RELEASE DATE: 3/04/08
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mansfield
Names Dan Davis Head Sprint Football Coach
-- Dan Davis, a 19-year coaching veteran at the collegiate level, was
introduced as the head coach of the Mansfield University sprint football program
at a press conference at the university Tuesday afternoon.
“When we decided that sprint football
fit the mission of Mansfield University it was also decided that the qualities
we were looking for in a head coach should also fit that mission,” said
Mansfield University President Dr. Maravene Loeschke as she introduced Davis.
“With 19 years of collegiate football
experience, Dan Davis knows football, “Loeschke added. “But by all accounts,
Coach Davis’s greatest strength lies in a history of enhancing the quality of
the student-athlete experience for his players. We are very pleased to have
sprint football and Coach Davis at Mansfield.”
his position as the defensive coordinator at NCAA Division III MacMurray College
(IL) to take the head coaching position at Mansfield.
Davis’ second stint as a collegiate head coach. He served as the head coach at
McPherson College (KS) from 2000-2002.
career he has served as offensive coordinator (Langston University (OK),
Vermilion Community College (MN), defensive coordinator (SUNY-Canton (NY), Huron
University (SD), Mount Allison University (NB), MacMurray College) and also as
offensive line coach.
graduated with a BA in history from Olivet College (MI) in 1990 and received his
MA in education in sports and recreation management from Chadron State College
(NE) in 1993.
He was a
member of the Olivet College football program from 1986-88 earning a starting
spot at offensive tackle.
to become the head coach of this truly unique program,” said Davis. “The sprint
football program at Mansfield is unlike any other football program at a public
institution in the nation. It provides great opportunity to players, who just
because of size, never though they would be able to play collegiate football.
There are a lot of great kids looking for somewhere like Mansfield and we’re
going to find them.”
large crowd that attend the press conference were two dozen Mansfield students
interested in playing sprint football next fall.
“A dream come
true for me,” said Andrew Licwinko . “I love football and can’t wait to starting
playing again. It’s exciting to be part of something as historical as this.”
Mansfield dropped its
115-year old NCAA Division II football program at the conclusion of the 2006
season because of budgetary reasons.
Following one season without
football (2007), Mansfield has been accepted into the Collegiate Sprint Football
League (CSFL) where it will compete with the five other league members: Cornell
University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, the United
States Military Academy at West Point (Army) and the United States Military
Naval Academy at Annapolis (Navy).
Mansfield is the only public
university in the nation to offer a sprint football program.
Sprint football has been in
existence for more than 70-years and is a varsity collegiate sport that plays by
the same rules as NCAA programs with the exception of a 172 pound weight limit.
Mansfield will open the 2008
season by hosting Princeton University in a scrimmage on Sept. 20, 2008 before
hosting Cornell University on Sept. 27, 2008 and the University of Pennsylvania
on Oct. 4, 2008.
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