Head Coach - Gandalf Church

Gandalf Church is the 17th head coach in St. Joe’s storied 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.


Varsity Coaches

  • Gandalf Church
    Head Coach - Offensive Coordinator - Quarterbacks
  • Ben Iliff
    Defensive Coordinator - Running Backs - Linebackers

  • Ben Jager
    Offensive Line - Defensive Line
  • Jason Catania
    Wide Receivers - Defensive Backs - Cornerbacks

  • Richard Hughey
    Tight Ends, Safeties

  • Nicholas Norton
    Assistant Offensive Line - Assistant Defensive Line

  • Orlando Malone
    Challenge Teams

Junior Varsity Coaches

  • Robert Yack
    JV Head Coach - Defensive Coordinator - Offensive Line - Defensive Line

  • Ryan Garton
    JV Assistant
  • Ian Brown
    JV Assistant

  • Jeff Brown
    Offensive Line - Defensive Line

Freshman Coaches

  • Chad Sharkey
    Freshman Head Coach
  • Earl Koch
    Freshman Assistant

  • Taylor Misel
    Freshman Assistant

8th Grade Coaches

  • Dan McGinnis
    8th Grade Head Coach

  • Kody McLaughlin
    8th Grade Assistant

  • Antwain Henderson
    8th Grade Assistant

7th Grade Coaches

  • Ron Hart
    7th Grade Head Coach

  • John Allen
    7th Grade Assistant

  • Kevin McLaughlin
    7th Grade Assistant