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The Bucks were coached by Head Coach Ryan Sweeney and Assistant Coach Kirk Vozar. The Bucks Cheer Squad was coached by Sherry Graham and Dee Thomas.
The JV Squad went 4-5 in League play under 2nd year Head Coach Dan Kohler. They got into the playoffs but were eliminated by the Strongsville Blitz in the first round. Coach Kohler was assisted by Dave Walker and Steve Zacharyasz.
The Pee Wee Squad was in their first season under Art Clark with Assistant Coach Dave Raco. This division keeps score but does not award a Championship. The team is made up of 7 and 8 year olds and they are initiated from Flag to tackle football where they began giving them the basics they need to advance to the JV and Varsity levels.
Jody Theis and Ginger Heberlein coached the Jets JV Cheer Squad and Janet Clark coached the Pee Cheer Squad.
Dustin was a defensive back for Defiance and also did Kick and Punt Returns. He finished his career there with 133 Tackles, 7 INTs, 3 Fumble Recovers, 1 Kick Blocked, 35 Kick Returns for 622 yards and 38 Punt Returns for 322 yards. Congratulations Dustin on your career with Defiance and hopefully you are looking forward to graduation in the spring!
There were many former players in the ranks of the high school football team this season. Of the 37 players on the roster 32 played at our level when they were younger.
The Bucs, even though they are now gone, have made their presence felt with 8 former players #7 Carlton Watkins, #11 Ian Hunt, #28 Colton Theus, #44 John Sekerak, #45 Jake Thayer, #54 Joe Ross, #65 Mike Winnans, #25 Kyle Haines and #69 Zach Maxworthy.
The Jets are represented by 14 former players including #1 Andy Young, #21 Chad Gatt, #22 Kyle Gatt, #25, #26 Kyle Miller, #33 Shawn Corders, #42 Rick Monroe, #50 Tyler Carrow, #53 Zac Callihan, #68 Mark Persic, #70 Cody Carrow, #71 Logan Luna, #82 Chris Boutton and #88 Sebastian Ricco.
The Jaguars have #8 Mike Kelly, #10 Austin Friel, #24 Jake Boettner, #27 Ryan McCormick, #32 Anthony Kisiday, #46 Shane Cook, #51 T.J. Hugney, #59 Kelton Keller, #77 Luke Cuthrell and #79 Tyler Erb for a total of 10.
“We’re thrilled at the prospect of initiating a football program at Notre Dame,” said director of athletics Susan Hlavacek. “We have challenges ahead, but this is the right time for the College to take this step. NDC football will bring a certain unity to our campus, and in turn keep us connected to the Greater Cleveland area.”
According to Hlavacek, Notre Dame will begin recruiting now, with a 2009 leadership class forming the backbone of the startup program. The College will look to hire a head coach over the winter of 2008-09. Based on further study and the success of initial recruitment, the Falcons could play a club schedule in 2009. Play in an intercollegiate schedule would begin in the fall of 2010.
Hlavacek indicated the announcement was made after months of due diligence in investigating the matter with various elements of the College.
Notre Dame President Dr. Andrew P. Roth indicated that football would be leveraged as part of the long-term success of the College: “The time is right for football at Notre Dame College. It helps foster a full college experience and further develops the campus atmosphere we’ve striving to create. Falcon football will also be a vehicle to build even closer relationships with our alumni and with the Greater Cleveland community.
With their development of a team, Notre Dame becomes the first scholarship football team in the metropolitan Cleveland area. Further details will be announced by the Notre Dame Department of Athletics at a later date. For more information, contact sports information director Skip Snow at 216.373.5319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notre Dame College is a co-educational liberal arts institution in South Euclid, Ohio. The Notre Dame Department of Athletics sponsors the Falcons' participation in 18 men's and women's intercollegiate sports. The College is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the American Mideast Conference (AMC). In 2007-08, Notre Dame athletic programs ranked in the nation’s Top-50, based on the NAIA Director’s Cup all-sports ranking as published by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Their website is www.notredamefalcons.com