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Very successful D-III coordinator leaving for Division I coordinator job

Mount Union annually has one of the top small college defenses in the country, and a newly minted FCS head coach has targeted their coordinator for a position on his staff.

Early this morning Pete Thamel tweeted that Mount Union defensive coordinator Chris Kappas is leaving his post to become the defensive coordinator for new head coach Scotty Walden at Austin Peay (FCS - TN).

We can confirm the move.

Kappas has been part of the Mount Union family for eight seasons, and the past five as defensive coordinator. In four seasons leading the defensive units, the Purple Raiders have ranked in the top 10 in at least three defensive categories nationally each season.

Kappas was the FootballScoop Division III coordinator of the year in 2016.

In a rare move for coordinators, Kappas has also served as Mount Union's offensive coordinator as well, a post he held for two years. Even more rare - Kappas has won national titles as both a defensive coordinator and as an offensive coordinator.

With the vast majority of Division III not playing games this fall, Mount Union has been planning to play games this spring. Now they will do so with a new defensive coordinator under first-year head coach Geoff Dartt. Dartt took over the program back in January following the departure of Vince Kehres for Toledo, where he was named defensive coordinator / linebackers coach for the Rockets.

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