Toledo Rockets Football Coaching
Tim Beckman - Head Coach
Tim Beckman is the 25th head football coach at the University of Toledo. Coach Beckman is in his second season at the helm at Toledo after spending time at Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Bowling Green, Elon, Western Carolina and Auburn as either an assistant coach or graduate assistant. In Coach Beckman's first season at Toledo in 2009, Toledo had a two game improvement over the previous season under a different coaching staff.
"I am truly honored to be named the head football coach at the University of Toledo," said Tim Beckman during the press conference announcing him as Toledo's new head football coach at Toledo in December of 2008. "Being from Ohio and having coached in the Mid-American Conference, I have always had a great respect for the tradition and accomplishments of the Toledo football program. I feel this is one of the best, if not the best, football programs in the Mid-American Conference and I'm honored that I have been chosen to carry on the tradition here."
Beckman started his career as a graduate assistant at Auburn for two seasons in 1988 and 1989. From there he went on to work as the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Western Carolina from 1990-1995. He served as the defensive coordinator at Elon College in 1996 and 1997.
His first stint in the Mid-American Conference came in a dual role as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at BGSU from 1998-2004. BGSU finished 49-33 during that time span. In 2005 and 2006 Beckman served under Ohio State coach Jim Tressel as the cornerbacks coach. In 2007 he became the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, a position he held for two years before taking the job as the University of Toledo head coach.
Beckman is a 1988 graduate of the University of Findlay. He lettered in football in 1984 and 1985. He started his high school football career at Forest Park High School in Beaumont, Texas, before finishing his final two years at Berea High School near Cleveland.
Tim and his wife, Kim, have three children, Tyler, Lindsay and Alex.
Mike Ward - Co-Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach
Mike Ward is entering his second season at Toledo, and has over 25 years of collegiate football coaching experience. He started as the strength coach at Bowling Green from 1992-1999. He then worked his way up the proverbial ladder. Ward became the Falcons defensive line coach in 2000. He held that title until the 2007 season when he was promoted again, this time to defensive coordinator, a position he held for the past two seasons.
Before joining the staff at BG, Ward worked as the defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at the University of Findlay for six years. He also served for two seasons as both an assistant coach and strength coach at Georgetown.
Along with his duties as assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator, Mike Ward will coach the linebackers at Toledo.
Mike is a native of Mansfield, Ohio, and attended Mansfield Lexington High School. In college he played offensive guard at the University of Findlay. He and his wife, Jody, have two children, Michaela and Addison.
Paul Nichols - Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach
Paul Nichols is also in his second season at Toledo. Nichols spent three seasons at Marshall University, the first as the secondary coach and the final two as the cornerbacks coach. Prior to that he worked as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 2005, also Beckman's first year in Columbus.
"Paul Nichols is a young, ambitious coach with tremendous knowledge of the types of defensive schemes we will be using here," said head coach Tim Beckman. "He has a great background with experience with winning programs. He will be a great addition to our staff."
During his one season as a graduate assistant at Ohio State, Nichols worked with the defensive line and defensive backs. He also coached the offensive scout team during that year.
Nichols is a native of Dunwoody, Ga. He graduated from Davidson with a B.A. in both political science and history in 2003. While at Davidson he set school records for career passing yards, completions and touchdown passes as a quarterback. He was 22-6 as a starting quarterback, a mark that still stands as the best in Davidson history.
Eli Rasheed - Defensive Line Coach
Eli Rasheed is entering his second season at the University of Toledo, as the defensive line coach. He came to Toledo from Florida Atlantic, where he was the defensive tackles coach for five seasons.
He got his coaching start as the defensive line coach at Venice High School in Venice, FL in 1996. In 2001 he moved on to become the head football coach at Booker High School in Florida. Then he returned to Venice High School as an assistant coach for the 2002 and 2003 seasons before joining the Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt Conference) staff in 2004.
Rasheed helped Florida Atlantic beat Central Michigan in the 2008 Motor City Bowl this past season, holding the high scoring Chippewas to just 21 points. They also beat Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl in 2007.
Rasheed is from Indianapolis, IN and played football for the University of Indiana from 1991-1995.
Steven Clinkscale - Cornerbacks Coach
Steven Clinkscale is entering his second season at the University of Toledo as the cornerbacks coach. He came to Toledo from Western Carolina, where he was the defensive backs coach and academic liaison in 2008. Before that he spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Ashland University in the state of Ohio. He was the secondary coach and academic liaison at Ashland from 2001 through 2006. Then in 2007 he switched to coaching linebackers and still being an academic liaison for Ashland.
Steven Clinkscale is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and played football for Ashland University before becoming an assistant coach at Ashland. "Steve brings an Ohio background and great work ethic to the program," Beckman said. He's a great mentor of young men, a fundamentally sound teacher who gets everything out of his players. We're excited that he has chosen to be a Rocket."
Clinkscale and his wife, Jasena, have four sons; Isaiah, Elijah, Zion, and Zivon.
Matt Campbell - Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
Matt Campbell joined the Toledo staff as the co-offensive coordinator on December 12 of 2008. He is primarily responsible for the Toledo Rockets running game. He also serves as the coach for the offensive line.
Campbell spent three seasons on the BGSU coaching staff before coming to Toledo. The first two seasons Campbell worked as the offensive line coach. In 2007 he was promoted to co-offensive coordinator in charge of the running game. He will hold the same role with the Toledo Rockets.
"Matt Campbell is a coach's son who has grown up around football all his life," said UT head coach Tim Beckman. "In my opinion, he's the best recruiter in the Mid-American Conference. His knowledge of the offensive schemes we want to run here was the first reason I offered him the position."
Campbell also served as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Between the two stints at BGSU he served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Mount Union for two years.
Along with coaching at Mount Union in 2005 and 2006 Campbell also played for the Purple Raiders. Between his years as a coach and player, where he was selected as a two-time All-American on the defensive line, he tallied five national championships with the program.
Alex Golesh - Tight Ends/Recruiting
The University of Toledo was Alex's first opportunity as a positional coach at the collegiate level. Despite that, Golesh has years of experience in the coaching industry before starting at Toledo. Golesh started his coaching career at Westerville Central High School in 2005.
After one season he moved to Northern Illinois University where he served as a graduate assistant. In 2008 he moved to Oklahoma State in the same role. At Oklahoma State Golesh worked with Tim Beckman, the Cowboys defensive coordinator and new Toledo head coach. He is now in his second season as Toledo's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.
"I’ve been around Alex a long time, first at Ohio State and then at Oklahoma State. He’s the type of aggressive coach I want in this program," said the face of the Toledo Rockets program. "He enjoys teaching and coaching young men. I think he’s a great fit."
Golesh also worked with Beckman as a student assistant at Ohio State while obtaining his undergraduate degree in Columbus. He spent 2 1/2 years helping the Buckeyes' defensive coaches.
Golesh was born in Moscow, Russia, but grew up in Dublin, Ohio, where he played high school football at Dublin Scioto High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in education while at Ohio State and is currently working on his master's degree.
Scott Isphording - Quarterbacks Coach
Scott Isphording is in his first season as quarterbacks coach at the University of Toledo. Scott was the recruiting coordinator at Ohio University this past season, after spending the previous five years at Eastern Michigan as the QB coach, including two seasons as offensive coordinator.
Before his stint at Eastern Michigan, Scott was the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Wittenberg for six seasons, and was a quarterbacks coach at a couple of other places before that.
Isphording ran the spread offense at Eastern Michigan as the offensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008.
He played quarterback in college at Division III Hanover and is 6th all-time in Division III for passing yards in a single season with 3,098 yards in 1992. He is a native of Cincinnati, OH and went to high school at LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, graduating in 1990.
Jason Candle - Receivers
Jason Candle has spent his entire career at Mount Union before accepting his job on the Toledo Rockets staff. Winning national championships in 2000 and 2001 as a player at Mount Union, Candle joined the coaching staff of his Alma Mater as a receivers coach in 2003.
In 2007 he took over as offensive coordinator. Mount Union went 29-1 during Candle's two seasons calling the offensive plays. In 2007 the school finished as the runner up to the national championship. In 2008 they won it.
Jason coached inside receivers at Toledo in 2009, which comprises tight ends and slot receivers. In 2010 he will coach all receivers at Toledo.
Candle played wide receiver for Mount Union during his playing days. He helped Mount Union to back to back national championships in 2000 and 2001.
Louis Ayeni - Running Backs Coach
Louis is in his first season at the University of Toledo, and his first season as a positional coach at the collegiate level. Ayeni played football at Northwestern from 1999 through 2003. He started out as a running back and then moved to safety as a senior. He was a team captain as a senior.
He signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts after college. He also played for the St. Louis Rams for one season. He started his coaching career in 2006 as the defensive backs coach at his high school alma mater, Woodbury High School.
In 2008 he joined the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten conference as an offensive Graduate Assistant, a position he also held this past season. During those two seasons at Northwestern, Ayeni dealt mostly with the wide receivers.
It is not yet known what position he will coach at Toledo.
Rick Court - Director of Speed, Strength, and Conditioning
Rick Court is in his second season at Toledo. He was appointed to the position of Director of Speed, Strength, and Conditioning for the Rocket Football program in December of 2008.
Court spent six years on the strength and conditioning staff at Bowling Green.
He graduated from Michigan State in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and received a master's degree in sports management from Eastern Kentucky in 2003.
He started out as an intern in the strength and conditioning program at Michigan State in 2001 and 2002, where he worked with the Spartan's football and hockey programs. He also did a strength training internship with the Detroit Tigers.
Court is from Gross Point Woods, MI. He and his wife Molly have one daughter named Alix.
Andy Boyd - Director of High School Relations
Andy Boyd has been appointed to the newly created position of Director of High School Relations. He was an assistant coach at Toledo previous to this new role.
Andy played football for the University of Toledo and then became a graduate assistant coach for the Rockets in the spring of 2002, after his playing days were over. After a couple of years as a graduate assistant, Boyd was promoted to a position coach in 2005.
As the Director of High School Relations, Boyd will setup and help run the summer camps and junior days. He will also be handling the film of potential recruits, and setup and assist with the recruits official and unofficial visits to campus. Finally, Andy will be working with the former Rocket football players, and keeping them involved in the Rocket football program.
Andy and his wife Lori have two children, a three year old son named Easton and a one year old daughter named Mara.