The University of Dubuque football team have won eight Iowa Conference Championships in football, most recently in 2015 (undefeated IIAC season 7-0, first since 1979) and 2011 for head coach Stan Zweifel. The Spartans have finished in the top half of the league nine times in the past 11 seasons. The Spartans pride themselves in competing in the classroom as well as on the field. The Spartans academic excellence is shown with all of the Academic All-Iowa Conference Honorees, Capital One®/CoSIDA Academic All-America Honorees, and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes earned the past few years.

The Spartans are proud to have had five semifinalists and one finalist in the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy Finalist, which is often referred as the "Academic Heisman" award in the past six years. The 2017 Cliff Harris Award Trophy - Michael Joseph (Small College Defensive Player of the Year (DII, DIII, NAIA) and the 2011 Gagliardi Trophy Michel Zweifel (Division III Heisman Award) both reside at the University of Dubuque in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center. UD is the only Division III school to have both trophies! The Spartans are the only Division III school to have won the Cliff Harris Award.

Michael Joseph (CB/DB) was a consensus First Team All-American in 2017, only Division III player to be invited to the Reese's Senior Bowl, and to the 2018 NFL Combine. Michael Zweifel (wide receiver) was invited to the NFL's Green Bay Packers Rookie Camp in 2012 and played after college with the Vienna Vikings in Europe. In 2016, Dominique Ravenell was invited to the Minnesta Vikings Rookie Camp. In 2015  Darren Myles was invited to the Minnesota Vikings Rookie Camp as a safety and Tyler Rutenbeck (wide receiver) was a free agent signing for the Washington Redskins and was also signed a free agent contract to the Indianapolis Colts in 2015, currently plays for the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns in Europe. Wyatt Hanus was a quarterback invited to the Minnesota Vikings Rookie Camp in 2013. Daunte Peterson was a Buffalo Bills Rookie Camp Invitee and played for the Rhein Fire in NFL Europa in 2006. 

The Spartans play under the lights of Chalmers Field, an EcoTurf surface with a video board 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.

Football News

Barista Named to 2020 NFF Hampshire Honor Society

Apr 15, 2020

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the members of the 2020 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers.

Barista Named Finalist for 2019 Cliff Harris Award

Dec 24, 2019

The University of Dubuque's Blaze Barista (SR., DB, Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton-Warrenville South High School) has been named a finalist for the 2019 Cliff Harris Award.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
2 Sean Duffy QB 6-3 220 Junior Anchorage, Alaska
4 Noah Parker QB 5-11 175 Freshman Oswego, Ill.
5 Cody Dieball RB 5-11 200 Freshman Plainfield, Ill.
5A Master Powell II WR 5-7 180 Junior Crest Hill, Ill.
6 Josh Strauss DB 6-0 190 Junior Robins, Iowa
7 Marshon Crowder DB 6-1 200 Junior Dubuque, Iowa
8 Kordell Stillmunkes RB 5-10 200 Freshman Cuba City, Wis.
10 Freddy Walton LB 5-8 180 Junior Montgomery, Ill.
10A Maurice Maiden QB 5-8 175 Freshman Fairbanks, Alaska
12 Elliot Pipkin WR 6-2 190 Junior Oswego, Ill.
13 Kody Riemer WR 5-10 185 Senior De Pere, Wis
14 Brenton Baldwin QB 5-10 150 Sophomore Westmont, Ill.
16A Jacari Lewis WR 5-7 155 Freshman Sacramento, Calif.
17 Josh Raby QB 6-4 200 Freshman Algonquin, Ill.
17A Nitorius Hines LB 5-9 170 Freshman Country Club Hills, Ill.
20A Philip Jorstad RB 5-9 160 Freshman Chippewa Falls, Wis.
22A Darien Wair DB 5-8 165 Freshman Hometown, Ill.
23 Izayah McKinnie DB 6-0 170 Freshman Rockford, Ill.
23A Tyson Marquardt LB Freshman Lena, Wis.
25 Dalton Knaack DB 5-11 178 Junior Menasha, Wis.
25A Rico Hill LB 5-8 210 Freshman St. Louis, Mo.
26 Qwentn Bolton RB 5-11 215 Sophomore Chicago, Ill.
27 Brevin Anderson DB 5-9 172 Junior Janesville, Wis.
28 Markhus Taylor DB 6-1 178 Junior Skokie, Ill.
28A Isaiah Warner RB 6-0 200 Freshman Fairbanks, Alaska
29 Stone Gorman LB 6-0 190 Freshman Aurora, Ill.
30 Colton Pederson DB 6-1 195 Freshman Mokena, Ill.
31 Josh Davis RB 5-11 200 Sophomore Rockford, Ill.
33 Eli Webster RB 6-0 200 Sophomore Country Club Hills, Ill.
34 Tyler Sheffield LB 5-11 185 Sophomore Delavan, Wis.
35 Casey Larson LB 6-1 210 Sophomore Bolingbrook, Ill.
37A Nate Pemberton LB 5-10 200 Sophomore Davenport, Iowa
39 Jacob Wolf K 5-10 155 Freshman Henderson, Nev.
40A Keion Szudy RB 6-0 195 Freshman Oregon, Wis.
40 Karletty Faamatuainu TE 5-10 215 Junior Eagle River, Alaska
41 Chad Marsh LB 6-0 222 Senior Oswego, Ill.
42 Sayvaun Roberts DB 5-11 200 Freshman Chicago, Ill.
44 Deshawn Mills-Batey DB 5-7 160 Freshman Indianapolis, Ind.
46 Tyler Morningstar OL 5-11 210 Sophomore Hudsonville, Mich.
47 Adam Steingraeber LB 6-1 240 Sophomore Waukesha, Wis.
48 Owen McAreavy LB 6-2 220 Freshman Coralville, Iowa
52 La'Shawn Walker LB 6-0 160 Freshman Joliet, Ill.
53 Delonte Wingo LB 5-9 185 Freshman St. Louis, Mo.
54 De'Quan Ramsey OL 6-0 225 Sophomore Carol Stream, Ill.
55 Gino Romano LB 6-2 220 Sophomore Bloomingdale, Ill.
56 Kyle Marsh DL 6-3 240 Junior Oswego, Ill.
57 Nicholas Cole DL 5-10 270 Freshman Belleville, Ill.
59 Michael Lewis OL 6-4 269 Junior Aurora, Ill
60 Joxua Baughman LB 6-1 244 Junior Ansbach, Germany
61 Jacob Trotter DL 6-2 210 Junior Tripoli, Iowa
62 Javion Caldwell 6-8 290 Sophomore Chicago, Ill.
63 Isaiah Elmhati LB 5-10 187 Sophomore Skokie, Ill.
64 Lucas Dawson DL 6-1 200 Sophomore Independence, Iowa
65 Oluwanifemi Oginni DL 5-11 255 Freshman Hanover Park, Ill.
67 Ben Rashid DL 6-1 220 Freshman Lodi, Wis.
69 Danny Petrela DL 5-11 305 Junior Summit, N.J.
71 Darion Daily OL 6-1 235 Freshman St. Louis, Mo.
72 Nick Zonta DL 5-11 220 Freshman Carpentersville, Ill.
73 Rickey Robinson OL 6-4 250 Sophomore Oak Park, Ill.
74 TJ Michel OL 6-1 300 Freshman Pacific Palisades, Calif.
75 Kevin Griffin DL 5-10 290 Freshman Beloit, Wis.
76 Tyson Welsch DL 6-2 290 Sophomore Monroe, Wis.
77 Jarrett Daniel OL 6-4 225 Sophomore Tinley Park, Ill.
78 Jacob Beasley DL 6-3 250 Junior Edgerton, Wis.
79 Donald Wilson DL 6-3 235 Sophomore Belleville, Ill.
80 Cullen Carter-Brooks TE 6-5 210 Sophomore New Glarus, Wis.
82 Jordan LaBelle WR 5-10 170 Junior Skokie, Ill.
83 DaMon Street WR 6-0 175 Freshman Des Plaines, Ill.
84 Cortez Thompson WR 6-1 180 Junior Madison, Wis.
85 Sean Guevarra WR 5-6 145 Freshman Anchorage, Alaska
86 Kobe Howell WR 5-10 160 Freshman Mission Hills, Calif.
87 David Cason WR 6-0 185 Freshman Anchorage, Alaska
88 Isaiah Stanback WR 6-1 200 Freshman Flossmoor, Ill.
89 Jeremy Jackson WR 6-1 215 Freshman Demopolis, Ala.
90 Josh Gouskos DL 6-2 240 Sophomore Barrington, Ill.
91 Dulani Evans DL 6-2 270 Sophomore St. Louis, Mo.
92 Anthony Love DL 6-2 240 Junior Romeoville, Ill.
93 Trea Samifua DL 6-1 275 Junior Anchorage, Alaska
95 Jalen Gaines DL 6-4 180 Freshman Oak Lawn, Ill.
97 Cam McClain LB 6-4 180 Freshman Peosta, Iowa
98 Jack Connors DL 6-4 220 Freshman Carpentersville, Ill.
99 Courtland Adams DL 6-1 225 Freshman Yorkville, Ill.

2020 Schedule
Sept. 5            at Marietta College
Sept. 12          vs. UW Lacrosse
Sept. 19          at BVU
Sept. 26          vs NWU
Oct. 3              at Simpson
Oct. 10            vs. Wartburg
Oct. 17            at Coe
Oct. 24            vs. Central
Oct. 31            at Loras
Nov. 7             vs Luther


2019 Schedule

Sept. 7

at #4 UW-Whitewater

Whitewater, WI

L, 7-42

Sept. 14

vs. Pacific University

Dubuque, IA

W, 37-26

Sept. 21

vs. Simpson College

Dubuque, IA

L, 14-21

Sept. 28

at #15 Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

L, 25-42

Oct. 5

vs. Coe College

Dubuque, IA

W, 20-14

Oct. 12

at #23 Central College

Pella, IA

W, 28-7

Oct. 19

vs. Loras College

Dubuque, IA

W, 37-31

Oct. 26

at Luther College

Decorah, IA

W, 69-14

Nov. 9

vs. Buena Vista Univ.

Dubuque, IA

W, 26-12

Nov. 16

at Neb. Wesleyan Univ.

Lincoln, NE

W, 42-7

Stan Zweifel - FB (Date Unknown)


Stan Zweifel

Head Football Coach
BS, UW-River Falls

Phone: 563.589.3173
Office: 226 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425

Stan Zweifel joined University of Dubuque in December 2008. Under his tenure, the Spartans won the 2011 and 2015 Iowa Conference Championships, qualified for the 2011 and 2015 NCAA Division III Championships, and tied for second place in the Iowa Conference multiple times (2012, 2016, 2018). Twice Zweifel was named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year (2011, 2015) and was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year (2011).

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 2008, an NSIC-South Division Championship, and a berth in the 2008 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 Championships and played in 12 NCAA Division III playoff games. 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 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 the success Zweifel enjoyed as a part of his accomplished coaching staffs, he has also written six books on offensive football and has 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 AFCA national publications. The AFCA 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.

Coach Zweifel has been married to his wife, Diane Heimerl Zweifel, for 43 years. She is a dental hygienist. The Zweifels have four children. Saree was a teacher in San Diego, Calif., but now owns her own business, ‘Girls On Target’, and teaches yoga in San Diego. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and was a four-year letterwinner for the Golden Gophers in track and field. Saree and her husband, Steve, reside in San Diego with their children, River and Sage. Shannon, a 2008 graduate of University of Wisconsin-River Falls, was a three-time All-American in track for the Falcons. She is a teacher and coach in Milan, Italy. Michael is a 2011 graduate of UD and spent the summer of 2013 playing for the Vienna Vikings 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, and finished his master’s degree in kinesiology. In August 2016, he married Jennifer Fischer (C’14), who was a four-year letterwinner on the women’s basketball team for the Spartans. Zweifel’s youngest son, Mark, graduated in May 2013 from UD where he majored in business. He is married to Ashley Blitzen (C’13), and they have a daughter, Tegan. Mark works for the McKesson Corporation as a medical business analyst and completed his master’s degree in sports management from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign campus in 2016.

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

Zweifel helped produce 35 All-Americans, 162 All-Conference players, and four Iowa Conference MVPs. Sixteen players have continued on to play professional football.

Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque
Year Overall Conf. Place  
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  
2015 8-3 7-0 1st place *IIAC Coach of the Year
2016 8-2 6-2 2nd place  
2017 6-4 4-4 4th place  
2018 7-3 6-2 2nd place  
2019 7-3 6-2 3rd place  
 TOTAL:    68-44     54-30       

Dan Clark - Football (2019)


Dan Clark

Assistant Football Coach / Offensive Line
Offensive Coordinator 
BS, Simpson College

Phone: 563.589.3584
Office: 231 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425

Dan Clark joined the University of Dubuque Spartan football team as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in the spring of 2019.

Clark previously coached at Stephen F. Austin (Division I – FCS), as offensive line coach. Prior to Stephen F. Austin, he spent five seasons on the Illinois State coaching staff including two as co-offensive coordinator. During Clark’s tenure at Illinois State, the Redbird’s offensive line was a model of consistency. Aiding Illinois State to three FCS playoff appearances from 2014-16, Clark’s offensive line setup the Redbird’s run to the 2014 FCS title game.

Clark mentored offensive guard Michael Liedtke of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and offensive tackle Jermaine Barton of the Buffalo Bills during his time with the Redbirds, while also working with Josh Aladenoye, who went on to sign with Dallas Cowboys as a free agent.

Prior to his stay in at Illinois State Clark served as the tight ends and special teams coach at University of Northern Iowa for three seasons (2010-12). He was a part of the coaching staff that led the Panthers to two MVFC championships and two FCS playoff appearances with a cumulative record of 22-14.

In 2010, Clark oversaw the play of Schuylar Oordt, who took part in the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. In Clark’s first year at UNI, two of his graduating tight ends signed free agent contracts in the NFL. Oordt inked a deal with the St. Louis Rams, while Ryan Mahaffey signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens.

Before coaching at UNI, Clark served as an offensive graduate assistant coach at Big Ten stalwart the University of Iowa (2007-09). Clark assisted with the offensive line and tight ends, helping Iowa to three consecutive bowl berths, including a victory over Georgia Tech in the 2010 Orange Bowl and winning the 2009 Outback Bowl.

Clark joined the Iowa staff after serving as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Iowa Central Community College for seven seasons (2000-06). During that time Clark helped Iowa Central compile a 56-20 overall record while advancing to a junior college bowl game in six of the seven seasons. Clark also served as an assistant coach at Simpson College for four seasons (1996-99), after spending time on staff as a student assistant coach in 1995. While on the sidelines at Simpson, Clark coached the quarterbacks for three seasons after guiding the linebacker corps for two seasons. During his time at Simpson, the Storm reached the 1997 NCAA Division III semifinal game and posted a five-year combined record of 42-12.

A four-year member of the Simpson football team as an undergraduate (1991-94), Clark started at quarterback for three years and was a two-year starter at third base for the Storm baseball team. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Simpson College in 1995.

A native of Livermore, Iowa, Clark is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Iowa High School Football Association. His brother, Derrik, played football at Iowa State and his brother, Dallas, was an All-American tight end at Iowa before putting together an 11-year career in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Baltimore Ravens.

Dan and his wife, Kristin, have three children, Drew (18), Paetyn (16), and Jace (14).

Carl Coleman - FB (2016)


Carl C. Coleman

Assistant Football Coach / Defensive Backs
Defensive Coordinator 
Recruiting Coordinator
MEA, Mary Hardin-Baylor
BS, Mary Hardin-Baylor

Phone: 563.589.3727
Office: 227 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425

Carl C. Coleman enters his fifth season on the Spartans coaching staff serving as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

During Coleman’s tenure as defensive coordinator, the Spartan defense has ranked among the conference’s best in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, and pass efficiency defense. His squads have led the conference in interceptions and had an all-conference defensive back every year.

In 2017, the Spartans finished the Iowa Conference play leading the league pass efficiency defense with a league high 19 interceptions. UD has been among the best defensive teams in the conference by finishing in the Top 2 in total defense and pass defense. UD finished the season ranked fifth in the nation in turnover margin (+18). The Spartan defense was also 10th in the nation in defensive touchdowns scored. Michael Joseph was named Iowa Conference Defensive MVP finishing with a conference best eight interceptions.

In 2015, the Spartans utilized a stout defense led by Coleman to their first Iowa Conference title since 2011. With six All-IIAC selections, including Defensive MVP Blaine Snitker, Coleman’s defense led the IIAC during league play in scoring (15.4 ppg), total yards allowed (314.7 ypg), and six other major categories. UD held five out of seven IIAC opponents under 16 points, including 13 points by then No. 6 ranked Wartburg in a Homecoming rout and seven points by Loras in the Key City Clash, both top three scoring offenses in league. Forcing a league high 18 turnovers, the Spartans also led the IIAC in turnover margin at +13. Coleman, a former defensive back, led a secondary that tied the league-high with 12 interceptions.

He earned a master of educational administration and a bachelor of professional studies as a player and coach at traditional Division III powerhouse, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (2004-2012). In 2014, Coleman served as the assistant football coach with linebackers at La Vega High School in Bellmead, Texas. Prior to La Vega, he was the assistant football coach with defensive backs and recruiting coordinator for Central College (2012-2014). Nationally, the Dutch ranked 14th, 13th, and 10th, respectively in total defense.

Coleman is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), NCAA Future Football Coaches Academy Class of 2009 and Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA). He attended University High School in Waco, Texas, and played for his father, LeRoy Coleman.

Miles Hookstead - FB (2018)


Miles Hookstead

Assistant Football Coach / Wide Receivers
BS, University of Dubuque
MSA, Upper Iowa University

Phone: 563.589.3209
Office: 228 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425

Miles Hookstead is entering his seventh season on the Spartans staff and fourth overall with the wide receivers. His time on the staff has been spent coaching the offensive line (2013), wide receivers (2014-2015, 2018-2019), and running backs (2016-2017).

During his tenure, Hookstead coached multiple All-Conference selections along with All-Region and All-American recognitions. Under his coaching guidance, former and current players have cracked into the Top 10 of numerous statistical categories throughout the UD Record Book.

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 UD in spring 2013 where he majored in health, wellness, and recreation with minors in business and coaching. He also holds a graduate degree from Upper Iowa University in sports administration with an emphasis in coaching/leadership.

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. He resides in Dubuque with his wife, Kelsey.

Rob Huberty - FB (2017)


Rob Huberty

Assistant Football Coach / Linebackers
Special Team Coordinator
BS, University of Minnesota - Duluth
MA, Concordia University - St. Paul

Phone: 563.589.3781
Office: 227 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425

Rob Huberty is entering his second season with the Spartans staff as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

Prior to joining the Spartans, Huberty was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Augsburg University. During his time at Augsburg, he coached nine All-MIAC defensive players. In 2017, the defensive unit was tied for the MIAC lead in interceptions and was second in fumble recoveries. On Augsburg’s 2017 team, the first, second, and fifth place finisher in total tackles for the MIAC were on their defensive unit.

He earned his master of arts in criminal justice leadership while serving as a graduate assistant at Concordia University-St. Paul working with the linebackers. During his time through the 2013-2015 seasons, he coached four All-NSIC linebackers.

He earned his bachelor of arts in criminology while playing at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He was a member of two NCAA Division II National Championship teams (2008, 2010). Huberty was a three-year starter at linebacker. In 2011, during his senior season, he was selected NSIC Defensive Pre-season Player of the Year along with being named captain. Minnesota-Duluth was 52-5 over his playing career (2008-2011).

Huberty is a native of Lena, Wis., and graduated from Lena High School in 2007. He currently resides in Dubuque with his wife, Shauna.

Evan Eastburn - Football (2019)


Evan Eastburn

Assistant Football Coach / Quarterbacks
BS, University of Colorado

Phone: 563.589.3225
Office: 232 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425

Evan Eastburn enters his first season as quarterbacks coach for the Spartans. Eastburn comes to UD from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

While at BHSU, Eastburn helped the offense to new heights, averaging over 400 yards and 26 points per game over the past two seasons, en route to the two winningest seasons since joining Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) in 2012. In that time, Eastburn’s offense has had seven games with over 500 yards of offense, including a high of 632 in 2017 against New Mexico Highlands University. In 2017, the BHSU offense finished second in the RMAC in passing yards per game. BHSU’s offensive achievements have been well recognized at both the conference and national levels.

During his time at BHSU, 14 offensive starters were named to All-RMAC teams. Following the 2016 season, Eastburn was one of just three NCAA Division II coaches selected to participate in the 30 Under 30 Coaches Leadership Institute presented by the American Football Coaches Association, which “identifies rising stars” throughout all levels of the coaching profession.

Prior to coming to BHSU, Eastburn spent two seasons as running backs coach at Southwest Minnesota State University. While there, three running backs were named All-Conference. In 2013, SMSU put together a record-breaking season, setting 13 single-season team records, and playing a postseason game for the first time since 1990. SMSU running back Tyler Tonderum set a school record with 2,145 yards rushing—ranking second in Division II and became the first player in program history to be named a national finalist for the Harlon Hill Award, which is given to the top player in Division II.

Before entering the college ranks, Eastburn spent three seasons coaching at the high school level at Fairview and Pomona High School in his home state of Colorado. In 2009, and again in 2011, Eastburn helped lead his teams to the 5A State Semifinals.

Eastburn is a 2010 graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in political science. Eastburn played on the offensive line for two seasons at the University of Maryland before transferring to Colorado where he finished his playing career. He and his wife, Becky, live in Dubuque.

Kyle Avaloy - Football (2019)


Kyle Avaloy

Assistant Football Coach / Defensive Line
BA, Illinois State University

Phone: 563.589.3747
Office: 223 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425

Kyle Avaloy is coaching the Spartans defensive line in 2019.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2016 from the Illinois State University in recreation management with an emphasis in sports management. From 2012-2016 he was a three-year starter at Illinois State University and played in 30 games at the left guard with multiple playoff appearances at the Division I level, including a FCS National Championship appearance in 2014. During his time as a Redbird, he was part of school history by winning the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2014 and 2015. Selected as a Second team All-Conference Player in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, he was invited to attend 2017 rookie mini-camp with the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent one year playing Arena Football for the Philadelphia Souls.

Avaloy has an extensive background for working within the community while attending Illinois State and was selected as a nominee for the Allstate Good Works Team. This is a select group of student-athletes who balance academics and athletics while remaining committed to helping others and bettering their communities. In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.

Avaloy began his coaching career at Lincoln-Way Central in New Lenox, Ill. During his time there as an assistant offensive line coach, he helped lead the Knights back to an IHSA quarterfinal’s playoff appearance in 2017.

Avaloy resides in Dubuque and expects to finish his master’s degree in sports administration next fall.

Nelson Edmonds (2018)


Nelson Edmonds

Volunteer Assistant Football Coach / Running Backs

Phone: 563.589.3867
Office: 306F Heritage Center

Chris Knapp (2019)


Chris Knapp

Assistant Football Coach
BBA, University of Dubuque


Matt Levin - Football (2015)


Matt Levin

Assistant Football Coach
BA, University of Dubuque


Conor Feckley - FB (2018)


Conor Feckley

Graduate Assistant - Football / Tight Ends
BS, University of Dubuque

Phone: 563.589.3420
Office: 228 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425

Jacob Britton - FB (2018)


Jacob Britton

Graduate Assistant - Football / Assistant Offensive Line
BS, University of Dubuque

Phone: 563.589.3420
Office: 228 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425

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