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BLUFFTON— Tyson Veidt is packing up and heading up I-75.

The Bluffton University head football coach stepped down on Monday. Veidt, the head coach at Bluffton since 2008, accepted the job of linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Toledo.

“Coach Veidt built a strong foundation for our football program and has made a difference in the lives of many of our student-athletes,” Bluffton athletic director Phill Talavinia said in a Bluffton release. “We wish him all the best on his move to a Division I program.”

Bluffton finished 4-6 last year and 4-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

In six seasons at Bluffton, Veidt compiled a record of 20-40. His best season was 6-4 in 2012.

Bluffton associate head coach Lou Stokes will take charge of the football program during the transition period while the national search process is under way.

Coach Stokes, who served for 18 seasons before taking a two-year break, returned to the football program six seasons ago to work with the offensive line and serve as the team’s director of academic success and associate head coach.

Stokes’ coaching experience includes head coaching jobs at Ottawa-Glandorf and Bucyrus high schools and as a coordinator at Celina High School.

“Bluffton football has made significant gains in the last few years under coach Veidt, and Lou’s long history with our program is just what we need to keep the program’s momentum going,” Talavinia said.

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