Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator
Bert Bathiany ‘09 enters his fourth year as Denison's head strength and conditioning coach and his second season as the Defensive Coordinator.
In addition to his football responsibilities, as Denison’s director of strength and conditioning, Bathiany is responsible for the performance enhancement and injury prevention of Denison’s 23 varsity sports programs.
Since 2011, Bathiany has served as the defensive line coach and head strength and conditioning coach at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. where he helped the team earn 15 wins in the first three seasons of varsity football at the college. He implemented all workouts for the football team in addition to monitoring nutrition and hydration.
Prior to his promotion to defensive line coach and head strength and conditioning coach, Bathiany spent the 2010 season Lindsey Wilson’s graduate assistant coach where he worked with the defensive line and was an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Bathiany graduated Cum Laude from Denison in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in physical education with a concentration in sports management. He received his masters in recreation and sports administration from Western Kentucky in 2012.
At Denison, Bathiany was a three-year starter at linebacker and safety for the Big Red football team. He was a second-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection in 2008 and was named the team’s defensive MVP that season. In three seasons at Denison he recorded 132 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, and four interceptions. Off the field he spent one year as a Denison strength and conditioning intern, working closely with the football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, softball and lacrosse programs.
In addition to his time at Lindsey Wilson, Bathiany also spent the 2009 season as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Western Kentucky where he worked with the Hilltoppers’ football and men’s and women’s track and field teams.
Bathiany is a certified Level 1 Sport Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. A native of Fort Thomas, Ky., he is a 2005 graduate of Highlands High School. He and his wife, Haley, are the parents of one son, Albert.
Assistant Coach - Safeties
Rory Mannering enters his second season as a defensive assistant coach with the Big Red.
He came to Denison after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Defiance College. In Mannering's first season with the Big Red, Denison went 7-3 marking the program's third consecutive winning season.
While at Defiance, Mannering was a graduate assistant who coached linebackers in 2013 and safeties in the spring of 2014. In his second year at Defiance Mannering was promoted to co-special teams coordinator where he also made a shift to the offensive side of the football, coaching slot backs and receivers. Following the 2014 season, Mannering was promoted once again to recruiting coordinator.
Mannering is a 2012 graduate of Hanover College where he was a four-year starter and four-time all-conference honoree as a safety. In 2011 he was named to the All-North Region first-team by D3football.com. Mannering was part of a turnaround at Hanover which saw them go from a 2-8 record in 2008 to a 7-3 season in 2010. He left Hanover with a Bachelor of Arts in health and movement studies and elementary and secondary education. He received his Master of Arts in Education from Defiance in 2015 with a concentration in coaching.
Mannering played in the Stars and Stripes Division III Senior Bowl in Puebla, Mexico in 2011 and went on to serve as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Hanover during the spring of 2012.
Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coordinator/Director of Football Operations
Chris Curtis returns for his fourth season as an assistant coach at Denison in 2016. In 2015, Curtis as assumed the role of Director of Football Operations. He also coordinates special teams while coaching outside linebackers.
A 2011 graduate of Utah State University, Curtis spent 2007-08 as a walk-on outside linebacker for the Big Blue. A native of Great Falls, Mont., Curtis helped lead Charles M. Russell High School to a state runner-up finish in 2004. He is currently enrolled in a masters program in athletic administration at Western Kentucky University.
Curtis and his wife, Natalie, live in nearby Gahanna, Ohio.
Assistant Coach - Defensive Line
Doug Pryor '04 returns in 2016 for his fourth season coaching the defensive line.
In 2014, Denison's defense recorded 20 sacks and 67 tackles for a loss while ranking fourth in the North Coast Athletic Conference in scoring defense and total defense.
From 2000-03 Pryor was a letter winner on the Big Red’s offensive line. In 2002 and again in 2003, he received honorable mention All-NCAC accolades while playing offensive tackle. He was a co-captain in 2003 and also received the team’s Offensive Lineman of the Year award that season. Pryor has been coaching in the prep ranks since graduating from Denison.
His last stint was as the defensive line coach and head junior varsity coach at Marion Harding High School. Previously he coached the defensive line and linebackers at Westerville North from 2007-08.
Pryor lives in Newark, Ohio with his wife, Christina, and is a teacher at Heath High School.
Assistance Coach - Corner Backs