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Defensive Coaching Staff


Brian Dougherty - Assistant Coach / Secondary Coach

Brian Dougherty will be starting his first year with the Flyers for the 2016 season. He will act as the secondary coach for the Flyers.

Dougherty most recently was a Graduate Assistant Wide Receiver (2015) and Defensive Back (2014) coach for Ball State University. He has also had experience coaching Corners (Milliken, 2013), Quarterbacks (Miami, OH 2012), Linebackers (Miami, OH 2011), and Defensive Line (Miami, OH 2010) at the collegiate level. In 2009, Dougherty was the Freshman Defensive Back coach for local Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, OH.

Dougherty received his Bachelor degree in Physical Education from Miami University (OH) in 2012 and then received his Masters in Athletic Coaching Educaiton from Ball State in 2016.


Craig Turner - Assistant Coach / Defensive Line

Craig Turner enters his 18th year with the Dayton Flyers. He coaches UD’s defensive tackles and serves as special teams coordinator.

Turner has been teaching and coaching since 1973. He was an assistant coach at Trotwood Madison, Alter and Northmont schools in the Dayton area. He was head coach at Brookville High School for seven years, where he led them to six league championships, six playoff berths and a 62-8 regular season record. He also served as head coach at Arcanum High School, going 29-13. As a high school coach, Turner received Coach of the Year honors on seven different occasions.

Turner graduated from Bluffton College in 1973. He received his master’s degree from Wright State University and his computer science certification from UD.

He and his wife, Sharon, both teach in the Brookville School District and have five children - Aaron, Stephanie, Bret, Casey and Brandon (who is deceased).


Landon Fox - Defensive Coordinator

Landon Fox enters his seventh year as the defensive coordinator for the Flyers, after spending the two 2008 and 2009 seasons coaching the Flyer secondary. Fox returned to UD in 2008 after three seasons at Wayne State University in Detroit where he was linebacker coach and special teams coordinator under Paul Winters. Fox coaches the Flyer secondary as well.

Fox served as a graduate assistant coach for the Flyers in 2002 and 2003. Dayton was 20-3 in Fox’s two seasons working under then-head coach Mike Kelly and then-defensive coordinator Rick Chamberlin. The Flyers won their first of two NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major national championships while going 11-1 in 2002, and then turned in a 9-2 campaign in 2003.

Fox spent the 2004 campaign as a graduate assistant coach assisting with the secondary at Ball State University on head coach Brady Hoke’s staff. Fox’s first college coaching experience was as a defensive line graduate assistant coach at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis. A four-year member (1995-98) of the Defiance College football squad, Fox led the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) in fumble recoveries while earning second team all-league accolades in 1998. He was a team captain and Defiance’s defensive player of the year as a senior. After his football career was over, he also played one season of basketball.

A 2000 graduate of Defiance and a native of Defiance, Ohio, he began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio, during the 2000 campaign.

Landon and his wife Rhonda have a daughter, Riley, and a son, Logan.


Charlie O'Dell - Assistant Coach / Flyers

Charlie O'Dell is in his third year with the Dayton football coaching staff after eight seasons as a high school football coach in the Dayton area.  He will coach UD's Flyer position, the team's hybrid linebacker/safety position. In addition to coaching at Dayton, O'Dell is also on the FCS Assistant Coaches Committee for the American Football Coaches Association.

O'Dell played four seasons at Wittenberg University and has had coaching stints at Greeneview (two seasons), Bellbrook (four years) and Fairmont High Schools (two seasons).  A social studies teacher in the middle school at his alma mater of Bellbrook, he has also coached track there and is currently the head boys' track coach for the Eagles.

Off the field, he is a past president of the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association and has served as a high school committee member for the American Football Coaches Association.  An Eagle Scout, he has also served as a volunteer committee member for Bellbrook's Boy Scout Troop 75 since 2008.

O'Dell graduated from Wittenberg in 2006 with a B.A. in History.  He also earned his Master's in Education from McGregor University in 2008.

Charlie and his wife Erin, reside in Beavercreek.  His brother Jack played receiver at UD and is the Flyer single-game record holder for catches in a game (14 vs. Drake in 2007).


Zak Bertram - Director of Football Operations

Zak Bertram will be starting his first season with the Flyers in 2016. He will act as the Director of Football Operations.

Bertram graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration and Business Management. He then went on to receive his Masters in Sport Management from Florida State University. Zak started off his career in athletics as an Athletic Department Intern at Walnut Hills High School, and then went on to become the Lifetime Activities Program Instructor at Florida State University. Post-graduation, Bertram joined the Dayton team as the Student-Athlete Academic Support Intern. He became the Director of Football Operations in May 2016.

Zak is also a Faculty Representative for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the 2016-17 Academic Year.