John Fankhauser
John Fankhauser
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 330.490.7047
Email: jfankhauser@walsh.edu
Previous College: Youngstown State ('97)
Previous College Athletic Achievements: Two-time National Champion, National Runner-up

Coach Fankhauser enters his second season as head football coach and 21st year as a coach at Walsh University. In his first year of being head coach, Walsh went 4-6 (4-4 in the G-MAC), including two straight wins to end the season over Alderson Broaddus and rival Malone.

Under Fankhauser, 10 Cavaliers were spotlighted on the Great Midwest Athletic Conference All-Conference Team after the 2018 season. Koby Adu-Poku and Leondre Crosby were named First Team All Conference. Morgan TrustRikwon Moore and Stephen Baugh were given Second Team honors. Honorable Mention awards were given to Kasey TinglerHunter PolkMacklin ColemanO'Shea Heard and Nick Sanchez. 

The 2018 season saw the Walsh offense rank seventh in total offense (290.4 YPG) and eighth in scoring offense (18.6 PPG) for the G-MAC. The offense averaged 146.9 rushing yards (6th in conference) and 143.5 passing yards (ninth in league) per game. Despite six losses, the defense ranked no lower than fourth in four different categories. The defense allowed 24.9 points per game, the fourth lowest in the conference and allowed the second-fewest yards, 343.1 per game. The pass defense led the conference with 199.2 passing yards per game while the rush defense was fourth with 143.9 yards per contest.

Coach Fankhauser was promoted to head coach after 19 years of Walsh coaching experience to this position, most recently serving as Associate Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator, handling all aspects of the Cavs' special teams and the defensive line. Hired under Walsh's first football head coach Jim Dennison, Fankhauser has coached both offensive and defensive positions as well as serving as the program's longtime special teams' coordinator.

During his assistant coach tenure at Walsh, Coach Fankhauser has been an integral part of the program as it transitioned from the NAIA to the NCAA, and more recently from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), where the team finished 4-3 during its inaugural year in 2017. Coach Fankhauser has been willing and able to assume a multitude of roles throughout his tenure, always ready to take on new challenges and responsibilities to help the program be successful.

Before joining Walsh in 1998, Coach Fankhauser served as a student assistant at Youngstown State University where he was a member of the 1992 national runner-up team and the 1993 and 1994 championship teams. John coached special teams (1995-96) and graduated with a B.A. in history and a minor in psychology. In addition to his coaching duties at Walsh, Fankhauser has served 17 years as Walsh's head athletics groundskeeper and was an assistant coach for the women's basketball team from 1998 to 2004.

John's commitment to mentorship and service extends beyond the athletic field. He has been active in coordinating Cavalier athletic service opportunities in the local community, YMCA Youth Football Training Camp and, for the past nine years, he has been an active volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Stark County. 

John earned his master's degree in education from Walsh in 2006 and resides in North Canton with his wife Walsh alumna Christine (Anderson), daughter Emilia, and son Anderson.