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Tom Rethman

Head Football Coach

Department: Athletic Department
Phone: 712-279-1617
Office Location: Toller Hall G-24


  • B.A., History, Knox College. 1992.
  • M.A., Illinois State.


Tom Rethman has led the Charger football team since 2008; he is just the second coach in program history. Rethman came to Briar Cliff following assistant coaching stops at various NCAA I-AA (Illinois State, Southern Illinois) and NCAA DIII (Knox College, Carroll College and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh) institutions. 

Rethman spent seven seasons as the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  In 2007, his offense led the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in fewest turnovers, while ranking second in rushing offense and passing efficiency.  Prior to coaching at Wisconsin Oshkosh, Rethman was the offensive coordinator at Carroll College for two years.

Rethman is a 1992 graduate of Knox College, where he earned his undergraduate degree in history and was a four-time letterwinner at defensive back.  He then spent one season at Knox as an assistant coach, overseeing the wide receivers and tight ends.  He then served as a graduate assistant at Southern Illinois for a year before completing his graduate studies at Illinois State.

Rethman and his wife, Michelle, have four children; daughters, Devin, Tara and Jenna, and son, Garrett.


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