February 16, 2016

Lebanon Valley Football Video - Buehler Takes the Reins of LVC Football

ANNVILLE, Pa. – On Feb. 1, former Lebanon Valley player and longtime assistant coach Joe Buehler '89 took the reins of LVC football as the 26th head coach in program history.

Buehler spent the last 11 years learning under the tutelage of longtime head coach Jim Mons, the program's all-time winningest coach. Buehler served as the team's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach and helped lead the Flying Dutchmen from the depths of mediocrity in the mid-2000s to a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship in 2013.

"It's very humbling," said Buehler about his taking over as head coach and the recommendation he received from Monos. "Our history goes back so far and our families are intertwined…we've been together a long time and became friends and remain friends. Very humbling is the way I would put it."

His lines have consistently ranked among the best in the MAC, with five Lebanon Valley offensive linemen in Sean Tetreault '10, Jason Sneeringer '11, Brendan Kozub '14, Tyler Dean '15, and Tyler Good '16 earning all-America honors since he took over as the unit's coach.

In 2011, tailback Ben Guiles '12 became the first LVC player to record back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, while running backBrendon Irving '17 matched the feat in the fall of 2015. Both players earned all-America honors and excelled in offenses and behind lines led by Buehler. Guiles was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2011.

The 2009 edition of the Dutchmen won a program-record nine games en route to winning the ECAC Southwest Bowl Title, and the 2011 squad scored a program-record 389 points on its way to winning another ECAC Southwest Bowl Championship. Under Buehler, the 2013 MAC Champions ranked second in the conference by scoring 352 total points, while the 2015 group posted 29.4 points per contest, good enough to rank second in the league.

"All the wonderful things that have happened to me over the past 27 years tie back to my education at Lebanon Valley College and playing football here," said Buehler about his longtime relationship with the school. "My goal is to give our players that same opportunity."

The 2015 team saw five offensive players in Good, Irving, Bobby Conlon '16, Zach Smith '16, and Bryant Weller '17 earn All-MAC accolades, while Buehler's offense scored 30 or more points in five games this fall. The Dutchmen also excelled in the classroom, as Good and Smith were named MAC Academic All-Conference and 28 players earned MAC Academic Honor Roll status.

Buehler coached in the high school ranks for 15 seasons, most recently as an assistant at Cedar Cliff High School in 2003 after wrapping up a stint as head coach at nearby Palmyra High School from 1996-2002. Additionally, he has served as an assistant at Milton Hershey, Lebanon, and Palmyra high schools. Buehler was an outstanding football player at Lebanon Valley, where he was a four-year letterwinner and a MAC Second Team All-Conference selection as an offensive lineman.

"I want them (the student-athletes) to look back in 20 years and say 'Lebanon Valley College made a difference in my life and LVC football made a difference in my life,'" said Buehler regarding what he's most looking forward to as he begins his first season as LVC head coach. "That's my charge and that's what I want to see us do. Then, I want to see us get out on the field and win football games."