Head coach: Beau Balderson , 6-3-1 in one season)
Assistants: Marcus Coldsnow, Mark Knopick, Tim Flaherty, Rick Reynolds, Steve Sigworth, Josh Herndon.
2004 record: 6-3-1.
Offensive/defensive formations: Multiple/4-4.
Key losses: Josh Nelson, Derek Steele.
Returning lettermen: 16.
Returning starters: 16.
Returning offensive backs: Joe Knopick , QB, 6-0, 200, Sr.)
Incoming offensive backs: Chad Eatinger, RB, 5-10, 185, So.; Kurt Oboczky, RB, 5-11, 175, Jr.
Returning offensive ends: Frank Locher, TE, 6-2, 200, Sr.
Incoming offensive ends: None listed.
Returning offensive linemen: Craig Brown, G, 5-8, 225, Sr.; Jon Cooper, G, 6-1, 215, Jr.; Ryan Ciganik, T, 6-3, 220, Sr.
Incoming offensive linemen: Christian Kainrad, C, 5-8, 210, So.; Ryan Shackleford, T; Joe Brown, T/G, 5-11, 220, So.; Greg Lemley T.
Returning defensive linemen: Brown,DT; Zach Walker, DT, 5-8, 230, Sr; Locher, DE)
Incoming defensive linemen: None listed.
Returning linebackers: Knopick, Thad Root, Oboczky.
Incoming linebackers: Rich Hedrick, Jon Braham.
Returning defensive backs: Micah Herndon, Steele.
Incoming defensive backs: Kenny Colman, Nick Mulhollen.
Outlook: The Pirates have good senior leadership and game experience. Knopick's experience under center will be important as the younger players around him gain playing time. The coaches are optimistic. The loss of Steele to a ruptured spleen -- he is a co-captain -- will be difficult to replace.