Toby Ernst returns to handle duties in the kicking game and also serve as strength and conditioning coach for the Bulldog football program.
Ernst serves in another capacity as equipment manager at Adrian College for all sports. He has served as equipment manager for seven years and has been associated with Adrian College since his graduation in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science (physical education). He is responsible for overseeing a staff of student workers as well as the inventory, purchasing, stocking and maintenance of all athletic equipment needs as equipment manager.
Ernst mentored placekicker Cameron Cook and Connor Storms to second-team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association accolades in 2016. Cook was among the national leaders in field goals and field goal percentage for most of the year, while tying for the team lead with 42 points. Storms twice won MIAA Special Teams of the Week choice (Oct. 3, 10) and he also was recognized nationally by D3football.com on Oct. 10. He averaged 41.4 yards on 44 punts, good for second in the MIAA. He also ranked second in the conference with 14 punts that landed inside the 20. In 2017, Cook became a D3football.com All-America Second Team specialist and Storms repeated on the all-conference second team while both players set school records for field goals and punting yardage, respectively.
Freshman punter Austin Behnke received the Special Teams Player of the Week award on Sep. 17, 2018, after he averaged 41.3 yards on six punts, including two downed inside the 20. One of the punts gave the offense good field position and led to the Bulldogs' last touchdown of the afternoon. He had a career-long 65 yard boot in the fourth quarter--it ranks the sixth best in school history. Adrian beat Aurora, 27-5.
Ernst is CSCS certified in practical and applied sciences through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and did a professional internship with Bowling Green State University in the summer of 2011. Ernst has also had the opportunity to work with the Detroit Lions equipment staff during mini-camp in 2010.
Ernst was a three-year letterman with the men’s basketball team from 2000-03 at Adrian College and played baseball as well from 1998-99.
Toby and his wife, Shantay, reside in Adrian, and have two children, Devon and Ciara.