Head Coach - Gandalf Church

Gandalf Church is the 17th head coach in St. Joe’s 101-year history.    Coach Church has spent 16 years as a Varsity Assistant at Paw Paw, Kalamazoo Christian, Sturgis, and the eight at St. Joseph.  Five years serving as Defensive Coordinator under Elliot Uzelac.   Church has 18 years of teaching experience, with the last eleven at St. Joe, teaching Social Studies.  Church has a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan, Teaching Credential from Michigan State, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan.  Church is married to his wife Melissa, and they have two children, Henry and Samuel.


Front Row: Jason Catania, Lyle Hayden, Ben Iliff
Back Row: Gandalf Church, Orlando Malone, Ben Jager

Varsity Coaches

  • Gandalf Church
    Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Safties
  • Lyle Hayden (email)
    Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Ben Jager
    Tight Ends/Defensive Lines
  • Jason Catania
    Wide Receivers/Defensive Backs

  • Ben Iliff
    Running Backs/Linebackers

  • Orlando Malone
    Scout Teams

Junior Varsity Coaches

  • Richard Hughey
    JV Head Coach

  • Bob Yack
    JV Assistant Coach
  • Larry Jackson
    JV Assistant Coach

Freshman Coaches

  • Bob Baumgartner
    Freshman Head Coach, Offensive Line, Defensive Line
  • Ryan Garton
    Wide Receivers, Defensive Backs

  • Tony Balbo
    Running Backs, Linebackers

  • Josh Weaver
    Running Backs, Defensive Line

8th Grade Coaches

  • Chad Sharkey
    8th Grade head coach

  • Tyler Tiefenbach

  • Dan McGinnis

  • Ian Brown

7th Grade Coaches

  • Ron Hart
    7th Grade Head Coach

  • John Allen

  • Mark Allen