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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 shuts down Davidson, 28-0 in PFL action


Rick Chamberlin (file photo)

Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin, also the defensive coordinator, had to like what he saw in the Flyers 28-0 win over the Davidson Wildcats at Welcome Stadium.

The UD defense recorded nine sacks, 7 QB hurries and produced 3 turnovers and dominated the entire game.

Davidson was held to minus 17 yards rushing, thanks to those season-high nine sacks.

The Flyers outgained the Wildcats 308-214 in total offense with 219 being produced on the ground.

Leading the defense was DE Devon Langhorst. The senior co-captain was in on four sacks (2 solo and 2 assisted), had four tackles behind the line, three QB hurries and a forced fumble. Seven different Flyers were in on a sack. Chase Walton was the game’s top tackler with 10 hits (6 solo), a sack and two tackles for a loss.

The win improved Dayton to 4-3, 2-2 in the Pioneer Football League. Davidson drops to 2-4, 0-3.


Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

UD’s Chamberlin selected PFL Coach of the Year

Rick Chamberlin (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

With the 2010 Dayton Flyers football team being co-champions of the Pioneer Football League, the awards just keep flowing.

League coaches selected head coach Rick Chamberlin as the PFL’s Coach of the Year for the first time in his three years at the helm of Flyer football.

In just three seasons, Chamberlin has a 28-6 record. Each season, Dayton has posted a better record in the PFL than the previous season.

In 2008, Chamberlin led UD to a 6-2 league record.

In 2009 they improved to 7-1 and this season the Flyers posted and 8-0 record.

Chamberlin has guided the program to back-to-back shares of the regular season title, while UD posted its most successful season under him with a 10-1 overall record.

The Flyers were 10-1, 8-0 in the PFL in 2010. They finished tied for first in the league with Jacksonville. This UD’s 11th PFL title (including ties) in the 18-year history of the PFL. The rest of the league has 13 titles combined.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

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

Dayton Flyers Football opens 2010 with 28-14 win over Robert Morris

The University of Dayton football team jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and then scored a critical four-quarter touchdown to defeat Robert Morris, 28-14 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Flyer quarterback Steve Valentino ran for 106 yards and was 19-for-37 passing for 211 yards and two TD’s. However, it was what Valentino did after a mistake that was the critical play of the game.

QB Steve Valentino (UD photo)

WR Justin Watkins (UD photo)

With Robert Morris having scored two unanswered touchdowns to make it a 21-14 game, Colonial safety Michael Landers intercepted Valentino’s pass near midfield and like he was going to tie the game with the interception down the right sideline. But Valentino ran him down, stood him up and stripped the ball from him where Tyler Hujik recovered the fumble back for the Flyers at their own 19.

UD then drove 81 yards in 10 plays to score a touchdown that would put it back in the driver’s seat. Over the last seven-and-a-half minutes, the Dayton defense allowed just three first downs, and two of them were by penalty.

After Dayton fumbled the ball away at its own 30 on the first play of the game, the new-look defense was tested early, denying Robert Morris a first down and forcing a field goal attempt that was wide and got into the swirling winds at Welcome Stadium. The Flyers offense bounced back with a 74-yard drive to open the scoring. Valentino’s 48-yard run set up Andrew Zapinski’s two-yard run to make it 7-0 after the first quarter.

Welcome Stadium home of the Flyers (UD photo)

A pair of Valentino touchdown passes in the second quarter sent Dayton to the locker room with a 21-0 lead. With 8:26 left in the half, he found Justin Watkins for a 24-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-10, wrapping up a 94-yard, 13-play drive. The drive matched UD’s longest scoring drive in seven years (the Flyers also had a 94-yard drive at Drake in 2007). After holding the Colonials to a three-and-out, Dayton scored again as Valentino connected with Nick Collins for a 4-yard TD with 40 seconds before halftime.

Robert Morris scored on a 92-yard scoring drive when Jeff Sinclair hit a wide open Anthony Coleman for a 33-yard TD. Three plays later Rolf Bathold took an interception 37 yards to the six. On fourth-and-goal, Sinclair spun in from the one to make it 21-14 less than a minute into the fourth quarter, setting the stage for Valentino’s game-changing play, which led to Dayton’s game-clinching drive and a Brian Mack three-yard run to make the final score 21-14.

Mack rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries and Watkins caught a career-high nine passes for 95 yards.

The Dayton Flyers returned just three starters from the 2009 season’s top-ranked defense in the Pioneer Football League, but the new players carried the day for UD. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Matt Pfieger, who was areceiver in 2009, led the way with six tackles (five solo).

Dayton outgained Robert Morris, who is picked to finish second in the Northeast Conference, 388 to 213, and had 26 first downs while allowing 13.

Dayton will be on the road to Pittsburgh next week, playing its second straight NEC team when they take on Duquesne. Game time is 12 noon.


* Dayton leads the series with Robert Morris 11-2, and has won the last seven meetings.

* UD has not been shut out in a school-record 376 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on October 16, 1976. That is also the all-time FCS record.

* Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin has been a part of 313 of UD’s 613 wins, 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 19 as a head.

* The Dayton Flyers moved to Welcome Stadium in 1974. The word “Welcome” implies hospitality, but UD has been anything but hospitable to its opponents at home, where it is 194-40-2 (.825). The “Welcome” is not a greeting, but an honor to the late Percival Welcome, longtime Athletic Director for the Dayton Public Schools.

Info and photos courtesy of Dayton Athletics

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