Mike Drass
Mike Drass
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 302-736-2363
Email: Michael.Drass@wesley.edu
Year: 21st Head Coach/25th at Wesley
College: Mansfield '88

Mike Drass, who also serves as the  Director of Athletics at Wesley, enters his 20th season as Wesley’s Head Football Coach leading the Wolverines to a record of 167-47-1 through the end of the 2011 season. 

During the past seven seasons the Wolverines have risen to unprecedented heights. Wesley's 82 victories in that timespan are the third most in Division III and the team has won 18 NCAA playoff games during the run, advancing to the national semifinals five times and one trip to each the quarterfinals and the second round.

Including his four years as an assistant coach before taking over the Wesley program, Drass has been on the sideline for all but one win in the program's Division III history.  He also guided the team into the inaugural Atlantic Central Football Conference in 1998, the first of nine ACFC Championships for a program that posted an .843 win percentage as a conference member. the Wolverines have proven extremely difficult foe at home at Scott D. Miller Stadium. Since FieldTurf was installed in 2004 Wesley has postesd a 53-3 record on their Home Turf for winning percentage of .946.

This past season, Drass led the Wolverines to its third straight NCAA Semifinal and fifth in the last seven years. Holding home through advantage through the first two rounds of the Playoffs, Wesley outscored its opponents by over 23 points per game, including a victory over a full-scholarship FCS Team in Charleston Southern.  Following the season, six players combined for 12 All-America selections, especially Chris Mayes who received accolades from five different publications, including the Associated Press.  Shane McSweeny was also named the South Region Player of the Year, Sosthene Kapepula collected ECAC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and three others earned ECAC All-Star recognition.  Wesley also took home both the Lambert Meadowlands Trophy and ECAC Team of the Year awards four the fourth time in the last five seasons as the best small college football team in the East.

His 2010 squad turned in its second straight undefeated regular season and earned the top overall seed in the NCAA Division III Football Championships.  The Wolverines held home seed through the national semifinals, winning the South Region Championship for the second straight year.  The postseason run came on the heels of the team's sixth consecutive ACFC Championship.  Wesley produced 21 All-ACFC selections including the conference's Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Rookie and Coach of the Year Awards.  Drass was named the D3football.com South Region Coach of the Year and 10 players earned All-South honors, including the region's Defensive Player of the Year, Chris Mayes.  Four players earned a total of six All-America honors upon the season's conclusion.  The team was also presented with the Lambert Meadowlands Award and the ECAC Division III Team of the Year Award by the ECAC, who also bestowed the Wolverines with the ECAC South Offensive an Defensive Players of the Year and five ECAC All-Star nods.

His teams have also won four of the last five Lambert-Meadowlands Trophies in Division III in recognition of Eastern supremacy in college football and has also been awarded the ECAC Division III Team of the Year Award four times in the past five years.

Drass has coached student-athletes to 132 All-America honors during his time at Wesley and coached 191 all-conference selections during the teams run in conference play.  The Wolverines have also produced four D3football.com South Region Players of the Year and six ECAC Southwest Players of the Year. 

 

By the Numbers

1 Gagliardi Trophy Winner
4 Lambert Meadowlands Trophy
4 ECAC Team of the Year Award
3 Undefeated Regular Season
5 NCAA Division III South Region Championships   
5 D3football.com South Region Players of the Year
7 Seasons of at least 10 wins
8 Consecutive NCAA Appearances
6 Consecutive ACFC Championships
8 Associated Press All-Americans
6 ECAC Bowl Appearances
9 NCAA Division III Playoff Appearances
7 Undefeated ACFC Seasons
9 ACFC Championships
12 AFCA All-Americans
12 ACFC, Regional and National Coach of the Year Awards
13 School record for most wins in a season
20 NCAA Play Off Wins
32 D3football.com All-Americans
32 Football Gazette All-Americans
43 Atlantic Central Football Conference Victories
77 ECAC All-Stars
177 Career Wins
191 All-ACFC Selections

In March of 1993 Drass was named the Wolverines third Division III coach, after spending three years as the defensive coordinator. 

The Wolverines, committed to success on the field and in the classroom, stress an academics first approach to college football.  “Football at Wesley College is about a cap and gown, not a helmet and shoulder pads,” says Drass “I get the most satisfaction when one of our players walks across the graduation stage. Our belief is simple: There can be no success on the field unless there is progress toward a degree in the classroom.”

Drass has coordinated the Wesley defense and has spearheaded the Wolverines’ recruiting since his arrival at Wesley in 1989. Wesley has held top 25 total defense ranking 11 of the last 16 seasons. In 2010 the Wolverines' finished as the No. 1 defense in Division III, in addition to a pair of second place finishes during his tenure.

Coach Drass began his coaching career at North Penn High School in Blossburg, Pennsylvania in 1983. Following two seasons as an assistant, he spent two years as the school’s head coach before accepting a coaching position at Mansfield University, where he is a member of the Mansfield University Athletic Hall of Fame. At his alma mater, he developed the reputation of being an outstanding recruiter while he coached under Tom Elsasser from 1986-88. In 1989, he was hired at Wesley as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

As a player, Drass was a three year starter and  two-time All-PSAC selection as an offensive lineman and captain of the Mountaineers. In his senior year Drass was the only Mountie named to the All-PSAC 1st team. Coach Drass originally hails from Glen Mills, Pennsylvania and attended Penncrest High School where was inducted into the School District's Hall of Fame.

Coach Drass is an active member of the American Football Coaches Association. He has served as the chairman of the Division III All American selection Committee and has served two terms as the District II Chairman of the AFCA Rules Committee. Coach Drass is a member of the ECAC Championship committee for football. He and his wife Laurie reside in Dover and their daughter Molly Ann.

Coach Drass Coaching File
1983-84:  Assistant Coach, North Penn High School
1985-86:  Head Coach, North Penn High School
1987-88:  Assistant Coach, Mansfield University
1989-92:  Assistant Coach, Wesley College
1993-Present:  Head Coach, Wesley College

 

Coach Drass Year-by-Year Won Loss Record

Year

Record

Pct.

ACFC

Pct.

NCAA

Pct.

Notes

1993 7-3-1 .682 --       ECAC Bowl Game
1994 8-2 .800 --        
1995 8-3 .727 --       ECAC Bowl Game
1996 7-2 .777 --        
1997 7-3 .700 --       ECAC Bowl Game
1998 7-3
.700 3-0
1.000     ACFC Champions; ECAC Bowl Game
1999 6-4 .600 4-2 .667      
2000
9-2
.818 6-0
1.000 0-1 .000 NCAA First Round; ACFC Champions
2001 7-3 .700

3-0

1.000     ACFC Champions; ECAC Bowl Game
2002 5-5 .500 1-2 .333      
2003 6-4 .600 1-2 .333      
2004 8-2 .800 4-1 .800      

2005

12-2

.857

4-1

.800 3-1 .750 NCAA Semifinals; NCAA South Region Champions; ACFC Champions

2006

13-1  

.929

4-0  

1.000 3-1 .750 NCAA Semifinals; NCAA South Region Champions; ACFC Champions

2007

11-2  

.846

4-0

1.000 2-1 .667 NCAA Quarterfinals; Lambert Meadowlands Trophy; ECAC Team of the Year; ACFC Champions
2008 9-2 .818 3-0 1.000 1-1 .500 NCAA Second Round; ACFC Champions
2009 13-1 .929 3-0 1.000 3-1 .750 NCAA Semifinals; NCAA South Region Champions; ACFC Champions
2010 12-1 .923 3-0 1.000 3-1 .750 NCAA Semifinals; NCAA South Region Champions;  ACFC Champions
2011 12-2 .857     3-1 .750 NCAA Semifinals; NCAA South Region Champions
2012 10-2 .833     2-1
.667 NCAA Quarterfinals
2013 10-3 .769     2-1 .667 NCAA Quarterfinals
Career 187-52-1 .781 43-8 .843 22-9 .710

Ten NCAA Tournament Appearances
Four Lambert-Meadowland Trophies & Four ECAC Team of the Year Awards