Jeff Duckworth | Offensive Coordinator / Receivers
Jeff Duckworth joins the East Central University football staff as the team’s offensive coordinator and receivers coach for the 2018 season.
Prior to joining the Tigers, Duckworth spent two seasons coach with ECU head coach Al Johnson at the University of Wisconsin as a graduate assistant wide receivers coach. He returned to his alma mater after serving as a graduate assistant wide receivers coach at Kent State.
Duckworth was a four-year letterwinner for the Badgers (2010-13) and played a key role in Wisconsin’s 2011 Big Ten championship, catching a critical fourth-down pass from Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter of the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game.
He finished with 15 catches for 230 yards and a touchdown in 2011, his sophomore season. He caught 12 passes for 176 yards and two scores in an injury-shortened senior season in 2013. All told, Duckworth caught 39 passes for 398 yards and four TDs in 41 career games for the Badgers.
A Cincinnati, Ohio, native, Duckworth graduated from Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in life sciences communication in 2013 and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership policy analysis in 2018.
Kris McCullough | Quarterbacks
Kris McCullough joins the East Central University football staff as the quarterbacks coach for the 2018 season.
McCullough spent the last season as the running backs coach at Fairmont State. He will also assisted with special teams and serve as video coordinator for the Falcons.
Prior to his time at Fairmont State, he spent the previous spring as a quality control coach at Old Dominion.
McCullough is no stranger to the Great American Conference as he served on the Henderson State coaching staff starting in January 2015. He was on the Reddies offensive coaching staff and played a vital role in recruiting and game film breakdown.
A native of Pine Bluff, Ark., McCullough earned a bachelor’s of Integrated Studies degree from Henderson State with a 3.74 GPA in integrated studies and is currently working toward a master’s degree in sports administration at Arkansas State University.
McCullough is engaged to Hannah Wahls of Arkadelphia, Ark. The couple plans to get married in June of 2018.
Joe Foster | Running Backs
Joe Foster has been around the ECU Football program for the past four seasons, moving from an equipment manager to a coaching with the Tigers for the 2015 season. He coached the tight ends (2015-16) and then moved to running backs coach for the 2017 season.
In his first seasons working with the running backs, Foster helped to develop freshman Ontario Douglas. Douglas was honored as a 2017 D2CCA All-Super Region 3 Second Team Offense selection and an All-Great American Conference First Team honoree. He became the first ECU player to record more than 1,000 rushing yards in a season since 2005, ending his first season with 1,097 yards rushing on 205 attempts and scored eight touchdowns.
Foster came to the Tigers from Pauls Valley where he helped the team to the state playoffs in 2011 and 2012. During his senior season he tallied 2,100 passing yards and 20 touchdowns and claimed all-district honors for his efforts.
The Pauls Valley, Okla., native is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. Foster is married to Katelyn and they have a daughter, Temperance (1).
Matt Zeitler | Offensive Line
Matt Zeitler joins the East Central football coaching staff as the assistant offensive line coach for the 2018 season.
Zeitler spent the previous four years as a student-athlete at Wisconsin Luther College where he played in 31 games as a member of the offensive line. While with the Warriors, Zeitler was also a member of the NCAA Scholar-Athlete list.
Prior to his time at Wisconsin Luther College, Zeitler played at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. As a prep, he earned First Team All-Little Team, First Team All-Region and All-State Honorable Mention honors as a senior. He also helped the team to two Little Ten title and was a team captain.
A native of Waukesha, Wisc., he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports and exercise science from Wisconsin Lutheran College in May 2018 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports administration at ECU.