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Former UWRF assistant Journell named UWSP football coach

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STEVENS POINT -- After conducting a nationwide search, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has announced the appointment of former UW-River Falls assistant Tom Journell as head football coach.

Journell, who boasts nearly two decades of experience in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), has served as interim head coach of Pointers football since Dec. 5. The former coach, John Miech, stepped down after a legendary 24-year career.

Journell has spent the past four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Pointers, helping lead the team to a 19-9 record in the WIAC. During his tenure, the Pointer defense finished among the leaders in the league in almost every statistical category.

In 2008, after the program's first playoff appearance since 2001, the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association named Journell Assistant Coach of the Year.

"Coach John Miech built a very solid foundation for UW-Stevens Point football," said Daron Montgomery, director of athletics. "We are excited for Coach Journell to build on that success."

Prior to UW-Stevens Point, Journell spent four seasons as the head coach at Elmhurst College and 15 seasons at UW-River Falls, serving primarily as the defensive coordinator and then assistant head coach alongside John O'Grady. Journell helped lead UW-River Falls to NCAA Division III playoff appearances in 1995 and 1996 and aided UW-River Falls to its last conference title in 1998.

Prior to coaching at UW-River Falls, Journell spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio) where he was an assistant defensive secondary and linebackers coach. He studied the game from legendary coaches Dave Anderson, now executive director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, and Terry Hoeppner, former Indiana University head coach.

Journell attended NCAA Division III Wittenberg University, graduating in 1987 with a degree in health and physical education. He was a four-year participant on the football and baseball teams. He also earned his master's degree in exercise and health sciences from Miami (Ohio) in 1989.

A native of Eaton, Ohio, Journell and his wife, Betsy, have two sons, Mack (14) and Tate (8).