Northern Athletics Conference Football News
October 13, 2012
CUW Football Donates $1,800 To Ronald McDonald House
This past March the Concordia University Wisconsin football team held a May Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to raise money for a charity of their choice. They chose the Ronald McDonald House and the seniors on the team presented a check for $1,800 to Ronald McDonald House representative Jerry Ryack at halftime of their Homecoming game against Maranatha Baptist Bible College.
October 12, 2012
Spartans Show Support For Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The Aurora University football team has jumped on board to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October which is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.
October 9, 2012
Spartans Sweep Weekly Football Awards
Aurora's Michael Bajc, Jimmy Bevell and Fernando Albarran have been named the Northern Athletics Conference Defensive, Offensive and Special Teams Football Student-Athletes of the Week for events of Oct. 1-7.
October 1, 2012
Falcons, Warrior Earn Weekly Football Awards
Concordia Wisconsin's John Palese, Wisconsin Lutheran's Josh Stodola and Concordia Wisconsin's Hunter Breuing have been named the Northern Athletics Conference Defensive, Offensive and Special Teams Football Student-Athletes of the Week for events of Sept. 24-30.
September 18, 2012
Lakeland Greats Woltzen, Curran Selected For NAIA Hall Of Fame
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that Duane “Moose” Woltzen and Pat Curran – two of the biggest names in Lakeland College athletic history – have been selected for induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame.
September 17, 2012
Touchdowns Score Weekly Football Awards
Rockford's Jacob Arnold, Concordia Chicago's Jake Koehler and Benedictine's John Borsellino were named the Northern Athletics Conference Defensive, Offensive and Special Teams Football Student-Athletes of the Week for events of Sept. 10-16.
September 17, 2012
NAC Wins Inaugural Challenge Series Over MIAA, 5-2
The Northern Athletics Conference won five of the seven games against the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in the inaugural MIAA-NAC Challenge Series this past Saturday, Sept. 15.
September 12, 2012
Inaugural MIAA-NAC Challenge Series Begins This Weekend
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Northern Athletics Conference "Challenge Series" that pits member schools from the two conferences against each other will take place for the first time this Saturday, Sept. 15.
September 10, 2012
Tucker's 91-Yard Return Headlines Weekly Awards
Benedictine's Ben Lockton and Wisconsin Lutheran Josh Stodola and Donavin Tucker were named the Northern Athletics Conference Defensive, Offensive and Special Teams Football Student-Athletes of the Week for events of Sept. 3-9.
September 4, 2012
First Football Weekly Awards Announced
Ethan Lane of Maranatha, Jake Koehler of Concordia Chicago and Josh Ruppel of Wisconsin Lutheran were named the Northern Athletics Conference Defensive, Offensive and Special Teams Football Student-Athletes of the Week for events of Aug. 27-Sept. 2.
September 4, 2012
Stodola's TD Catch Wins D3football.com Play Of The Week
Wisconsin Lutheran wide receiver Josh Stodola made a one-handed touchdown catch last weekend against Ripon and the play has been chosen as the D3football.com Play of the Week.
August 27, 2012
Walsh Steps Down As Aurora AD, Will Focus On Role As Head Football Coach
Aurora University has announced that Mark Walsh will step down from the role of Athletic Director this September to focus his time on serving as Head Football Coach. An alumnus of the university, Walsh has worked in a number of AU coaching and administrative roles since 1986, and as Athletic Director since 1998.
August 24, 2012
Borsellino Named D3 Senior Classic All-American, Lockton Honorable Mention
A month after senior defensive end Ben Lockton was named to the “D3football.com” preseason All-American team, he and senior running back John Borsellino were named to the “D3 Senior Classic” preseason All-American team.
August 19, 2012
Benedictine Unveils Borsellino Family Football Center
This fall Benedictine University and the Department of Athletics will unveil the “Borsellino Family Football Center,” a one-of-a-kind locker and meeting facility that enhances the overall student-athlete experience.
August 15, 2012
Benedictine Tops Preseason Coaches' Poll
The Benedictine Eagles were the Northern Athletics Conference football coaches' choice to take home the league's 2012 title according to the preseason poll, which tagged the defending co-champs with five-of-eight first-place votes.
August 13, 2012
CUC Promotes Hennessy To Recruiting Coordinator
Concordia University Chicago announced that Eric Hennessy will assume the new full-time position of Recruiting Coordinator with the football team. Hennessy will also retain his duties as the Cougars’ offensive line coach.
May 24, 2012
Crusaders Win On Foreign Soil
For the first time in Maranatha history, the Crusader football team notched a win on Israeli soil, with a 49-6 thumping of the newly formed Israeli National Blue and White Team.
May 24, 2012
CUW Football Raises Money For Ronald McDonald House
Concordia University Wisconsin’s senior football class raised $1,800 for the Ronald McDonald House on May 12 after hosting their second annual May Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.
March 2, 2012
Walsh To Lead Aurora Football Program
Aurora has named Mark Walsh as head coach of the Spartan football program. Walsh will continue serving in his capacity as Director of Athletics.
December 13, 2011
Faller To Take Part In All American Bowl
Lakeland College senior safety Tony Faller will participate this weekend in the All American Bowl, played at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn. The game kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17.
December 12, 2011
McWilliams,Taylor To Appear In All-American Bowl
Benedictine University senior football players Matt McWilliams and Andrew Taylor will participate this weekend in the All American Bowl, played at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.
December 12, 2011
Borsellino Named AFCA All-American
Benedictine University Running Back John Borsellino today became just the fourth football player to earn NCAA Division III All-America status and the first since 1993 as the American Football Coaches Association recognized the junior as the all-purpose player on its All-America Team.
December 10, 2011
Beres Selected For 'Tazón de Estrellas' Football All-Star Game
Rockford senior kicker and punter Anthony Beres has been selected to play in the third annual Tazón de Estrellas game in Puebla, Mexico. The matchup will feature the Stars & Stripes Team which is made up of NCAA Division III all-stars from across the United States.
December 6, 2011
4 Benedictine Football Players Named All-Region
The Benedictine University football team saw four players receive All-North Region honors from D3football.com as announced today.
November 23, 2011
MIAA, NAC Football To Begin 'Challenge Series' In 2012
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Northern Athletics Conference have announced they will launch a “Challenge Series” in football that will pit member schools from the two conferences against each other, beginning with the 2012 season.
November 19, 2011
Benedictine's Season Ends At Mount Union
The Benedictine football team saw its season come to an end on Saturday, falling 47-7 to No. 2 Mount Union in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs.
November 18, 2011
Borsellino Headlines All-NAC Football Awards
Benedictine's John Borsellino headlined the awards for the 2011 football season as he was named the Northern Athletics Conference Offensive Player of the Year. The junior running back was also a First Team All-NAC selection on both offense and special teams.
November 14, 2011
Warriors, Crusader garner weekly football awards
Wisconsin Lutheran's Jesse Muldrow and Travis Turnquist and Maranatha's Ethan Lane were named the Northern Athletics Conference Offensive, Special Teams and Defensive Football Student-Athletes of the Week for events of November 7-13.
November 13, 2011
Benedictine to play at Mount Union in NCAA First Round
Benedictine will head East to Alliance, Ohio for a meeting with the University of Mount Union, who has reached the national championship game the last six seasons and has missed out on the trip to Salem, Virginia just twice since 1996.
November 12, 2011
Cougars clinch share of conference title
he Concordia Chicago Cougars are co-champions of the Northern Athletics Conference following today's 42-14 win over the Aurora University Spartans at AU's Vago Field.
November 7, 2011
Benedictine, CUC and Lakeland score weekly football awards
Benedictine's John Borsellino, Concordia Chicago's Jamel Gray and Lakeland's Broc Lawry were named the Northern Athletics Conference Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Football Student-Athletes of the Week for events of October 31-November 6.
November 5, 2011
Benedictine claims share of 2011 NAC Football Title
The Benedictine University football team secured a share of the Northern Athletics Conference title with a 33-28 victory at Rockford College on Saturday, earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs for the second consecutive year.
October 24, 2011
CUW, Lakeland, BenU attain weekly football awards
Concordia Wisconsin's Austin Damaschke, Lakeland's Tony Faller and Benedictine's Billy Dixon were named the Northern Athletics Conference Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Football Student-Athletes of the Week for events of October 17-23.
October 17, 2011
Cougar, Eagles named weekly football award winners
Concordia Chicago's Jake Koehler and Benedictine's Ben Lockton and Billy Dixon were named the Northern Athletics Conference Football Student-Athletes of the Week for events of October 10-16.
October 11, 2011
Faller, Paul and Borsellino named football weekly award winners
Lakeland's Tony Faller, Concordia Wisconsin's Joseph Paul and Benedictine's John Borsellino were named the Northern Athletics Conference Football Student-Athletes of the Week for events of October 3-9.
October 3, 2011
Eagle, Warriors named weekly football award winners
John Borsellino of Benedictine, and Tyler Schoen and Brett Youngbeck of Wisconsin Lutheran were named the Northern Athletics Conference Football Student-Athletes of the Week for events of September 26-October 2.
September 26, 2011
Rolf and Van Straten named weekly football award winners
Matt Rolf of Concordia Chicago and Dylan Van Straten of Lakeland were named the Northern Athletics Conference Defensive and Offensive Football Student-Athletes of the Week for events of September 19-25.
September 19, 2011
NAC weekly football awards announced
Wisconsin Lutheran's Jesse Muldrow, Maranatha's Ethan Rosen and Rockford's Anthony Beres were named the Northern Athletics Conference Football Student-Athletes of the Week for games of September 12-18.
September 12, 2011
Aurora, CUC and Rockford players earn weekly football honors
Aurora's Kevin Glock, Concordia Chicago's Jake Koehler and Rockford's Anthony Beres were honored as the Northern Athletics Conference Football Student-Athletes of the Week for games played September 5-11.
September 6, 2011
Eagles, Crusader named football awards winners for first week of play
Benedictine's John Borsellino and Billy Dixon and Maranatha's Matthew Morrison were named the Northern Athletics Conference Football Student-Athletes of the Week for games of August 29-September 4, the first awards of the season.
August 15, 2011
Football coaches tab Eagles for 2011 title
The football coaches of the Northern Athletics Conference tabbed the Benedictine Eagles as the 2011 favorite in the preseason coaches' poll.
August 12, 2011
Former NFL player joins Regents' football staff
Rockford was selected by the National Football League (NFL) Players Association to be one of eight NCAA Division II and III schools to be assigned a former NFL player as a coaching intern.
August 8, 2011
Benedictine hires McCray to football, strength staff
The Benedictine University Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of football assistant Brandon McCray, who will serve as offensive line coach and head strength and conditioning coach.
August 3, 2011
Four named to IWS Preseason All-State Football Team
The online publication of Inside Wisconsin Sports has announced its Division III Preseason All-State Football Team, and four players from the Northern Athletics Conference were named to the team. Inside Wisconsin Sports' Division III Preseason All-State Team consists of players from all of Wisconsin's Division III football programs. The team was selected in May by a panel of IWS staff.
August 3, 2011
Klecker joins Benedictine football, strength staff
The Benedictine University Department of Athletics announced the hiring of Phil Kleckler as the football program's new linebacker coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach. Kleckler joins the staff after serving as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif.
April 15, 2011
Peterson named head football coach at Maranatha
WATERTOWN, Wis. -- Andy Peterson, the associate head coach of the Maranatha Baptist Bible College football program, has been named the head football coach.
March 30, 2011
Lakeland senior selected to NFL Combine
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- Senior cornerback Isiah Calhoun has been selected to participate in the NFL National ELITE Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., at the Lucas Oil Stadium on April 15-16, 2011. The Pontiac, Mich., native was one of 14 players to advance out of the Regional Combine at the Players Indoor Sports Center in Naperville, Ill., on March 12.
February 1, 2011
Division III conferences in Midwest announce historic partnership
MILWAUKEE -- A partnership of four NCAA Division III athletic conferences including the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), Midwest Conference (MWC), Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) announce a historic agreement with the Midwest Football Officials' Alliance – Division III (MFOA-DIII) and former National Football League (NFL) official Bill Carollo to oversee all Football officiating operations beginning with the 2011 seasons. As the principle operator of MFOA-DIII, Carollo will serve as the Coordinator of Officials on behalf of all four conferences and will be joined by Tom Fiedler and Jim Lapetina as Assistant Coordinators for the MFOA-DIII.
January 20, 2011
Rockford hires new coaches and trainer
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The Rockford College Regents opened the 2011 Spring semester with several changes in the Athletic Department. After three exhaustive, nationwide searches, the Regents hired new coaches to the lead the football and women's soccer programs, as well as a new head athletic trainer. New to the Regents athletics family are head football coach Vic Wallace, head women's soccer coach Scott Westbrook, and athletic trainer Keith Garnett, ATC.
December 16, 2010
CUC seniors head to Minnesota for All-American Bowl
RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- Five Concordia University Chicago football players will have a final opportunity to don the helmets and shoulder pads on Dec. 18 when they travel to Minneapolis to play in the All-American Bowl.
December 13, 2010
AU's Langhurst named AFCA All-American
AURORA, Ill. -- The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced the 2010 Division III Football All-American team, which includes one member of the Spartans football program, senior defensive back Mike Langhurst (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville H.S.). AU finished the season with a 7-3 overall and 5-2 record in the Northern Athletics Conference.
December 10, 2010
Copeland wins second All-Region honor
RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- Khyree Copeland (Jacksonville, Fla. – Potter's House Academy) of Concordia University Chicago was named a second-team running back to the D3football.com All-North Region team for 2010. The honor was the second given to Copeland by the organization who named him a third-team back in 2009.
December 7, 2010
Winsey's field goal propels North to victory
SALEM, Va. -- The 2010 Division III Football Senior Classic lived up to its billing as the game came down to a Dan Winsey (Concordia Wisconsin) field goal with 6 seconds remaining and the North trailing, 18-17.
November 23, 2010
Copeland, Gaines headline All-NAC football awards
WAUKESHA, Wis. -- The Northern Athletics Conference has announced the awards for the 2010 football season and headlining the awards were Concordia Chicago's Khyree Copeland, named Offensive Player of the Year, and Wisconsin Lutheran's Kaylan Gaines, named Defensive Player of the Year. The awards are voted on by the conference's head coaches.
November 15, 2010
Benedictine to take on St. Thomas in NCAA first round
LISLE, Ill. -- The Benedictine University football team is the No. 8 seed in the west region of the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs and will travel to St. Paul, Minn. to take on the No. 1 seed, the University of St. Thomas on Saturday, November 20 at 12 p.m.
October 12, 2010
Copeland becomes CUC's first 3,000-yard man
RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- While the last five years of Concordia University Chicago football under head coach Lonnie Pries have provided many memorable moments, the Oct. 9 Homecoming game gave a capacity crowd of 1,500 a particularly unique milestone to witness. Senior running back Khyree Copeland (Jacksonville, FL/Potter's House Academy) became the first player in team history to rush for 3,000 yards in his career in the Cougars' 38-21 win over Wisconsin Lutheran College.
August 11, 2010
Cougars preseason pick for NAC football title
WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Concordia Chicago was selected as the top team in the Northern Athletics Conference preseason football poll, followed by Lakeland and Concordia Wisconsin, the conference announced Wednesday. The poll was voted on by the eight conference head football coaches.
December 12, 2009
Spartans named D3football.com All-Region
AURORA, Ill. -- D3football.com announced the 2009 Football All-Region teams, which include members of the Spartans football program on the North All-Region teams. AU finished the season with a 4-6 overall and 2-5 record in the Northern Athletics Conference.
November 21, 2009
Muskies fall to No. 2 Whitewater in NCAA first round
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Through the first 10 minutes of the game, it appeared the Lakeland football team would give No. 2 UW-Whitewater all it could handle.
November 20, 2009
2009 NAC football awards announced
WAUKESHA, Wis. -- The Northern Athletics Conference has announced the awards for the 2009 football season, as voted on by the conference's head coaches. Included are First and Second All-NAC Teams, honorable mention selections, an eight-member All-Sportsmanship Team and the four individual awards of Defensive Player, Offensive Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year.
November 12, 2009
CUC football adds team, individual honors
RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- The 2009 Concordia University Chicago football team continues scaling new heights. This week, the Cougars earned a No. 10 North Region ranking in the weekly NCAA regional rankings released on Wednesday.
November 9, 2009
Two football, two volleyball NAC student-athletes named to CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District teams
WAUKESHA, Wis. -- The 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Teams for football and volleyball were announced by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) last week. Two football and two women's volleyball student-athletes from Northern Athletics Conference teams received honors. To be eligible for the honor, nominated student-athletes are required to maintain a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade point average throughout their academic career.
August 9, 2009
Defending champion unanimous favorite to win football title
WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Aurora University, defending Northern Athletics Conference champion, is the coaches' preseason favorite to win the 2009 NAC football title, receiving all eight first place votes in the poll.
December 29, 2008
Aurora's Meyer named All-American
AURORA, Ill. -- Aurora University Spartan football senior defensive back Matt Meyer (Yorkville, IL/Yorkville H.S.) was named 2008 D3football.com and Associated Press (AP) Little America Second-Team All-America teams. AU finished the season with a 9-2 overall and 7-0 record in the Northern Athletics Conference.
December 10, 2008
Spartans named D3football.com All-Region
AURORA, Ill. -- D3football.com announced the 2008 Football All-Region teams, which include members of the Aurora University football program on the North All-Region team. AU finished the season with a 9-2 overall and 7-0 record in the Northern Athletics Conference.
November 8, 2008
Spartan named to D3football.com team of the week
AURORA, Ill. -- Aurora University Spartan football player, junior defensive back Tony Musaraca (Sugar Grove, IL/Kaneland HS), was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week after having been named the Northern Athletics Conference Football Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending November 2, 2008.
October 22, 2008
Regents look to make a difference
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- For years, people have said that it takes a village to raise a child. On Saturday, October 25, the Rockford College Athletic Department and the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement (JACCE) will do a little extra to help influence Rockford youth. The groups have teamed to participate in national Make a Difference Day when the Rockford College football team hosts Aurora University at Sam Greeley Field on the campus of Rockford College.
October 22, 2008
Inaugural Lutheran Bowl to take place Saturday
MEQUON, Wis. -- Saturday, Oct. 25 is the date set for the first annual Lutheran Bowl featuring the football squads of Wisconsin Lutheran College and Concordia University Wisconsin. The winner of this 1:00pm showdown at Century Stadium on the Concordia Campus will be awarded the Luther Cup.
September 24, 2008
Funk named to D3Football.com Defensive Team of the Week
AURORA, Ill. -- Aurora University Spartan football player, junior defensive end Pat Funk (Morris, IL/Morris H.S.) was named to the D3football.com Defensive Team of the Week after having been the Northern Athletics Conference Football Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending September 21, 2008.
September 15, 2008
Rivalry aside, local college football fans can help food pantry this Saturday
LISLE, Ill. -- When North Central College and Benedictine University square off in football this Saturday evening (Sept. 20/7:00 p.m.), the regional rivalry will no doubt be intense on the field at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. However, prior to the game, fans and faithful from both schools will have the chance to put "partisanship" aside for the good of the community.
August 6, 2008
Concordia Wisconsin tabbed to win inaugural Northern Athletics Conference football title
MILWAUKEE -- Concordia University Wisconsin is selected to win the 2008 Northern Athletics Conference Football Championship, according to the conference's preseason coaches' poll.
August 3, 2008
Northern Athletics Conference Football Media Day to take place on August 6
WAUKESHA, Wis. -- The first-ever Northern Athletics Conference Football Media Day will take place on August 6 to kick-off the first season of football competition in the conference.
July 15, 2008
AU adds to football staff
AURORA, Ill. -- The 2008 football season will have a new look for the Aurora University Spartans as Rich Duncan announced the hiring of two new members to the Spartan coaching staff. Matt Kalb and Brandon Sturman will join the AU staff for the upcoming 2008 season.
July 1, 2008
Spartan selected Preseason All-American
AURORA, Ill. -- Aurora University Spartan football senior defensive lineman Marcus Goedken was selected to the 2008 Consensus Draft Services (CDS) Preseason All-America Team.
May 6, 2008
WLC Football names Murphy as defensive coordinator
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Ben Murphy, former Wisconsin Lutheran College football standout, returns to the sidelines to serve as the team’s defensive coordinator, head coach Dr. Dennis Miller announced Thursday.
April 10, 2008
CUW names new football coach
MEQUON, Wis. -- Greg Etter, Carthage College defensive coordinator for the past six seasons, has been named the new head football coach at Concordia Wisconsin replacing long-time Falcon mentor Jeff Gabrielsen who announced his retirement ten days ago.
March 13, 2008
CUW's Gabrielsen announces retirement
MEQUON, Wis. -- Long-time Concordia head football coach Jeff Gabrielsen has announced his retirement from the college coaching ranks to accept a position as Athletic Director at New Berlin Eisenhower High School. Gabrielsen's name has been synonymous with Falcon football success since 1983. Prior to that time he played six seasons of professional football after graduating from Ripon College.
October 17, 2007
Northern Athletics Conference releases 2008 football schedule
VERONA, Wis. -- The inaugural football schedule for the Northern Athletics Conference has just been released by the conference office. The 2008 season marks the first season of competition for NAC members in the sport of football.