June 9, 2012

Loth moves from Otterbein to Western Conn.

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Joe Loth went to his alma mater for the 2003 season, leaving Kean.
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Ed Farrington announced that Joe Loth has been named head football coach at Western Connecticut State.

The Colonials, who had been coached by John Burrell, have lost 21 straight games including posting 0-10 records in each of the last two seasons.

Loth brings in a career record of 56-64, and was 49-42 at Otterbein.

“There was a tremendous interest in our head coaching position when we conducted a national search and I feel we have selected a fantastic candidate to be our new football coach," Farrington said. "Joe Loth is familiar with the process of rebuilding a program, he is familiar with the university and I feel he will make a smooth transition and hit the ground running.”

Loth began his football career as a graduate assistant at Southern Methodist (1991-93). He served as defensive coordinator at NCAA Division III schools: Western Connecticut (1993-97) and Capital (1997-98). Loth spent two seasons as defensive secondary coach at Rhode Island (1998-00) before accepting his first head coaching job at Kean in February 2000.

A 1991 graduate of Otterbein, Loth returned to his alma mater as head coach in 2003, taking over a program that had just one winning season in the previous 23 years; the team was mired in an eight-game losing streak. He took over at Kean after the Cougars endured a 14-game losing streak prior to his arrival.

"I am extremely excited in the opportunity of becoming the new head football coach at Western Connecticut," said Loth on Monday. "The formula for winning at all levels of college football does not change. It is recruiting, retention, developing the student-athlete and running sound football schemes. We will relentlessly pursue excellence in all four of these areas at Western and in its move from the New Jersey Athletic Conference to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference."

Loth holds the best winning percentage among football coaches with tenures of three or more seasons at Otterbein. The Cardinals set a school record for wins in 2008, going 9-2 overall and advancing into the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in school history. Otterbein finished second in the Ohio Athletic Conference with an 8-1 record, with its lone conference loss coming at the hands of Mount Union, who went on to win the national championship. That season, Loth was named OAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.

"Western really feels like home to me," added Loth. "I have already been contacted by a number of ... alumni who seem excited to get someone with deep ties with the program as the head coach."

Loth has worked as a guest coach in the Canadian Football League, coaching wide receivers at Winnipeg in 2010-12 and Saskatchewan in 2009 for Paul LaPolice, who was an assistant on the Colonials staff back with Loth in 1994. LaPolice is the Blue Bombers Head Coach and served as the Roughriders Offensive Coordinator.

Loth was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at defensive back as an undergraduate at Otterbein. He earned second team All-OAC honors his senior year in 1990 and still holds the Otterbein career record of 13 interceptions. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business.

"Coach Loth has provided incredible leadership during his time at Otterbein, creating a solid program foundation leading to competitive and academic success," stated new Otterbein athletic director Dawn Stewart. "He is an excellent ambassador for Division III athletics and will be missed by the Otterbein community. We are excited for Joe and his family for this personal and professional transition."

In 2006, Loth was inducted into the Riverside High School Hall of Fame in Painesville, Ohio.

Loth and his wife, Keri, who graduated from Western Connecticut State University, have two sons, Zachary, 12, and Tyler, 10.

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