A former Culver Stockton Wildcat receiver returns to the program as coach.

Athletic Director Pat Atwell announced Wednesday that Tom Sallay will be the new Head Football Coach. Sallay replaces Jeff Duvendeck who resigned November 14th after six seasons. “I am extremely happy to name Tom as our head football coach,” said Atwell. “He has extensive knowledge of the NAIA and has taken the right steps to be a head football coach. Sallay’s resume includes eleven years on the staff at the University of St. Francis in Joliet including the last two seasons as defensive coordinator.
Sallay was named the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015 after directing a defensive unit that concluded the regular season ranked fourth in the NAIA in scoring defense (15.5 ppg), 14th in total defense (317.9yards/game) and 17th in rushing defense (118.3 yards/game). The Fighting Saints finished 8-3 overall and captured the MSFA Midwest championship with a 4-1 mark that year.

Prior to his time at St. Francis, Sallay spent four years coaching football and basketball at Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights, Ill. He has also coached baseball at Lincoln-Way Central High School and got his coaching career started at Highland High School in Ewing, Mo., while earning his undergraduate degree from Culver-Stockton.

Sallay received an education degree from Culver-Stockton in 2001 and was a wide receiver for the Wildcats from 1997 through 2000.