Plas Presnell
Position: Coordinator of Recruiting and Player Personnel
Alma Mater: Michigan State University
Graduating Year: 1973
Experience: 29 Years
Phone: (989) 774-3896
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Plas Presnell
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 01/05/2012

Plas Presnell’s career with the Central Michigan football program has spanned three decades and six head coaches.

The 2013 season will be Presnell’s 31st as part of the CMU staff. In his role as director of football operations, Presnell oversees the day-to-day operations of the football program including coordinating team travel and the program’s summer camps.

Presnell was a full-time assistant coach for 22 seasons at CMU while also handling the duties of recruiting coordinator, director of operations and associate head coach. He worked directly with four first team All-MAC players and five first team Academic All-MAC selections during his time as a position coach.

Presnell has been a part of eight conference championships during his collegiate coaching career: six at Central Michigan (1980-90-94-2006-07-09) and two at Saginaw Valley State (1983-84).

Presnell’s coaching career began at Charlevoix (Mich.) High School (1974- 77, 1979) where he was the defensive coordinator for four years and the offensive coordinator for one year.

He served as a graduate assistant at CMU under head coach Herb Deromedi in both 1978 and 1980 before being hired as a full-time assistant under Deromedi in 1981. Following the 1982 season, Presnell was named the defensive coordinator at Saginaw Valley State. He was the defensive coordinator at SVSU from 1983-86, helping lead the Cardinals to a record of 26-10-1 (including 23-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).

The Allen Park, Mich. native returned to CMU in 1987 to work with the outside linebackers. Presnell worked with five different position groups over the following 16 seasons, including a five-year stint as tight ends coach during which he worked with two current NFL players. He helped develop both Tory Humphrey (New Orleans Saints) and Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers), a converted tight end who was a first-round NFL draft pick as a left tackle in 2007. Humphrey was named second team Freshman All-America by Sporting News in 2001.

While he was assigned the operations and recruiting coordinator duties each season beginning in 1987, Presnell was officially named CMU’s director of football operations in 2001. He continued to coach tight ends from 2001- 03 (adding the title of associate head coach in 2003) and worked with the Chippewas’ kickers, punters and long-snappers from 2004-06. Beginning in 2007, Presnell was exclusively in charge of the program’s day-to-day operations.

Presnell is a 1973 graduate of Michigan State. He and his wife, Sue, have two children: Ben and Kate.