NCAA DIII Teams That Travelled with AFW Enjoying Successful Seasons
Three NCAA Division III teams that have travelled on foreign competition tours with American Football Worldwide are enjoying successful seasons. These teams have taken advantage of NCAA rules that periodically allow a team extra-padded spring practices in preparation for a game outside of US borders. In addition to the friendly international contest, team members enjoy a week or more of touring and receive the special and unique education that international travel offers. For many, sharing in this journey at this dynamic time in life with teammates who will stay friends into and through the challenges of adulthood makes this experience one of the most rewarding and memorable of their lives.
Leading the parade of wins is the Dubuque University Spartans who last week captured at least a share of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship with an impressive 37-21 road win over Coe College. Coach Stan Zweifel has lead his young team to seven straight victories after two tough losses to seasoned nationally-ranked teams. As is Coach Zweifel’s design, the Spartans used the challenging experiences to grow tremendously and have earned another bid to the NCAA Division III national playoffs opening on November 21st. The Spartans travelled with AFW to Barcelona, Spain in May of 2013 enjoying one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and took a two-day excursion to Toulouse, France to compete with the local American football club the Toulouse Ours (Bears).
Also experiencing a tremendous year are the Case Western Reserve Spartans who travelled with AFW this past May enjoying Italy from Rome, through Tuscany, Cinque Terra and finishing in the Lake Como region. In May, members of the Spartans team competed with and defeated the Italian Football League playoff qualifying Milano Rhinos. Team members used the spring practices and Italy tour to springboard toward a remarkable fall season. Sitting at 7-2, the Spartans lead by Coach Greg Debeljak are a mere six points from being undefeated at 9-0. A victory on Saturday will secure 2nd place in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and make these Spartans a consideration for the NCAA Division III national playoffs.
Ohio Wesleyan University expects to earn a 5-5 record this weekend with two-one point losses keeping the Battling Bishops from a 7-3 campaign. Two of their other losses came to nationally-ranked Top 25 teams. In 2013 Head Coach Tom Watts’ OWU Battling Bishops visited Italy as well traveling from Lake Como to Rome. During the Italy campaign OWU defeated the Ferrara Aquile (Dolphins).
All high school seniors visiting the AFW website who are considering competing at the collegiate level are encouraged to research and take a close look at these schools and football programs who are lead by head coaches and a staff that is doing all they can to serve the academic development and athletic growth of their student-athletes.
University of Dubuque Spartans – http://www.dbq.edu/Athletics/MensAthletics/Football/
Case Western Reserve University Spartans – http://athletics.case.edu/sports/fball/index
Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops – http://www.battlingbishops.com/index.aspx?path=football&