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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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Rutenbeck Signs with NFL's Washington, Myles Invited to Minnesota

The University of Dubuque's Tyler Rutenbeck (WR, 6-3, 195, Sr., Maquoketa, Iowa/Maquoketa HS) officially was signed on Thursday, May 7 to the NFL's Washington Redskins. The Spartan standout was one of 11 undrafted free agents to be announced by the club as officially signing with the team this week. Teammate Darren Myles (DB, 6-3, 216, Sr., Atlanta, Ga./Carver HS) has been invited to attend the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings don’t announce names of the players brought in for tryouts.

Three Spartans Named NFF Hampshire Society Members

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the members of the 2015 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a high cumulative GPA throughout their college career. The University of Dubuque's Tyler Dobratz (TE, Edgerton, Wis./Wedgerton HS), Dylan Ramsey (DB, Urbana, Iowa/Center Point-Urbana HS), and Chris Scott (OL, Forreston, Ill./Forreston HS) were awarded the honors for the Spartans. The trio combined averaged cumulative grade point was an impressive 3.72 on a 4.0 scale.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
1 Darren Myles DB 6-3 211 Senior Atlanta, Ga.
2 Dylan Schultz WR 6-0 205 Sophomore Lynn Center, Ill.
3 Shaun Grewal WR 5-10 165 Senior Bakersfield, Calif.
3 Hurshel Ross III WR 5-8 134 Freshman Bartlett, Ill.
4 Conor Feckley QB 6-0 185 Freshman Anchorage, Alaska
4 Brandon Matz QB 6-0 179 Freshman East Troy, Wis.
5 Alec Arvanitakis RB 5-11 177 Freshman Downers Grove, Ill.
6 Le'Devin Smith FB 6-0 227 Freshman Downers Grove, Ill.
7 Durrell Mitchell DB 6-0 190 Junior Charleston, S.C.
8 Vincent Whipple DB 5-11 194 Senior Eagle Grove, Iowa
8 Joceice Cannon RB 5-8 151 Freshman Lathrop, Alaska
9 Najee Toomer WR 5-10 162 Sophomore Maywood, Ill.
9 Hagan Ackley QB 6-0 188 Freshman Midland, Iowa
10 Cody Binicewicz DB 6-1 175 Freshman Machesney Park, Ill.
11 Trae Hoeske QB 6-2 220 Sophomore Marengo, Ill.
11 Reggie Richter QB 6-2 199 Sophomore Waukegan, Ill.
12 Zach Fry QB 6-4 267 Senior Milton, Wis.
13 Brayden Neuendorf K/P 5-11 175 Freshman Denver, Iowa
14 Tyler Rutenbeck WR 6-3 184 Senior Maquoketa, Iowa
14 Ryan Woloszyk DB 6-0 190 Freshman Schaumburg, Ill.
15 Chris Bagley WR 6-4 202 Junior Oswego, Ill.
15 Derek Trotter WR 6-1 170 Freshman Tripoli, Iowa
16 Kayman Martens K/P 6-0 202 Sophomore Coal Valley, Ill.
17 Jimmy Henderson DB 5-10 160 Freshman Riverdale, Ga.
18 Austin Baden DB 6-0 200 Sophomore Poplar Grove, Ill.
19 Daniel Kunkel RB 5-9 178 Sophomore Dubuque, Iowa
20 Tyler Huddleston RB 5-11 220 Freshman Byron, Ill.
21 Dylan Ramsey DB 5-9 170 Senior Urbana, Iowa
21 Jake Lange DB 5-8 136 Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
22 Lee Jones TE 6-3 240 Senior Fairbanks, Alaska
22 Dominic Sterr DB 5-10 216 Freshman Plainfield, Ill.
23 Everett Schwer LB 6-1 210 Junior Fennimore, Wis.
23 Jalanta Wallace RB 5-8 155 Freshman Rockford, Ill.
24 Dai Von Vance-Jenkins RB 5-7 150 Freshman Janesville, Wis.
24 Jordin Pacheco DB 5-10 162 Freshman Honolulu, Hawaii
25 Oscar White DB 6-1 192 Junior River Falls, Wis.
26 Nick Ruiz DB 5-8 175 Sophomore Minot, N.D.
27 Trevor Stauner LB 6-1 225 Junior Milwaukee, Wis.
28 Devin Best TE 6-3 203 Junior Freeport, Ill.
29 Levi Johnson RB 5-8 170 Sophomore River Falls, Wis.
30 Dylan Hastings LB 5-9 187 Junior Lena, Ill.
30 Jessie Ecklund FB 5-9 221 Sophomore Yokosuka, Japan
31 Curtis Prull P/K 6-3 210 Junior Monticello, Iowa
32 Evan White DB 6-0 175 Freshman Rochelle, Ill.
33 Larry Harleston LB 5-10 200 Freshman Racine, Wis.
34 Mason Matesevic LB 6-2 204 Freshman Plainfield, Ill.
34 Reymoi Jno-Lewis TE 6-2 190 Freshman Fort Stewart, Ga.
35 Milton Greer RB 6-0 195 Sophomore Dolton, Ill.
36 Alex Eckes WR 5-10 185 Sophomore Oconomowoc, Wis.
37 Derek Schambow WR 6-0 170 Freshman Platteville, Wis.
39 Michael Joseph DB 6-0 165 Freshman Chicago, Ill.
40 Chad Sadowski LB 6-0 206 Junior South Milwaukee, Wis.
41 Halanier Holmes FB 5-10 236 Sophomore Waterloo, Iowa
42 Justin Wilson LB 6-1 190 Sophomore Milwaukee, Wis.
43 Sam White LB 6-0 205 Junior Spring Grove, Ill.
44 James McHugh LB 6-1 195 Senior Oswego, Ill.
45 Austin Rumer LB 6-2 210 Freshman Holiday, Fla.
46 Cameron Sorensen TE 6-2 210 Freshman Eldridge, Iowa
47 Cole Wentworth DL 6-2 237 Junior Preston, Iowa
48 Blaine Snitker LB 6-2 218 Junior Waukon, Iowa
49 Ben Lawrence K 6-0 160 Freshman Bellevue, Iowa
50 Michael Gilson LB 6-0 195 Freshman Little Chute, Wis.
51 Mitchell Temperly OL 6-1 295 Freshman Winslow, Ill.
52 Benjamin DeLange OL 6-1 252 Junior Plainfield, Ill.
52 Robert McGuire DB 5-9 170 Freshman Highland, Wis.
53 Tanner Bronkema OL 6-4 269 Junior Forreston, Ill.
54 William Hudson DL 6-2 270 Sophomore Matteson, Ill.
55 Eric Peterson DL 6-5 259 Junior Chicago Heights, Ill.
56 Zachary Marotta DL 6-1 240 Junior Wayne, Ill.
57 Josh Taylor LB 6-0 195 Senior Odessa, Texas
58 Dominique Ravenell OL 6-6 333 Senior Fort Worth, Texas
59 Andrew Register OL 6-2 260 Freshman Nakina, N. C.
60 Sawyer McCaffrey OL 6-3 319 Freshman Lake Villa, Ill.
61 Mitchell Klossing OL 6-0 265 Sophomore Plano, Ill.
62 Ethan Oleson OL 6-3 349 Sophomore Prophetstown, Ill.
63 Michael Murphy OL 6-2 275 Senior Spring Green, Wis.
64 Ryan Arensdorf OL 6-0 293 Junior Dubuque, Iowa
65 Franklin Blanche DL 6-2 243 Sophomore Killeen, Texas
66 Justin Hughes LB 6-1 200 Freshman Forreston, Ill.
67 Lee Stephenson FB 5-10 208 Freshman Mineral Point, Wis.
68 William Shumar OL 6-0 238 Senior Wickliffe, Ohio
69 Macauley Mahmens DL 6-2 294 Junior Marion, Iowa
70 Evan Judy OL 6-2 256 Sophomore Plainville, Ind.
71 Kyle Andresen OL 6-4 228 Junior Oxford Junction, Iowa
72 Jerrid Gift OL 6-2 260 Junior Lena, Ill.
73 Demonte' Jefferson DL 6-2 321 Freshman Rex, Ga.
74 Jacob Kahle DL 6-1 210 Freshman Guttenberg, Iowa
74 Chris Scott OL 6-3 338 Senior Forreston, Ill.
75 Pat Cusack OL 6-3 299 Sophomore Davis Junction, Ill.
76 Jake Naylor OL 6-4 273 Senior Millbrook, Ala.
77 Mike Utley DL 6-2 266 Freshman West Dundee, Ill.
78 Derreck Cooper DL 6-2 298 Freshman Escondido, Calif.
79 Mitchell Ciesielski OL 6-2 286 Freshman Independence, Iowa
80 Kevin Folker WR 5-11 194 Sophomore Milwaukee, Wis.
81 Tyler Dobratz TE 6-2 230 Senior Edgerton, Wis.
81 Trevor Hardman WR 6-0 166 Freshman Marion, Iowa
82 Craig Lottie TE 6-4 210 Sophomore Bellwood, Ill.
82 Tyler George WR 6-2 190 Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
83 Johnny Duarte WR 5-8 170 Sophomore Lyons, Ill.
84 Dante Marski WR 6-0 180 Freshman Schaumburg, Ill.
85 DuVaun Goodlow WR 6-1 175 Sophomore Plainfield, Ill.
86 Mitch Michaelis K/P 5-11 190 Senior LeClaire, Iowa
87 Trenton Curry TE 6-2 214 Freshman Beach Park, Ill.
88 Tyler Santeler TE 6-2 217 Junior Walworth, Wis.
89 Kevin Smigielski WR 5-10 170 Freshman Milwaukee, Wis.
90 Lucas Walzak LS 6-1 240 Sophomore Carroll Stream, Ill.
91 Dan Pike DL 6-3 249 Freshman Monticello, Iowa
92 Quintell Wilson DL 6-3 200 Freshman Zion, Ill.
93 Ronald Brown DL 6-6 256 Sophomore Milwaukee, Wis.
94 Nicholas Shannon DL 6-2 237 Junior Independence, Iowa
95 Malachi Ward DL 6-4 258 Junior Brown Deer, Wis.
98 Alex Vendegna DL 6-1 252 Sophomore Marengo, Ill.



Opponent Location   Result
September 5, 2015 at St. John's University Collegeville, Minn. 1:00 p.m.
September 12, 2015 vs. UW-Platteville  Dubuque, Iowa  6:00 p.m.
September 19, 2015        at Pacific University Forest Grove, Ore.  6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
October 3, 2015 vs. Luther College  Dubuque, Iowa  1:00 p.m. 
October 10, 2015 at Simpson College Indianola, Iowa  1:00 p.m. 
October 17, 2015 vs. Wartburg College  Dubuque, Iowa    2:00 p.m.
October 24, 2015 at Buena Vista University Storm Lake, Iowa  1:00 p.m.  
October 31, 2015 vs. Loras College (Key City Clash)   Dubuque, Iowa  1:00 p.m.  
November 7, 2015 at Coe College      Cedar Rapids, Iowa  1:00 p.m. 
November 14, 2015 vs. Central College Dubuque, Iowa 1:00 p.m. 


Date Opponent Location  Result  
September 6, 2014 vs. UW-La Crosse Dubuque, Iowa        L, 8-24
September 13, 2014 at UW-Platteville Platteville, Wis. L, 21-26
September 20, 2014        vs. Pacific University Dubuque, Iowa W, 16-10
October 4, 2014 at Luther College Decorah, Iowa L, 14-28
October 11, 2014 vs. Simpson College (Homecoming)     Dubuque, Iowa W, 44-10
October 18, 2014 at Wartburg College Waverly, Iowa L, 9-42
October 25, 2014 vs. Buena Vista University Dubuque, Iowa L, 39-44
November 1, 2014 at Loras College (Key City Clash) Dubuque, Iowa W, 34-7
November 8, 2014 vs. Coe College (Senior Day) Dubuque, Iowa W, 29-27
November 15, 2014 at Central College Pella, Iowa L, 7-38


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 Read

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. She 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 as helped produce 33 All-Americans, 131 All-Conference players, two Iowa Conference MVP’s, and 15 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  
2014 4-6 3-4 5th 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 Read

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 28th year in the collegiate coaching ranks and will be coaching the defensive line at UD.

In his two years at UD, he has coached a pair of All-IIAC selections on the defensive line. Durnin also contributed to the second-best pass efficiency defense (111.1) during the seven-game 2014 IIAC season. In 2013, the Spartans had the second-best rushing defense and second-best overall defense in the IIAC and scored 11 touchdowns with 18 sacks in seven IIAC games. The stout defense helped UD finish tied for the IIAC's best turnover margin of +5.

Durnin began his collegiate coaching career with Spartan head coach 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 (UPS) (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.  Twenty 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 American Football Coaches Association (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).

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

Office Phone: 563.589.3584
Office Location: 231 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Read

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 Read

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 Read

Tyler Simmons begins his fifth season with the Spartans after two years as a graduate assistant. Simmons has been the linebackers coach since 2013 after being an assistant linebacker coach the previous two seasons. He has been the head coach of the men's lacrosse team for the last two seasons and is the only coach in school history. 

Simmons has coached two All-Iowa Conference linebackers in Blaine Snitker (1st team in 2013 and 2014) and Trevor Stauner (2nd team in 2014). Simmons also contributed to the second-best pass efficiency defense (111.1) during the seven-game 2014 IIAC season. In 2013, the Spartans had the second-best rushing defense and second-best overall defense in the IIAC and scored 11 touchdowns with 18 sacks in seven IIAC games. The stout defense helped UD finish tied for the IIAC's best turnover margin of +5. 

In lacrosse, Simmons led the team to their first-ever win and first All-CCIW performer in school history during the 2014-15 season, their first of CCIW affiliation. The Spartans defeated Defiance (Ohio), 8-4, on March 21.

Before joining the Spartans he worked at 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 and his wife Kelly reside in East Dubuque, Ill.

Men's Lacrosse Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque 
 Year Overall   CCIW    
 2014 0-12 Unaffiliated      --  
 2015 2-10 1-4  5th Place
  Total    2-22         1-4     Only Coach in UD Men's Lacrosse History


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 Read

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. 

Ryan Waldock
Ryan Waldock
Graduate Assistant Football/Defensive Backs

Office Phone: 563.589.3747
Office Location: 228 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Read

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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