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2011 Season - Rob Cushman

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 Rob Cushman wrapped up his first season at the helm of the Augustana program in 2011, finishing the campaign with a fifth place finish in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and a 2-8 (2-5 in CCIW) record overall. His inaugural season was marked by a series of excruciatingly close losses, including five losses of eight points or less.

Cushman served as defensive coordinator for the Vikings in the 2008-2010 seasons. He was named head football coach in November 2010.

During his stint as coordinator, Cushman fashioned the Viking defense into a sound unit and the statistics certainly prove that. His 2008 unit allowed just 13.4 points per game, which was seventh in NCAA Division III in points allowed and finished first in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in total defense. The 2009 team gave up 16.7 points per game and was second in the CCIW in total defense and the recently concluded 2010 season had the figures at 18.8 points per game and third in the league in total defense.

The Vikings compiled an overall record of 19-11 over the past three years while Cushman was in charge of the defense.
Augustana is Cushman's third head coaching job in a career that began in 1979. He had an 18-31 record in five seasons (1997-01) at Eastern Oregon University, an NCAA Division II/NAIA school in LaGrande, Ore. After his stint at Eastern Oregon, he was tapped to begin the football program at Feather River Community College in Quincy, Calif. In his very first season at Feather River, he guided the Golden Eagles to a 6-5 record and a berth in the CLO Bowl. He posted a 34-21 record in five seasons at Feather River and had his team in five straight bowl games. The best year for the Golden Eagles was a 9-2 mark in 2003.

He left Feather River after the 2006 season and spent one year as the special teams coordinator/defensive backs coach at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. He helped the Bombers go 8-3 and earn a spot in the NCAA Division III national playoffs.
Cushman has devoted his entire professional life to coaching football. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound in 1978 where he was a four-year letter winner and two-year starter, with a bachelor of arts degree in communications, he began his coaching odyssey at California State University - Chico in 1979.

In 1981 he moved to Butte Community College in Oroville, Calif., where he was the defensive coordinator from 1981-84. His next two stops were head coaching positions in the high school ranks. He was the head coach at Marysville High School in Marysville, Calif., from 1984-85 and had a similar position, although he also added head baseball coach to his resume, at St. Helena High School in St. Helena, Calif., during the 1986-87 school year.

He moved to Eastern Oregon University in time for the 1987-88 school year and began a 15-year association with the Mountaineers' athletic program. From 1987-97 he was the defensive coordinator in football, was the head baseball coach where he led EOU to three post-season appearances, and was an assistant professor of physical education. He was chosen in 2000 to win the Instructional Merit Award, the first faculty/coach to win the honor in the school's history. He was named the head football coach in 1997.

A 1974 graduate of Hood River Valley High School in Hood River, Ore., Cushman also has a master of arts degree in education/physical education from California State University - Chico, which he earned in 1982.

Cushman lives in Davenport with his wife, Jessica, and stepson Roman. He also has a daughter Cassie, a 2008 graduate of Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass.

 Rob Cushman Head Coaching Record

Year

School

W

L

Pct.

POST SEASON

1997

Eastern Oregon

4

6

.400

 

1998

Eastern Oregon

6

4

.600

 

1999

Eastern Oregon

5

5

.500

 

2000

Eastern Oregon

2

8

.200

 

2001

Eastern Oregon

1

8

.111

 

EOU Totals

18

31

.367

 

2002

Feather River

6

5

.545

CLO Bowl

2003

Feather River

9

2

.818

Tri-Counties Bank Holiday

2004

Feather River

6

5

.545

East County Bowl

2005

Feather River

7

4

.636

Silicon Valley Bowl

2006

Feather River

6

5

.545

Capital Shrine Bowl

    

FRC Totals

34

21

.618

 

2011

Augustana

2

8

.200

 

TOTAL

54

60

.473

 


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