Greg Etter enters his seventh season as the Concordia University Wisconsin football head coach in 2014. Under his leadership the team reached new heights, as they won the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference title with an undefeated record and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship first round for the fourth time in program history during the 2013 season.
CUW finished the season with an 8-3 overall record, including a seven-game winning streak and a 4-1 record at Tomasini Stadium. There were also 10 team offensive single season and two special teams single season records set. The team scored the most points, gained the most yards and had the most first downs ever recorded.
Following the 2013 season he was named NACC Coach of the Year and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Private College Coach of the Year. During Etter's tenure he has coached 80 All-NACC honorees and his team consistently has a 3.0 team grade point average. Overall, 188 players have earned NACC Scholar Athlete honors. Etter has also coached an All-American and two all-region award winners.
Throughout his tenure the program has earned three second place finishes and a third place finish in the NACC. In six years under his direction, the Falcons have an overall conference record of 28-13. His CUW teams have produced 80 All-NACC selections, two all-region selection and an All-American selection.
In 2012 CUW posted its second best season under Etter, going 7-3, including a 6-1 record in the NACC. CUW placed second in the conference and ended the season on a four-game winning streak.
In 2012 and 2013 his quarterback (Austin Damaschke) was named the WFCA Private College Player of the Year. Damaschke was also a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy and NACC Player of the Year in 2013. In addition, during the 2011 season CUW's defense finished the year ranked No. 1 in the country in pass defense, allowing 122.6 yards per game.
Since his arrival, the CUW football program has grown to over 130 participants. The program has also been involved with various community service projects, including the Mequon Young Life Program, Longario Family Housing Project, Canned Food Drive, Dance for Diabetes, Read Across America, volunteering for the Cedarburg Education Association, working with local Youth Football Organizations and assisting Special Olympians.
Most recently the football team started the “May Madness” 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. The tournament is played the Saturday before finals week and is made up of multiple divisions. Proceeds from the first event were used to build a monument, located near the south end zone, to honor Military Veterans. The 2012 and 2013 tournament's proceeds were given to the Ronald McDonald House and the Donald Driver Foundation.
Etter has coached at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels of competition during his 19 years as an assistant and head coach. During that time he has worked for four Coach Of the Year award winners. Prior to his arrival at CUW he was the defensive coordinator at Carthage College. While at CC his defenses were nationally ranked in turnovers, scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense. In 2004 his defense led the nation in interceptions. That success led to Etter being selected to the American Football Monthly “Hot Coaches List” which recognizes the top 80 coaches in the country. The 2004 Red Men team ended the season as the No. 5 ranked team in the country.
Prior to CC, Etter spent 12 seasons at South Dakota State University. While at SDSU he held the titles of defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator and defensive backfield coach. During his tenure he coached the No. 1-ranked punter in NCAA Division II during 1996 and produced the No. 3 kickoff return unit in NCAA Division II during 1994. His secondary set a school record for interceptions, while the defense was a conference leader in turnover margin and pass defense. Two of Etter’s former players went on to play in the NFL: Adam Vinatieri (K) for the Indianapolis Colts and Scott Connot (DB) for the Kansas City Chiefs.
His college coaching career began at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he assisted with the defensive backs. While at UW, Etter had the opportunity to coach Troy Vincent who was the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 1992 NFL draft, and went on to a long and successful NFL career. As a young member of Barry Alvarez’s staff, Etter developed his coaching philosophy and approach to the day-to-day operations from UW, a perennial Big Ten winner.
Etter’s wife Kerry is an elementary school teacher and they have two sons; Mason and Blake.
|2008||5-5 (.500)||5-2 (.714)||2nd|
|2009||5-5 (.500)||5-2 (.714)||2nd|
|2010||2-8 (.200)||2-5 (.285)||6th|
|2011||4-6 (.400)||4-3 (.571)||3rd|
|2013||8-3 (.727)**||6-0 (1.000)*||1st|
|31-30 (.508)||28-13 (.683)|
* Won the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference title
** Advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship first round