Dayton Flyers Football Camps
Offensive Coaching Staff
Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator
Now in his 13th season at the University of Dayton, Chris Ochs was named the offensive coordinator prior to the 2012 season. Prior to this he served as the offensive line coach. Since Ochs assumed that role in the 2000 season, UD's O-Line has opened holes and protected quarterbacks which has allowed Dayton to finish no lower than fourth in scoring offensive, including first in 2002, over the last eight seasons. The Flyers dropped back to pass 337 times in 2009 and only gave up 16 sacks, which was third-best in the Pioneer Football League.
Dayton led the PFL in rushing six times between 2000 and 2006, and was ranked in the top five of NCAA I-AA football four times. With the change in the Flyer offensive attack to a pass-first spread offense, those numbers have changed. But what remains the same for Ochs and his line are the execution and cohesiveness that every great offense needs.
In 2008, UD quarterbacks threw 425 passes, while being sacked just 18 times. That's just one sack for every 24 pass attempts. By contrast, Dayton opponents were sacked once every 13 times they threw the ball.
Ochs came to UD from Defiance College, where he had been an assistant coach since 1996. At Defiance, he served as both offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Prior to that he was an assistant at Southern Illinois University where he coached the offensive line while getting his masters in educational administration and higher education.
He was a three-year letterman at Capital University, where he started at quarterback, and was the team captain his senior year. He holds five career offensive records and graduated in 1993 with a business management degree. He also was a two-year captain of the baseball team.
Chris and his wife Karen (a UD graduate) live in Beavercreek with their nine-year-old twins, Shane and Sarah.
Assistant Coach - Running Backs
Mark Ewald enters his first year with the Flyers after 16 years with Wittenburg University. Ewald coached Wittenburg's record setting recieving corps from 1996-2005, before taking over the running backs coaching duties in 2006. Almost every Wittenberg receiving record was broken under Ewald, as the passing game flourished and was regulary ranked among the best in the NCAC and all of NCAA Division III. During his tenure, the running game saw great success as well.
Coach Ewald was also instrumental in leading the Wittenburg Special Teams, specefically the kickoff return and coverage teams. Under his guidance, the TIgers have been ranked in the Top 50 Nationally multiple times.
Ewald graduated from Capital University in 1988, where he recieved a Bachelor's of Science in Marketing with a minor in Education.
He and his wife, Diane, reside in Kettering, OH and have three children- Nicholas, Jacklyn, and Luke David.
Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers
Softcheck is entering his first year coaching for the Flyers. Prior to Dayton, he served as the Wide Receivers Coach and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator at Wingate University, in Wingate, North Carolina. His duties included; Lifta-a-thon Coordinator, Football Liason to University's Student Life and Housing Departments, Recruiting Responsibilities in Northeast & areas in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2011, under his guidance, the Wingate football team ranked #11 in NCAA Division II for passing offense (30 TD Passes,) as well as landing a WR in the Top 10 for Total Receiving Yards, Yards Per Game and Receptions Per Game, as well as a All-American WR Selection (70+ Catches, 1,000+ Yards.)
Softcheck has also worked many summer footbal camps that include, Hawg Tuff Football Camp, Wingate Offensive Line Academy, FBU Camp, and an Elon Football Camp.
Softcheck studied at Wingate University, and earned his Bachelors of Science in Physical Education. His playing career at Wingate earned him 3 Varsity Letters while he served as a team captian in his 2 years as a starter. Team tied the career and single season record for for victories.
Assistant Coach - Tight Ends
One of four current Flyer alums on the UD coaching staff, Kevin Hoyng graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He was announced as the quarterbacks coach prior to the 2012 season. Prior to this role he served as tight end coach and assisted with the offensive line and receivers. Hoyng joins the Flyer coaching staff after a year of teaching and coaching at Northmont High School.
A two-time captain, Hoyng’s playing career from 2004 to 2007 was one of the best in school history. He holds the Flyer career records for total yardage (9,528), completions (530), passing yards (8,862), and touchdown passes (59). After his final season in 2007, Hoyng was named the PFL Offensive Player of the Year. He completed a school-record 34 passes in his final collegiate game, leading UD to a 42-21 victory over Albany in the Gridiron Classic that earned Dayton the 2007 Mid-Major I-AA National Championship.
Hoyng is the 2009 Tony Ernst Assistant Coach. Tony Ernst, a former quarterback who wore No. 6 and was a 1995 UD graduate, passed away unexpectedly. As a tribute to his spirit and character, the Ernst Family established the Tony Ernst Graduate Assistantship Football Coaching Position in 1999. The position is being funded by an annual memorial golf tournament in Tony’s honor. Beginning in 2001, the Inaugural Tony Ernst Memorial Golf Tournament was held.