INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI Men’s Football Coach Sid van Druenen filled out its coaching staff on Tuesday, April 12 by announcing the hiring of Lewis Dunn, Arturo Rodriguez and Mehdi Ayari in the Jaguars program. Dunne comes to the IUPUI program from Notre Dame College while Rodriguez comes to IUPUI from Wright State. Ayari joins the IUPUI program after serving as an assistant coach at Neosho County (Kan.) Community College last season.
“I am delighted to add Lewis, Arturo and Mehdi to the Jaguars men’s football family,” van Druenen said. “All are proven winners and know what it takes to succeed at this level. I know they will do their best to help me turn this program around and I look forward to working with them.”
Dunne spent the past two seasons on the staff of Notre Dame (Ohio) College where he helped the Falcons win back-to-back seasons. Over the past two years, NDC has compiled a 16-8-2 record and edged its opponents by a margin of 79-31. Six Falcons earned all-conference honors and four were named all-regions. Dunne started his coaching career at Lake Erie College as a graduate assistant in 2017 and was later promoted to assistant in 2019. LEC went from five wins in his first season to 18 wins in the 2019 campaign. This team has climbed to No. 4 in the nation and qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament. Dunne played collegiately at Urbana University and was an all-American first-team NSCAA his senior year. Following his college career, Dunne captained the Dayton Dutch Lions in the Premier Development League in 2016, then played for Cleveland SC in the NPSL in 2018.
He went on to serve as assistant coach at Cleveland SC in 2019 and then head coach in 2020. The team became 2021 Rustbelt champions and Midwest regional champions, before losing in the national semi-finals to eventual champions Denton Diablo. nationals. Cleveland SC had an 11-1-2 record in 2021 and Dunne was named Rustbelt Conference Coach of the Year for 2021.
Rodriguez has spent the past three seasons on the sidelines at Wright State, including a historic run in the 2019 campaign. That season, the Raiders recorded the program’s sixth double-digit winning streak total at 11-8- 4 and won the Horizon League Championship. The Raiders then earned the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, defeating Notre Dame, before facing No. 13 Michigan to a scoreless draw before falling to a penalty shootout. Rodriguez was born in Durango, Mexico and raised in Houston. He played for three years at Sterling College (Kan.) and then served as an assistant coach for the program after graduating in 2017. He then served as an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Dutch Lions in USL 2 in 2019.
Ayari’s coaching experience took him to Saint Clairsville High School (Ohio) where he helped lead the Red Devils to the 4A OVAC Tournament Championship. He then coached at Washington and Jefferson and later Neosho County for the 2021 season. He is now involved with Impact Soccer Club in Fortville, Indiana. Ayari played in Oakland City and later graduated from Indiana University.