Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator
Austin Holter returns in the fall of 2016 for his seventh season at Denison. After spending his first three seasons at Denison as the team's quarterback coach, Holter enters his fourth year as the team's offensive coordinator in 2016.
Denison's offense continued to fire on all cylinders in 2015 as freshman quarterback Canaan Gebele totaled over 1,700 yards of total offense and senior wide receiver Dushawn Brown surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the second-straight year. Brown ended his Denison career with 3,193 receiving yards, re-writing the record books in every one of the school's receiving categories. Denison went 7-3 marking the program's third-straight winning season.
In 2014 the Big Red finished 6-4 and once again the offense flourished as DU averaged 427 yards per game. Led by Associated Press Little All-American, Brown, the passing attack averaged 270 yards per game while completing 61 percent of their pass attempts. Senior quarterback Brandon Sklenar had another big year, passing for 2,702 yards and 21 touchdowns while leading the team in rushing with 709 yards and nine TDs. Sklenar leaves Denison with 5,001 yards passing and 1,370 yards rushing.
In 2013 the Big Red went 7-3, marking the program's most successful season since 1986. The offense ranked in the top half of the conference standings in nearly every category as junior QB, Sklenar totaled 2,895 yards of total offense, marking the third-highest single season total in school history. The offense ranked third in the nation in time of possession and ranked third in the NCAC in passing offense.
In 2012 the Denison passing game, led by senior quarterback and three-year starter Max Paulus, threw for over 2,000 yards for the third straight season. Paulus left Denison as the career leader in passing yards (6,545), touchdown passes (53), completions (587), attempts (983) and completion percentage (59.7). He was named to the All-NCAC honorable mention in 2011 and 2012.
A 2010 graduate of The College of Wooster, Holter spent three seasons as the Fighting Scots’ starting quarterback. He was a two-time All-NCAC selection and in 2009, he set a school-record with 2,873 yards of total offense. His 2,106 passing yards were also a school record. A native of nearby Johnstown, Ohio, Holter was the Johnnies starting signal caller till his graduation in 2006.
On the recruiting trail, Holter is responsible for 10 states including northwestern and central areas of Ohio.
Associate Head Coach - Offensive Line
Frank Little returns for his 17th season as a member of the Big Red coaching staff in 2016. This will mark his third season as the team's associate head coach. He has been with Denison for two coaching stints in his career. The first spanning 1997-2000 and his present stint which dates back to 2003.
Little coached the offensive line at Kenyon from 2001-2002 before returning to Granville.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Little began his coaching career at Big Walnut High School in 1992. After four years he entered the college ranks in 1996 at Urbana University.
In 2013, the Big Red posted a 7-3 record and senior left tackle Matt Cochran was named to the North Coast Athletic Conference first-team. Cochran played in all 40 games in his career, starting the final 39. With Cochran on the line, Denison rushed for 5,520 yards in four seasons.
In 2008, Little's offensive line anchored the Denison rushing attack that led the conference, averaging 203 ypg. The line opened holes for the DU backfield led by the triple-threat attack of running backs Jon Berg and Nick Krempasky and quarterback Mike Barnes. The trio combined for over 2,000 yards and 18 scores on the ground.
Little's offensive lines have twice been awarded d3football.com's Offensive Line of the Week. In a 2006 victory over Kenyon, tackles Alex Weaver and Pat Downs, guards Derek Ulsh and Doug Macik and center Bobby George garnered the honor after powering Big Red backs Jon Berg and Fred Lee over the 200-yard mark for the game.
In 2007, Weaver, George, Nick Paolini, Bobby Fresch and Mike Muldoon took home the honor in a 51-41 victory over Kenyon in which three Big Red backs rushed for 100 yards. In 2007, the Big Red line led running back Jon Berg to second team All-NCAC accolades. Their 193.3 rushing yards per game was the most by a Big Red squad since 1992.
As a player, Little was a standout center for Ashland University, where he earned all-conference accolades and was voted the team's top offensive lineman in 1988. He graduated from Ashland in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He lives in Grandview with his wife, Kim.
Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers
Mason Espinosa begins his first year as an assistant coach at Denison in 2016 and will be working with the wide receivers.
Espinosa joins the Big Red coaching staff after two years as an assistant coach at Defiance. Prior to that, Espinosa enjoyed a stellar four-year career as the starting quarterback at Ohio Wesleyan University.
From 2009-12, Espinosa started all 40 games at quarterback. As a senior in 2012, Espinosa was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was named to the Beyond Sports Network's All-American team. A four-time All-NCAC selection, Espinosa left OWU with 17 career, single-season, and single-game passing records. He ended his career with 11,072 passing yards, which ranks him amongst the best to have played NCAA Division III football.
After graduation, Espinosa received an invitation for a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has also played professionally with the Professional Indoor Football League’s (PIFL) Erie Explosion and the Columbus Lions. In 2016 he played for the Billings Wolves of the Indoor Football League (IFL).
Assistant Coach - Tackles/Tight Ends
A native of nearby Utica, Ohio, Londot returns to Denison for his fourth season as an assistant coach after an impressive collegiate and professional playing career. He will coach offensive tackles and tight ends in 2015.
A 2005 graduate of Miami University (Ohio), Londot was a four-year starter and three-time All-Mid-American Athletic Conference player on the offensive line. Thirty-eight of his 46 career starts came at center where he was snapping to Redhawks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for two of his four seasons at Miami.
After graduating from Miami, Londot went on to play in the Hula Bowl which showcases the nation’s top senior college football players for the NFL draft. He would later sign as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants where he would spend parts of three seasons on the roster, including the Giants Super Bowl season in 2007.
Londot's professional career came to an end in 2008 due to an injury. Since his playing days have concluded he has gone on to become President of Crispin Iron and Metal. He and his wife, Lori, live in Granville with their three children, Brooklyn (6), Bradie (4) and Bryn (2).
Assistant Coach - Offensive Line
Mark Butler returns for his second season as a member of the Big Red coaching staff in 2016. He will once again assist with the offensive line. Butler came to Denison in 2015 with over 30 years of coaching experience at the high school level.
A 1979 graduate of Newark High School, Butler played one year of college football at The University of Toledo in 1980. From 1980 through 2013 Butler served as an assistant football coach at all levels of the Newark football program, including 11 seasons as a varsity assistant. In 2007, he was the Wildcats defensive coordinator.
Butler lives in Newark with his wife, Shelly and their two daughters, Katy and Brittany. He has been an employee of the Newark Water Department for 30 years.