OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
Jeff Judge | Offensive Coordinator
A veteran coach with more than 30 years of experience, Jeff Judge enters his first season as Simpson's offensive coordinator in 2015.
This is Judge's second stint at Simpson after serving as the defensive coordinator on Jim Williams' staff from 1994-1999. Judge comes to Simpson from Defiance College, where he spent three seasons as defensive coordinator.
Before Defiance, Judge was the head coach at Anderson University for nine seasons, leading the Ravens from 2003-11. Under Judge, Anderson led Division III in passing offense in 2003 while going 7-3.
An experienced coordinator on both sides of the ball, Judge has also spent time as a coordinator at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2000-02) and Morehead State (1990-93). He spent two seasons as defensive coordinator at Stevens Point and one on offense while spending all four seasons on the offensive side at Morehead.
In his first stop at Simpson, Judge helped lead the Storm to back-to-back Iowa Conference Championships in 1996 and 1997 and a pair of trips to the NCAA Championship. Simpson's 1997 team is widely considered as the best in school history, advancing to the national semifinals before losing to Mount Union. Simpson posted a 47-17 record in Judge's six seasons on the staff.
In his most recent stop, Judge built one of the nation's top defenses at Defiance. In 2013, the Yellow Jackets ranked seventh in Division III in total defense and fifth in the nation in rush defense. While piloting the offense at Stevens Point, Judge guided the Pointers to a WIAC Championship and a playoff appearance in 2001.
Judge graduated from Iowa State in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. He received his master's from Purdue in Sports Administration in 1989. Judge and his wife, Laurie have a daughter, Katie, and a son, Thomas. Katie is a senior at Anderson University and Thomas is a freshman at Iowa State.
James Hoffman | Wide Receivers
The 2015 season marks Hoffman's ninth on the Simpson staff and third as a full-time assistant. He will coach the defensive backs this season, having previously coached running backs and receivers.
After serving as an assitant coach in a part-time role for six seasons, Hoffman joined the staff as a full-time member on July 22, 2013.
Hoffman has coached four all-conference receivers since taking over in 2012, including first teamer and all-region performer Brad Vogel in 2013. He also coaches the sprinters on the track and field team.
Hoffman began coaching the Storm in 2006 as a student assistant. He lettered three times for Simpson from 2003-05 as a defensive back for the Storm.
Before joining the Simpson staff full-time in 2013, Hoffman spent the previous 10 years as an assistant track and field coach at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. There, he coached sprints, relays and high jump for the boys' program. He helped Roosevelt win conference championships in 11 of the last 12 seasons and a district championship in 2005.
Hoffman graduated from Simpson in 2005 with a degree in sports administration.
James resides in Des Moines with his wife, Kasey (a former Simpson softball player), and daughters Kameryn and Kourtney.
Pete Traynor | Offensive Line / Strength & Conditioning
After serving the Storm coaching staff in a part-time role from 2011-2014, Pete Traynor graduated to a full-time position as the team's offensive line coach in March 2015. A former Green Bay Packer and Iowa Hawkeye standout, Traynor will also serve as the strength and conditioning coach for the football team.
A 2003 graduate of the University of Iowa, Traynor played in 26 games for the Hawkeyes from 2000-02, was named to the Big 10 All-Academic Team twice and won three letters. He continued his playing career after college, spending a combined seven years playing in the Arena Football League and af2, which included a stop with the Iowa Barnstormers. After three years in af2, he signed with the Green Bay Packers, appearing in four games during the 2006 season. He also suited up for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe the same year.
As a coach, Traynor spent 2004 and 2005 as the offensive line coach for Iowa City High, winning the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Outstanding Offensive Line Coach of the Year Award in 2005.
Traynor and his wife, Lauren, reside in Urbandale with their two children: daughter Payton and son Cole.
Michael Chia | Running Backs
Michael Chia is in his first season as an assistant football coach at Simpson. Chia was a four-year letterwinner as a running back for the Storm, earning all-Iowa Conference honors as a senior in 2013. He was also an all-conference performer on the baseball team.