Indiana Wesleyan University is pleased to announce that Wheaton (Ill.) College defensive coordinator Jordan Langs has been named the first head coach in Indiana Wesleyan football history.
“We could not be more humbled and grateful for the belief that Mark DeMichael, Dr. Keith Newman, and President Wright have shown in us,” said Langs. “We feel blessed to be leaving a place that showed that same type of belief in us and who we owe a lot to because of the role Wheaton College has played in our spiritual, relational, and career development. We are excited that God is bringing us to a place filled with a lot of awesome Christ-centered individuals.”
Langs, 27, has spent the past four years on the coaching staff at NCAA Division III Wheaton. He was the defensive coordinator the past two seasons and was the defensive backs coach in 2012 and 2013.
“We are pleased and excited that Jordan Langs will be joining our IWU Athletic family,” said Mark DeMichael, Indiana Wesleyan Director of Athletics. “I want to thank the search committee for their incredible work and time spent in research and prayer as we strove to find the man that God called to be our first football coach at Indiana Wesleyan.”
In four years at Wheaton, the Thunder have accumulated a 38-6 record. In two years as the defensive coordinator the Thunder have won back-to-back College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) championships and have a combined 22-2 mark. The Thunder have gone 7-0 in the CCIW and a perfect 10-0 in both regular seasons with Langs as the defensive coordinator. Both years the Thunder advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA DIII playoffs and were ranked in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll Top-10.
Langs’ defense ranked 12th in the nation in 2015 with 262.5 yards per game and have ranked in the top-10 nationally in defensive touchdowns, red zone defense, scoring defense, interceptions, and third down conversion. The Thunder led the CCIW in every defensive category but one in 2015.
“Jordan brings with him a wealth of experience as both a player and coach,” stated DeMichael. “Jordan separated himself in the way he was able to communicate not only his passion and vision for Indiana Wesleyan football but even more so in his vision for integrating faith in every aspect of the IWU football program so that it truly will be a Christ-centered football program for years to come.”
He has also been a strength and conditioning coordinator for Wheaton since January 2014. He has led the strength and conditioning program for the entire football program and is one of four strength and conditioning coaches for the whole athletic department, working specifically with the men’s soccer program.
As a player, Langs was a four-year letter winner for Wheaton from 2008-2011. He started in 32 straight games from the Thunder and amassed 134 career tackles and 8 interceptions. Langs played defensive back and outside linebacker. During his senior campaign, he was evaluated in-person by multiple NFL teams.
“I am extremely pleased with the selection of Jordan Langs as the first coach for Wildcat Football,” said Dr. Keith Newman, IWU CEO of Residential Education and Executive Vice President. “His experience as a player, position coach, and now coordinator in a Christ-centered football program set him apart. Jordan brings a contagious commitment to Christ, an infectious enthusiasm for life, a passion for developing young men in character, scholarship, and leadership. Jordan is uniquely prepared for this assignment and I am excited to introduce him to our campus, our community, and most of all to our future athletes.”
Langs will remain at Wheaton for the 2016 season which will be his fifth year on the coaching staff and his third year as the defensive coordinator. He will join Indiana Wesleyan following the completion of the Thunders’ 2016 season.
“We have great respect for the Wheaton College football program,” said DeMichael. “Given the timing of our hiring of Jordan we felt like it was important for Jordan to stay and finish his responsibilities for this fall football season. During the season he will also be working with some of our staff to begin the recruiting process to bring in our first class of football players for the fall of 2017.”
Langs is tasked with building the Indiana Wesleyan football program from the ground up. IWU announced the addition of football as the 18th intercollegiate sport on April 1, 2016.
“It is a process that we do not take lightly,” said Langs. “We are confident that the recipe for building a successful program is possible because the ingredients needed already exist at IWU. We are going to be supported by an amazing administration, faculty, and staff who understand the magnitude of discipline and effort that it is going to take in order to be excellent. The track record of the IWU Athletic Department speaks for itself and has already proven that a Christ-centered scholarship athletics program can compete at the highest level in each of their individual sports.”
“The biggest challenge will be recruiting from scratch,” continued Langs. “It will be a big task and one that requires a lot of preparation, organization, and effort. But I am excited because we will be offering a product that very few campuses across the country can offer, and that is a program that is committed to a Christ-centered mission, a world-class education, top of the line facilities with the ability to offer athletic scholarships.”
Despite being a first time head coach, Langs is well prepared to lead a team onto the field for the first time in the fall of 2018. Coming from a Christ-centered football program, he understands how to incorporate faith into his football team.
“I want our program to be a training ground for young men,” said Langs. “If that is going to be the case, our coaching staff must be consistent in establishing that our Christian faith must be the driving force behind being excellent in all phases of our lives. For student-athletes, this means they are pursuing excellence in their walk with Christ, their academic studies, and their football training. And if that is what we want from them as players, then it is our responsibility as coaches to demonstrate that in our own lives. How we live out our Christian faith and by the priority we put on people will be the measuring stick. This includes how we interact with family, coaches, players, students, community members, co-workers and our willingness to put their needs ahead of our own.”
Once the Wheaton football season concludes, the Langs family will arrive at Indiana Wesleyan. Jordan and his wife, Lindsay, have three children, Levi (3), Grayson (22 months), and Makayla (4 months).
Offensive Coordinator / Recruiting Coordinator
Eric Terrazas comes to Indiana Wesleyan from Wheaton College (Ill.) where he coached in several different positions the past five seasons.
In 2016, Terrazas was the Quarterbacks Coach and Pass Game Coordinator which help lead Wheaton to an overall record of 12-2 and an Elite Eight playoff appearance. The Wheaton offense ranked highly in a number of different statistical categories including second in the CCIW in Total Offense (407.5 yards per game) and Total Scoring Offense (34.5 points per game). Terrazas coached the Wheaton quarterback who was named All-Conference.
Terrazas served as the Wheaton Linebackers Coach and Specials Teams Coordinator for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He was part of a defense that ranked 12th in the nation in 2015 with 262.5 yards per game and ranked in the top-10 nationally in Defensive Touchdowns, Red Zone Defense, Scoring Defense, Interceptions, and Third Down Conversions. The Thunder led the CCIW in every defensive category but one in 2015. During his two seasons as the Linebackers Coach, Terrazas coached four All-Conference and All-Region linebackers including a two-time All-American and two-time CCIW Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2013, Terrazas served as the Tight Ends Coach and in 2012 he served as the Defensive Assistant working specifically with the outside linebackers.
In five years at Wheaton, the Thunder accumulated a 50-8 record. During that span the Thunder won three College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships, including back-to-back undefeated 10-0 championships. The Thunder advanced to the NCAA Division III playoffs three times, including two Sweet 16 appearance and one Elite Eight appearance.
Terrazas wrestled in the Big Ten for the University of Illinois where he was a four year starter and two year captain. Terrazas was a three-time Big Ten place winner and two-time NCAA National qualifier. Terrazas was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Honoree and was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week during his senior season. As a senior captain, Terrazas helped lead Illinois to a seventh place finish at the national tournament.
Eric is married to his wife Sarah and the couple resides in Marion.
Evan Knight comes to Indiana Wesleyan from Saint Francis University (Pa.) where he coached the linebackers for two seasons.
In 2016 Knight coached the linebackers in one of the top defenses in all of NCAA Division I–FCS, helping the Red Flash to their first ever NCAA playoff berth. The Red Flash ranked highly in a wide range of statistical categories including 14th nationally in Total Defense giving up 320 yards per game and 3rd in Sacks per Game with 3.25 totaling 39 for the season. The defense was also 11th in Tackles for Loss totaling 9 and 12th in Scoring Defense giving up 19.8 points per game.
In 2015 Knight coached a linebacker unit that helped SFU to be one of the top defenses in the NEC. The Red Flash was second in the league and 28th in FCS in Scoring Defense allowing 20.9 points per game. The defense allowed 309.3 total yards which topped the conference and ranked 17th in the nation. The Red Flash gave up just 163 passing yards to rank 9th in the nation and averaged 2.6 sacks per game to rank 25th in FCS.
Knight spent the two previous years at University of Central Missouri coaching the defensive line, quarterbacks, and special teams. He also helped with the strength and conditioning program.
Knight was a four-year letterman at Central Missouri where he started 28 games at linebacker. He compiled 179 tackles, 1.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, and one interception. He was a four-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll. While playing at Central Missouri, he led the university’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes for three years.
Evan grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri and is married to his wife Jessica who works as an intensive care unit nurse. The couple resides in Marion.
Run Game Coordinator / Assistant Head Coach
Chris Moore comes to Indiana Wesleyan University after coaching at Trinity International University (Ill.) the prior three seasons.
Moore was promoted to Offensive Coordinator following the 2015 season at TIU. During the 2016 season, the Trinity International offense improved in every facet, most notably jumping 39 spots nationally in rushing and pass efficiency while increasing scoring offense over 8 points per game from the prior season. Moore guided four players to MSFA All-Conference honors during the 2016 campaign.
Moore served at TIU as Run Game Coordinator and Co-Offensive Coordinator in 2014 and 2015 respectively. In 2014 Moore lead an offensive line unit that ranked 15th nationally in the NAIA with just 1.4 sacks allowed per game.
Indiana Wesleyan is Moore's second time building a program as he helped start NCAA Division II Alderson Broaddus University's (WV) program from 2010-2013. Moore guided an all-freshman offensive line to anchor a unit that averaged 29.6 points per game and over 4,000 total yards of offense.The Alderson Broaddus rushing attack was led by a front line that helped to collect 1,157 yards and 11 TDs on the year. In that first year of varsity competition, ABU earned a trip to the ECAC Division II Futures Bowl.
Before his time at Alderson Broaddus, Moore served a short stint as the Running Backs and Tight Ends coach at NCAA Division II West Virginia Wesleyan.
In 2010 Moore transferred to Liberty University (Va.) where he was a student assistant with the NCAA Division I program. Moore assisted the defensive coaching staff and organized scout teams for practices.
A former NCAA Division I student-athlete, Moore graduated from Liberty after playing three seasons on the offensive line for the College of William and Mary (Va.).
Chris and his wife Kelsey live in Marion.
Defensive Line Coach
Joshua Aldrin comes to Indiana Wesleyan from Wheaton College (Ill.) where he played defensive tackle for three years under Coach Jordan Langs. Following graduation, Aldrin became the Assistant Defensive Line Coach at Wheaton for one season under Langs before leaving to come to Indiana Wesleyan.
Aldrin attended and played football at Belhaven University (Miss.) in 2012 for his freshman year. He played in seven games as a true freshman with nine total tackles on the season. Aldren then transferred to Wheaton in 2013 for the remainder of his college career. In his three years at Wheaton Aldrin and the Thunder went 30-4 and 22-2 in his final two years as a starter. He started at defensive tackle for the 2014-15 campaigns and in his senior year he was voted captain and helped lead the thunder to their second undefeated CCIW championship. In his first year as a starter Aldrin was voted to the CCIW All-Conference team, as well as the All-Region team for the 2014 campaign. He repeated the feat his senior year and was voted First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region. At the end of his senior season, the coaches awarded him with the “John Henry” award for playing his entire senior season on a torn ACL.
In 2016 Aldrin helped coach the defensive line under Coach Jeff Peltz. The Wheaton defense was the best in the CCIW and one of the best in the country. The defensive line led the charge as Wheaton’s defense was No. 1 in the nation in Sacks (52), and the No. 2 Rushing Defense in as opponents averaged 2.1 yards per rush. At the end of the year one of Aldrin’s defensive ends was a DIII Football All-American Honorable Mention as he tied the single season record for sacks (14).
Aldrin double majored in History/Social studies and Secondary education at Wheaton. He grew up in Woodridge, Illinois and is engaged to Christina Allen.The two will be married on June 3, 2017.