Keith Uecker begins his ninth season on the Adrian College football coaching staff in 2019. He works with the Bulldogs' offensive line and added assistant head coach responsibilities three years ago.
COACHING HIGHLIGHTS AT ADRIAN
- Helped the Bulldogs to Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships and NCAA Division III Football Championship appearances in 2012 and '14.
- In his first season, Uecker's offensive line saw the 2011 Bulldogs' rushing attack average 172.2 yards per game finishing second in the MIAA.
- Adrian had one of the MIAA's best offensive lines in 2012. The Bulldogs rushed for 141.73 yards per game, which ranked third in the league, and averaged 319.73 in total yards.
- In 2013, the offense ranked second in rushing (167.5 ypg) among MIAA schools and had 12 touchdowns on the ground. Damon Brown ranked third in the MIAA in rushing yards per game.
- In 2014, the offense ranked third among MIAA schools in rushing with a 208.1 average while also accumulating a MIAA-high 28 touchdowns.
- As the 2015 run game coordinator, Uecker saw a record-breaking season by his student-athletes. The team rushed for a school-record 2,541 yards to break the previous record of 2,311, set in 2008. The Bulldogs also had 3,932 total yards, which nearly broke another single-season record (4,033 in 2005).
- On Oct. 10, 2015, Adrian set a single-game school record with 549 yards rushing in a 50-14 win against Alma. The Bulldogs ended that season ranked 21st in NCAA Division III rushing offense (253.6 yards/game) behind Uecker's tutelage.
- In 2016, the Adrian offensive line paved the way for the most-successful aerial attack in the program's 100-plus year history. Three Bulldog quarterbacks threw for 2,632 yards to break the previous AC single-season benchmark of 2,463, set in 2009.
- The Bulldogs allowed the second fewest sacks in the MIAA at 1.40, which also lists 51st in the nation, that season.
- The 2017 O-line helped Adrian be one of the top offenses in the nation with NCAA rankings of 17th in rushing (247.5 yards per game), 25th in total yards (464.1 ypg), 29th in fourth-down conversions (.588), 35th in third-down conversions (.446), 41st in red-zone efficiency (.841) and 42nd in first downs (229). The Bulldogs allowed the 28th fewest sacks with 1.10 per game.
- The 2018 squad nationally was 18th in third-down conversions (.485), 27th for fewest tackles for loss against (4.7 per game), 42nd for fewest sacks allowed (1.3 per game) and 54th in total offense (421.7 ypg), while keeping a freshman quarterback upright to the tune of only five interceptions in 228 pass attempts.
MIAA INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES UNDER COACH UECKER
- Mentored first-team All-MIAA pick Nick Ross and second-team All-MIAA selections in Spencer Whittington and Derek Shell during first year on the job.
- In 2014, Uecker coached senior John Rock to a second straight first-team All-MIAA nod and all-region third team selection. Linemen Jordan Simon and Quest Gosnell also garnered all-conference honors.
- Under the auspices of run-game coordinator Uecker's strategy, sophomore running back Emmanuel Stewart earned 2015 All-MIAA First Team accolades for a second time with an all-region performance of 1,487 for a program benchmark.
- Lineman Eric McDonel won all-conference accolades for the third time in as many seasons during 2017 campaign. He also was part of a group that were twice named the Scoutware/D3football.com Team of the Week on Oct. 25, 2016-17.
- McDonel also earned D3football.com All-North Region Third Team.
- Jaleel Brown earned back-to-back first-team all-conference monikers in 2017 and 2018.
PREVIOUS NCAA and PROFESSIONAL COACHING EXPERIENCE
- University of Akron (1999–2003), NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, offensive line coach
- Wayne State University (2004–2005), NCAA Division II, offensive line coach
- Ohio State University (2009–2010), NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, offensive quality control.
- Omaha Nighthawks (2010), United Football League, offensive line coach
- Adrian College (2011–present), NCAA Division III, offensive line and assistant head coach
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
- Played in the NFL for 10 seasons, drafted in the 1982 class as the 243 pick of the ninth round.
- Suited up for the Denver Broncos (1982-84) and Green Bay Packers (1984-91) as a guard.
- With the Packers, he was a four-year starter and played all five O-line positions.
- 1987 recipient of the prestigious Ed Block Courage Award.
- Had 49 career starts while playing in 85 contests.
- Earned an accounting degree from Auburn in 1988.
- Tabbed an All-American during his 1981 senior year, receiving all-Southeastern Conference honors.
- A four-year starter for the Tigers, serving as team captain during his senior season.
- Twice was the winner of the Ken Rice Award as the team’s outstanding offensive lineman.
- A native of Hollywood, Fla., where he was born on June 29, 1960.
- Has four children: Victoria, Jack, Clayton and Jane. Clayton quarterbacked the Bulldogs in 2017 for his only Adrian season as a senior.
- Also has worked in the automotive industry.