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JOIN OUR TEAM! Digi-Key Electronics is an electronic component distributor located in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. With annual global sales exceeding $1.7 billion, Digi-Key is continuing to add to our workforce of 3,400+ employees. In addition to world-class career opportunities, our employees receive competitive compensation; outstanding total rewards; a comfortable, stable, friendly work environment; and the many benefits of living in a smaller community. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Accounting Applications Engineering Building Operations & Maintenance Human Resources Information Technology

DIGI-KEY TOTAL REWARDS In addition to competitive compensation, Digi-Key offers outstanding total rewards that are second-to-none. Career growth opportunities are available for employees choosing to continue their personal development.

Marketing Order Fulfillment Purchasing Sales/Customer Service and more!

RELOCATION INCENTIVE Digi-Key offers up to $850 in relocation assistance to any newly hired full-time employee who resides outside of a 60mile radius of Thief River Falls, MN, and relocates to within that 60-mile radius in conjunction with new employment.

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HEALTH PLAN Digi-Key’s Health Plan has no deductible, modest co-pays on prescriptions, and includes a vision care benefit. Single coverage is FREE to the employee, and it is $27 biweekly for family coverage.

401(K) PROFIT SHARING PLAN Employee contributions are matched by Digi-Key dollar-for-dollar up to 3%. Historically, Digi-Key has also made a profit sharing contribution of 4% of the employee’s annual earnings.

PERSONAL/VACATION TIME

DENTAL PLAN

VISION MATERIAL PLAN

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT

Employees receive 10 days of vacation, 6 days of personal/medical time, and 6 holidays in their first year of employment.

Employees have the option of participating in Digi-Key’s Dental Plan, which features a low deductible. The employee cost is $5 biweekly for employee coverage and $15 biweekly for family coverage.

This is a voluntary employee plan that features low co-pays and provides a $175 annual allowance on either frames/lenses or contact lenses. The employee cost is $2.61 biweekly for employee coverage and $6.98 biweekly for family coverage.

Digi-Key’s Flexible Spending Account enables participants to pay for medical, dental, and vision plan premiums, unreimbursed medical, dental, and vision expenses, as well as dependent care expenses out of pre-tax funds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

ADDITIONAL REWARDS

COMPANY CULTURE AND GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY Digi-Key is a family-oriented culture, grounded in small town values and quality of life. Employees are recognized for their daily dedication through a wide variety of individual and company-wide recognition events, summer picnic, and holiday dinner. Employees are encouraged to volunteer time and give back to our hometown community, supporting local charitable organizations through our Digi-Key Cares program or other outlets.

Digi-Key provides a clean, comfortable, climate-controlled work environment for its employees.

Additional rewards include a life insurance plan, a long term disability insurance plan, employee purchase discounts, and educational reimbursement through the Digi-Key University program.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS NORTHLAND QUICK FACTS National Junior College Athletic Association

Conference:

Region 13 Athletic Conference, Minnesota College Athletic Conference

Nickname: Pioneers Colors:

Navy Blue and Scarlet

ATHLETIC STAFF RICHARD SPEAS Athletic Director ............................................................. 218-683-8547 ABDUL CHAMMA Head Volleyball Coach .................................................218-683-8680 SCOTT DCAMP Head Wrestling Coach ....................................................218-689-1014 BARRY DOWERS Head Baseball Coach ....................................................218-686-6433 JIM COX Head Football Coach ........................................................218-683-8554 SHANNON NELSON Head Women’s Basketball Coach ............................. 218-683-8696

PAUL PETERSON Athletic Coordinator & Head Softball Coach .........218-683-8556

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FOOTBALL Head Football Coach - Jim Cox Assistant Football Coaches / 2016 Schedule 2016 Pioneers Football Roster 2016 Pioneers Football Preview 2015 Pioneers Football in Review Meet the Pioneers - Football Football Team Picture Pioneers Football History Coaching Records

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VOLLEYBALL 2016 Pioneers Volleyball Preview / Head Coach 2016 Pioneers Volleyball Roster MCAC Northern Division Conf. Standings Volleyball History / Coaching Records Volleyball Records Meet the Pioneers - Volleyball

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FEATURES Northland Spotlight: Tiffany McMillan

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HISTORY OF THE NJCAA The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America’s two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.

CREDITS

In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA’s rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.

Photography/Cover Design: Chad Sperling

On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.

The 2016 Fall Media Guide is a publication of the Northland Community & Technical College Marketing & Communications Department. Content/Advertising: Chad Sperling, Matthew Brenden and Richard Speas

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RICK NIKUNEN Head Men’s Basketball Coach ....................................218-683-8707

MCAC Conference Members President’s Welcome & College History Athletic Director - Richard Speas Support Staff Athletic Facilities NJCAA All-Sports Standings

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National Affiliation:

Design/Layout/Printing: Amity Graphics - Bemidji, MN A huge thank you to all of the faculty and staff at Northland for all of their hard work and dedication to our students!

Northland Community & Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State system. An affirmative action/equal opportunity employer & educator.

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MCAC CONFERENCE MEMBERS

MCAC CONFERENCE MEMBERS ANOKA RAMSEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE Location: Coon Rapids, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 311 miles Mascot: Golden Rams Arena: Anoka-Ramsey Gymnasium Women’s Sports: basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: baseball, basketball, soccer

CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE Location: Brainerd, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 194 miles Mascot: Raiders Arena: Central Lakes Gymnasium Football Stadium: no information Women’s Sports: basketball, golf, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: football, baseball, basketball, golf

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Location: Cloquet, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 234 miles Mascot: Thunder Arena: No Information Football Stadium: No Information Women’s Sports: basketball, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: football, baseball, basketball

MINNESOTA WEST COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE Location: Worthington, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 348 miles Mascot: Blue Jays/Lady Jays Arena: Minnesota West Gymnasium (1,000) Football Stadium: Worthington High School (3,000) Women’s Sports: basketball, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: football, baseball, basketball, wrestling

MINNESOTA STATE COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE Location: Fergus Falls, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 150 miles Mascot: Spartans Arena: Spartan Gymnasium (1,000) Football Stadium: Spartan Field Women’s Sports: basketball, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: football, baseball, basketball, golf

NORTHLAND COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE Location: Thief River Falls, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 0 miles Mascot: Pioneers Arena: NCTC Gymnasium (1,549) Football Stadium: Lowell T. Swenson Field (2,200) Women’s Sports: basketball, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: football, baseball, basketball, wrestling

HIBBING COMMUNITY COLLEGE

RAINY RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Location: Hibbing, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 196 miles Mascot: Cardinals Arena: Activities Building (750) Women’s Sports: basketball, golf, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: baseball, basketball, golf

Location: International Falls, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 190 miles Mascot: Voyageurs Arena: Rainy River College Gym (500) Women’s Sports: basketball, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: baseball, basketball

ITASCA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

RIDGEWATER COLLEGE

Location: Grand Rapids, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 188 miles Mascot: Vikings Arena: No Information Football Stadium: No Information Women’s Sports: basketball, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: football, baseball, basketball

Location: Willmar, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 250 miles Mascot: Warriors Arena: Swanson Gym (800) Football Stadium: Hodapp Field (3,500) Women’s Sports: basketball, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: football, baseball, basketball, wrestling

MESABI RANGE COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE Location: Virginia, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 218 miles Mascot: Norsemen/Lady Norse Arena: Activity Building (1,000) Football Stadium: Ewen’s Field (4,000) Women’s Sports: basketball, golf, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: football, baseball, basketball, golf

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RIVERLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE Location: Austin, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 415 miles Mascot: Blue Devils Arena: Riverland Gym (700) Women’s Sports: basketball, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: baseball, basketball, soccer


MCAC CONFERENCE MEMBERS VERMILLION COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Location: Rochester, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 415 miles Mascot: Yellow Jackets Arena: Regional Sports Center (1,500) Women’s Sports: basketball, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: baseball, basketball, football, golf, wrestling

Location: Ely, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 277 miles Mascot: Ironmen/Ironwomen Arena: No Information Women’s Sports: basketball, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: baseball, basketball

ST. CLOUD TECHNICAL COLLEGE Location: St. Cloud, MN Distance from Thief River Falls: 254 miles Mascot: Cyclones Arena: No Information Women’s Sports: basketball, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: baseball, basketball

MCAC CONFERENCE MEMBERS

ROCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

MCAC NORTH DAKOTA INSTITUTIONS: (FOOTBALL ONLY) NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE Location: Wahpeton, ND Distance from Thief River Falls: 150 miles Mascot: Wildcats Arena: Bilkre Activities Center (3,500) Football Stadium: Bute Stadium (2,500) Women’s Sports: basketball, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: football, basketball

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DAKOTA COLLEGE Location: Bottineau, ND Distance from Thief River Falls: 245 miles Mascot: Lumberjacks/Lady Jacks Arena: Thatcher Hall (1,000) Football Stadium: No Information Women’s Sports: basketball, softball, volleyball Men’s Sports: football, baseball, basketball, hockey

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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME/HISTORY

PRESIDENT’S WELCOME & HISTORY

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Welcome to Pioneer Country! You will soon be witness to why athletics has such a prominent presence here at Northland Community & Technical College. Our commitment to developing these young men and women into competitive student athletes will be obvious in how they perform on the field, court or arena. We take great pride in how our players demonstrate teamwork, sportsmanship and work ethic, giving it their all through the end of each contest. Pay close attention to the talent out there, as many of our athletes have gone on to compete at the NCAA D-1 level and we have had more than a handful elevate their game to the professional level. It’s also important to recognize that our student athletes excel off the field as well, as we insist that achieving their academic goals is a priority. Northland’s athletes are routinely among the NJCAA’s highest performing scholars and our goal is to achieve a graduation or transfer rate of nearly 100%! So enjoy today’s event and feel good about being part of a great Pioneer tradition that’s been with us now for over 50 years!

DENNIS BONA

President

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COLLEGE HISTORY Northland Community & Technical College has been in existence in one form or other since 1949, when the Minnesota State Board of Education approved an area vocational school for Thief River Falls. The school would later move to its present location and merge with two other institutions of higher learning: first with Thief River Falls State Junior College and later with the East Grand Forks campus of Northwest Technical College, to form Northland Community & Technical College. Each institution brought a long history of serving the needs of area students and employers, and with the advent of online education, expanding its reach far beyond the Red River Valley and northwestern Minnesota.


MEET THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

RICHARD SPEAS

Director of Athletics & Student Life

Speas spent nine years as a successful college coach at William Penn University in Iowa, where he served numerous roles in addition to coaching; assistant director of admissions, assistant athletic director, and HPER faculty. As the head assistant baseball coach, the Statesmen went 215-78 (.734) during his tenure, including nationally ranked teams that qualified for the NCAA and NAIA regional playoffs. Assuming the role as the head men’s and women’s cross-country and track programs; Speas was named conference coach of the year in 2004 and 2005, cross-country

Moving into the NJCAA ranks as the Director of Athletics at Western Texas College in 2008, Speas oversaw 15 intercollegiate athletic programs in the highly competitive Western Junior College Athletic Conference. The Westerners captured a national championship in men’s rodeo. Making a change in a perennially week volleyball program, Speas hired Sheldon Carvalho who brought the volleyball program to the big dance in his second year in the program. In addition, the athletic program captured fourth place national finishes in women’s rodeo, women’s golf, and women’s track and field. Six teams held national rankings during the Speas tenure, including men’s cross country, men‘s golf, men’s soccer, and women’s soccer. The men’s cross country team was also named academic national champions of the NJCAA in 2007 and 2008. The community was energized when a $260,000 donation helped to

With family health issues, Speas returned to Iowa in 2012 to assume the position of Executive Director at Oskie Prep, a non-profit start up. Oskie Prep focused on education, job creation and community service. Speas earned a social science composite bachelor’s degree from William Penn University (IA) and a Master’s degree in athletic administration from Truman State University (MO). Richard and his wife Karma have eight children, Staci, Shawna, Jentrian, Tierney, Elijah, BrookeLyn, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. Richard and Karma Speas reside in Thief River Falls, Minnesota with their six youngest children.

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A native of Union, Iowa, Speas’ arrival at Northland brought a wealth of experience and success to the Pioneer’s athletic program. Speas has over thirty years of experience in interscholastic athletics, sports marketing, and intercollegiate athletics. Assuming the role of Director of Athletics at Northland, Speas also serves as the Director of Student Life at the college.

Prior to his arrival into the juco athletic administration ranks, Speas served as the Director of Athletics at four year schools, Southern Virginia University and Peru State College in Nebraska. As the inaugural Director of Athletics at Southern Virginia University (1997-2000), he implemented 16 intercollegiate athletic teams. During this time, SVU witnessed a 400% percentage growth in enrollment. During his tenure at Peru State College (2006-2008) Speas oversaw a seven million dollar renovation to the Al Wheeler Activity Center which served as the hub for Bobcat athletics and student activities.

fund the renovations of the 4,000 seat indoor facility (The Coliseum). In 2011, Speas took the helm of one of the premier NJCAA programs in the nation, Blinn College. The Buccaneers would capture a national championship in volleyball in 2011. The football program held the number 1 ranking in the nation during the 2011 season before falling to Mississippi Gulf Coast in the Mississippi Bowl. The softball program garnered fourth place finishes at the NJCAA Division I national championships in 2011 and 2012. Baseball also held top ten national rankings before being eliminated in regional play. Long noted for its athletic excellence; 26 national championships (four in football), 127 baseball players drafted since the inception of the baseball program in 1966, and 38 professional football players including Cam Newton, Blinn is widely recognized as one of the top academic junior colleges in the nation.

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ATHLETIC FACILITIES

ATHLETIC FACILITIES

LOWELL T. SWENSON FIELD

Lowell T. Swenson Field is home to Northland Pioneers football team. The field was dedicated in 2004. Seating capacity is 2200.

PIONEER FIELD

MEC COMPLEX

The Pioneer Baseball Field opened in the Fall of 1974. It is home to the Northland Pioneer’s Men’s Baseball team.

The MEC Complex is home to the Northland Pioneer Women’s Softball. It opened in 2001.

WRESTLING ROOM

ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM

Wrestling started at Northland in 2013. Last year two national championship appearances came out of this room.

FITNESS CENTER

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NORTHLAND GYMNASIUM

The Northland Gymnasium is home to volleyball and both Men’s and Women’s Basketball. The gymnasium opened in 1990. Seating capacity is 1549.

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NJCAA ALL-SPORTS STANDINGS

2015-2016 NATYCAA CUP NJCAA SCHOLARSHIP FINAL STANDINGS:

2015-2016 NATYCAA CUP NJCAA NON-SCHOLARSHIP FINAL STANDINGS:

STANDING

INSTITUTION

SCORE

STANDING

INSTITUTION

SCORE

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Iowa Central Community College

194.5

1

Suffolk County CC (NY)

172

2

Tyler Junior College (TX)

146

2

Rowan College at Gloucester (NJ)

166

3

Iowa Western Community College

142

3

Mohawk Valley CC (NY)

122.5

4

Butler Community College (KS)

126

4

Herkimer County CC (NY)

117

Nassau County CC (NY)

98.5

5

Pima Community College (AZ)

124.5

5

6

Mesa Community College (AZ)

113.5

6

Howard Community College (MD)

96

7

Central Arizona College

104.5

7

Harper College (Illinois)

91

8

Monroe Community College (NY)

97

8

Onondaga CC (NY)

87.5

9

South Plains College (TX)

96

9

Fashion Institute of Tech (NY)

73.5

10

Barton County College (KS)

93.5

10

Montgomery College (MD)

59

10

Oxford College of Emory Univ. (GA)

59

NJCAA ALL-SPORTS STANDINGS

The National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) released the winners of the 2015-2016 NATYCAA Cup and Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The NATYCAA Cup represents the most successful overall college athletic programs in the nation for two-year institutions. This program recognizes excellence in two-year college athletics based on success in championship competition.

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HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

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JIM COX

Northland Head Football Coach On July 25th, 2016, Jim Cox became the 10th head football coach in the history of the NCTC football program. Coach Cox brings a rich and diverse experience to Northland. A native of Bedford, Iowa, Cox assumes the role vacated by Travis Martin after a one year span at the head of the Pioneers football program. “Hopefully a veteran coach can bring leadership and direction to a program that was re-instated just over a year ago,” assessed Cox. Most recently, Cox worked with NFL great, Willie Shields, training high profile athletes. Prior to his training regimes with select athletes, Cox served as the head coach/director of operations for the indoor professional arena football team, the River City Rage, based in the St. Louis metro area. Prior to coaching arena football, Cox served as the linebackers coach at NCAA Division I, Southeast Missouri State University. The Redhawks compete in the Ohio Valley Conference. Cox served as the head football coach at William Penn University (IA) from 2001-2005. Inheriting the Statesmen’s struggling football program, Cox turned the program into a competitive force as Penn made the transition from NCAA Division III to the NAIA.

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Successful runs as a defensive coordinator and track coach at the four year level characterized Cox’s years prior to taking the reins at William Penn. While at Missouri Valley College (Mo), an NAIA institution, Cox’s teams led the country in total defense and rushing defense, allowing just 150 yards per game, and only 50 yards rushing per contest. The Cox resume also includes a stint as an assistant at the NJCAA level. Ellsworth Community College (IA) was the NJCAA football national championship runner-up while Cox served as an assistant in the program. A coaching career that began at the interscholastic level, Cox captured consecutive undefeated state football championships in 1985 and 1986, while completing a 30-1 record over his final three years at Paton-Churdan High School in Iowa. Also serving as the track and field coach, Cox won a state team title, and added a state runner-up trophy as well. Over the course of his career, Cox has coached 16 NFL players, including all pro players, Dale Carter and Bryce Paup. Cox has also coached 5 track Olympians. As a collegiate player, Cox was a defensive back at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. During his senior year, Cox led the Buena Vista team to an appearance in the Boot Hill Bowl (1977), the team’s last bowl appearance. Cox holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and history from Buena Vista University, and a master’s degree in physical education and driver’s education from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Jim Cox and his wife, Jean, have two adult children, Brandon, and Lane.


ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACHES

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

TODD GLASS

Offensive Coordinator RB

KENT JANICKE Defensive Coordinator

RAMON RAMIREZ Assistant Coach

2016 PIONEERS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME

8/20

Itasca CC (Scrimmage)

Lowell T. Swenson Field

1:00 pm

8/27

Vermilion CC

@ Vermilion, MN

3:00 pm

9/3

Mesabi Range CC

Lowell T. Swenson Field

1:30 pm

9/10

Dakota College (ND)

Lowell T. Swenson Field

2:00 pm

9/17

Minnesota West CC

@ Worthington, MN

12:00 pm

9/24

NDSCS

@Wahpeton, ND

1:30 pm

10/1

Ridgewater CC

Lowell T. Swenson Field

1:30 pm

10/8

Minnesota State (Fergus Falls)

Lowell T. Swenson Field

1:30 pm

10/15

Central Lakes CC

Brainerd, MN

1:30 pm

10/22

MCAC Playoffs

TBD

TBD

10/29

MCAC Playoffs

TBD

TBD

11/6

MCAC Championship Game

St. Cloud, MN

TBD

12/3

Graphic Edge Bowl

UNI Dome; Cedar Falls, IA

TBD

All home games are held at Lowell T. Swenson Field in Thief River Falls, MN. All games are Minnesota College Athletic Conference Contests (excluding the Graphic Edge Bowl).

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CODY GLASS

Special Teams Coordinator Offensive Line

ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACHES 2016 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

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Head Coach: Jim Cox Athletic Director: Richard Speas Athletic Coordinator: Paul Peterson Home Field: Lowell T. Swenson Field (Thief River Falls, MN) Seating Capacity: 2,200 Mascot: Pioneers School Colors: Scarlet & Navy 2015 Record: 2-6

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2016 FOOTBALL ROSTER

2016 FOOTBALL ROSTER NUMERICAL

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NO. NAME

YEAR POS

HT

WT

HOMETOWN

ALPHABETICAL ROSTER

2

Duane Barnes

SO

CB

6’4”

198

Mount Dora, Florida

#

PLAYER

3

Quadarious Gordon

SO

CB

6’1”

200

Ocala, Florida

44

Ray Abraham

4

Kyalyn Strickland

FR

QB

6’1”

270

Orlando, Florida

72

Carlos Alvarez

5

Keontrae Starks

FR

RB

5’10”

175

Ocala, Florida

58

Davontea August

6

Tarik Davis

FR

CB

5’10”

158

Cecilia, Louisiana

21

Delvin Austin

7

Derrius Brown

SO

SR

6’1”

198

Groveland, Florida

24

Kevin Ballard

8

Jesse Dokes

FR

TE

6’6”

205

New Orleans, Louisiana

2

Duane Barnes

9

Isaiah Blackwell

FR

SS

5’11”

150

Kentwood, Michigan

78

Jaymarian Bass

10

Shammua Harold

FR

QB

6’4”

205

Atlanta, Georgia

60 Tre Bivens

11

Kevin Dawson

FR

OLB

6’1”

220

Tallahassee, Florida

9

Isaiah Blackwell

12

Peyton Kendrick

FR

QB

6’1”

240

Tucson, Arizona

34

Tanner Boes

13

Deion Hogan

FR

RB

5’10”

161

Tallahassee, Florida

7

Derrius Brown

14

Tyrique Jones

FR

FS

5’11”

150

Ocala, Florida

83

Carter Burks

15

Kewan Williams

FR

CB

5’9”

176

Chicago, Illinois

50 Willie Cannon

17

Clarence Williams

FR

WR

6’2”

175

Orlando, Florida

80 Jerry Cantave

18

Christian Vinson

SO

WR

6’5”

220

Anthony, Florida

36

Wyatt Carlson

19

JT Taylor

FR

WR

5’10”

190

Bushnell, Florida

74

Trenton Dartez

20

Selwny Kelly

FR

RB

5’6”

165

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

6

Tarik Davis

21

Delvin Austin

FR

SR

6’

160

Tampa, Florida

11

Kevin Dawson

22

Kevin Evans

SO

RB

6’

192

Groveland, Florida

8

Jesse Dokes

23

Anthony Priestley

FR

SR

5’7”

155

Lafayette, Louisiana

31

KJ Early

24

Kevin Ballard

FR

OLB

5’10”

210

Tampa, Florida

76

Brendan Edner

25

Dez Henderson

FR

RB

5’6”

161

Fort Worth, Texas

81

Pierre Elysee

28

Allen McMichael Roberts FR

SS

5’11”

172

Columbus, Ohio

22

Kevin Evans

30

Daniel Seawright

FR

MLB

6’

230

Fredericksburg, Virginia

33

Damien Francis

31

KJ Early

FR

CB

5’10”

170

Ocala, Florida

35

BJ Gardner

32

Brian Hudson

FR

CB

6’2”

183

Bushnell, Florida

87

Gabriel Gembala

33

Damien Francis

FR

FS

6’2”

186

New Iberia, Louisiana

3

Quadarious Gordon

34

Tanner Boes

FR

FB

5’10”

180

Bemidji, Minnesota

53

Raheim Granville

35

BJ Gardner

FR

CB

6’

175

Ypsilanti, Michigan

85

Joe Hagstrom

36

Wyatt Carlson

FR

MLB

6’1”

214

Finley, North Dakota

10

Shammua Harold

40

Kaleb Torgerson

SO

FB

6’

245

Thief River Falls, Minn.

25

Dez Henderson

42

Keenan Laidley

SO

OLB

6’1”

205

Goodridge, Minnesota

88 Matt Hill

43

Kulah Parker

FR

OLB

5’9”

205

Kentwood, Michigan

13

Deion Hogan

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Ray Abraham

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6’2”

265

Chicago, Illinois

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45

Tavolis Parker

FR

SS

6’2”

170

Berwyn, Illinois

57

Paul Jackson

47

Aaron Whitelow

FR

SR

6’1”

200

Grand Rapids, Michigan

14

Tyrique Jones

50

Willie Cannon

FR

OT

6’3”

265

Grand Rapids, Michigan

20 Selwny Kelly

51

Sammie Williams

FR

OT

6’5”

266

Chicago, Illinois

12

Peyton Kendrick

52

Dylan Oplinger

FR

DT

6’

260

Muskegon, Michigan

82

Rashidi Kikopa

53

Raheim Granville

FR

DE

6’1”

238

Tampa, Florida

75

Alex Labady

54

Kendall Melton

FR

OLB

6’3”

210

Chicago, Illinois

42

Keenan Laidley

55

Kendal Sylvester

FR

DE

6’

270

Opelousas, Louisiana

89 Ahmuri Manuel

56

Jon Pickette

FR

DE

6’3”

197

Minneola, Florida

54

Kendall Melton

57

Paul Jackson

FR

DT

6’1”

265

Mobile, Alabama

84

Ishmil Mitchell

58

Davontea August

FR

DT

6’3”

265

Lafayette, Louisiana

64

Derrick Newby

60

Tre Bivens

FR

OG

5’11”

315

Detroit, Michigan

71

Nashem Nyomba

64

Derrick Newby

SO

DE

6’

290

Orlando, Florida

52

Dylan Oplinger

69

Beehestone Stroot

FR

DE

6’

191

Roseau, Minnesota

43

Kulah Parker

71

Nashem Nyomba

FR

DE

6’4”

290

Toronto, Canada

45

Tavolis Parker

72

Carlos Alvarez

FR

OG

6’

275

Denver, Colorado

56

Jon Pickette

74

Trenton Dartez

FR

OT

6’3”

300

Cecilia, Louisiana

23

Anthony Priestley

75

Alex Labady

FR

OC

6’4”

270

Orlando, Florida

28

Allen McMichael Roberts

76

Brendan Edner

FR

OC

6’1”

300

Moorhead, Minnesota

90 Justin Scott

77

Tyler Senegal

FR

OG

6’1”

400

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

30 Daniel Seaswright

78

Jaymarian Bass

FR

OG

6’

320

Muskegon, Michigan

77

Tyler Senegal

79

Diego Simpkins

FR

OT

6’1”

330

Ocala, Florida

79

Diego Simpkins

80

Jerry Cantave

FR

WR

6’1”

165

Orlando, Florida

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Keontrae Starks

81

Pierre Elysee

SO

WR

6’2”

194

Orlando, Florida

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Kyalyn Stickland

82

Rashidi Kikopa

FR

K

5’6”

160

Fargo, North Dakota

69 Beehestone Stroot

83

Carter Burks

FR

K/P

6’1”

235

Grygla, Minnesota

55

Kendal Sylvester

84

Ishmil Mitchell

FR

SR

6’2”

165

Chicago, Illinois

19

JT Taylor

85

Joe Hagstrom

FR

OLB

6’2”

220

Fargo, North Dakota

40 Kaleb Torgerson

87

Gabriel Gembala

FR

TE

6’4”

240

Stevensville, Michigan

18

Christian Vinson

88

Matt Hill

FR

SR

5’9”

185

Brainerd, Minnesota

47

Aaron Whitelow

89

Ahmuri Manuel

FR

QB

6’1”

247

Lehiah Acres, Florida

17

Clarence Williams

90

Justin Scott

FR

DT

6’2”

306

Chicago, Illinois

15

Kewan Williams

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2016 FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW 2016 is a new year, and with the new year comes new beginnings. Looking to make continuous improvements under the guidance of a new head coach, with years of football expertise, the Northland Pioneers football team will strive to be a playoff contender this season. Utilizing the talents and leadership of returning players and the enthusiasm and energy of new players, the Pioneers will create a synergy on the field that hopefully will rival any other team in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference. Bringing a new perspective to Pioneers football and a wealth of knowledge enters veteran coach, Jim Cox. “I know that Jim Cox will embrace the challenge of a program that has only claimed 12 winning seasons in 40 seasons of play, and move our football program forward,” stated NCTC athletic director, Richard Speas. With experience at multiple levels, and a history of rebuilding weak programs, Cox assumed the reins of the NCTC program in late July. “We will be entwined in a transition period with a late coaching change, but we are excited about the kids who will be joining us,” assessed Cox. Cox will look to eleven returners for help in the transition phase. Returners on the offensive side of the ball include Thief River Falls product, fullback Kaleb Torgerson, running back Kevin Evans (Groveland, FL), and wide receivers Christian Vinson (Ocala, FL), Pierre Elysee (Orlando, FL), and Derrius Brown (Groveland, FL). Vinson led the team in receptions with 27 for 276 yards, while Elysee was second on the squad with 27 catches for 239 yards.

Returners on the defensive side of the ball include defensive end Derrick Newby (Orlando, FL), linebackers Jacob Bradford (Fredericksburg, VA), Kennan Laidley (Thief River Falls, MN), Fred Key (Groveland, FL) and defensive backs Duane Barnes (Mount Dora, FL) and Quadarious Gordon (Ocala, FL). Gordon led the team in return yardage with 179 yards on 6 returns while Bradford was a leader in a team category with 4.5 sacks. The Pioneers will look for some key newcomers in several positions. With no returning quarterbacks, the coaching staff will keep a watchful eye on prospects Khlyn Strickland, 6’2”, 215, from Orlando, Florida, and Payton Kendrick, 6’2”, 210, from Tucson, Arizona. The Pioneers will looking for Paul Jackson (Mobile, AL) to help anchor the defensive line at 6’2” and 265 pounds. Running back Dez Henderson, a 5 star recruit from Fort Worth, Texas should add some significant punch to the ground game. Jordon Bossier, a 5’7”, 160 lb wide receiver from Lafayette, Louisiana has the speed to turn some heads. On the defensive side of the ball, the staff expects help at the safety position from 6’2”, 220 lb linebacker Raheen Granville (Atlanta, GA). The Pioneers open the season on the road when they travel to Ely, Minnesota on August 27th, to take on MCAC Eastern Division foe Vermilion Community College in a cross-section contest.

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OPPONENT

SITE

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RECORD

8/29

Vermilion

Thief River Falls, MN

W 31-18

1-0

9/5

Mesabi Range

Virginia, MN

L 34-10

1-1

9/12

Dakota College

Bottineau, ND

L 22-15

1-2

9/19

Minnesota West

Thief River Falls, MN

L 21-18

1-3

9/26

North Dakota SCS

Thief River Falls, MN

L 19-14

1-4

10/3

Ridgewater

Willmar, MN

L 44-14

1-5

10/10

Minnesota State (FF)

Fergus Falls, MN

W 2-0*

2-5

10/17

Central Lakes CC

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L 65-20

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DIVISION RECORD

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NDSCS

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6-2

Dakota College

3-2

5-3

Ridgewater

3-2

4-4

MN West

3-2

3-5

Northland

1-4

2-6

Minnesota State (FF)

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MCAC WESTERN DIVISION CONFERENCE STANDINGS

NORTHLAND OFFENSIVE STATS: YDS. PER GAME

RUSHING AVG PER GAME

PASSING AVG PER GAME

POINTS PER GAME

134.8

23.3

111.5

15.3

NORTHLAND DEFENSIVE STATS: YDS PER GAME

RUSHING AVG PER GAME

PASSING AVG PER GAME

POINTS PER GAME

334.4

174.9

159.5

33.4

MCAC WESTERN DIVISION STATS: GAMES

RUSHING

PASSING

TOTAL YDS

YARDS PER GAME

POINTS

Ridgewater

8

958

1270

2228

278.5

164

NDSCS

8

705

1374

2079

259.9

147

Minnesota West

8

890

935

1825

228.1

160

MN State (FF)

8

736

898

1634

204.3

115

Dakota College

8

1070

533

1603

200.4

142

Northland

8

347

867

1214

151.8

122

MCAC WESTERN DIVISION STATS: TEAM OFFENSE

GAMES

RUSHING

PASSING

TOTAL YDS

YARDS PER GAME

POINTS

NDSCS

8

373

915

1288

161

111

Dakota College

8

326

1268

1594

199.3

139

MN State (FF)

8

820

1151

1971

246.4

158

MN West

8

836

1292

2128

266

269

Northland

8

1247

1235

2482

310.3

267

Ridgewater

8

958

1615

2573

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Position: CB Height: 6’4” Weight: 198 Year: Sophomore Hometown: Mount Dora, Florida

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Position: OG Height: 6’ Weight: 275 Year: Freshman Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Position: OG Height: 6’ Weight: 320 Year: Freshman Hometown: Muskegon, Michigan

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Position: DT Height: 6’3” Weight: 265 Year: Freshman Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

Position: OG Height: 5’11” Weight: 315 Year: Freshman Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

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Position: SR Height: 6’ Weight: 160 Year: Tampa, Florida Hometown: Freshman

Position: SS Height: 5’11” Weight: 150 Year: Freshman Hometown: Kentwood, Michigan

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Position: OLB Height: 5’10” Weight: 210 Year: Freshman Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Position: FB Height: 5’10” Weight: 180 Year: Freshman Hometown: Bemidji, Minnesota

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DAVONTEA AUGUST

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Position: SR Height: 6’1” Weight: 198 Year: Sophomore Hometown: Groveland, Florida

Position: OT Height: 6’3” Weight: 300 Year: Freshman Hometown: Cecilia, Louisiana

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Position: K/P Height: 6’1” Weight: 235 Year: Freshman Hometown: Grygla, Minnesota

Position: CB Height: 5’10” Weight: 158 Year: Freshman Hometown: Cecilia, Louisiana

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Position: OT Height: 6’3” Weight: 265 Year: Freshman Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Position: OLB Height: 6’1” Weight: 220 Year: Freshman Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida

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Position: WR Height: 6’1” Weight: 165 Year: Freshman Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Position: TE Height: 6’6” Weight: 205 Year: Freshman Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

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Position: MLB Height: 6’1” Weight: 214 Year: Freshman Hometown: Finley, North Dakota

Position: CB Height: 5’10” Weight: 170 Year: Freshman Hometown: Ocala, Florida

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Position: OC Height: 6’1” Weight: 300 Year: Freshman Hometown: Moorhead, Minnesota

Position: TE Height: 6’4” Weight: 240 Year: Freshman Hometown: Stevensville, Michigan

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Position: WR Height: 6’2” Weight: 194 Year: Sophomore Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Position: CB Height: 6’1” Weight: 200 Year: Sophomore Hometown: Ocala, Florida

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Position: RB Height: 6’ Weight: 192 Year: Sophomore Hometown: Groveland, Florida

Position: DE Height: 6’1” Weight: 238 Year: Freshman Hometown: Tampa, Florida

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Position: FS Height: 6’2” Weight: 186 Year: Freshman Hometown: New Iberia, Louisiana

Position: OLB Height: 6’2” Weight: 220 Year: Freshman Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota

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Position: CB Height: 6’ Weight: 175 Year: Freshman Hometown: Ypsilanti, Michigan

Position: QB Height: 6’4” Weight: 205 Year: Freshman Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

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Position: RB Height: 5’6” Weight: 161 Year: Freshman Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Position: FS Height: 5’11” Weight: 150 Year: Freshman Hometown: Ocala, Florida

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Position: SR Height: 5’9” Weight: 185 Year: Freshman Hometown: Brainerd, Minnesota

Position: RB Height: 5’6” Weight: 165 Year: Freshman Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Position: RB Height: 5’10” Weight: 161 Year: Freshman Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida

Position: QB Height: 6’1” Weight: 240 Year: Freshman Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

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Position: CB Height: 6’2” Weight: 183 Year: Freshman Hometown: Bushnell, Florida

Position: K Height: 5’6” Weight: 160 Year: Freshman Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota

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Position: DT Height: 6’1” Weight: 265 Year: Freshman Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

Position: OLB Height: 6’1” Weight: 205 Year: Sophomore Hometown: Goodridge, Minnesota

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Position: QB Height: 6’1” Weight: 247 Year: Freshman Hometown: Lehiah Acres, Florida

Position: DT Height: 6’ Weight: 260 Year: Freshman Hometown: Muskegon, Michigan

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Position: OLB Height: 6’3” Weight: 210 Year: Freshman Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

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Position: SR Height: 6’2” Weight: 165 Year: Freshman Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Position: SS Height: 6’2” Weight: 170 Year: Freshman Hometown: Berwyn, Illinois

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Position: DE Height: 6’ Weight: 290 Year: Sophomore Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Position: DE Height: 6’3” Weight: 197 Year: Freshman Hometown: Minneola, Florida

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Position: DE Height: 6’4” Weight: 290 Year: Freshman Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Position: SR Height: 5’7” Weight: 155 Year: Freshman Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

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Position: RB Height: 5’10” Weight: 175 Year: Freshman Hometown: Ocala, Florida

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Position: MLB Height: 6’ Weight: 230 Year: Freshman Hometown: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Position: DE Height: 6’ Weight: 191 Year: Freshman Hometown: Roseau, Minnesota

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Position: OG Height: 6’1” Weight: 400 Year: Freshman Hometown: Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Position: DE Height: 6’ Weight: 270 Year: Freshman Hometown: Opelousas, Louisiana

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DANIEL SEAWRIGHT

KYALYN STICKLAND

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Position: OT Height: 6’1” Weight: 330 Year: Freshman Hometown: Ocala, Florida

Position: WR Height: 5’10” Weight: 190 Year: Freshman Hometown: Bushnell, Florida

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Position: FB Height: 6’ Weight: 245 Year: Sophomore Hometown: Thief River Falls, MN

Position: WR Height: 6’2” Weight: 175 Year: Freshman Hometown: Orlando, Florida

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Position: WR Height: 6’5” Weight: 220 Year: Sophomore Hometown: Anthony, Florida

Position: CB Height: 5’9” Weight: 176 Year: Freshman Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

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Position: OT Height: 6’5” Weight: 266 Year: Freshman Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

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SEASON

RECORD COACH

2015

2-6

Travis Martin

2014

0-0

NA

Program suspended

2013

7-3

Merle Johnson

Northern Division Champs

2012

6-4

Merle Johnson

MCAC State Semi-Finalist

2011

7-4

Merle Johnson

Northern Division Champs

2010

6-4

Guy Finstrom*

MCAC State Semi-Finalist

2009

3-6

Guy Finstrom

2008

0-9

Guy Finstrom

2007

6-4

Guy Finstrom

2006

7-3

Guy Finstrom

2005

4-5

Guy Finstrom

2004

1-7

Guy Finstrom

2003

4-5

Guy Finstrom

2002

9-3

Guy Finstrom

Northern Division Champs/Graphic Edge Bowl

2001

5-5

Guy Finstrom

MCCC Playoffs

2000

6-6

Dan Willoughby

Northern Division Champs

1999

6-3

Dan Willoughby

Northern Division Champs

1998

2-6

Dan Willoughby

1997

2-6

Gene Klinke

1996

2-6

Gene Klinke

1995

3-5

Gene Klinke

1994

5-3

Gene Klinke

1993

6-2

Gene Klinke

1992

5-3

Gene Klinke

1991

1-7

Rick Nelson

1990

4-4

Rick Nelson

1989

2-6

Rick Nelson

1988

4-4

Rick Nelson

1987

3-5

Rick Nelson

1986

5-4

Rick Nelson

1985

1-7

Rick Nelson

1984

1-7

Rick Nelson

1983

0-8

John Helley

1982

1-7

John Helley

1981

3-5

John Helley

1980

1-7-1

John Helley

1979

3-6

Irv Smith

1978

2-6

Irv Smith

1977

0-8

Chet Engleman

1976

2-6

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MCCC State Playoffs

Northern Division Champs

Northern Division Champs


COACHING RECORDS YEARS 2015 2011-2013 2001-2010 1998-2000 1992-1997 1984-1991 1980-1983 1978-1979 1976-1977 1976-2015

OVERALL RECORD 2-6 20-11 45-51 14-15 23-25 21-44 5-27-1 5-12 2-14 137-205-1

WINNING % .250 .645 .469 .483 .479 .323 , 166 .294 .125 .401

COACHING RECORDS

COACH Travis Martin Merle Johnson Guy Finstrom Dan Willoughby Gene Klinke Rick Nelson John Helley Irv Smith Chet Engelman Total Record

Northland College Bowl Appearances: 2002- Graphic Edge Bowl (Cedar Falls, IA); NDSCS (ND) 41- Northland CTC 22

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2016 VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW/ HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH

2016 VOLLEYBALL SEASON PREVIEW The 2016 Pioneers look to rebound following a 12-11 campaign that saw them finish 5th (7-7) in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference Northern Division. The conference finish was the lowest finish for Coach Abdul Chamma, the all-time winningest volleyball coach in NCTC history. Gone are Katelyn Howell, ShyLee Lehmann, and Cheyenne Woods who led the team in kills with 131, 108, and 104 respectively.

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Chamma will look to returning his single returning starter from last year, outside hitter Amber Froeber (Crookston, MN) to supply some firepower for the Pioneers. Froeber tallied 88 kills. “We had very hard working girls on the team, and expect the same from them this year,” assessed Chamma.

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Coach Chamma looks for significant contributions from his newcomers. He will look for immediate results from libero Madison Magner (Newfolden, MN), middle hitter Shantel Verbout (Grygla, MN), middle hitter/ outside hitter Emerson Pavlik (Grand Forks AFB, ND) and outside hitter Haley Stephenson (Hutchinson, MN). Chamma also looks to middle hitter Jessica Vedbraaten (Newfolden, MN) to contribute to the team. Look for defending northern division champion Central Lakes and Mesabi Range as the league favorites in 2016. “This should be a very balanced league this year,” according to Chamma. New this year is the MCAC crossover tournament (10/21,10/22), where the northern division will match up with the southern division.

HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH ABDUL CHAMMA ABDUL CHAMMA

Northland Head Volleyball Coach

The Pioneers head volleyball coach, Abdul Chamma, continues his ascent to the elite level of juco volleyball coaches on a national scale. Entering his seventh year as the skipper of the Northland volleyball program, Chamma is the all-time leader in wins (131-60) and winning percentage (.686) in the programs 41 year history. During his time as the head of the Pioneers, the program has captured two Region 13B championships, and one runner-up finish. The Pioneers qualified for the NJCAA Division III national championships twice under Chamma, finishing fifth in 2011 and third in 2012. Chamma was named MCAC Northern Division Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He also was recognized as coach of the year by the NJCAA in District H in 2012.

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Prior to his collegiate coaching experience, Chamma was active as a coach and player at the international level. Chamma completed his playing career at Friendship University in Moscow, Russia. Initially Chamma played club volleyball in Mihe Mihe, Lebanon, then competed at Sidon Technical College in Sidon City, Lebanon. While playing at Sidon Technical College, Chamma also coached girl’s club volleyball. In 1982, Chamma was selected for the Lebanese Olympic volleyball team, but was unable to compete in the 1984 Olympics due to the political climate in Lebanon. Under the guidance of Coach Chamma, the Pioneers have had numerous first team All-Americans, including: Tori Davidson (2013 and 2014), Tia Klein (2012), Ashley Lindgren (2012), and Jessica Fontes (2011).


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2016 VOLLEYBALL ROSTER

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NO.

NAME

POS.

HGT.

YEAR

HOMETOWN

1

Jessica Vedbraaten

OH/MH

5’9”

FR

Newfolden, MN

3

Hannah Rolf

RS

5’11”

FR

McIntosh, MN

5

Miranda Opdahl

OH

5’9”

FR

Thief River Falls, MN

7

Amber Froeber

OH

5’8”

SO

Crookston, MN

8

Haley Stephenson

S

5’8”

FR

Hutchinson, MN

9

Emerson Pavlik

OH/RS

5’11”

FR

Grand Forks AFB, ND

10

Lucy El-Saraf

RS

5’8”

FR

Grafton, ND

12

Shantel Verbout

MH

5’10”

FR

Grygla, MN

13

Shaelin Molskness

BR

5’7”

FR

Newfolden, MN

15

Alexia Olson

MH

6’2”

FR

Red Lake Falls, MN

6//2

Madison Magner

LI

5’7”

FR

Newfolden, MN

Head Coach: Abdul Nour Chamma

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TEAM

OVERALL RECORD

WINNING % MCAC RECORD WINNING %

Central Lakes

26-2

.929

14-0

1.000

Mesabi Range

22-7

.759

11-3

.786

Rainy River

18-13

.581

9-5

.643

Itasca

16-12

.571

9-5

.643

Northland

12-11

.522

7-7

.500

Vermilion

8-22

.267

3-11

.214

Hibbing

6-23

.207

3-11

.214

Fond du Lac

0-14

.000

0-14

.000

2015 MCAC NORTHERN DIVISION CONVERENCE STANDINGS

2015 MCAC NORTHERN DIVISION CONFERENCE STANDINGS

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PIONEERS VOLLEYBALL HISTORY SEASON

RECORD

COACH

2015

12-11

Abdul Chamma

2014

23-4

Abdul Chamma

2013

23-8

Abdul Chamma

2012

27-8

Abdul Chamma

2011

25-4

Abdul Chamma

2010

4-16

Abdul Chamma

2009

17-9

Abdul Chamma

2008

24-5

Lisa Handley

2007

16-13

Lisa Handley

2006

14-14

Lisa Handley

2005

1-21

Missy Majerus

2004

18-10

Missy Majerus

2003

14-14

Mike Zachow

2002

15-15

Mike Zachow

2001

22-11

Mike Zachow

2000

22-9

Mike Zachow

1999

13-12

Mike Zachow

1998

2-19

Mike Zachow

1997

9-16

Sheri Olson

1996

10-13

Sheri Olson

1995

6-13

Sheri Olson

COACHING RECORDS COACH

YEARS

Abdul Chamma 2009-Present

RECORD WINNING % 131-60

.636

Lisa Handley

2006-2008

54-32

.627

Missy Majerus

2004-2005

19-31

.380

Mike Zachow

1998-2003

88-82

.517

Sheri Olson

1995-1997

23-35

.396

Deb Jacobson

1974-1989 1991-1994

108-244

.306

Sue Barnd

1990

0-33

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SEASON

RECORD

COACH

1994

No team due to lack of numbers

Deb Jacobson

1993

10-23

Deb Jacobson

1992

5-20

Deb Jacobson

1991

10-14

Deb Jacobson

1990

0-33

Sue Barnd

1989

3-23

Deb Jacobson

1988

9-18

Deb Jacobson

1987

3-18

Deb Jacobson

1986

7-21

Deb Jacobson

1985

1-14

Deb Jacobson

1984

No records available

Deb Jacobson

1983

No records available

Deb Jacobson

1982

11-10

Deb Jacobson

1981

7-8

Deb Jacobson

1980

5-13

Deb Jacobson

1979

1-10

Deb Jacobson

1978

8-16

Deb Jacobson

1977

7-12

Deb Jacobson

1976

9-11

Deb Jacobson

1975

4-7

Deb Jacobson

1974

8-6

Deb Jacobson


HITTING EFFICIENCY: Christel Berube - .463 CAREER KILLS: Christel Berube (2001- 2002) 695 KILLS PER GAME: Leah Salvhus - 3.95

NATIONAL TOURNAMENT: 2012 Division III national volleyball championships qualifier; Third place finish 2011 Division III national volleyball championships qualifier; Fifth place finish

CAREER BLOCKS: Christel Berube (2001-2002) - 327

REGION 13B TOURNAMENT: 2014 Region 13B Qualifier 2013 Region 13B Qualifier: Runner-up 2012 Region 13B Qualifier: Region Championship 2011 Region 13B Qualifier: Region Championship 2008 Region 13B Qualifier: Runner-up

BLOCKS PER GAME: Kylie Rogalla - 1.62

NORTHERN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2011, 1981

SEASON BLOCKS: Christel Berube (2002) - 180

NJCAA ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR: 2006

SEASON KILLS: Christel Berube (2002) - 400

PIONEERS VOLLEYBALL RECORDS

PIONEERS VOLLEYBALL RECORDS

CAREER ASSISTS: Amie Salvhus (2006-2007) - 1,762 ASSISTS PER GAME: Amie Salvhus (2007) - 10.5 SEASON ASSISTS: Amie Salvhus (2007) - 1,113 CAREER ACES: Jackie Ostenaa - 112

SEASON ACES: Jackie Ostenaa (2002) - 73

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CAREER DIGS: Leigha Curfman (2007) - 334 DIGS PER GAME: Alisa Costin (2006) - 4.20 SEASON DIGS: Leigha Curfman (2007) - 334 CAREER SERVE PERCENTAGE: Kelsey Johnsrud - 98.9

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9

Height: 5’8” Hometown: Grafton, ND Position: RS

Height: 5’11” Hometown: Grand Forks AFB, ND Position: OH/RS

7

3

Height: 5’8” Hometown: Crookston,MN Position: OH

Height: 5’11” Hometown: McIntosh, MN Position: RS

6-2

8

LUCY EL-SARAF

AMBER FROEBER

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MADISON MAGNER

Height: 5’7” Hometown: Newfolden, MN Position: LI

HANNAH ROLF

HALEY STEPHENSON Height: 5’8” Hometown: Hutchinson, MN Position: S

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1

Height: 5’7” Hometown: Newfolden, MN Position: BR

Height: 5’9” Hometown: Newfolden, MN Position: OH/MH

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12

Height: 6’2” Hometown: Red Lake Falls, MN Position: MH

Height: 5’10” Hometown: Grygla, MN Position: MH

SHAELIN MOLSKNESS

ALEXIA OLSON

5

MIRANDA OPDAHL

Height: 5”9” Hometown: Thief River Falls, MN Position: OH

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NORTHLAND SPOTLIGHT

NORTHLAND SPOTLIGHT TIFFANY MCMILLAN

NORTHLAND COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE

HOW DID YOU END UP BECOMING A STUDENT AT NCTC? As a senior in high school I knew that I wanted to attend college but I was unsure where I wanted to go or what I wanted to go to college for. I took a tour of Northland and met with an advisor and that really helped me with my decision after seeing it in person and having my questions answered while I was there. After meeting with the advisor I decided I wanted to go to college for administrative work and Northland had the perfect program for that, Administrative Assistant. I ultimately chose Northland because it was close to home, affordable, and Northland had the program I wanted so it was a natural fit for me. WHAT LED YOU TO THE PATH OF BECOMING A FINANCIAL AID ADVISOR AT NCTC? As a student at Northland I was a work-study student at the front desk at the East Grand Forks campus and found that I really enjoyed the work I was doing. After graduating from Northland I applied for and was offered the Student Services Specialist position. It was a great starting position and set me up for a successful transition when the financial aid advisor position opened up. Knowing I wanted to stay at Northland, I applied for the financial aid advisor position and was offered the job. I am happy I was offered and accepted the position as I enjoy the work I do and enjoy helping students! WHAT DOES A FINANCIAL AID ADVISOR DO AT NORTHLAND? Every day is different. We cannot plan our day out and expect it to go as planned. It is always interesting and makes the day go by quickly, you just need to be flexible. We usually spend our day discussing options and advising students and parents of detailed and specific information concerning financial aid programs, policies and procedures, guidelines, and eligibility requirements to help them better understand which options may be best for them. Essentially, we break down barriers for students and help make college a financial reality for them. Each student comes to us with different financial issues and concerns, and we work to help them find as many resources as possible to help make college affordable. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PARENTS & POTENTIAL STUDENTS ABOUT APPLYING FOR NCTC? Northland is an excellent value for your college education, and we offer a wide variety of programs. It gives you the option to get your two-year degree and go right out into the workforce or you can

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transfer to a university to get your four-year degree. Class sizes are smaller so you get to know your classmates and instructors. With the smaller class size, instructors are more accessible to you and that was really helpful. Our technical programs are closely aligned with the latest in industry standards, so students will be able to enter their professional careers promptly after graduation. The best way to learn about NCTC is to take a tour. We can arrange tours based around the student/parent schedules, and help you learn all about the programs and services we offer. It really is the best way to understand how NCTC can help you realize your goals and aspirations. DESCRIBE YOU FONDEST MEMORIES OF NORTHLAND AS A STUDENT. I was a student-athlete at NCTC, and so I had the opportunity to learn both how to balance my academics with the demands of athletics, and be a representative for NCTC. Wearing the jersey as a women’s basketball athlete made me really understand how our student-athletes are ambassadors for our college and for our student body. When my team was fortunate enough to make the national playoffs, being able to show my pride in NCTC on that level was amazing and an experience I will never forget. The friends I made during this time I still hold close and will have for a lifetime; the athletic experience is one that any student so inclined should pursue. It’s fantastic and I still am grateful for being able to be a part of the athletic traditions of NCTC. As an employee – Being able to help students understand financial aid and watch students succeed is a hugely satisfying part of my job. I often work with students who’ve never had any experience with college before, or who come from cultural traditions that shy away from any kind of loan debt. Helping guide students from all walks of life through the financial aid world and translating it into terms they can understand is one of the best parts of my job.


Northland Pioneers: Fall 2016 Athletics Media Guide  

Northland Pioneers: Fall 2016 Athletics Media Guide

Northland Pioneers: Fall 2016 Athletics Media Guide  

Northland Pioneers: Fall 2016 Athletics Media Guide