HANCOCK – Finlandia University athletics is proud to announce the hiring of Travis Wiltzius as the new offensive line coach for the football team.
“Travis fits our program very well,” said Tim Driscoll, head football coach for the university’s new football program, which is set to play its first game on September 5 of this year against Alma College. “Travis’ experience at Central Michigan University, and connections with the football scene in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will be integral to the building of our collegiate football program at Finlandia.”
Wiltzius comes to Finlandia after spending the past four seasons at NCAA Division I Central Michigan University, mostly working with the program’s offensive line. Highlights of his time there include appearances in two bowl games, a 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl championship, coaching two all-conference first team players and being a part of the collegiate career of Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 National Football League draft.
At CMU Wiltzius worked his way up from student manager, to offensive intern, to offensive quality control coach and this past season he served as the offensive graduate assistant coach. His primary focus throughout all four years was offensive line, while he also added PAT/field goal unit to his repertoire during his final two seasons with the Chippewas.
Prior to going to Central, Wiltzius coached for three seasons at Escanaba High School, including earning playoff berths with the Eskymos in 2008 and 2009. He is a graduate of Escanaba High School, where he captained the school’s 2006 playoff team.
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