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The University of Dubuque football team recent highlights include a 2013 season where UD tied for third place in the IIAC, a 2012 season where the Spartans tied for 2nd in the Iowa Conference standings, a 2011 season where they qualified for the NCAA Championships, won an Iowa Conference Title, and earned the school's first William V. Campbell Trophy Finalist, and the 2011 Gagliardi Trophy Winner (Division III Heisman Award). The Spartans are even more proud of the fact of all the Academic All-Iowa Conference Honorees, Capital One® Academic All-America Honorees, and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes earned the past few years.

The Spartans play under the lights of Chalmers Field, an EcoTurf surface with one of the area's largest video boards displaying animations, live shots, and slow motion replays of the Spartans throughout the game. The Spartans held the first ever "Live" Iowa Conference football broadcast on KCRG (ABC-affiliate) in 2011. In January of 2014, UD opened  the Veterans Memorial Training Center (VMTC). The VMTC is an indoor practice facility 180 feet by 210 feet with a 60 yard artificial grass surface area utilized by various sports and intramurals.

The passionate coaching staff will push you to work hard in and out of the classroom. Become a more complete student-athlete over your collegiate career as Coach Zweifel and his staff help you become a better person and prepare you for life after graduation. UD offers many opportunities for you to volunteer helping at-risk students, for example, as you participate in UD football community service projects.



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Ravenell and Rutenbeck Named D3 Classic Preseason Super Seniors

A pair of Spartans have been honored among the D3 Senior Classic Preseason Super Senior Watchlist is presented by the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL). The University of Dubuue Spartan student-athletes Dominique Ravenell and Tyler Rutenbeck were selected for UD. Rutenbeck was named to the North Offense Second Team and Ravenell was chosen as an Honorable Mention for the Spartans. The pair were among five Iowa Conference student-athletes named to the list.

Spartans Share Love of American Football with Frenchman

The University of Dubuque football team will have a special guest on the sidelines when they return to practice this week. Joining the Spartans on the sideline is special guest coach from the Touluse Bears team in France. The Spartans traveled abroad this spring and played the Bears, sharing American football with thousands of fans in France. Florian Perget (offensive coordinator) was so impressed with the University of Dubuque football team he made plans to join them for pre-season camp this week.

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Football Team

Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
1 Darren Myles DB 6-3 208 Junior Atlanta, Ga.
1 Nick Ruiz DB 5-8 171 Freshman Minot, N.D.
2 Dylan Schultz WR 6-1 195 Freshman Lynn Center, Ill.
3 Shaun Grewal WR 5-9 165 Junior Bakersfield, Calif.
3 Austin Baden QB 5-11 195 Freshman Poplar Grove, Ill.
4 Najee Toomer WR 5-10 165 Freshman Maywood, Ill.
4 Josh Aranda DB 5-9 180 Freshman Mundelein, Ill.
5 Noah Evans DB 6-0 195 Senior Marion, Iowa
6 Zach Juergens FB 6-0 205 Freshman Pekin, Ill.
8 Vincent Whipple DB 5-10 190 Junior Eagle Grove, Iowa
8 Corey Harris DB 5-10 160 Freshman East Dubuque, Ill.
9 Henry Thigpen DB 6-0 190 Junior Plainfield, Ill.
10 Logan Kunzie QB 6-3 180 Senior Woodstock, Ill.
11 Brian McCue DB 5-10 175 Freshman Sugar Grove, Ill.
12 Zach Fry QB 6-4 235 Senior Milton, Wis.
13 Armon Lansdown DB 5-9 170 Freshman Alsip, Ill.
14 Tyler Rutenbeck WR 6-4 185 Junior Maquoketa, Iowa
15 Chris Bagley WR 6-4 205 Sophomore Oswego, Ill.
18 Sean Anderson WR 5-9 190 Senior Yorkville, Ill.
19 Reggie Cole, Jr. DB 5-8 150 Sophomore Milwaukee, Wis.
20 Kyle Acker RB 5-10 190 Senior Waunakee, Wis.
21 Dylan Ramsey DB 5-7 165 Junior Urbana, Iowa
22 Lee Jones TE 6-3 240 Junior Fairbanks, Alaska
23 Everett Schwer DB 6-2 188 Sophomore Fennimore, Wis.
24 Donessa Sweet DB 6-1 205 Freshman East Troy, Wis.
25 Oscar White DB 6-1 190 Sophomore River Falls, Wis.
26 John Campbell DB 5-10 165 Freshman Plano, Ill.
27 Trevor Stauner LB 6-1 230 Sophomore Milwaukee, Wis.
28 Chris Sanders RB 5-11 210 Senior Bettendorf, Iowa
28 Jake Szymanski RB 5-9 195 Freshman Durand, Ill.
29 Brock Haas FB 5-8 220 Senior Dubuque, Iowa
30 Dylan Hastings LB 5-9 175 Sophomore Lena, Ill.
30 Kayman Martens K/P 6-0 185 Freshman Coal Valley, Ill.
31 Dustin Sorrentino LB 5-10 210 Senior Walworth, Wis.
33 Lucas Walzak LS/TE 6-1 230 Sophomore Carroll Stream, Ill.
35 Milton Greer DB 5-11 195 Freshman Dolton, Ill.
36 Jacob Ricketts LB 5-9 205 Sophomore Rochelle, Ill.
36 Brad Rickard DB 6-0 185 Freshman Morris, Ill.
37 Jaialen Hicks LB 6-0 205 Freshman Davenport, Iowa
37 Anthony Underwood RB 5-8 180 Freshman Skokie, Ill.
39 Caleb Vogel DB 5-9 180 Senior Marion, Iowa
40 Chad Sadowski DB 5-10 190 Sophomore South Milwaukee, Wis.
41 Douglas Lillibridge P 6-2 195 Senior Byron, Ill.
42 Justin Wilson FB 6-2 195 Freshman Milwaukee, Wis.
43 Sam White LB 6-0 220 Sophomore Spring Grove, Ill.
44 James McHugh LB 5-11 195 Junior Oswego, Ill.
44 Donovan Ball RB 5-10 180 Freshman Tokyo, Japan
45 Austin Hughes LB 6-1 235 Senior Preston, Iowa
46 Daniel Cassidy FB 6-2 230 Sophomore South Elgin, Ill.
47 Halanier Holmes FB 5-9 215 Freshman Waterloo, Iowa
48 Blaine Snitker LB 6-0 225 Sophomore Waukon, Iowa
48 Tarek Ahmed DB 5-9 190 Freshman Elgin, Ill.
49 Brendan Mispagel LB 6-2 185 Sophomore Yorkville, Ill.
49 Shawn Peebles RB 5-11 175 Freshman El Paso, Texas
50 Curtis Prull K 6-3 210 Sophomore Monticello, Iowa
51 Andrew Drummond K 6-2 200 Sophomore Joliet, Ill.
51 Chris Cooney DL 6-1 230 Freshman Palmer, Alaska
53 Tyson Carter LS 6-0 230 Senior Port Elgin, Ontario
53 Benjamin DeLange OL 6-0 250 Sophomore Plainfield, Ill.
54 William Hudson DL 6-1 265 Freshman Matteson, Ill.
55 Eric Peterson DL 6-4 250 Sophomore Chicago Heights, Ill.
56 Zachary Marotta DL 6-1 235 Sophomore Wayne, Ill.
57 Josh Taylor LB 5-11 205 Junior Odessa, Texas
58 Dominique Ravenell OL 6-6 325 Junior Fort Worth, Texas
58 Mitch Manternach DL 6-1 220 Freshman Earlville, Iowa
60 Zach Giese OL 6-0 230 Freshman Mason City, Iowa
62 Austin Hatzinger OL 6-3 285 Senior DeForest, Wis.
63 Michael Murphy OL 6-2 275 Junior Spring Green, Wis.
64 Tevan Campbell OL 6-5 285 Sophomore Savanna, Ill.
65 Franklin Blanche DL 6-3 240 Freshman Killeen, Texas
66 Ethan Oleson OL 6-3 305 Freshman Prophetstown, Ill.
68 William Shumar OL 6-0 255 Junior Wickliffe, Ohio
69 Macauley Mahmens OL 6-3 285 Sophomore Marion, Iowa
70 Evan Judy DL 6-4 285 Freshman Plainville, Ind.
70 Marlon Parr DL 6-3 210 Sophomore Milwaukee, Wis.
71 Kyle Andresen OL 6-4 265 Sophomore Oxford Junction, Iowa
72 Jerrid Gift OL 6-2 265 Sophomore Lena, Ill.
72 Mitchell Klossing OL 6-0 265 Freshman Plano, Ill.
74 Chris Scott OL 6-2 300 Junior Forreston, Ill.
75 Pat Cusack OL 6-3 280 Freshman Davis Junction, Ill.
76 Jake Naylor OL 6-4 275 Junior Millbrook, Ala.
77 Travis Stefanowski OL 6-3 280 Senior Lake Villa, Ill.
79 Keith Stamper OL 6-3 250 Freshman Beloit, Wis.
80 Kevin Folker WR 6-0 180 Freshman Milwaukee, Wis.
81 Tyler Dobratz TE 6-3 230 Junior Edgerton, Wis.
83 Johnny Duarte WR 5-9 150 Freshman Lyons, Ill.
84 Danny Francis WR 6-1 170 Sophomore Peotone, Ill.
86 Tyler Santeler TE 6-2 255 Sophomore Walworth, Wis.
86 Austin Young WR 6-1 170 Freshman Rockford, Ill.
87 Malik Moody WR 5-9 155 Freshman Country Club Hills, Ill.
89 Tanner Bronkema OL 6-4 270 Sophomore Forreston, Ill.
90 Nathan Pomorin TE 6-1 215 Junior Lindenhurst, Ill.
91 Logan Staver LB 6-1 225 Freshman Stockton, Ill.
92 Andrew Mariotti DL 6-3 240 Sophomore Geneva, Ill.
93 Skylar Boyer DL 6-1 275 Sophomore Davis, Ill.
94 Josh Arns DL 6-1 210 Sophomore Sandwich, Ill.
94 Luke Meadows DL 6-0 215 Freshman Chana, Ill.
95 Montearo Jackson DL 5-9 300 Freshman Oak Lawn, Ill.
97 Trevor Hardin DL 6-3 260 Freshman Aurora, Ill.
97 Malachi Ward DL 6-1 290 Sophomore Brown Deer, Wis.
11 Reggie Richter QB 6-3 205 Sophomore Waukegan, Ill.


Date Opponent Location   Time/Result   Coverage
September 6, 2014 vs. UW-La Crosse Dubuque, Iowa        6:00 p.m. Video/Stats
September 13, 2014 at UW-Platteville Platteville, Wis. 1:00 p.m. Video -- Audio
September 20, 2014       vs. Pacific University Dubuque, Iowa 6:00 p.m. Video/Stats
October 4, 2014 at Luther College Decorah, Iowa 1:00 p.m. Video -- Audio
October 11, 2014 vs. Simpson College (Homecoming)     Dubuque, Iowa 4:00 p.m. Video/Stats
October 18, 2014 at Wartburg College Waverly, Iowa 1:30 p.m. Audio 
October 25, 2014 vs. Buena Vista University Dubuque, Iowa 1:00 p.m. Video/Stats
November 1, 2014 at Loras College (Key City Clash) Dubuque, Iowa 1:00 p.m. Video -- Audio
November 8, 2014 vs. Coe College (Senior Day) Dubuque, Iowa 1:00 p.m. Video/Stats
November 15, 2014 at Central College Pella, Iowa 2:00 p.m. Video -- Audio



Opponent  Location    Time/Result  
September 7, 2013 at UW-La Crosse  La Crosse, Wis.  W, 35-24
September 14, 2013 vs. UW-Platteville  Dubuque, Iowa  L, 24-38
September 21, 2013        at UW-Stevens Point  Stevens Point, Wis.  L, 28-31
October 5, 2013 vs. Central College  Dubuque, Iowa  W, 23-21
October 12, 2013 vs. Luther College (Homecoming)      Dubuque, Iowa  W, 56-20
October 19, 2013 at Coe College  Cedar Rapids, Iowa         W, 38-14
October 26, 2013 vs. Wartburg College  Dubuque, Iowa  L, 15-22
November 2, 2013 at Simpson College Indianola, Iowa  L, 46-50
November 9, 2013 vs. Loras College (Key City Clash)      Dubuque, Iowa  W, 56-0
November 16, 2013 at Buena Vista University        Storm Lake, Iowa L, 28-29

Season Statistics


University of Dubuque Football Coaches Profile
Stan Zweifel
Stan Zweifel
Head Football Coach

Office Phone: (563) 589-3173
Fax: (563) 589-3425
Office Location: 226 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to close

Stan Zweifel joined the University of Dubuque in 2008. The Spartans won the 2011 Iowa Conference Championship (7-1, 9-2 overall), qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships and tied for 2nd place in the Iowa Conference in 2012. In 2011, Zweifel was named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year.

Prior to joining the Spartans as head coach, Zweifel was the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator at Minnesota State University-Mankato where he helped lead the Mavericks to a 9-3 season in 2007, an NSIC-South Division Championship, and a berth in the 2007 NCAA Division II Football Championships. Prior to being a member of the Maverick Coaching Staff, Zweifel was the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for 16 seasons. During that time, the Warhawks enjoyed unparalleled success. They won six WIAC Conference Championships, played in 12 NCAA Division III playoff games and those culminated into two NCAA Division III National Championship games in 2005 and 2006.

Zweifel was named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year twice and was also a finalist for National Assistant Coach of the Year twice. In 2008, Zweifel was inducted into the Wisconsin Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In addition to his on the success Zweifel has enjoyed as a part of his accomplished coaching staffs, he has also written six books on offensive football and have produced 29 videos on the technical aspects of quarterbacks, wide receivers, and offensive line play.

He has also presented at the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) national clinic and has twice been featured in the AFCA national publications. The AFCA recently made Coach Zweifel the first University of Dubuque Football Coach to have his technical and drill work published by the AFCA in the AFCA Technical Manual 2009. Zweifel is nationally known for his clinic lectures, as well as being a highly sought camp director across the country.

Zweifel has been married to his wife Diane Heimerl Zweifel for 38 years, she is a dental hygenist. The Zweifels have four children: Saree was a teacher in San Diego, CA, but now owns her own business “Girls On Target” and also teaches yoga in San Diego. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and was a four-year letter winner for the Golden Gophers. Her and her husband Steve reside in San Diego.

Shannon, a 2008 graduate of UW-River Falls, was a three-time All-American in Track for the Falcons. She is a physical education teacher and girls basketball coach in Mexico City, Mexico. Michael is a graduate of UD in 2012 and spent the summer of 2013 playing for the Vienna Vikings team in Europe. He helped the team win the European Football Championship after starting on both sides of the ball as a WR and DB. He owns his own business in Dubuque called “Building Better Athletes”, is a columnist for the Telegraph-Herald newspaper in Dubuque, and is finishing his master’s degree in kinesiology.

Stan's youngest son, Mark, graduated in May 2013 from the University of Dubuque where he majored in business. He works for the McKesson Corporation in relay health and is working on his master’s degree in facility management.

Zweifel graduated from Evansville High School in 1970 where he was a three-sport letter winner. He graduated from UW-River Falls in 1974 as an eight-time letter winner: four in football and four in baseball. Upon graduation Zweifel became the head football coach at Markesan High School. Stan has been the Head Coach at Markesan High School, New Ulm High School in New Ulm, MN, Yankton College, and the University of Minnesota-Morris. He has also been the offensive coordinator at Northern Colorado University, Minnesota State University-Mankato, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Zweifel helped produce 33 All-Americans, 123 All-Conference players, two Iowa Conference MVP’s, and 13 players have continued on to play professional football.


Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque
Year Overall  IIAC    
2009 5-5 4-4 4th place  
2010 4-6 3-5 6th place  
2011 9-2 7-1 1st place    *IIAC Coach of the Year
2012 5-5 4-3 2nd place  
2013 5-5 4-3 3rd place  
   TOTAL:     28-23   22-16   

Mike Durnin
Mike Durnin
Asst. Head Football Coach/Defensive Line

Office Phone: (563) 589-3225
Office Location: 232 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to close

Mike Durnin joined the University of Dubuque in January of 2013 as the assistant head coach for the Spartans. Durnin had been the head football coach at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa from 2008-2012. He will enter his 27th year in the collegiate coaching ranks and will be coaching the defensive line at UD.

Durnin began his collegiate coaching career with Stan Zweifel at Minnesota State – Mankato under head coach Dan Runkle, where he coached wide receivers and defensive backs.  The pair left Mankato for Yankton College where they spent two seasons, with Durnin serving as defensive coordinator.

Durnin moved on and spent seven years at the University of Puget Sound (4 yrs. – defensive coordinator, 3 yrs. – offensive coordinator). During this time, UPS experienced its last multiple winning seasons, with numerous players earning All-Conference honors.  From there, he went to Illinois State serving as backfield coach and recruiting coordinator.  While at ISU, he coached a record setting running back, quarterback, kicker, and punter, all of whom still grace the record books at Illinois State. 

Durnin returned to his alma mater, UW-La Crosse in 2001; serving as defensive line coach and defensive coordinator.  While at UW-L, he coached 10 All-Conference defensive lineman, including the 2002 WIAC Player of the Year.  20 defensive players earned All-Conference honors during his time at UW-L as the defensive coordinator.  UW-L appeared in the NCAA DIII playoffs four of his seven years. 

Mike took over the Luther College Football program in 2008.  During his time at Luther, his teams produced 17 All-Conference Players, the 2011 IIAC Defensive Player of the Year, along with setting numerous school records, including the career and single game tackles record holder and the career passing yardage, touchdown passes and total offense leader.

An active member of the AFCA, Durnin serves on the Public Relations Committee. He has also served on the NCAA DIII West Region Advisory Committee and has been a frequent playoff site rep for the NCAA DIII Football Playoffs.

Durnin is a frequent clinic speaker and is active each summer coaching at various camps throughout the United States. He and his wife, Karen, have three daughters: Jena (son-in-law, Josh Oeltjen), Krista and Caitlin, along with three grandchildren (Philip, Lillian, and Trent).

Mike Schmidt
Mike Schmidt
Assistant Football Coach, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs

BA, Finance and Marketing, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Office Phone: (563) 589-3727
Fax: (563) 589-3425
Office Location: 227 Mercer-Birmingham
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Mike Schmidt, the 2013 American Football Coaches Association Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year, is in his 6th season with the University of Dubuque football program and his 4th as the Spartans’ defensive coordinator. He has been the defensive backs coach since 2013. Prior to that Schmidt worked with the linebackers from 2011-2012, the offensive line in 2010, and the defensive backs in 2009. His position groups have produced six All-IIAC selections over the past five seasons. Wisconsin is  Schmidt’s primary recruiting territory.

Schmidt came to the University of Dubuque after a stint as a graduate assistant at Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2008. While at MSU, Mike worked as the defensive line coach. The Mavericks finished with a 9-3 season, an NSIC-South Division Championship, and a berth in the NCAA Division II Football Championships. He coached one All-American and all four starting members of the defensive line were NSIC All-Conference selections.

He graduated from UW-La Crosse where he was a fullback on the football team and an outfielder/first baseman on the baseball team. At UW-L he was an 8-time letter winner (4 in football and 4 in baseball), and a 3-time all-conference team member while majoring in finance and marketing.

Schmidt is a native of Menomonie, WI where he graduated from Menomonie High School and played for legendary high school coach Joe LaBuda. Mike helped guide his team to an undefeated season and a state championship and was a unanimous first team all state selection in football his senior season.

Mike, his wife Morgan, and their two sons Sonny and Scout reside in Bellevue, Iowa. 

Drew Nystrom
Drew Nystrom
Assistant Football Coach, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Office Phone: (563) 589-3584
Office Location: 231 Mercer-Birmingham
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Drew Nystrom returned to the University of Dubuque in January of 2014 after spending the 2013 season as the offensive line graduate assistant at the University of Illinois. Nystrom served as offensive line coach for the Spartans from 2011-2012 and will be the offensive coordinator for the 2014 season. 

Prior to joining Illinois, Nystrom served two seasons as the run game coordinator, offensive line coach, and director of football operations with the Spartans. During his first stint at Dubuque, the Spartan offensive line paved the way to the 2011 Iowa Conference Championships, a NCAA Division III Championships berth, and a second place finish in the IIAC in 2012. In 2011, the Spartan offensive line aided Justin Spaulding’s average of 126.0 yds/game, which was good enough finish #16 in the NCAA and lead the Iowa Conference in rushing. In Nystrom’s two years at Dubuque, the Spartan offensive line produced three All-IIAC selections.

As a member of the Fighting Illini, Nystrom was a part of one of the most drastic improvements in college football. In 2013, the Fighting Illini improved over 60 spots in the NCAA National Rankings in First Downs (24/game), Passing Offense (287.7 yds/game), 3rd Down Conversions (47.65%), Yards per Play (5.91 yds/play), Total Offense (426.7 yds/game), and Scoring Offense (29.7 pts/game). 

In 2010, Nystrom served as the offensive line graduate assistant at the University of Memphis. He also served as the offensive graduate assistant at the University of Delaware, working with the Blue Hen’s offensive line in 2009 and tight ends in the spring of 2010.??Nystrom spent the 2008 season as the tight ends and assistant offensive line coach at Wabash College, helping the Little Giants to a 10-2 record, a perfect 7-0 mark in the NCAC and a berth in the NCAA Division III Championships. He guided two individuals to all-conference honors while also assisting in the development of three offensive linemen who earned All-NCAC awards.

A four-year letter winner as an offensive tackle at Bowling Green, Nystrom started 34 games and helped the Falcons to berths in the 2003 Motor City Bowl, 2004 GMAC Bowl, and 2008 GMAC Bowl. His 2007 performance garnered 2nd Team All-MAC and 1st Team Academic All-MAC honors. In 2008, he was an inductee to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.

Drew and his fiancé, Stephanie Schreck reside in Dubuque, Iowa.

John Osweiler
John Osweiler
Assistant Football Coach, Defensive Line

BS, St. Ambrose

Biography - Click to close

John Osweiler is entering his sixth season as an assistant coach at the University of Dubuque. A 1978 graduate of St. Ambrose, Osweiler will coach the defensive line in 2014. Before joining the Spartans, he was the head football coach at Dubuque Senior High School from 2002 to 2008. Prior to Dubuque Senior, he coached at Tri-County High School in Thornburg, Iowa from 1993 to 2002, where he served as the defensive coordinator before becoming the head coach. Coach Osweiler also served as the Athletic Director at Tri-County from 1999-2002 while also serving as head coach in boys’ basketball and girls’ softball.

Osweiler currently teaches in the Dubuque Community School District. He and his wife Cathy have a daughter Gen (son-in-law Ross Dean) and son Dustin.

Tyler Simmons
Tyler Simmons
Head Men's Lacrosse Coach; Assistant Football Coach, Linebackers

BS, Education, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: (563) 589-3428
Office Location: 230 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to close

Tyler Simmons begins his fourth season with the Spartans and second as a graduate assistant. Simmons has been the linebackers coach since 2013 after being an assistant linebacker coach the previous two seasons.

Before joining the Spartans he worked Lisle Senior High School in Lisle, Ill. Simmons served as the JV offensive and defensive line coach, freshman offensive coordinator, and varsity assistant working with the offense in 2008, 2009 and the defense in 2010. Prior to Lisle, he was the sophomore linebacker coach at Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Ill. in 2007 and freshman offensive line and linebacker coach at Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa in 2006.

An alumnus of UD, Simmons played linebacker and center for the Spartans from 2002-2005 and graduated in 2006 with a degree in education. He earned two varsity letters and was named Academic All-Iowa Conference twice.

A native of Albia, Iowa, he graduated from Albia Community High School in 2002 where he was a three-year letter winner in football earning All-District, Academic All-District, and Ottumwa Courier All-Region Honors.

Simmons is also the head coach of the men's lacrosse team which completed their inaugural season in the spring of 2014. UD will compete in the CCIW conference in 2015.

Simmons and his wife Kelly reside in East Dubuque, Ill.

Miles Hookstead
Miles Hookstead
Assistant Football Coach, Wide Receivers

BS, Health, Wellness, & Recreation, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: (563) 589-3209
Office Location: 228 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to close

Miles Hookstead is entering his second season on the Spartans staff in 2014 and will coach the wide receivers in 2014 after spending the 2013 season with the offensive linemen.

A University of Dubuque graduate, Hookstead was a two-sport athlete participating in football and basketball. He was a four-year starter on the football team at tight end from 2009-2012. He was a key member of the 2011 team that won the Iowa Conference Championship and earned a berth in the Division III Playoffs. In 2012, he was named First Team All-Iowa Conference and Third Team BSN All-American. He was also chosen Second Team All-Iowa Conference and Third Team All-Region in 2011. Hookstead was a two-year starter on the basketball team at center and played from 2009-2013. The 2013 team won the Iowa Conference Tournament Championship to earn a place in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

A standout on the field and in the classroom, Hookstead earned Academic All-Iowa Conference six times (3-football, 3-basketball) while also being inducted to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society. He was also chosen First Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2011 and 2012, First Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2011, and Second Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2012.

Hookstead earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dubuque in the spring of 2013 where he majored in Health, Wellness, & Recreation with minors in Business and Coaching.

A native of Whitewater, Wis., Hookstead was a 12-time letter winner (four in football, four in basketball, and four in baseball) at Whitewater High School. 

Richard Skaife
Richard Skaife
Assistant Football Coach, Offensive Line

BS, Accounting/Business Management, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: (563) 589-3209
Office Location: 228 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to close

Richard Skaife is entering his second season with the Spartans as an offensive line coach. Skaife was a four-year starter at center for the Spartans, starting 36 games.

A UD graduate, Skaife was named First Team All-Iowa Conference in 2011 and 2012 while also earning Honorable Mention All-IIAC in 2009 as a freshman. In 2011, he was chosen Third Team Beyond Sports Network All-American and Third Team All-Region.

Skaife graduated from the University of Dubuque in 2013 with degrees in accounting and business management.

A native of DeForest, Wis., Skaife graduated from DeForest Area High School where he participated in football and wrestling. 

Ryan Waldock
Ryan Waldock
Graduate Assistant Football/Defensive Backs

Office Phone: (563) 589-3747
Office Location: 228 Mercer-Birmingham
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Ryan Waldock enters his second season with the Spartans as a graduate assistant/defensive backs coach. Before coming to the University of Dubuque, Waldock spent six seasons as a student assistant coach at Minnesota State University where he worked with the linebackers. During his time at Minnesota State, the Mavericks made three NCAA Division II playoff appearances in 2008, 2009, and 2012 including a trip to the national semifinals. The Mavericks also won the 2011 Mineral Water Bowl.

Ryan played his high school football at Faribault High School in Faribault, Minn. He is currently working on his master’s degree in business administration at the University of Dubuque. 


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