Updated August 17, 2016
Back for his seventh season on head coach Jim Margraff’s coaching staff is Mike Toerper, who came to Johns Hopkins after serving as an assistant coach at Duquesne in 2009. After three seasons of coaching the Blue Jay wide receivers, Toerper moved into a full-time role in 2013 and shifted to the defensive side of the ball as he directs the Blue Jay secondary. In addition to coaching the defensive backs, he also took over as the team’s special teams coordinator that year, a role he will continue to handle in 2016.
Toerper’s secondary was one of the youngest in the nation in 2013 as the Blue Jays did not have a senior defensive back on the team. Still, he crafted a unit that built around First Team All-Centennial cornerback Ryan Rice and limited the opposition to just a 54.5% completion percentage. In addition, freshman place-kicker Nick Campbell earned Second Team All-Centennial Conference honors and led the nation in field goal percentage (.909).
In 2014, Toerper’s secondary was just as effective as the Blue Jays allowed just nine touchdown passes in 12 games and the opposition completed just 53.6% of its passing attempts. Two Johns Hopkins defensive backs – Rice and sophomore Jack Toner – earned First Team All-Centennial honors.
Toerper’s secondary played a key role in last season’s 11-1 record and run to the second round of the NCAA Playoffs as the Blue Jays came up with 26 interceptions, forced 38 turnovers and the opposition was held to less than 19 points per game for the seventh consecutive year.
Toerper’s wide receivers were at the heart of JHU’s record-breaking offense in 2011 as Dan Wodicka (87-1,245-7), Sam Wernick (71-644-8) and Scott Cremens (59-705-9) formed one of the most dynamic trios in the nation. They helped fuel an offense that averaged 39.8 points per game and set a school record for passing yards per game (312.3). Wodicka and Wernick both earned First Team All-Centennial honors with Wodicka’s 87 receptions establishing a school record.
Despite a heavier emphasis on a what proved to be a prolific running game a year later, Wodicka broke his own school record for receptions (94) and he and Bob D’Orazio combined for 146 receptions for 1,501 yards and seven touchdowns under Toerper’s guidance.
Toerper made an instant impact on the Blue Jay passing game in 2010 as he coached Wernick to Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors. Wernick set a JHU and Centennial single-season record with 17 touchdown receptions and was at the heart of a passing attack that generated better than 300 yards per game.
Toerper was a three-time letterwinner at the University of Pittsburgh, where he played in the Panther secondary and was a standout on special teams. During his final season at Pitt, the Panthers posted a 9-4 record, tied for second place in the BIG EAST Conference and played in the Brut Sun Bowl. He played in all 13 games that season and 36 games during his career.