Todd Eisner Era Begins in Winona

Bringing 17 seasons of head coaching experience and over 400 wins at the NAIA level, Todd Eisner is returning to a familiar part of the country.

“I wanted to come here because I know how great this program has been, and I know how great it is going to be,” Eisner said Monday.

Eisner is a Chilton, Wisconsin native and landed his first head coaching job at Viterbo University in 1995. After four years with the V-Hawks, Eisner led Bellevue University to six conference championships in eight seasons.

Eisner takes over in Winona after a solid four-year run at Midland University, where he led the school to their first NAIA Division II National Championship game appearance during the 2013-14 season.

He brings a defensive mindset that also aligns with his roots in the Badger State.

“Defensively I probably am a little more married, for a lack of a better word, to growing up in Wisconsin and being a part of the Dick Bennett pack man-to-man defenses,” said Eisner.

“It is what has really, really given me a chance in all the programs I have been a part of. I am going to jump in as quickly as I can here to figure out what this identity is going to be.”

Eisner replaces decorated head coach Mike Leaf, who is currently under investigation by the University according to Andrea L. Northam of the Winona State communications department.