overall Ohio Athletic Conference title and a 17th appearance in the national championship on his way to OAC Coach of the Year honors. The 14 wins is the most for a first year football coach in school history.
Prior to becoming head coach, he spent 13 seasons as an assistant football coach and eight as Mount Union's defensive coordinator.
As defensive coordinator, his unit constantly has ranked statistically among the top of all of NCAA Division III and in 2012 they led were No. 1 in total defense, No. 1 in scoring defense and No. 1 in rushing defense while posting six consecutive shutouts.
He has been a part of 10 of Mount Union's 11 national championships as either a player (2) or coach (8).
A 1998 graduate of Mount Union, he was a four-year letterwinner (1994-97) at defensive end for the Purple Raiders, a member of two National Championship teams (1996 & 1997) and earned All-OAC honors during his senior year 1997.
During his playing career, Kehres totaled 62 hits and 12 tackles for loss, and he was a key member of the special teams unit. He was part of a 1997 defense that led all of Division III in fewest points allowed (5.6 ppg) and rushing defense (48.6 ypg) while posting five shutouts and setting a Raider single-season mark for sacks in a season (53 in 10 regular season games).
He spent a year coaching at Austintown Fitch High School, earned his master's degree from Ashland University then returned to Mount Union in 2000.
He and his wife, Lindsay, have two sons, Evan and Bo.