Updated August 10, 2017
Entering his 20th season as the offensive line coach at Johns Hopkins is Nick Schloeder, who has coached some of the top offensive linemen in school history and is the senior member of head coach Jim Margraff’s staff.
Schloeder’s offensive linemen have combined to earn 54 All-Centennial selections, including 28 first team citations. Schloeder has also coached the only six offensive linemen in school history to earn All-America honors (Chantz Anderson-2016, Colin Egan-2014 & 2015, Armand Jenifer-2012 & 2013, Ed Rodger-2010, Matt Weeks-2003, David Perna-1999), while seven of his players have earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, including rising junior Cameron Little, who earned second team honors in 2016.
Playing behind one of Schloeder’s most inexperienced lines, the 2016 Blue Jays set school records for total offense (6,121), yards per game (510.1), passing yards (4,106) and touchdown passes (37) in 2016. Three players earned All-Centennial honors, including two first-time starters.
Schloeder may have turned in one of his best coaching jobs in 2014 as Johns Hopkins averaged 37.4 points and 434.4 yards per game with an offensive line that featured four new starters. The Blue Jays produced three All-Centennial Conference selections along the offensive line, including two who had never started a game at Johns Hopkins prior to 2014. The 2015 unit paved the way for an offense that set school records for points (45.7) and yards (505.8) per game; not surprisingly, all five starters on the offensive line earned All-Centennial recognition.
Since Schloeder took over as offensive line coach the Blue Jays have produced the only four single-season 1,000-yard rushers in school history (six overall 1,000-yard rushing seasons) and seven of the top eight rushers in school history.
In a career checkered with impressive units, the 2009, 2012 and 2013 groups are likely Schloeder’s best. All five of his starters earned All-Centennial honors in 2009, including Mike Stoffel and Tim Miller, who garnered first team honors. JHU averaged 379.0 yards and 29.8 points per game in 2009. The 2012 unit had four All-Centennial performers, including first teamers Armand Jenifer and Ben Cranston. Jenifer earned First Team AFCA All-America honors and the Blue Jays averaged 36.8 points and 485.2 yards per game.
The 2009 and 2012 units set the stage for 2013, when four players earned All-Centennial, including three first teamers, Jenifer repeated as an All-American and senior Ben Cranston won the Rimington Award as the nation’s top center in Division III and also earned All-America honors. The 2013 team set then school records for points (40.6) and yards (500.6) yards per game.
Schloeder’s unit made a seamless transition to one of the top passing offenses in the nation in 2010 as JHU finished ninth in the nation in passing yards per game (308.7) and the Blue Jays allowed just 11 sacks in 404 passing attempts on the year.
The 2009 and 2010 teams set the stage for a record-breaking 2011 campaign that saw the Blue Jays set then school records for points per game (39.8) and total offense (492.7) behind an offensive line that featured four All-Centennial selections, including three first team honorees. The Blue Jays nearly matched those totals a year later with Jenifer and Cranston anchoring a unit that had just one senior starter.
In all, Johns Hopkins has averaged more than 365 yards of total offense, 175 yards rushing, 185 yards passing and 25 points per game 11 times each during Schloeder’s tenure at Homewood. Two or more of Schloeder’s offensive linemen have earned All-Centennial honors 17 times in his first 19 seasons and 23 have earned CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades.
A Baltimore native, Schloeder brought an extensive high school coaching background to Hopkins, including a four-year stint at nearby Gilman. He also coached at Cardinal Hayes in the South Bronx and Cardinal Gibbons in Baltimore, helping Gibbons to an MIAA “B” Championship.
Schloeder played football at Franklin & Marshall from 1985-88, helping the Diplomats to three Centennial Conference titles and the 1987 ECAC South Championship. In addition to his coaching duties at Hopkins, Schloeder is currently a fifth-grade teacher at the nearby Gilman School.