Football

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 seven times in the past nine 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 four 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 2011 Gagliardi Trophy (Division III Heisman Award) also resides at the University of Dubuque in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center for recipient Michael Zweifel.

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

Durnin Sharing Knowledge with All Alaska Football Camp

Jun 6, 2017

The University of Dubuque’s Mike Durnin, assistant head football coach for the Spartans, will travel north to take part in one of the premier football camps of its type in Alaska this summer. The 2017 All Alaska Football Camp XXVI (AFC) hosted by Colony High School from June 22-25 caters to the high school programs in Alaska.

Feckley Named NFL Draft Diamonds Small School Prospect

May 30, 2017

The University of Dubuque football team's Conor Feckley (QB, 6-0, 200, Sr., Anchorage, Alaska/West Achorage HS) was named to the 2018 NFL Draft Diamonds Small School Prospect list.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
1 Emanuel Jenkins WR 6-2 198 Junior Menasha, Wis.
2 Dylan Schultz WR 6-2 215 Senior Lynn Center, Ill.
2A Cody Schambow 5-9 149 Freshman Platteville, Wis.
3 LeDevin Smith FB 6-0 239 Senior Downers Grove, Ill.
4 Conor Feckley QB 6-0 196 Senior Anchorage, Alaska
5 Johnny Higgins 5-9 165 Sophomore Elgin, Ill.
3A Richardo Luna RB 5-8 185 Sophomore Lombard, Ill.
6 Joshua Esikiel WR 5-11 173 Junior Lake in the Hills, Ill.
6A Dante Burchfield WR 6-0 165 Freshman Zion, Ill.
7 Derek Schambow S 5-11 181 Junior Platteville, Wis.
8 Derek Trotter S 6-2 182 Senior Tripoli, Iowa
9 Hayden Brimhall 5-10 170 Sophomore Santa Valley, Ariz.
9A Keion Wight RB 5-7 185 Freshman Dekalb, Ill.
10 Najee Toomer WR 5-10 155 Senior Maywood, Ill.
11 Cody Binicewicz DB 6-1 196 Senior Machesney Park, Ill.
11A Cody Folkers 6-3 185 Sophomore Fall Creek, Wis.
12 Michael Briscoe QB 6-6 227 Sophomore McHenry, Ill.
12A Efren Lemus DB 6-2 185 Sophomore McCullom Lake, Ill.
13 Brayden Neuendorf K/P 5-10 182 Senior Denver, Iowa
14 Kayman Martens K/P 5-10 198 Senior Coal Valley, Ill.
15 Blaze Barista 6-2 174 Sophomore Wheaton, Ill.
15A Markhus Taylor QB 6-1 178 Freshman Skokie, Ill.
16 Devon Ferguson 6-3 182 Freshman Glendale, Ariz.
17 Robert Herrera QB 6-2 194 Sophomore San Tan Valley, Ariz.
18 Kody Riemer WR 5-10 185 Freshman De Pere, Wis
19 Kwenton Hudson DB 5-9 158 Freshman Lansing, Ill.
20 Maurece (Mo) Herrion RB 5-11 202 Junior Elgin, Ill.
21 Michael Joseph DB 6-1 180 Senior Chicago, Ill.
21A Malik Lightfoot DB 5-10 158 Freshman Loves Park, Ill.
22 Michael Brewer DB 6-0 174 Freshman Glen Ellyn, Ill.
23 Joesph McMahon DB 5-11 170 Junior Leaf River, Ill.
25 Cornell Washington DB 5-11 165 Freshman Sauk Village, Ill.
25A Eshaunte' Williams RB 5-8 193 Sophomore North Chicago, Ill.
27 Tyson Russell RB 5-8 194 Senior Joy, Ill.
27A Ben Duarte DB 6-0 173 Freshman Lyons, Ill.
28 Jovanni Sanchez RB 5-7 165 Freshman Janesville, Wis.
29 Joseph Bryant DB 5-10 161 Freshman Waco, Texas
30 Logan Benter LB 5-8 202 Junior Marion, Iowa
31 Kelvin Medrano DB 6-1 198 Sophomore Menasha, Wis
32 Tarshma (TJ) Jackson RB/LB 5-10 225 Junior North Aurora, Ill.
33 Dylan Westemeier DL 6-0 200 Sophomore Cuba City, Wis.
34 Halanier Holmes FB 5-10 218 Senior Waterloo, Iowa
35 Jacob Owens LB 6-4 203 Junior Mesa, Ariz.
36 Keyshawn Carr RB 5-8 218 Sophomore Milwaukee, Wis.
37 Samir Bahsoon DB 5-8 180 Sophomore Lawrenceville, Ga.
38 Conner O'Malley LB 6-3 193 Junior Pewaukee, Wis.
39 Dwayne Allen RB 5-11 185 Sophomore Hampshire, Ill.
40 Nicolas Smith TE 6-0 217 Freshman Greenfield, Wis.
41 Chad Marsh LB 6-0 222 Sophomore Oswego, Ill.
42 Justin Wilson LB 6-0 233 Senior Milwaukee, Wis.
43 Adam Rothas TE 6-3 221 Freshman Lake Zurich, Ill.
44 Michael Gilson LB 5-10 216 Junior Little Chute, Wis.
45 Andray Clay DL 5-11 235 Freshman Madison, Wis.
47 Victor Gonzalez DB 6-0 161 Sophomore Pacoima, Calif.
48 Jesse Setzer RB 5-8 181 Sophomore Petersburg, Ill.
49 Simeon Nowkenkwo LB 5-9 197 Sophomore Olympia Fields, Ill.
50A Zach Kirchner LB 6-1 203 Freshman Beloit, Wis.
51 Louie De La Cruz LB 5-11 175 Junior Panorama City, Calif.
52 Greg Smith OL 6-2 278 Senior Greenfield, Iowa
53 Kordell Thomas OL 5-11 283 Freshman Elgin, Ill
54 William Hudson DL 6-4 292 Senior Matteson, Ill.
55 Donnie Jackson DL 5-11 193 Sophomore Kenosha, Wis.
47A Brandon Dutkiewicz LB 6-1 189 Freshman St. Francis, Wis.
58 Adrian Carmona OL 6-6 318 Freshman Berwyn, Ill.
58A Joey Flores LB 6-0 190 Freshman Rox River Grove, Ill.
59 Michael Lewis OL 6-4 269 Freshman Aurora, Ill
60 Sawyer McCaffrey OL 6-6 290 Junior Lake Villa, Ill.
61 Matthew Erickson LB 6-1 193 Freshman Emmons, Minn.
62 Austin Sims OL 6-0 261 Freshman Channahon, Ill.
63 Nicholas Brambila OL 6-3 287 Freshman Kerman, Calif.
64 Mark Rivera OL 6-2 281 Freshman Elmwood Park, Ill.
65 Mitchell Temperly OL 6-1 297 Junior Winslow, Ill.
90A Dae'von Britford DL 6-1 251 Freshman Columbus, Ohio
68 Jaime Cruz OL 6-2 224 Sophomore Pacoima, Calif.
69 Tracy Monden OL 6-0 257 Sophomore Chicago, Ill.
70 Matthew June OL 6-0 251 Freshman Tarpon Springs, Fla.
71 DeAngelo Wofford OL 6-0 247 Freshman Homewood, Ill.
72 Collin Stefanowski OL 6-2 278 Sophomore Lake Villa, Ill.
75 Pat Cusack OL 6-4 285 Senior Davis Junction, Ill.
76 Jacob Britton OL 6-5 267 Sophomore Wonder Lake, Ill.
77 Mike Utley DL 6-3 263 Senior West Dundee, Ill.
78 Brevin Anderson LB 5-9 172 Freshman Janesville, Wis.
79 Alfred Johnson DL 6-3 263 Sophomore Sun Prairie, Wis.
80 Austin Morgan WR 5-10 185 Junior Laie, Hawaii
81 Jon Merriweather WR 6-2 181 Freshman St. Charles, Ill.
82 Quinton Holmes WR 6-3 177 Sophomore Rock Island, Ill.
83 Johnny Duarte WR 5-10 162 Senior Lyons, Ill.
84 Sam Morton WR 5-10 162 Sophomore West Des Moines, Iowa
85 Robert Evans TE 6-4 245 Freshman Victorville, Calif.
85A Xavier Bennett WR 5-8 166 Freshman Carpentersville, Ill
86 Donald Narcisse TE 6-4 208 Sophomore Manvel, Texas
87 Trenton Grana-Curry TE 6-3 224 Senior Beach Park, Ill.
87A Jose Mauras WR 5-11 182 Freshman Des Plaines, Ill.
88 Cameron Sorensen TE 6-3 216 Senior Eldridge, Iowa
88A Kyle Woods TE 6-3 221 Sophomore Loves Park, Ill.
90 Bronson Watson DL 6-1 293 Sophomore Round Lake Beach, Ill.
92 Quintell Wilson DL 6-4 215 Senior Zion, Ill.
93 Malik Shellie LB 6-1 206 Freshman Dallas, Texas
94 Javar Tucker DL 6-2 297 Senior Brown Deer, Wis.
95 Tyler Womack DL 6-1 225 Sophomore Moline, Ill.
96 Dan Pike DL 6-3 254 Senior Monticello, Iowa
97 Quincy Topel DL 6-3 190 Sophomore Elgin, Ill.
97A Jacob Reutz K 6-3 168 Freshman Bellevue, Iowa
98 Doug Gates QB 6-2 225 Sophomore Zion, Ill.
99 Ravon Woods DL 6-4 221 Sophomore Oak Park, Ill.

2017 University of Dubuque Football Schedule


September 2 at Bethel University St. Paul, Minn. 1:00 p.m.
September 9 vs. Pacific University (Ore.) Dubuque, Iowa 6:00 p.m.
September 16 vs. Loras College *** Dubuque, Iowa 7:00 p.m.
September 23 at Luther College *** Decorah, Iowa 1:00 p.m.
September 30 Bye Week - No Game ----- ----- 
October 7 vs. Buena Vista University *** Dubuque, Iowa 1:00 p.m.
October 14 at Nebraska Wesleyan University *** Lincoln, Neb. 1:00 p.m.
October 21 vs. Simpson College *** Dubuque, Iowa 2:00 p.m.
October 28 at Wartburg College *** Waverly, Iowa 1:00 p.m.
November 4 vs. Coe College *** Dubuque, Iowa 1:00 p.m.
November 11 at Central College *** Pella, Iowa 1:00 p.m.
  *** = Iowa Conference opponent
   
       


       

2016 University of Dubuque Football Schedule


September 3 vs. Bethel University  Dubuque, Iowa  W, 70-53
September 10 at Pacific University (Ore.) Forest Grove, Ore. W, 28-24
September 17 vs. Simpson College ***  Dubuque, Iowa  W, 41-20
September 24 at Luther College ***  Decorah, Iowa  W, 30-17
October 1 at Central College ***  Pella, Iowa  W, 35-17
October 8 vs. Nebraska Wesleyan University ***  Dubuque, Iowa  W, 42-23
October 15 vs. Coe College *** Dubuque, Iowa  L, 12-23
October 22 at Buena Vista University ***  Storm Lake, Iowa W, 45-37
October 29 vs. Wartburg College ***  Dubuque, Iowa  L, 35-43
November 5 at Loras College *** Dubuque, Iowa   W, 60-22
November 12 Bye Week - No Game  ----- -----
   *** = Iowa Conference opponent
   
       


       

2015 University of Dubuque Football Schedule

2015 Iowa Conference Champions
#18/25 in nation (D3football.com / AFCA rankings)

September 5 at St. John's University  Collegeville, Minn.  L, 9-45
September 12 vs. UW-Platteville  Dubuque, Iowa  L, 7-31
September 19 at Pacific University (Ore.)  Forest Grove, Ore.  W, 31-29
September 26 Bye Week - No Game ----- -----
October 3 vs. Luther College *** Dubuque, Iowa  W, 16-14
October 10 at Simpson College ***  Indianola, Iowa  W, 31-24
October 17 vs. Wartburg College ***  Dubuque, Iowa  W, 45-13
October 24 at Buena Vista University ***  Storm Lake, Iowa  W, 44-13
October 31 vs. Loras College ***  Dubuque, Iowa  W, 42-7
November 7 at Coe College ***  Cedar Rapids, Iowa  W, 37-21
November 14 vs. Central College *** Dubuque, Iowa W, 38-16
November 21 vs. St. Johns (NCAA Playoffs - 1st Round) Collegeville, Minn. L, 7-51
   *** = Iowa Conference opponent
   
       
Stan Zweifel
Stan Zweifel
Head Football Coach

Office Phone: 563.589.3173
E-mail: szweifel@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 226 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click to Open

Stan Zweifel joined the University of Dubuque in 2008. Under his tenure, the Spartans won the 2011 and 2015 Iowa Conference Championships and qualified for the 2011 and 2015 NCAA Division III Championships, and UD tied for 2nd place in the Iowa Conference in 2012. 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 in 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 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 the success Zweifel has 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 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.

Coach Zweifel has been married to his wife Diane Heimerl Zweifel for 40 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 also 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 son River.

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 2012 graduate of UD 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 finished his master’s degree in kinesiology. He married Jennifer (Fischer), who was a four-year letterwinner on the women’s basketball team for the Spartans, in August of 2016.

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 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 threesport 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. Stan has been the Head Coach at Markesan High School, New Ulm High School in New Ulm, Minn., 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 35 All-Americans, 151 All-Conference players, three Iowa Conference MVPs, and 16 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  
2015 8-3 7-0 1st place *IIAC Coach of the Year
2016 8-2 6-2 2nd place  
   TOTAL:     48-34   38-22   

Mike Durnin
Mike Durnin
Assistant Football Coach
Assistant Head Football Coach/Defensive Line

MA, Minnesota State University - Mankato
BS, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Office Phone: 563.589.3225
E-mail: mdurnin@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 232 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Open

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 29th year in the collegiate coaching ranks and will be coaching the defensive line at UD along with coordinating special teams for the Spartans. In 2015’s Iowa Conference Championship run, the Spartans utilized a pair of All-IIAC selections on the defensive line that helped anchor the league’s top scoring (15.4 ppg) and total defense (314.7 ypg). UD recorded 10 sacks and also led the league in rush defense at 125.6 yards per game while allowing a league-low five touchdowns on the ground. The Spartan defense helped post a +13 turnover margin, the best in the IIAC. In his three years at UD, he has coached six All-IIAC selections on the defensive line.

Durnin began his collegiate coaching career with Spartan head coach Stan Zweifel at Minnesota State – Mankato under head coach (and current UD Athletic Director) 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 (son-in-law, Andrew Fjerstad), along with three grandchildren (Philip, Lillian, and Trent).


Carl C. Coleman
Carl C. Coleman
Assistant Football Coach
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Recruiting Coordinator

MEA, Mary Hardin-Baylor
BS, Mary Hardin-Baylor

Office Phone: 563.589.3727
E-mail: ccoleman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 227 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Open

Carl C. Coleman is entering his second season on the Spartans staff serving as the Defensive Coordinator and Recuriting Coordinator.

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 by a wide margin. UD held 5 of 7 IIAC opponents under 16 points, including 13 points by No. 6 Wartburg in Homecoming rout and seven points by Loras in the Key City Clash, both Top-3 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 Masters 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, in Belton, Tex from 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 in Pella, Iowa from 2012-2014. Central boasted the number one total defense, passing efficiency defense, and scoring defense in the Iowa Conference (IIAC) in 2013. Nationally, the Dutch ranked 14th, 13th, and 10th, respectively.

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, Tex. and played for his dad, LeRoy Coleman.


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

M.Ed., University of Delaware
BS, Bowling Green University

Office Phone: 563.589.3584
E-mail: dnystrom@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 231 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Open

Drew Nystrom returned to the University of Dubuque in January of 2014, serving as the Offensive Coordinator, 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.

In 2015, the Spartan offense finished second in scoring (36.1 ppg) and third in total offense (463.3 ypg) thanks to nine All-IIAC selections, including four offensive linemen (two 1st Team selections). The Spartans scored 31+ points in their last six IIAC games and totaled 500+ yards of total offense in two of their final three IIAC games. UD committed the fewest turnovers during IIAC play and led the league with a +13 turnover margin. The 2014 UD offense finished in the Top 20 in the NCAA in fewest sacks allowed per game (0.9 pg).

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 Championship, 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 staff 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 State University, 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 wife, Stephanie, reside in Dubuque, Iowa.


Miles Hookstead
Miles Hookstead
Assistant Football Coach/Running Backs

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3209
E-mail: mhookstead@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 228 Mercer-Birmingham
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Miles Hookstead is entering his fourth season on the Spartans staff after coaching the wide receivers in 2014 and 2015 and spending the 2013 season with the offensive linemen.

In the past two season, including the 2015 Iowa Conference title team, Hookstead coached two outstanding All-IIAC receivers. Tyler Rutenbeck, named First Team as a senior in 2014, finished his career Top-5 in career receptions (163), touchdowns (42, tied school record), yards per catch (16.7), and receiving yards (2,715). Rutenbeck participated in training camps with the Indianapolis Colts at the end of his UD career. Chris Bagley, a 2015 graduate, was a three-time All-IIAC selection and also ended his career among the top in UD history in receiving touchdowns (4th - 24), receptions (6th - 153) and reception yards (7th - 2,100).

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 D3football.com 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.


Austin Hughes
Austin Hughes
Assistant Football Coach/Linebackers

BA, University of Dubuque
MBA, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3781
E-mail: ahughes@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 227 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Open

Austin Hughes is entering his third season on the Spartans staff in 2016 and will coach the linebackers after spending 2015 with the safeties and 2014 with the linebackers. The past two seasons Hughes was on the staff as a Graduate Assistant. 

In 2015, Hughes helped coach a defense that finished first in scoring and total defense in the Iowa Conference. The Spartan defensive backs tied the league-lead with 12 interceptions as the Spartans led the league with a +13 turnover margin. 

Hughes was a key member of the 2011 team that won the Iowa Conference Championship and earned a birth in the Division III Playoffs, finishing the season with 41 solo and 41 assisted tackles (2nd highest team total). Hughes played linebacker for the Spartans and appeared in 35 games in his four-year career. As a starter he finished with 79 solo and 65 assisted tackles. He was a three-year academic All-Iowa Conference honoree while also being inducted into the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.

Hughes earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Dubuque in the spring of 2014 where he majored in Business Administration with a minor in Coaching. He earned his Masters of Business Administration in the summer of 2016 from the University of Dubuque as well. 

A native of Preston, Iowa, Hughes was a 17-time letter winner (3 in Football, 4 in Baseball, 3 in Basketball, 3 in Track, and 4 in Golf) at Preston High School.


Jeremy Whitlow
Jeremy Whitlow
Graduate Assistant - Football Coach/Wide Receivers

Office Phone: 563.589.3747
E-mail: JWitlow@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 224 Mercer Birmingham
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Jeremey Whitlow is entering his second season on the Spartan staff in 2016 and will serve as a graduate assistant and wide receivers coach after spending 2015 as an intern working with running backs.

In his collegiate career at The University of Illinois, he played in 13 games at wide receiver and on special teams. He also participated in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl.

As high school prep at Cleveland Central Catholic in Cleveland Ohio, Whitlow was a three star recruit by Rivals.com. As a senior, he led Cleveland Central Catholic with 40 receptions for 875 yards and seven touchdowns. He was also an all-state performer in track.


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2016 Record Book