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Longtime Dayton offensive coordinator Whilding retiring Dec. 15

 

Coach Whilding surveying the defense

Dave Whilding

University of Dayton assistant football coach Dave Whilding has announced that he will retire from the University.  Whilding, 62, is completing his 35th year at UD.
“I’ve enjoyed all 35 years.  That’s all I can say,” Whilding said.  “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.  It’s been a pleasure for me to work with a lot of good people, and it’s been fun coaching these kids.  We have great kids, and they are competitive.
“We have great people at the University of Dayton, and not just in athletics. It’s not like this everywhere, I’m convinced of that.  I’m thankful for the opportunity that Rick Carter, and then Mike Kelly gave me.  And it’s been fun working with Rick (Chamberlin) all these years.”
Whilding has spent the last 31 years coaching UD’s quarterbacks and the last 29 serving as offensive coordinator.  He inherited a school-record games-without-being shutout streak that began in 1976, and extended it to its current 396 games, the longest active streak in college football and the longest-ever in FCS football.
“It has been a pleasure and honor to have worked with Coach Whilding, in my case for these past 33 years,” Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin said.  “He is one of the best offensive coordinators in college football, and he is a big reason for the success our football program enjoys.  Our players, fellow coaches and everyone in the UD athletics division will miss him.”
Whilding was an integral part of four national championship football teams at Dayton (1980 and 1989 NCAA Division III and 2002 and 2007 I-AA Mid-Major), and 11 Pioneer Football League champions.
Of the 17 new starting quarterbacks in Whilding’s 31 years of coaching the position, 11 took over with less than 20 career passes to their credit.  Yet the Flyer offense kept clicking.
At present, three of his quarterbacks have been inducted into the University of Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame.  During a five-year period in the 1990’s, three Flyer QB’s led their respective NCAA Divisions in passing efficiency.  In career total offense, nine of the top ten players in UD history are Whilding quarterbacks.
Whilding and his wife Evie live in Jamestown, Ohio. Their daughter Amy graduated from UD in 1995.  A native of Xenia, Ohio. Whilding earned his backelor’s degree from Earlham College in 1971.  He played quarterback there for Rick Carter, the coach who brought him to UD.  Whilding’s last day at the University will be Dec. 15.
Press Release & Photos courtesy of Dayton Flyers

Dayton football coach Chamberlin named finalist for FCS Coach of the year

Rick Chamberlin (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

After leading the Dayton Flyers to a 10-1 season and the Pioneer Football League championship, head football coach Rick Chamberlin, has been named to the Eddie Robinson Award finalist list.

Eddie Robinson (courtesy of Grambling athletics)

The award honors the nation’s premier coach and all Football Championship Subdivision conferences are represented among the 20 finalists.

Eddie Robinson was the long-time coach of the Grambling Tigers. He posted a 408-165-15 from 1941-1997. He sent over 200 players to play in the AFL and NFL and they include Buck Buchanan, Willie Brown, Charlie Joiner, James Harris, Willie Davis and Doug Williams who succeeded Robinson as the head coach of one of America’s most-historic black colleges. Coach Robinson died on April 3, 2007 at age 88.

Rick Chamberlin is a former player and 1980 graduate of UD. He has been with the university for 30 years. In each of the three seasons since he was named head coach after the retirement of his mentor, Mike Kelly, the Flyers have won 9 or more games. Coach Chamberlin’s 28 wins, as of this season, make his three year record at Dayton the most successful coaching start in Flyer history.

Coach Chamberlin is in good company for the award; some of the other candidates include: Rob Ash, Montana State; Al Bagnoli, Penn; Reggie Barlow, Alabama State; Kerwin Bell, Jacksonville; K.C. Keeler, Delaware; Jimmye Laycock, William & Mary; Trent Miles, Indiana State; Jerry Moore, Appalachian State and Joe Walton, Robert Morris.

Nearly 175 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and others will select the award recipient. The Robinson Award, in its 24th year, will be presented at the national awards banquet on Thursday, January 6 in Frisco, Texas, the night before the national championship game.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Britt Wilder, Newark Catholic High School Green Wave, Running Back

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM FEATURE

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When football fans in Ohio think of Newark Catholic High School, they think of championship football and former head coach J.D. Graham who is still a legend around the city.

Newark Catholic is a private, Catholic co-educational high school, located in Newark, Ohio. Newark is in Licking County, 33 miles east of  Ohio’s capital city, Columbus and has a population of 47,413.

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Britt Wilder Newark Catholic RB (megasportsnews.com)

The Green Wave resume’ in football is solid with 8 championship titles in football (1978, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991 and 2007), the second most in Ohio High School Athletic Association.

They also have been State of Ohio runner-ups in football.

Every student-athlete that plays football is expected to uphold the tradition because they have uncles, dads, cousins and grandparents who have played their and experienced a championship or a runnerup status.

(megasportsnews.com)

Newark Catholic is located at 1 Green Wave Drive (megasportsnews.com)

Case-in-point, is our Sports Spotlight feature guest, Britt Wilder. The 5’11, 190-pound Wilder is a senior running back and a captain. His uncle Todd, won a football title in 1978 and was a runner-up in 1980. His dad Rod, played on a championship team in 1982 and two runner-up finishes in 1981 and 1983.

Britt was a member of the freshman team in 2007 when the varsity won the state championship.

Head coach Bill Franks is keeping the football legacy going (megasportsnews.com)

Newark Catholic High School (megasportsnews)

The past two seasons, the Green Wave hasn’t made the playoffs the last two years at 6-4. That 6-4 record and the Newark Catholic team was not a bad team, but the school plays in the rugged Mid-State League, Ohio Division which includes five division III schools in football. The MLS Ohio Division teams are: Bexley, Columbus Academy, Granville, Heath, Lakewood, Licking Valley and Whitehall.

The Green Wave play in the OHSAA Division VI (6), Region 23 which includes such schools as Shadyside, Malvern, Bridgeport, Willowood Symmes Valley, Fairfield Christian and Glouster Trimble.

In 2008, Wilder was a linebacker; in 2009 as a junior, he rushed for 700 yards and in 2010, he rushed over 1,100 yards, scoring over 17 touchdowns and a 7.2 yards per carry.

Newark Catholic uses the I-formation mixed with the spread.

The Green Wave are coached by Bill Franks, an alumnus of the school who has experienced championships under the legendary J.D. Graham and college football at the University of Dayton under another coaching legend, Mike Kelly.

The 2010 Green Wave has a team of talented players including a senior class of 21. The offense is led by Britt Wilder and junior QB Garrett Vernau. The defense is led by DL Zack Shane, a 6’4, 239-pound playmaker who is a major college recruit, who was a first-team all-district choice in 2009.

In addition to playing their Mid-State League, Ohio Division teams, the Green Wave played World Harvest Prep and Nelsonville-York who was 8-2 in 2009.

By playing a tough schedule in 2010, New Catholic made the playoffs in Division 6, Region 23. The Green Wave, rated number 3 at 7-3 will play 6th ranked Fairfield Christian who is 9-0.


**We like to thank Newark Catholic Athletic Director and Football Coach Bill Franks for helping set up the interview with Britt Wilder; allowing us to visit practice to take photographs and gave us a chance to meet his coaching staff.

Also, we’ll be featuring Coach Franks on the radio show Sports Spotlight and have it as a podcast on the website next week.

We want to wish the Green Wave good luck in their quest to get football championship number 9!

UD Hall of Fame Coach Mike Kelly will be color analyst for Flyer Football on WHIO Radio

Courtesy of Dayton Athletics

Mike Kelly (UD photo)

Mike Kelly, the winningest football coach in University of Dayton history, will join the Newstalk Radio 1290 WHIO broadcast team this fall. Kelly will join play-by-play announcer Larry Hansgen on Flyer games this fall.

Kelly won 246 games, nine Pioneer Football League championships and three national titles in 27 years as the Flyers football coach. He is currently the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Dayton.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to be part of the Flyer football broadcasts and to work with Larry in this capacity, “Kelly said. ” When Larry approached me, I said ‘I have to ask (current) coach (Rick) Chamberlin first.’ I wanted to look him in the eye and make sure it was okay with him. We’ve worked very hard to make it his program and that’s the way it should be.”

Kelly’s concerns were unfounded. “This is terrific,” Chamberlin said. “Coach will be able to bring insights to the game that will take it to another level for our fans.”

Hansgen, who has been the voice of Flyer Football since 1988, agrees. “Mike brings a level of knowledge and passion to the broadcast booth that no one can match,” he said. “He will give our audience a unique perspective not only to the past of UD athletics, but its future.”

The Dayton Flyers returns 14 starters from last year’s PFL co-champs. Ten of 11 starters are back on offense, including co-captains Steve Valentino and Tyler Friedrich. Valentino was team MVP and PFL Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback and Friedrich was First Team All-PFL. Defensive captain Joe Ries is back at linebacker. The team’s top tackler, Flyer James Vercammen and UD’s 2009 sack leader, Brandon Wingeier are also back. Vercammen was a Sports Network Second Team FCS All-American and Wingeier is a two-time ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American.