Jim Deere '89 embarks on his ninth season as head coach at Adrian College in 2018, leading the Bulldogs to two Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) championships in the last six years and a 52-30 record (.634) since taking the reins in 2010.
- His 52 wins in seven seasons is the best start of any coach in team history.
- Many school records, both team and individual, have been set or tied during Deere's tenure.
- Became the head football coach on Nov. 15, 2009, making a smooth transition into the role as part of a 26-year career on the Adrian sidelines.
- Won MIAA titles in 2012 and 2014 going 6-0 and 5-1, respectively, in conference play.
- 2017 produced 11 All-MIAA performers, including seven on the first team as All-America senior kicker Cameron Cook joined junior wide receiver Jerron McGaw and senior center Eric McDonel on the D3football.com All-North Region squads.
- In 2016, seven student-athletes were named All-MIAA including all-region defensive end Damon Fuller who was among three first teamers.
- The 2015 squad had a 7-3 overall ledger (4-2 MIAA, T-3rd), ending the season with a four-game winning streak.
- Sophomore all-region running back Emmanuel Stewart headlined eight Bulldogs who made All-MIAA teams in 2015.
- The 2012 Bulldogs tied the school record with nine wins (9-2) and went unblemished in the MIAA standings with a 6-0 record, outscoring conference opponents, 147-40.
- Adrian ended the 2012 regular season ranked 25th in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NCAA Division III poll and hosted an NCAA playoff game for the first time in school history against Franklin (Ind.) College.
- In the final 2012 NCAA statistical rankings, Adrian’s defense listed seventh in total yards, 10th in scoring, 14th in passing and 25th in rushing.
- Deere’s second season--in 2011--saw the Bulldogs finish 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the MIAA.
- That team finished third in the league standings and lost both games by only 17 points combined, including one of those losses in overtime on the road at Hope College
- The Bulldogs started 2011 with a 7-0 record and were ranked as high as 16th nationally by the AFCA
- The team’s first win of the season saw Adrian travel to Husson University, setting a school record for points in a 77-7 victory on Sep. 2, 2011. The team also had two very exciting road wins: 17-14 at Augustana on a last-second field goal and snapping a long losing streak against conference rival Trine with a 26-7 triumph against the 17th-ranked Thunder in Angola, Ind.
- Adrian led the MIAA in scoring offense (32.5 points per game) and scoring defense (14.2 ppg) in 2011. Also, the defensive unit led the MIAA in five different statistical categories.
- Deere’s 2011 defense was once again stellar by ranking seventh nationally in pass efficiency (89.28). The team allowed 124.9 yards per game on the ground and ranked 15th nationally in total defense (263.10 ypg). The aggressive nature of the defense was also highlighted by finishing sixth nationally in tackles for loss per game (8.8).
- Deere’s first season as head coach featured one of the strongest schedules in school history and the Bulldogs went 5-5 overall and finished in a second-place tie in the MIAA with a 4-2 league mark in 2010.
- That season, Adrian had four first-team All-MIAA players and five more make the second team all-conference.
- The team ranked second in MIAA total defense yielding 308.2 yards per game. The Bulldogs also ranked second in turnover margin (+4) and rushing defense (124.5 ypg). Deere’s first win came on Sep. 11, 2010, with a 40-14 triumph over Defiance College. Deere’s defense also pitched a shutout on Oct. 9 at Olivet (41-0).
MIAA INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES UNDER COACH DEERE
- Dylan Dunn earned the conference's Pete Schmidt Memorial Senior Scholar-Athlete Award in 2015.
- Under Deere's watch, the Bulldogs have earned 80 all-conference citations including 37 on the first team.
- All-MIAA First Team defensive back Mitch Osadchuk (Saline, Mich.) helped Team Stars & Stripes to a thrilling 15-14 come-from-behind win over CONADEIP All-Stars in the seventh annual Tazón de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) at CETYS University in Baja California on Dec. 21, 2015.
- Scores of student-athletes have received academic all-conference as well as MIAA and/or national weekly awards.
PRIOR TO CURRENT POSITION
- Deere served as Adrian's defensive coordinator for three years (2007-09) and also called the defensive plays up until his promotion as the program's 24th head coach in history.
- As the DC, the Bulldogs quietly became one of the more feared defensive units in Division III and the statistics tell the story. In 2009, Adrian finished first in the MIAA in five different categories including scoring defense (16.2 ppg), passing defense (162.3 ypg), total defense (281.6 ypg), pass efficiency defense (94.0) and sacks (26 for minus 158 yards)
- In addition, AC was 16th nationally in pass efficiency defense, 28th in scoring defense and 17th in tackles for loss.
- In 2008, Adrian finished fourth in Division III in total defense limiting its opponents to 239 yards per game. In addition, Deere’s crew ranked fourth in scoring defense (12.4), seventh in rushing defense (71.2 ypg) and fourth in tackles for loss (9.1 per game).
- The Bulldog defense finished 2007 as one of the best in school history. The defense ranked first in the MIAA in nine different statistical categories and finished the year ranked sixth in total defense in Division III. The 'Dogs allowed just 74.6 yards per game on the ground (10th nationally) and 14.4 points per game (12th nationally).
- Along with his experience at AC, Deere coached at Sterling Heights Stevenson High School in 1993 and 1994 and Morenci High School in 1996.
- A 1989 graduate of Adrian College, Deere was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs and was a player on the 1988 MIAA Championship team.
- Deere resides in Adrian and has three children - Angelica, Danielle and Blake.