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“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
The Jaguars Varsity defeated the Warrensville Cowboys to become the 2009 Kick Off Classic Champions! There were 9 teams in the Varsity 12 & Under pool. The Jags won their first two games and went into the playoffs ranked #2, with the Cowboys ranked #1. They defeated the CCYF Falcons 19-6 to advance to the Championship Game where they defeated the Cowboys 7-6 to win the Championship.
This marks the 2nd year that Buckeye has participated in the tournament, last season the Jags and Jets Varsity went, this season their respective JV Squads also went giving us 4 teams representing Buckeye. The Jaguars won all 3 of the games they played last season but didn't get to the playoff rounds due to the criteria used to rank the teams. They made up for it this year, they now have a 7-0 record in the tournament, scoring 89 points while giving up only 25 and posting 3 shutouts.
Congratulations to Head Coach Paul Fowler, Assistant Coaches Mike Arena, Chris Calta and Bryan Willis and all the Jaguars Varsity players. You played hard, had a great experience and showed Buckeye Pride!
2009 Medina Kick Off Classic
In the championship game we faced the Medina Predators and we fell 22-6 and brought home second place. Our players played very well for only having two practices prior to the tournament. Overall it was great to see how well these kids pulled together and played as a team and never gave up or backed down!
I would like to thank the following players and their parents for their participation:
Adam Fauver, Zakary Fowler, Eric Keller, Jaret Lowry, Justin Lowry, Jonathan Neel, Garret Rivett and Zachary Schnepp.
The JV Squad did a bit of a reversal by posting a 2-6 mark as opposed to the 6-2 mark they had finished with in 2007. Coach Calta was pleased with their progress the players made as the season went on since there were some new faces on the squad. The biggest obstacle in the JV Division was scheduling and the strength of some of the Strongsville team.The new Pee Wee Squad had it's struggles as did the other two BYFA squads since the rosters were created with 14 players. The division overall was a success but changes will be made in 2008 to beef up squad size and get the teams headed in a more learning that 'winning' attitude. They were coached by Head Coach Dave Chaney and Assistants Greg Thomas and Kirk Vozar.
Stacey Stoll completed her 3rd season as Bucs Head Cheer Coach by coaching the Pee Wee Cheer Squad and Kathe Kriz coached the JV Squad.
The 2008 Season was the final season for the Buccaneers. After creation of the Pee Wee Division and the numbers that we had over the last 3 to 4 seasons the decision was made to dissolve the Bucs and draft the players onto the Jaguars and Jets Squads and continue on with just 2 teams. The Bucs had a good run in their 8 seasons of existance.