Wide Receivers Coach
Oliver Taylor joined the SVSU football program as the wide receivers coach before the 2015 season. He helped coach the Cardinals to a total of 179 receptions and 2102 yards. He also helped coach Marq Johnson to All-GLIAC Honorable Mention.
Taylor joined the Cardinals from fellow Division II program Seton Hill University, where he was the Wide Receivers Coach.
Taylor coached the running backs at Widener College before making the move to Seton Hill, also serving as Widener's JV Head Coach. Prior to his time at Widener, Taylor served as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Howard High School, also serving as the strength and conditioning coach.
Taylor attended Hargrave Military Academy for one year after high school while he was a captain at quarterback. He then moved on to Delaware State University where he was a captain during his senior season. Taylor graduated from Delaware State with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management.
Running Backs Coach
Dan Fodrocy is entering his sixth season at Saginaw Valley State University as the running backs coach.
In the 2015 season as the running backs coach, he coached the cardinals to a total of 1017 rushing yards, averaging 92.5 yards per game. The Cards scored a total of eight rushing touchdowns. In the 2014 season as the wide receivers coach, he coached the cardinal receivers to 159 receptions for a total of 1,687 yards. He also coached wide receiver Bryan Fobbs to the 2014 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention team. In 2013 Fodrocy coached his receivers to a total of 191 receptions for 2,840 yards, helping land the Cardinals a spot in the playoffs. All-American Jeff Janis led the way for an average of 131 yards per game and 1,572 total yards. In his second year as coach, Fodrocy's receivers finished their 11-game season with a total of 252 receptions for 3,126 total yards and Janis once again leading the way with 1,625 yards. In 2011 during his first season with the Cardinals, Fodrocy coached the dynamic receiving core of Jeff Janis and Nick Gallina to an appearance in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Janis and Gallina combined for over 1,500 yards on 89 receptions including 19 touchdowns.
Fodrocy was a four-year letterwinner at linebacker for the Cardinals. He helped lead SVSU to the NCAA Division II playoffs three times during his career. He ranks second in career tackles for loss (40) and sixth in career sacks (18). He set the current school record for tackles for loss in a season with 20 in 2005 and his nine sacks in 2005 is currently ninth best all-time.
Fodrocy was a student assistant at SVSU in the spring of 2006 before moving on to Grand Valley State University where he coached wide receivers in 2006 and linebackers in 2007. He coached running backs and quarterbacks in 2008 at the University of Arkansas at Monticello before spending the last two seasons at North Dakota State coaching tight ends.
As quarterbacks/running backs coach at Arkansas at Monticello in 2008 he coached both units to their fourth-best seasons in terms of output in school history and helped the program set a single season standard for total offense with 5,496 yards. Quarterback Scott Buisson had the highest passing yardage total in school history (2,700) and second highest total offensive mark with 4,019 total yards.
At North Dakota State, his main responsibility was working with the tight ends. In 2010 his unit caught 23 passes for 257 yards and five touchdowns. More impressively, they helped block for 2,913 yards rushing and 27 scores. While there, Fodrocy was also tasked with recruiting talent filled California, Florida, Pennsylvania and his home state of Michigan.
Fodrocy was a graduate assistant coach at Grand Valley State University for two seasons. The Lakers compiled a 27-1 record, including claiming the 2006 NCAA Division II National Championship and a pair of conference championships. While at GVSU, he coached a group of receivers that caught 203 passes for 3,385 yards and 43 touchdowns. The group was led by Eric Fowler, who caught 83 passes for 1,694 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Fodrocy graduated with a bachelor's degree in fitness and sports management from SVSU in 2006.
Offensive Line Coach
Mike Ancona enters his eighth season as the offensive line coach for the Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals.
In 2015, he helped coach the offense to 377.9 yards per game. He also coached Will Farr and Marq Johnson to All-GLIAC Honorable Mention. In the 2014 season, Ancona helped SVSU's offense to 267.4 yards per game. He also helped coach senior offensive linemen Logan Hauserman and Jesse Somsel to the 2014 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention team. In 2013 the Cardinal offense to averaged 490.2 yards per game and 40.5 points per game with First Team All-GLIAC member Tevon Conrad anchoring the line. In 2012, the Cardinals offensive line was an integral part of an Offense that set 17 school and conference records. In his tenure at SVSU, Ancona has coached 12 offensive linemen to All-GLIAC honors and looks to improve upon this number in the upcoming season.
Before coming to SVSU, Ancona was the offensive line coach for Head Coach Jim Collins at Capital University from 2000-2007. During those years in Columbus, the Crusader offensive line anchored an offense that broke over 40 school records. Prior to his days at Capital, Ancona spent 5 seasons as an assistant offensive line coach at John Carroll University in Cleveland.
In his 18 seasons as a collegiate offensive line coach, Ancona has helped shape one Rimington Award winner, eight All-Americans, and 26 All-Conference selections.
Ancona played for four seasons on the John Carroll University offensive line before coming over to the sidelines as a graduate assistant for the Blue Streaks in 1995. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History in 1994.
Ancona resides in Saginaw, Michigan.
Tight Ends Coach
Brett Koch was named the SVSU tight ends coach after serving as a graduate assistant offensive line coach during the 2016 season.
Koch was an offensive lineman for the Cardinals and a member of teams that claimed three straight GLIAC North Division championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He finished his playing career in the fall of 2015.
Koch graduated from SVSU in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.