Tom Mescher joined the Wittenberg coaching staff in 2005, concentrating his efforts on the tight end position and offensive tackle positions in 2005 and 2006. He moved over to the defensive line in 2007 and also currently serves as head coach of the junior varsity program.
He has coached several all-conference performers, including 2007 and 2008 first-team All-NCAC defensive tackle Lance Phillips and 2005 and 2006 first-team All-NCAC offensive tackle Ted Londot. In 2009, Mescher guided Eddie Vallery to d3football.com National Defensive Player of the Year honors following a 16.5 sack season, a total which ranked him first in NCAA Division III and second across all divisions.
A native of Versailles, Ohio, where he played football under legendary high school coach Al Hetrick, Mescher earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education with an emphasis in social studies from Findlay University in 1997. He also had a minor in history. While a student at Findlay, Mescher was a member of the varsity basketball team, president of Sigma Pi Fraternity and also served as a student assistant coach for the men's basketball and softball teams.
Currently a teacher in the Southeastern Local School District in nearby South Charleston, Mescher has coached softball, basketball and football at the high school and middle school levels in recent years. Most recently, he was the offensive coordinator for Miami View Junior High School in South Charleston. For the three years prior to that, Mescher was the defensive coordinator/assistant head coach for the Southeastern High School varsity team.
Mescher resides in Springfield with his wife, Kelly, daughters Elise and Isis and son Ares.