2015 Football Coaches
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Zak Willis
Head Coach - 2nd Season


  • Zak Willis enters his second season  at the helm of the Union football program in 2015, joining the staff in April of 2014. He is the 11th head coach in program history and eighth to man the post since the sport was reinstated at Union in 1984.
  • In Willis' first season at Union in 2014, the Bulldogs posted a 1-9 record, 1-5 in the MSC East. That one win though, was a historic one, as Union knocked off rival Cumberlands (Ky.) for the first time since 2011 in the first night game at the newly christened Williamson Stadium.
  • Offensively, Union was one of the best teams in the NAIA all season long in Willis' first season, ranking fifth all-time in program history in points per game (30.5) and total points (305). Nationally, Union ranked 27th in points per game, 35th in total points and 36th in yards per game (391.9).
  • Individually, four Bulldogs earned All-Mid-South honors at the end of the season, while Jake Johnston was honored for his work in the classroom after being named Capital One Academic All-District® Football Team in the College Division.
  • This is the third head coaching post for Willis, who previous manned the programs at Mid-South Conference East rival Pikeville (Ky.) and NCAA Division II Newberry (S.C.). Willis owns a career record of 57-45.
  • He was Pikeville's first-ever head football coach, and he led the Bears to a 17-11 mark during his tenure.
  • When he arrived at Newberry, the Wolves were coming off a 1-10 record and in the midst of an 18-conference game losing streak. Willis posted a 39-25 overall mark at Newberry, leading it to its first conference title ever and to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2006. Newberry was the SAC Co-Champions in 2008.
  • Willis has also served as a member of the staff at South Carolina, Michigan State and Miami (Ohio).
  • A 1990 graduate of Furman (S.C.), Willis was a member of the Paladians football team for three seasons, including the 1988 NCAA I-AA National Champion squad.
  • Willis is married (Sara) and has three children: two sons – Zakary (14) and Baxley (2) and a daughter – Reagan (6).

Zak Willis Year-by-Year

Year School Record Pct. Notes
2014 Union (Ky.) 1-9 .100  
2008 Newberry (S.C.) 6-4 .600  
2007 Newberry (S.C.) 9-2 .818  
2006 Newberry (S.C.) 11-2 .846 South Atlantic Conference Champions; NCAA Division II Tournament Participant; Advanced to Second Round of Southeast Region
2005 Newberry (S.C.) 5-4 .556  
2004 Newberry (S.C.) 5-6 .455  
2003 Newberry (S.C.) 3-7 .300  
2002 Pikeville (Ky.) 5-5 .500  
2001 Pikeville (Ky.) 3-7 .300 First Season Playing Four-Year Schools
2000 Pikeville (Ky.) 7-1 .875 First Year of Playing Football at Institution


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Andre Linn
Assistant Coach - 15th Season


  • Andre Linn is entering his 15th season as an assistant of the Bulldog football team.
  • This marks the third year Linn will serve as the offensive line and special teams coach. For the past 10 seasons, he served as the team's defensive coordinator.
  • In 2006, the Bulldog defense had four First Team All-Conference selections as it held opponents to just 232 points - the 10th lowest point total allowed in program history. In addition, there have been 16 First Team Defensive All-Conference since Linn has been the defensive coordinator.
  • During his first two seasons, he served as the defensive line coach before coaching the linebackers and being named the defensive coordinator in 2003. In 2004, Linn was again the defensive coordinator along with coaching the defensive backs.
  • In addition to being the defensive coordinator, Linn will serve as the defensive backs coach. Linn coached the linebackers in 2005-06 and in 2008-09.
  • Prior to coming to Union in 2001, Linn spent two seasons as the defensive line coach at Randolph Macon (Va.) College. He spent one season at Juniata (Penn.) College as the offensive line coach.
  • Linn received his B.S. in Accounting from Juniata in 1998 and was a four-year letterman for the Eagles, earning First Team All-Conference honors in 1997. He received his M.A. in Education in 2002 from Union.
  • Linn is married to the former Amy Jo Killion, and the couple has three children – two daughters, Lillian and Lilah, and a son, Logan.
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John Gray
Assistant Coach - 12th Season


  • John Gray is beginning his 12th season at Union, serving as the defensive line coach. In 2004, he headed up the linebacking corps.
  • The Bulldogs produced their first First Team All-Conference selection on the defensive line under Gray in 2008. Union had not had a defensive lineman receive that honor since 1997. Union had another First-Team All-Conference selection from the defensive line in 2010. In addition, there have been 16 First Team Defensive All-Conference since Gray has been working with the Bulldog defense.
  • The Union defense limited opponents to 232 points in 2006 - the 10th lowest point total allowed in program history.
  • The Danville, Ky. native received his Bachelor's from the University of Tennessee at Martin in August of 2004. He played four seasons (1999-03) for the Skyhawks and was a team captain in 2003.
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Marco Knorr
Assistant Coach - 11th Season


  • Marco Knorr is entering his 11th season -- ninth consecutive, with the Bulldogs. His time with the Bulldogs was split up by a two-year stint working in NFL Europe. Knorr is beginning his second year as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
  • Under his watch, Knorr has had seven players earn All-Mid-South Conference First Team honors with one being named the MSC East Offensive Player of the Year.
  • Prior to returning to Union, Knorr spent 2005 as the running back coach of the Colonge Centurions of NFL Europe. In spring of 2006, he served as both the running back coach and the special teams coordinator of the Centurions.
  • In 2004, he served as the Bulldogs' passing game coordinator.
  • Before coming to Union the first time, Knorr was the running back coach at Illinois Wesleyan University for two seasons. He also spent time in Germany playing and coaching on the Kiel Hurricanes, a semi-pro team.
  • Knorr played two seasons for Urbana (Ohio) University and finished his career at West Virginia University Tech. At Urbana, he was a Second Team All-Conference selection and named to Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette's NAIA All-American Team as an honorable mention in 1999. Knorr received 2002 BB&T WVIAC Senior-Scholar Award while at WVU Tech.
  • He received his B.S. from WVU Tech in 2002 and his M.S. from Illinois State University in 2004.
  • Knorr is married to the former Kellie Smith. The couple has two children.
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Leo Rumbaugh
Student Assistant - 1st Season




  • Coaches tight ends
  • Will graduate from Union in May of 2016 with a degree in Health Sciences.
  • Before coming to Union, Rumbaugh served as a medic in the United States Army while stationed in Germany.
  • In Germany, Rumbaugh was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Kaiserslautern Pikes of the German 3rd league. Under Rumbaugh's control they were the highest scoring offense in the league.
  • Married to the former Dawn Evans. They have four children together: Brooklynn (16), Logan(13), Alexia(11) and Aiden(7).