Interim title removed from Finlandia University football coach Travis Wiltzius

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HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) – Finlandia University Athletic Director is pleased to announce that the “interim” status has been removed from football coach Travis Wiltzius’s title. He has been serving as interim head coach since April.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to make this move,” said Wittenberg. “Travis is passionate about football and Finlandia. That has shown in the progress we have made. I’m excited about the future of our program.”

Wiltzius, an Escanaba native, has been with the team since its first season in 2015. He has served as offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and in the spring of 2017 added assistant head coach to his title.

"I would like to thank Curtis Wittenberg and President (Philip) Johnson for this opportunity and believing in me to take this program to the next level,” said Wiltzius. "I am excited about the future of this program. We have a great nucleus of student athletes here, and we will add a great 2019 class as we prepare for our second year in the MIAA. I have a staff in place that are great coaches, great mentors and great human beings who truly care about their players."

Wiltzius began his coaching career at Central Michigan University. He started as an undergraduate student offensive intern, moved to offensive quality control and in 2014 offensive graduate assistant coach. The Chippewas played in two bowl games and won the 2012 Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl while Wiltzius was involved. Wiltzius helped coach three All-Mid-American Conference first team selections, including the 2013 NFL first overall pick, Eric Fisher.