2017 Football Coaches
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Dion Meneley
Head Coach- 1st Season
Alma Mater: Pittsburg State University
Phone: (316) 295-316-295-5605

Dion Meneley was named the 17th head coach for the Friends University Football team on March 23rd after a brief stint as the Falcon’s defensive coordinator when he was originally hired by the university in February.

Prior to coming to Friends, Coach Meneley was in his fifth season at Hutchinson Community College as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. In his first four seasons at Hutchinson, Meneley’s defenses produced six NJCAA All-Americans and 31 all-Jayhawk Conference performers. In 2012, the Blue Dragons led the Jayhawk conference in pass defense scoring, they were second in total defense and second in rush defense.

In 2014, Meneley’s defense was one of the best in the Jayhawk Conference. The 2014 Blue Dragons captured the program’s first conference title and had its highest final national ranking of No. 4 after a record 11-1 season.

A native of Topeka, Meneley came to Hutchinson with experience at the NAIA and NCAA Division ll levels. Before Hutchinson, Meneley was an assistant coach at Fort Hays State University where he was the defensive coordinator for the Tigers in 2011. He also coached the defensive line. Before that, he spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Southwestern College in Winfield.

Meneley was a two-time All-MIAA selection at outside linebacker and one-time All-MIAA selection at defensive end for Pittsburg State. During his playing career, he was a part of three MIAA championships and the 1995 team that finished as the NCAA Division ll runner-up. He was a team captain for the Gorillas in 1999.

Meneley received his bachelor’s degree in general studies from Pittsburg State University and his master’s degree in leadership from Southwestern College.

 

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Matt Kalb
Associate Head Coach- 1st Season
Alma Mater: University of Kentucky

J. Matt Kalb begins his first season as the Friends University offensive coordinator
in 2017.

Kalb comes to Friends from McMurry University (Texas) where he has been the offensive coordinator since 2014. He has also spent time at Aurora University, Loras College, Joliet Junior College and Valparaiso University. Kalb played wide receiver in college at both Kentucky and Alabama.

Kalb brings 22 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Falcons, including 12 as an offensive coordinator.
“I couldn’t be more excited to work with Coach Meneley and help him achieve his vision for the Falcon Football program,” said Kalb. “The people at Friends, along with the university’s values and traditions, made this an easy decision and I can’t wait to get started.”

While at McMurry, Kalb coached receiver Jeret Smith who broke the program’s career receiving record and went on to sign a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Kalb recruited the 2008 Iowa Conference Player of the Year and the last two All-Americans at Loras, as well as the school’s all-time leader in three passing categories.

Kalb has his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from
Valparaiso University.

 

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Jerry Taylor
Assistant Coach- 9th Season
Alma Mater: Kansas State Unviersity

Jerry Taylor brings high school, college, and professional coaching experience, now in his 9th season at Friends.

Taylor started out coaching as a defensive coordinator at Wichita East High School before moving to Wellington to be the head coach. He returned to East as their head coach before going to Wichita Northwest. Taylor took the Athletic Director position along with an assistant coaching position at Wichita South before becoming an assistant coach at
Bethel College.

Taylor graduated from Liberal High School in Liberal, Kan. He started out college at Kansas State University, getting his B.S. in Political Science/History in 1974. He completed his degree in Secondary Education at Wichita State University in 1976.

Taylor and his wife of 34 years, Debra, have three children, Jamie Mathias, Zachary Taylor, and Joel Taylor, along with two grandchildren.

 

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Neill Wheeler
Assistant Coach- 5th Season
Alma Mater: Friends University

Neill Wheeler brings high school and college coaching experience to football as well as 32 years of public school administration experience to the Falcons, where he will coach the running backs in 2017. Wheeler served 19 years as a High School Principal and 13 years as a District Level Administrator and Superintendent
of Schools.

Wheeler started coaching at Moran-Marmaton Valley High School as the Head Football Coach. In seven seasons, the Wildcats went 40-22 with three league championships. In 1976, he started coaching at Friends as the offensive line coach. The Falcons were undefeated KCAC Champions that season, and finished ranked #7 in the NAIA with a 317 rushing yards per game average.

Wheeler played collegiately as an offensive lineman at Friends from 1965-1968. He also played baseball for the Falcons.

Wheeler graduated from Miltonville High School before receiving his B.S. Degree in Health and Physical Education/Recreation from Friends in 1969. He went on to receive his Master Degree in Sports Administration from Wichita State University in 1977. His Specialist Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision would also come from Wichita State in 1980.

Wheeler and his wife, Linda, have been married for 50 years and have two children (Michelle Wegner and Darren Wheeler) and three grandchildren (Morgan, Jason and Hayden).

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Cody Butts
Assistant Coach- 4th Season
Alma Mater: Friends University

Cody Butts starts his 4th season on the Falcon sidelines in 2017.

A four-year letterman at Friends, Butts was a 2nd Team All-KCAC selection his sophomore season before earning 1st Team All-KCAC nods in both his junior and senior years. He was voted the Receiver of the Year by the Falcon coaches twice. In 30 career games, Butts grabbed 53 receptions for 220 yards and 5 touchdowns. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management while minoring in Business Administration and General Science.

Butts attended high school at Stigler High in Stigler, Okla. He was a three-year varsity player, earning All-District honors in 2009 as well as making the All-Star Team.

Butts lives with his wife, Alyssa. The couple just got married
in June.

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Marcus Carter
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season
Alma Mater: Friends University

Marcus Carter enters his third season as an assistant coach for Friends University.

In three seasons at linebacker for Friends, Carter totaled 337 tackles (192 unassisted, 39.5 for loss), and 4.5 sacks. He added in four interceptions and four fumble recoveries, scoring three touchdowns off the turnovers, including a 100-yard interception return against McPherson his junior year in an 18-17 win on the road.

A two-time captain for the Falcons, Carter was a 2nd Team All-KCAC pick his sophomore year, following it up with unanimous 1st Team All-KCAC selections his junior and senior seasons. That senior year (106 tackles, 72 solo, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries), Carter was named the KCAC Player of the Year and an AFCA All-American.

Carter graduated from Friends in 2014 with a Bachelore of Science in Physical Education.

Carter was born in North Las Vegas, Nev., where he was a two-year varsity player in football and basketball at Mojave High School.

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Darren Marquez
Assistant Coach- 1st Season
Alma Mater: Southern Illinois

Darren Marquez begins his first season on the Falcon Football sidelines, where he will be in charge of the offensive line.

Marquez has been all over the continent in all different leagues, with time in the NCAA (Louisiana Lafayette 2003-2004 and Southern Illiniois 2004-2008), the NFL (Indianapolis Colts 2008-2009), the CFL (BC Lions 2009-2010) and numerous stops in indoor football (New Orleans Voodoo 2010-2011, Nebraska Danger 2011-2013, Wichita Wild 2012-2013 and the Wichita Force 2013-present.

Darren and his wife Shannon have one daughter, Tinlee.

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Kwenn Murphy
Assistant Coach- 1st Season

Kwenn Murphy begins his coaching career with the Falcons in 2017, where he will instruct the wide receivers.

Murphy played football at Friends from 2003-2005. Before that, he was an Honorable Mention All-KJCCC performer at Dodge City Community College, where he was a dual-sport athlete, also participating in baseball.

Kwenn has a six year old son, Jaxson.

 

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Joshua Radford
Assistant Coach- 1st Season
Alma Mater: Wichita State

Joshua Radford begins his first season on the Friends University sidelines where he will assist in the coaching of the defensive line.

Radford comes to the Falcons from Northern Arizona University, where he assisted with quality control and recruiting.

Radford was a High School AAU All-American Triple Jumper. He recently graduated from Wichita State with a B.A. in Sport Management.