Head Coach Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly is the winningest head coach in the history of Muhlenberg College football with a record of
84-54 (.609) in 13 years. Since taking over a program that won a total of 18 games in the eight years prior to his arrival,
Donnelly has turned the Mules into a perennial championship contender and national top-10 team.
Donnelly was named regional coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association and D3football.com in 2007 after leading
Muhlenberg to its first undefeated regular-season in the 106-year program history. The Mules won the Centennial Conference championship,
finished the regular season with a 10-0 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.
They were ranked eighth in the country in the final poll of the season.
The 2008 squad repeated as CC champion and rose to No. 2 in one national poll the highest national ranking ever for any Muhlenberg team in any sport. Donnelly
was voted CC coach of the year.
The Mules are 82-40 (.672) in their last 122 games and have earned seven postseason invitations since 2000. They tied for the Centennial Conference championship
four straight years (2001-04) and made their first national playoff appearance in 2002.
In 1999, Muhlenberg finished 6-4 for its first winning record since 1989 and broke or tied 57 school, CC and NCAA records.
The 2000 team tied a school record by winning nine games and earned the program’s first postseason bid since 1946.
That squad also had three All-Americans for the first time ever. In 2001, Muhlenberg was ranked 16th in Division III in a preseason poll, and the
2002 squad finished ranked 17th after winning 10 games.
The 2003 Mules won their final seven regular-season games and became the first team to win the CC title after losing the conference opener.
They duplicated that feat in 2004 and led Division III in total defense.
In his 13 seasons, Donnelly has coached 13 All-Americans, seven Centennial Conference players of the year and five Academic All-Americans.
Donnelly brought to Muhlenberg impressive credentials as the
defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Columbia, where he was
in bringing a struggling program to national prominence in his four
seasons there. The Lions ranked in
the top 20 nationally in Division I in seven defensive categories in 1996
compiled an 8-2 record, their best in 51 years. One of his charges,
end Marcellus Wiley, was a second-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills.
Originally from Albany, N.Y., Donnelly is a 1975 graduate of Ithaca
College, where he was an all-conference
He has nearly 30 years of coaching experience at the Division I,
and III levels, including stints at Albany, East Stroudsburg, Rensselaer,
Ithaca, Lafayette and Buffalo. He coached the linebackers at Ithaca,
his alma mater to the 1980 NCAA Division III championship game while also
leading the Bombers to four consecutive conference track titles.
Mike Donnelly Year by Year
||CC champions, NCAA Tournament
NCAA Tournament (second round)
||CC co-champions, NCAA Tournament
||CC co-champions, NCAA Tournament
NCAA Tournament (second round)
||CC co-champions, ECAC Southeast bid
||ECAC Southwest champions
To contact Coach Donnelly:|
2400 Chew Street
Allentown, PA 18104
Assistant Coach Tom Perkovich
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Tom Perkovich is in his seventh season at Muhlenberg.
Perkovich returned to the Muhlenberg staff on a full-time basis in
2006, coaching the offensive line and serving as the teams strength
coach. He was special teams coordinator in 2009 and assumed the role of offensive coordinator for the 2010 season.
One of Perkovich’s linemen earned first-team All-Centennial Conference honors every year from 2006 to 2008.
The Mules had a whopping 8:30-plus average time of possession edge the latter two years.
Perkovich was running backs coach in 2003 and 2004, helping the Mules to
consecutive Centennial Conference championships. Six different backs
recorded 100-yard games in his two years, and one became the programs
all-time leading rusher and scorer.
After leaving Muhlenberg, Perkovich furthered his experience at two
Division I schools. He was tight ends coach at College of the Holy Cross
for the 2005 season and running backs coach at Colgate University in the
spring of 2006.
A native of Tonawanda, N.Y., Perkovich was an all-star offensive lineman
at Canisius College, earning
second-team mid-major All-America honors from Football Gazette as a
senior. He played in all 42 games during his four-year career, starting
the final 31, and also was a four-year
letterwinner in basketball.
Assistant Coach Ron Hannis|
Now in his sixth year on the Muhlenberg staff, Ron Hannis was an
coach in the Wilson Area School District from 1998 to 2003, serving as
offensive coordinator, offensive and defensive line coach and strength
coach. For the previous four years, he coached in the Salisbury Twp.
School District. Hannis is a 1994 graduate of East Stroudsburg University,
where he won three varsity letters as an offensive guard, earning
all-conference honors in 1991.
Assistant Coach Mike Litzenberger|
Mike Litzenberger joined the Muhlenberg staff for the 2009 season, bringing 26 years of coaching experience at local high schools.
He spent the last six seasons at Catasauqua High School, including the last three as head coach. He previously worked on staffs at Dieruff (1983-88), Emmaus (1989-93),
Parkland (1994-2001) and Freedom (2002) high schools.
Assistant Coach Mike Nolan|
A big part of the Mules’ recent success, both literally and figuratively, Mike Nolan will coach the tight ends.
The 6-4, 300-pound Nolan was a first-team All-Centennial Conference center three straight years, including two seasons as a unanimous selection.
In 2008, he was named a preseason All-American by Sporting News and D3football.com. Nolan was co-captain of the team in 2008, when he was selected to the
Academic All-District first team.
Assistant Coach Andy Romans|
One of the top college football players in the area the last four years, Andy Romans joined the Mule program in 2009.
Romans was two-time Patriot League defensive player of the year as a linebacker at Lafayette College. In 2008, he was named to the FCS All-America second team by
Associated Press and The Sports Network and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top defensive player in the FCS.
A three-time All-Patriot selection and member of two PL championship teams, Romans attended the New York Giants minicamp in May 2009.
Assistant Coach Jeff Fisher|
Jeff Fisher is in his first season on the Muhlenberg staff. He was an assistant at Southern Lehigh High School in 2008, coaching the wide receivers
and safeties. For the three previous years, Fisher coached the wide receivers and outside linebackers at Notre Dame High School.
Assistant Coach James Lastowski|
James Lastowski is in his second year coaching at Muhlenberg, moving to the running back corps after coaching the tight ends in 2008.
Lastowski is a 2007 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. While enrolled there he spent four seasons coaching at Bishop Stang (Mass.) High School.
Lastowski was a three-year letterman for Northampton (Mass.) High School, earning all-league honors his senior season.
He spent the 2007 football season as a graduate assistant coach at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he worked with the tight ends.
Assistant Coach Matt Rathbun|
After four years as an outstanding player for Muhlenberg, Matt Rathbun traded in his helmet for a whistle to coach a position he knows very well. Rathbun was
Centennial Conference defensive player of the year and a third-team All-American at outside linebacker in 2008. Rathbun finished his career with 212 total tackles,
including 37 for loss, and 14 takeaways on a school-record eight fumble recoveries and six interceptions.