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LAKE WALES, Fla. – Warner University President Dr. David Hoag and Athletic Director John Dunlap name Kirk Talley 2019 Warner University Head Football Coach. Talley is the current Defensive Coordinator for the Royals.

With current head coach Rod Shafer announcing his retirement early last week, Warner University names Kirk Talley head coach following the 2018 season. Coach Talley said:

“It is a blessing to take over a program and to have learned from Coach Shafer these last two seasons. Because Shafer has been a head coach so long, he is great to remind me of the fundamentals of football and the fundamentals of being a head coach.”

Talley came to Warner University after a 16 year stint as the head coach at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. The five-time Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and coach with the most wins in program history, left his position with a 112-51 (.687) record at the institution. He most recently guided Northwestern to their first-ever NCAA Division III playoff berth in 2016, as well as win the conference regular season title for the 7th time. Under Talley’s leadership, Northwestern appeared in six NCCAA Victory Bowls. The 34-year coaching veteran is a long time member of the AFCA and has also served on several NCAA football committees.

When asked what his specialty in coaching football would be, Talley said, “I am a jack of all trades, master of none. I have coached every position in my career and spent time coordinating on both side of the ball.”

The Warner University Royals brought in one of the youngest teams in all of the NAIA for the 2018 season. The best news is a young team will only get stronger. Talley said:

“There will not be a ton of changes, instead, only small adjustments, changes and challenges. We have a great group of young men with a lot of talent, they will respond well to the changes to come.”

Coach Talley derives his passion for his coaching career from the bond he forms with his players. He said he used to love the game of football, now he likes the game of football and focuses on loving the players.

“There is no better way to teach young men how to draw nearer to the love of God than around the game of football.”

We dug deep here in Warner Athletics and got to the tough questions with coach Talley. We found out that coach was a part of a rap group called “Da Kollumm”. Celebrating its official release on October 4th, 2007, it has been 11 years since its debut, we’ve brought it back to the surface. Please enjoy this video DJ Kirk and the Boys.


Before his Warner career started in 2017, coach Talley had previous head coaching stops at Crown, Greenville and Mount Senario, all UMAC conference schools. Other coaching stints include Taylor University, Northern State University and Miami (Ohio). Talley played college ball at Pacific Lutheran under legendary head coach Frosty Westering.