PAT CERRONI | HEAD COACH
Pat Cerroni enters his 12th year as UW-Oshkosh’s head football coach after leading the Titans to NCAA Division III postseason appearances in four of the past six seasons, including trips to the program's first national championship game in 2016, to the semifinals in both the school's playoff debut in 2012 and in 2017, and to the quarterfinal round in 2015.
Cerroni, the 23rd head coach in UW-Oshkosh’s 123-year history, has guided the Titans to a 89-35 record (.718 winning percentage), including marks of 13-1 in 2012, 12-1 in 2017, 11-2 in 2015 and 13-2 in 2016. He became the program’s winningest coach with his 69th victory on Oct. 15, 2016, at UW-Stevens Point.
The 2017 season included the program's third unbeaten conference title in six years and a trip to the national semifinals. Cerroni's Titans hosted four NCAA postseason contests and concluded the season ranked third in the country after amassing a school-record 36 touchdown passes. Cerroni coached six players to All-America honors in 2017, including Gagliardi Trophy winner Brett Kasper at quarterback. UW-Oshkosh's season-long march to the semifinal round included wins against eighth-ranked John Carroll University (Ohio), ninth-ranked UW-Platteville, ninth-ranked North Central College (Ill.) and 17th-ranked Wartburg College (Iowa) before falling, 43-40, to eventual national champion University of Mount Union (Ohio).
In 2017, Cerroni's Titans listed second in the country with a 189.11 passing efficiency rating. UW-Oshkosh also ranked second nationally in yards per kickoff return (26.56), seventh in first downs (302), and 10th in scoring offense (41.8) and interceptions gained (21).
During UW-Oshkosh’s historic 2016 season, Cerroni coached the Titans to wins against six of their seven opponents that advanced to the NCAA postseason. UW-Oshkosh finished second to defending national runner-up UW-Whitewater in the WIAC standings, but the Titans received an at-large berth into the 32-team field and concluded the season ranked second in the country. UW-Oshkosh's postseason run to the national championship game included home victories over Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) and Saint John's University (Minn.) before the Titans won at the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) during the quarterfinal round. UW-Oshkosh then secured a home victory over John Carroll University (Ohio) to advance to the title game against top-ranked University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, which edged the Titans by a 10-7 score in a nationally televised game on ESPN from Salem, Va.
In 2016, Cerroni's Titans ranked third nationally in turnovers (43) and interceptions gained (27); fifth in fumbles recovered (16), turnover margin (+1.8) and points allowed per game (12.7); and seventh in passing efficiency defense (93.03).
In 2015, UW-Oshkosh advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championship and concluded the season with an 11-2 record. The Titans ended UW-Whitewater's NCAA-leading 36-game winning streak with a 10-7 decision in the regular season and established a WIAC record with 829 yards of offense during a 69-14 rout over UW-Stout.
UW-Oshkosh ceded just six fourth-quarter points during the 2015 campaign while becoming the first team in WIAC history to score 60 or more points three times in a season as quarterback Brett Kasper was named the WIAC Offensive Player of the Year. The Titans set a school record for points in a game with their 86-0 triumph over Finlandia University (Mich.) en route to scoring a program-record 550 points on the season. Defensively, UW-Oshkosh produced four shutouts in the same season for the first time since 1933.
In 2014, Cerroni led UW-Oshkosh to a second-place finish in the WIAC with a 6-1 record. The Titans' sole league loss was at top-ranked and eventual national champion UW-Whitewater.
In 2013, Cerroni coached UW-Oshkosh to wins in its first six games. The Titans peaked at eighth in the national rankings before finishing the season 11th. UW-Oshkosh’s only defeats were by scores of 17-14 to fifth-ranked and eventual NCAA champion UW-Whitewater and 17-16 to 10th-ranked UW-Platteville.
UW-Oshkosh won its first 13 games of the 2012 season before suffering a 28-14 road loss to fourth-ranked University of St. Thomas in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship. The fifth-ranked Titans posted victories over five nationally ranked teams, including wins of 31-24 over third-ranked Linfield College (Ore.), 28-13 over fifth-ranked UW-Whitewater and 34-13 over 14th-ranked UW-Platteville. UW-Oshkosh also captured the WIAC championship that year for its first league title since 1976. A program record seven Titans were named to the D3football.com All-America Team.
In 2011, the Titans went 7-3 and finished second in the WIAC listings. UW-Oshkosh suffered losses that season of 20-17 to top-ranked and eventual national champion UW-Whitewater, 41-17 to second-ranked University of Mount Union (Ohio) and 30-24 (overtime) to UW-La Crosse. Cerroni’s first UW-Oshkosh team in 2007 also went 7-3.
Cerroni was named both the AFCA Region 5 and WIAC Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2015, and WIAC Coach of the Year in 2017. He was also selected the D3football.com West Region Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2017.
Cerroni has coached 44 players to 61 All-WIAC First Team laurels, 39 players to 42 All-Region citations and 16 players to 19 All-America selections. UW-Oshkosh quarterback Brett Kasper, a two-time WIAC Offensive Player of the Year, was named the winner of 2017 Galgiardi Trophy for Division III's most outstanding player. The first Titan to earn the Gagliardi Trophy, Kasper was also the D3football.com Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and the first team quarterback on the 2017 Associated Press Little All-America Team. Titan quarterback Nate Wara was named the NCAA Division III Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 by D3football.com. Punter Nate Ray was chosen to the NCAA Division II-III, NAIA Little America Second Team in 2014 by the Associated Press.
Cerroni joined the Titans as an assistant coach in 2000. He came to UW-Oshkosh after three seasons as the head coach of Menomonee Falls High School. In 1997, he guided the Indians to a 7-4 record and an upset victory of defending state champion Hartland Arrowhead High School in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 Playoffs.
Prior to Menomonee Falls, Cerroni was an assistant coach at Hartland Arrowhead and Waukesha Catholic Memorial high schools. During Cerroni’s four seasons at Waukesha Catholic Memorial High School, he helped the Crusaders to Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association Division 1 state titles in 1993 and 1996.
Cerroni and his UW-Oshkosh football team have performed several community services projects over the past seven years, including events associated with the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club, Oshkosh YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Old Glory Honor Flight, Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and Feeding America. In 2015, Cerroni received the Excellence In Leadership Award for his work with Be The Match®, a National Marrow Donor Program.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force (1984-88), Cerroni earned his bachelor's degree from Carroll University in 1992 and his master's from UW-Oshkosh in 2004. The Johnson Creek native was a member of Carroll University's 1988 football team that shared the CCIW title.
Cerroni and his wife, Tammy, are the parents of daughter, Kali, and son, Kyle.
CRAIG STENBROTEN | LINEBACKERS
Craig Stenbroten returns for his 11th season as a full-time member of the UW-Oshkosh coaching staff. Stenbroten, who served as a part-time assistant from 2006-07, begins his third season as the Titans’ defensive coordinator.
Coaching the linebackers through the 2015 season, Stenbroten worked with a defensive unit that annually ranked among the finest in the WIAC.
Last season, Stenbroten's defense recorded a pair of shutouts and helped the Titans reach the semifinal round of the NCAA Division III Championship. UW-Oshkosh led the WIAC with 21 interceptions gained and tied for the league lead with 27 turnovers gained.
During the 2016 campaign, Stenbroten helped UW-Oshkosh reach the Division III championship game for the first time in program history. Stenbroten's defense recorded 43 turnovers and 23 sacks while ranking third in the country with 27 interceptions, and fifth with 16 fumble recoveries and 12.7 points allowed per game.
In 2015, the Titans ranked third in the NCAA Division III in red-zone efficiency defense (.538), fourth in points allowed per game (11.2), 11th in passing efficiency defense (93.97) and 15th in passing yards allowed per contest (159.1). UW-Oshkosh allowed just six fourth-quarter points during the entire 13-game season and produced three shutouts during the same year for the first time since 1933.
During the Titans’ WIAC championship and NCAA playoff season of 2012, Stenbroten helped Taylor Goodman become the program’s first NCAA Division III All-American at linebacker. UW-Oshkosh’s defense recorded 31 takeaways and led the WIAC with a +17 turnover margin.
Stenbroten tutored six UW-Oshkosh linebackers to All-WIAC first team awards. Goodman received the honor in 2011 and 2012 while James Taraboi gained mention in 2009, Beau Steffens in 2014, and Reese Dziedzic and Branden Lloyd in 2015. Eric Stenbroten, Craig’s brother, made the top squad in 2007.
Stenbroten earned his bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh in 2006. He was a three-time letterman at linebacker for the Titans from 2002-05. Stenbroten played in 34 career games and helped UW-Oshkosh compile a 7-3 record in 2005.
Stenbroten, a Monticello High School graduate, is married to Whitney (Tyriver), a former UW-Oshkosh basketball and softball player.
LUKE VENNE | OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Luke Venne enters his 17th season as an assistant coach at UW-Oshkosh, including his 12th in a full-time capacity. Venne, who directed the Titans' running game in past seasons, is in his fourth year as the program’s offensive coordinator.
Last season, Venne and the Titan offense set the school record with 36 touchdown passes while ranking second in the country with a 189.11 passing efficiency rating. UW-Oshkosh also ranked seventh nationally in first downs (302) and 10th in scoring offense (41.8). Venne's offense paced the WIAC in scoring, yards per game (484.5) and rushing yards per contest (239.8) on the way to a trip to the semifinal round of the NCAA Division III Championship. Venne helped Titan quarterback Brett Kasper garner numerous awards, including the program's first winner of the Gagliardi Trophy for Division III's most outstanding player in 2017. Kasper, a two-time WIAC Offensive Player of the Year, also concluded the 2017 season with D3football.com Offensive Player of the Year honors and All-America first team accolades on the Associated Press Little All-America Team.
In 2016, Venne helped guide UW-Oshkosh to its first appearance in the Division III championship game. The Titans averaged 36.2 points per game and rolled up a school-record 3,725 yards rushing. Venne's offense scored more than 40 points seven times during the season, including 77 against Morthland College (Ill.) and 68 against Finlandia University (Mich.). The 77-point outburst was the second highest scoring output in program history.
In 2015, Venne's offense produced a school-record 550 points as quarterback Brett Kasper was named the WIAC Offensive Player of the Year, and tight end Joe Sommers and offensive lineman Sam Versnik garnered All-America recognition. The Titans ranked fifth in the NCAA Division III in red zone efficiency (.900), seventh in first downs (308), eighth in third down conversion rate (.503), 13th in passing efficiency rating (166.61) and 15th in total yards per game (500.3). UW-Oshkosh became the first WIAC program to score 60 points in a game three times in one season and established a program record for points in one game during an 86-0 victory over Finlandia University (Mich.).
Venne helped center Garrett Porter earn All-America status and guard Rob Bikowski gain all-region recognition in 2013, when the Titans averaged a WIAC-leading 197.9 rushing yards per game.
Venne’s unit rushed for a school-record 3,363 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2012. Tackle Brandon Peter and center Ben Strehlow received All-America awards, as the Titans ran for 250 yards or more five times. That season Venne was named WIAC Co-Assistant Coach of the Year.
In 2011, Venne’s group helped the Titans lead the WIAC in total offense (422 yards per game) and rank second in rushing (211).
Venne’s group blocked for three different 420-yard rushers during the 2009 season. In 2008, he coached an offensive line that helped UW-Oshkosh rank 38th in the NCAA Division III in rushing offense. In 2006, the Titans ranked 30th nationally in rushing.
Venne was a four-year football letter winner at UW-Oshkosh. He appeared in 35 games for the Titans from 1998-2001, including 27 as a starting offensive tackle. Venne earned his bachelor’s and master's degrees from UW-Oshkosh in 2004 and 2013, respectively.
Venne is a graduate of Oconomowoc High School. He and his wife, Brooke, have two daughters, Allicyn and Whytni.
MARK ANGELETTI | DEFENSIVE LINE
Defensive line coach Mark Angeletti enters his 12th season as a member of the UW-Oshkosh coaching staff.
Angeletti is in his fourth year as a full-time member of the staff after previously serving as a part-time assistant coach with the Titans from 2001-02 and again from 2009-14.
Angeletti, the 2014 WIAC Co-Assistant Coach of the Year, has annually worked with a strong defensive unit. He has coached seven All-WIAC first team performers, including Trevor Fiegel in 2015, and Cody Huemmer and Alex Smith in 2014.
Last season, Angeletti's defensive line unit helped the Titans notch a pair of shutouts en route to advancing to the semifinal round of the NCAA Division III Championship.
In 2016, Angeletti helped UW-Oshkosh reach the Division III championship game for the first time in program history. His defensive line aided the Titans’ performance in recording 43 turnovers and 23 sacks. UW-Oshkosh ranked third in the country with 27 interceptions, and fifth with 16 fumble recoveries and 12.7 points allowed per game.
In 2015, the Titans ranked third in the NCAA Division III in red-zone efficiency defense (.538) and fourth in points allowed per game (11.2). UW-Oshkosh allowed just six fourth quarter points during the entire 13-game season and produced three shutouts during the same year for the first time since 1933.
Angeletti coached the linebackers at UW-Oshkosh in 2001 and 2002. He then spent the next six years coaching football and wrestling at Shelton High School in Shelton, Conn. Angeletti returned to UW-Oshkosh in 2009 to coach the linebackers.
The Derby, Conn., native earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 1996. He then received a master’s degree from UW-Oshkosh in 2003.
Angeletti and his wife, Kim, live in Oshkosh with their daughter, Livi, and son, Dominic.