2017 Football Coaches

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

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 the University of Kentucky and his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Valparaiso University.

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

Jerry Taylor brings high school, college, and professional coaching experience, now in his 8th season at Friends. Taylor moves to offensive line duties in 2016. He will also help out with special teams and football operations.

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.

Bill Shaw
Assistant Coach- 8th Season
Alma Mater: Southwestern College

Bill Shaw returns to Friends University after previously coaching the Falcons from 2006-2013. He will coach the defensive secondary. Shaw has 40 years of football coaching experience overall.

Shaw is very familiar with the surrounding area high schools, having coached at Ingalls (two years), Wellington (19 years), Derby (12 years), Haysville-Campus (six years), and El Dorado (two years and counting). Shaw also has coached baseball, and has been in 10 high school state championship games between the two sports, with six titles to show for it.

Shaw went to high school at Oxford where he participated in football, basketball and track. He then went to Southwestern where he played basketball and earned his Bachelors of Science in 1976. Shaw would return to Southwestern to get his Masters degree in 1990.

Shaw and his wife, Marilyn, have been married for 42 years. They have two children, Amy (Perrault) and Linn.

Christian Trotter
Assistant Coach- 6th Season
Alma Mater: Friends University

Christian Trotter begins his 5th season at Friends as the head wide receivers coach.

Trotter started his collegiate coaching career at Friends in 2012 as the assistant wide receiver coach, moving up to the head job in 2013. 

Before Friends, Trotter was the wide receiver coach at Southeast High School in Wichita in 2011.

Trotter played collegiately at Friends University as a reciever from 2007-2010. He had his best season as a Falcon in 2008, catching 29 passes for 360 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Falcons went 9-0, winning the KCAC Championship. He received his degree in Physical Education while attending Friends.

Trotter played his high school career at Circle High School in Towanda, Kan.

Trotter has a wife, Tiffany, and a son, Kingston.

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 as a Quality Control/Operations Director. 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 49 years and have two children (Michelle Wegner and Darren Wheeler) and three grandchildren (Morgan, Jason and Hayden).

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

Cody Butts starts his 3rd season on the Falcon sidelines in 2016 as the tight ends coach.

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.

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

Marcus Carter enters his second season as an assistant coach for Friends University, taking over strength and conditioning duties in addition to his previous role as linebackers coach.

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 dour 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 Bachelor's 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.

Quentin Benning
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season
Alma Mater: Friends University

Quentin Benning begins his first season on the sidelines for Falcon football in 2016. He will be the running backs coach and assist with special teams.

Benning was a two-time football MVP in high school at Converse Wagner (San Antonio, Texas). He was also a State Qualifier in wrestling (two-time) and shot putt and a member of National Honor Society.

On the Friends University football team from 2008-2011, Benning was a three-time First Team All-KCAC selection at running back as well as a Team Captain, MVP and Champion of Character Award recipient. He also excelled for the Falcon track and field program (2009-2012), helping Friends to three KCAC Championships as a four-time National Qualifier and Team Captain. He was a student coach at Friends in 2012.

Benning continued to play football, joining the Salina Bombers from 2012-2015. He is currently a member of the Wichita Force at running back, a part of the team that won the most recent CIF Championship.

Benning and his wife, Ashley, live in Wichita.