Austin Holter returns in the fall of 2017 for his eighth season at Denison. After spending his first three seasons at Denison as the team's quarterback coach, Holter enters his fifth year as the team's offensive coordinator in 2017.
Last season the Big Red achieved new ground by going 8-2, marking DU's best season on the gridiron since 1986. The offense averaged 32.4 points per game and averaged 424.4 yards per game.
Denison's offense continued to fire on all cylinders in 2015 as freshman quarterback Canaan Gebele totaled over 1,700 yards of total offense and senior wide receiver Dushawn Brown surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the second-straight year. Brown ended his Denison career with 3,193 receiving yards, re-writing the record books in every one of the school's receiving categories. Denison went 7-3 marking the program's third-straight winning season.
In 2014 the Big Red finished 6-4 and once again the offense flourished as DU averaged 427 yards per game. Led by Associated Press Little All-American, Brown, the passing attack averaged 270 yards per game while completing 61 percent of their pass attempts. Senior quarterback Brandon Sklenar had another big year, passing for 2,702 yards and 21 touchdowns while leading the team in rushing with 709 yards and nine TDs. Sklenar leaves Denison with 5,001 yards passing and 1,370 yards rushing.
In 2013 the Big Red went 7-3, marking the program's most successful season since 1986. The offense ranked in the top half of the conference standings in nearly every category as junior QB, Sklenar totaled 2,895 yards of total offense, marking the third-highest single season total in school history. The offense ranked third in the nation in time of possession and ranked third in the NCAC in passing offense.
In 2012 the Denison passing game, led by senior quarterback and three-year starter Max Paulus, threw for over 2,000 yards for the third straight season. Paulus left Denison as the career leader in passing yards (6,545), touchdown passes (53), completions (587), attempts (983) and completion percentage (59.7). He was named to the All-NCAC honorable mention in 2011 and 2012.
A 2010 graduate of The College of Wooster, Holter spent three seasons as the Fighting Scots’ starting quarterback. He was a two-time All-NCAC selection and in 2009, he set a school-record with 2,873 yards of total offense. His 2,106 passing yards were also a school record. A native of nearby Johnstown, Ohio, Holter was the Johnnies starting signal caller till his graduation in 2006.
On the recruiting trail, Holter is responsible for 10 states including northwestern and central areas of Ohio.