Assistant Football Coaches
Evan Acton: Graduate Assistant (Offensive Line/Tight Ends)
Evan Acton joins Coach Karras’ staff and will serve as a graduate assistant. He will work with the offensive line and tight ends. He played four years for Karras at Marian, and was a member of their 2013 NAIA National Championship team.
Acton earned his degree in management and is also a graduate of Lebanon High School ('08).
Adam Doud: Linebackers Coach
Adam Doud is in his second year on staff and will coach the linebackers. Doud brings 14 years of coaching experience to Walsh. He coached at Canton McKinley High School for four years, where he was the defensive line coach, special teams coach and produced three BCS defensive ends and two All-Americans.
He was previously the defensive line coach and special team’s coordinator at Middletown High School.
Doud is a young, dedicated worker, who will fit well with the Cavalier Staff. He graduated from Ohio Northern University. He resides in Canton with his wife Jill and sons Drake (6) and Grady (1).
Richard El: Defensive Backs/Strength & Conditioning Coach
Richard El joins the first staff of Ted Karras at Walsh, after serving three years at Marian, two years as a graduate assistant. He will serve as Walsh’s Strength and Conditioning Coach and will coach the defensive back.
El played safety for Karras at Marian, earning All-MSFA Mideast honorable mention honors in 2008 when he tallied a team-high 98 tackles, had five tackles-for-loss, and notched one sack. He spent the summer of 2009 interning with the Black Coaches' Association.
El coached the linebackers at Earhlam College last year, while also serving as their strength and conditioning coach.
He earned his BA in sports management from Marian and his master's in management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Richard and his wife, Jemyla, have a daughter, Raniyha.
John Fankhauser: Special Teams Coordinator/Kicking Coach
John Fankhauser is in his 16th year as an assistant football coach. John will handle all aspects of the Cavs Special Teams. He has previously coached the offensive backs.
Fankhauser served as a student assistant at Youngstown State University, where he lettered three times (1992-94). John coached the special teams (1994-96) and graduated with a B.A. in history and a minor in psychology. John also begins his 13th year as Walsh’s Head Athletics Groundskeeper. For the past seven years, John has worked as a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Stark County.
John has his master’s degree in education and resides in North Canton with his wife, Chris (Walsh grad), and daughter Emilia and son Anderson.
Ryan Hardie: Running Backs Coach/Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Ryan Hardie is in his first year as running backs coach and is responsible for recruiting northwest Ohio. Hardie is also the assistant strength and conditioning coordinator. He previously served as a student assistant coach, working with the offensive backs and the offensive line. Ryan’s playing career at Walsh was cut short due to injury.
Ryan graduated from Walsh this past December with his bachelor degree in multi-age physical education and is currently working on his MBA in management.
John Hasty: Graduate Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers)
John Hasty joins the first staff of Coach Karras as a graduate assistant coach. He will work with the Cavs’ wide receivers. Hasty was a wide receiver for Coach Karras at Marian, and a member of their 2012 NAIA National Championship team. He caught 52 passes for 495 yards and three touchdowns this past season. Hasty made five catches in the national championship game.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in history and is currently working on his master’s in business.
Devin Jordan: Wide Receivers Coach/Assistant Recruiting Coordinator
Devin Jordan is in his second season as an assistant football coach for the Cavaliers. He will coach the wide receivers. Jordan is a former standout receiver from Massillon Washington High School, whose collegiate career at The Ohio State University was derailed due to injury.
Jordan earned first-team All-Ohio honors as a junior and senior for the Tigers and teamed with quarterback Justin Zwick to form one of the most dangerous aerial combinations in the state in 2001, hauling in 101 passes for 1,504 yards and 18 touchdowns. He followed that up by catching 59 passes for 893 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. Jordan still holds Tiger records’ for single season receptions (101), touchdowns (18), single game catches (12) and touchdown catches in a single game (4).
Jordan served as a student-coach for Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes for three years and coached several players (Ted Ginn, Jr., Anthony Gonzalez, Roy Hall, Brian Robiskie, and Brian Hartline), who went on to play in the National Football League. He served under former Buckeye wide receivers coach, and now head coach at Kent State University, Darrell Hazel.
Last year Jordan was the wide receivers coach at Otterbein University, after spending two years at Wittenberg University. He coached two NCAA All-Americans at Wittenberg. Jordan resides in Canton.
Pete Karras: Defensive Line Coach
Pete Karras joins the staff Coach Ted Karras, Karras will coach the defensive interior. He is the son of former NFL All-Pro, the late Alex Karras. Karras served eight years as an assistant coach at Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, MI and one year as head coach at Detroit Denby High School.
He earned his degree in construction management from the Builder’s Institute in 1984. Pete, and his wife, Darcy have one daughter, Kalla.
Adam Sherman: Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Adam Sherman joins the first staff of Ted Karras Jr. at Walsh, after serving five years (2008-12) at Marian University with Karras. Sherman will serve as Walsh’s Offensive Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach, recruiting coordinator and will work with the offensive line.
Coach Sherman brings NAIA National Championship experience to Walsh. The Knights finished the 2012 season 12-1 and captured the schools’ first national championship.
In his five seasons at Marian, Sherman developed a balanced attack on offense with the ability to adapt to personnel. He served as offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, while also coaching the tight ends and H-backs.
Sherman coached in three NAIA National Championship playoffs, coached 11 MSFA All-Conference linemen, and this past fall coached first-team NAIA All-American running back Tevin Lake. The Knights produced winning seasons in each of Sherman’s five years and won back-to-back MSFA Mid-East Championships.
Additionally, Sherman coached and mentored the program's first-ever National Football League signee. Senior Harold "Coy" Beilby signed a free agent contract with the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints. He coached Beilby for three seasons in his left tackle position. Beilby is the second Marian player to sign a professional contract, but the first to sign a coveted NFL contract.
Before coming to Marian, Adam spent the 2007 season as the offensive line coach for the five-time IHSAA Class 5A state champion Warren Central High School Warriors in Indianapolis. In his one season with the Warriors, Sherman helped coordinate the rushing game and assist with offensive sideline adjustments. His rushing game led the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference with 4,500 yards.
Prior to his stint with Warren Central, Sherman served as the offensive line coach at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Florida, in 2006. As the rushing game coordinator, Sherman coached All-State first team center Devone Williams and helped lead the Red Devils to a 9-3 overall record. In 2005, he served as offensive line coach at Perry Meridian High School where he coordinated the rushing game and assisted with sideline adjustments.
Sherman was a four-year starter at the University of Saint Francis (IN) and was a two-time NAIA All-American and a three-time MSFA All-Mideast pick. He earned a bachelor of science in education in 2005. Sherman was inducted into the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) Hall of Fame in 2011.
Adam and his wife Kari are the proud parents of girls’ Hayden (5) and Rory (2) and boys’ A. J. (4) and Fisk (1).
Fred Thomas: Defensive Coordinator
Fred Thomas in his 15th season as Walsh’s defensive coordinator. Thomas is the former defensive coordinator at Youngstown State University (1984-86) and head coach at GlenOak High School (1991-98).
Thomas coached at his alma mater, Youngstown State, from 1978-86. Fred served as defensive line coach from 1978-83. In 1979, the Penguins were the NCAA division two national runners-up.
Thomas left Youngstown after the 1985 season and became head coach at Girard High School and was named Mahoning Valley Coach of the Year in 1987. He remained at Girard until 1989, when he accepted the head coaching position at Alliance High School. While with the Aviators, Thomas was named Stark County Division One Coach of the Year in 1991. Thomas left Alliance in 1991 and became head coach at GlenOak High School and again was honored by his peers. In 1994, he was selected as the Federal League Coach of the Year. In 1993, he was elected to the Stark County Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1999, he was awarded the Professional Service Award at the Career Center at GlenOak. Thomas received his bachelor of science in education from Youngstown State in 1979 and his master’s degree from Ashland in 1994.
Fred and his wife, Mia, a member of the Walsh University Athletic Wall of Fame, reside in North Canton with their son Ben (a freshman on the football team) and daughter Mollie.
Adam Wiese: Quarterbacks Coach/Equipment Manager
Adam Wiese joins Coach Karras first staff at Walsh. He will work with the quarterbacks and serve as equipment manager. Wiese played quarterback for Karras at Marian, and helped lead the Knights to the NAIA National Championship this past December.
Weise earned All-MSFA Mideast Second-Team honors this year, after passing for 3,223 yards and 28 touchdowns. He averaged 248 yards per game, while completing 68 percent of his passes. As a junior, he helped the Knights to the MSFA Mideast League championships, and a berth in the NAIA Football Championship Series semifinals. He was named All-MSFA Mideast Second Team, and finished fourth in the MSFA in passing and finished No. 1 in the nation in passing efficiency. Wiese completed 69.1 percent of his passes (190-275-10) and amassed 2,494 yards passing and threw for 23 touchdowns. He averaged 191.1 yards passing per game and led the nation's third-best scoring offense and ninth-best passing offense.
Wiese played two years at Lambuth University (2009-10) before transferring to Marian. He guided Lambuth to the NAIA FCS quarterfinals, where he finished fourth in the NAIA in passing with 3,422 yards. Wiese threw for more than 300 yards four times, including in Lambuth’s NAIA FCS opening round victory. He completed 65 percent of his passes and threw for 32 touchdowns in guiding the Eagles to a 12-1 record and was named first-team all-conference.
At Perry Meridian High School, he was named all-conference in 2006 and 2007 and earned all-state honorable mention and was MVP of the North/South All-Star Game.
Adam earned his degree from Marian in sports performance, with a minor in history.