Craig Rundle, '74, is Albion's winningest football coach. He completed his 21st season with the Britons in 2017. Rundle has led Albion to great success on the gridiron, winning 120 games and seven Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships. In addition, the Britons played in the NCAA Division III Playoffs in 1998, 2005, 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Rundle returned to his alma mater after successful stints at the high school and collegiate levels in Michigan, California, and Colorado.
He is the third Albion alum to direct the Britons' football fortunes since 1969. Rundle played for the others, Tom Taylor (1970-1972) and Frank Joranko (1973).
Rundle's overall collegiate mark of 177-138-1 includes a perfect 10-0 mark in 1988 at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California. That squad is the only undefeated athletic team in Saint Mary's history in any sport.
Moving to Colorado College in 1990, Rundle quickly reversed the Tiger football fortunes. His 1993 squad finished 8-1, winning the first eight games for the only time in that school's history.
Albion's 6-3 football mark in 1997 was the best for a first year head coach since Taylor posted an 8-0 record in his initial Albion campaign in 1969. Rundle then led Albion to back-to-back MIAA championships in 1998 and '99.
The 2005 team may become known as Rundle's most resilient group as it surged to the MIAA title after a 1-3 start. The defense pitched three shutouts in the month of October while the offense averaged 49 points per game over the last six weeks of the regular season. Albion was rewarded for its championship season by placing 13 student-athletes on the all-MIAA teams, and Steve Wasil was voted the league's most valuable player on offense.
Albion's 2011 MIAA championship squad was a result of the senior class establishing a vision of what they wanted to accomplish. The Britons swept the MIAA's special awards as Chris Greenwood was named Defensive MVP, Clinton Orr was named Offensive MVP, and Matt Lozier claimed the Pete Schmidt Award.
Albion ran the table against its MIAA rivals in 2013 as Rundle led the program to its 35th league championship. Rundle would maintain it was his most unselfish team and that was proved by the fact that only 5 of the 15 Britons voted to the all-MIAA team were first team picks.
Albion achieved its best regular season (9-1) with Rundle at the helm in 2015. Quarterback Dominic Bona was the MIAA's Offensive MVP and center Andrew DiFranco was an Academic All-District pick by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The Lansing native and former graduate assistant at Central Michigan (1976) and Wayne State (1982-1984) is a member of the last graduating class (1970) at Gabriels High School, now part of Lansing Catholic Central. Rundle and wife Ann have two sons, Travis and Troy. Travis, who achieved all-MIAA first team status after quarterbacking the Britons to the 2001 MIAA title, is the head coach at Sewanee. Troy, a two-time all-MIAA first team tight end, is working for the Veterans Administration Benefits Division Regional Office in Phoenix, Ariz.