PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke football coach Shane Richardson continued to make changes to his staff with the announcement that assistant coach Alex Krutsch has assumed the responsibilities of recruiting coordinator for the Braves.
Krutsch, who also serves as the defensive line coach for the Braves, will undertake his additional responsibilities immediately as he heads into his second season in Pembroke.
“Alex has been a tremendous asset to our program and has a passion for working with our student-athletes,” Richardson said. “He has particularly shown the ability to understand the art of communicating with student-athletes. He has a great understanding of the character, academic and athletic standards that we are looking for in building our program. His organization and attention to detail has enabled him to really excel in the area of recruiting. He brings a dynamic way of thinking about the recruiting process and how it applies to prospective student-athletes.”
Krutsch’s defensive linemen registered 26.5 sacks last season as the Braves ranked as one of the nation’s top run-stopping teams. The total included a school single-season record 8.5 sacks by senior Matt Turner, as well as five more from DeVante Bush who exited Pembroke as the program’s all-time sacks leader with 19.5 in his career. UNCP held six opponents to 91 rushing yards or less in 2013, including Wingate who lost 26 yards on 26 carries in a 38-10 loss to the Black & Gold.
A 2008 graduate of Northern Illinois, Krutsch played in 38 career games for the Huskies and logged 85 tackles including 14 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. He earned a scholarship prior to the 2007 season that saw him earn all-Mid-American Conference accolades after turning in 44 tackles (22 solo), including 6-1/2 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. He also helped the Huskies to appearances in the 2006 Poinsettia Bowl and the 2008 Independence Bowl.
Prior to his current stop in Pembroke, Krutsch served a one-year stint as the defensive line coach at North Central and helped the Cardinals to the 12th-best defensive finish in Division III, while the squad also ranked eighth among NCAA Division III in sacks per game (3.33). He also served as an assistant defensive line coach (2010-11) at his alma mater and was integral in helping the Huskies secure a pair of bowl berths, including the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl and the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl.