2011 JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL
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HEAD COACH - RECORDS
Jacksonville On the heels of the Dolphins’ greatest Bell’s Bio
29-17 (Four years) season ever, it’s tough to imagine what head • Hometown: Mayo, Fla
2010 PFL Champios coach Kerwin Bell might have in store for an • High School: Mayo Lafayette
2008 PFL Champions encore. • College: University of Florida, ‘87
2008 PFL “Coach of the Year” Really, what do you do to top a 10-1 sea-
Trinity Catholic HS (Ocala) • Degree: B.S. Psychology
son that included a perfect 8-0 record in the • Personal: Wife: Cosette. Children: Kade, 18,
45-15 (Five years)
2005 Class 2B Champions Pioneer Football League for their second Kolton, 15 and Kenzley, 11.
2006 Class 2B Runner-Up league title in three years? • Philosophy: The mark of a championship
For Bell, who lives for winning champi- team goes back to the quality of players
COACHING CAREER onships, there’s a new goal – a total champi- you have. If we have character we can ac-
Trinity Catholic HS (Ocala) onship program. complish anything we want as a team.
Head Coach “We’re trying to go to the level of total
(2001-2006) • Career Inﬂuences: Roger Staubach, Charlie
championship program and to do that you
Toronto Argonauts Pell, Steve Spurrier, Lindy Infante
have to be all in, committed totally,’’ the na-
(2000-2001) tive of Mayo and high-powered University of
University of Florida Florida quarterback of the mid-1980s said. the day after ﬁnals after realizing that we
Graduate Assistant “We want to not only win championships won two of the last three championships on
(1990) but we want to take pride in and take own- the ﬁeld, we had just become the highest
ership in being a total championship pro- GPA in team history this last semester. To do
PRO PLAYING CAREER gram.’’ those things tells me we’re heading in that
1988 - NFL Draft
Bell says he sets many goals by feel, but direction.’’
(7th Round - Miami)
Aug. 1988 - Atlanta knows exactly what his expectation is for a Director of Athletics Alan Verlander also
1989 - Tampa Bay (NFL) total championship program. believes they are headed in the right direc-
1991 - Orlando (WLAF) “There’s a diﬀerence in being a champi- tion.
1992 - Orlando (WLAF) onship team and being a total champi- “As we look at all of the things in football
1993 - Sacramento (CFL) onship program and what I mean by that is to be successful, Kerwin has taken the ap-
1994 - Sacramento (CFL) we do things right not only on the ﬁeld but proach that in order to win a football cham-
1995 - Edmonton (CFL)
also in the classroom,’’ he said. “You are to- pionship you’ve got to be championship
1996 - Indianapolis (NFL)
1997 - Indianapolis (NFL) tally committed to being a high-quality driven in every aspect of the program,’’Ver-
1998 - Toronto (CFL) championship program. That means you’re lander said. “You’ve got to look at champi-
1999 - Winnipeg (CFL) winning championships and contending for onships on the academic side; you’ve got to
2000 - Toronto (CFL) championships every year and that’s where look at championships in practice, in the
2001 - Toronto (CFL) we’re trying to get to as a program. Not just weight room and on the ﬁeld for 60 minutes
doing it every once in a while, not just be a on Saturday. He’s become a complete coach
team that’s up and down, but be that team and a great leader in analyzing and building
that’s consistently at that (top) level.’’ all of those segments within the program to
The goal is near and a letter to the play- be championship caliber.’’
ers in the spring made him realize that. The catalyst to Bell’s idea was the stel-
“I think we’re really close,’’ Bell said. “I sent record-setting 2010 season recorded by the
a letter to our players in the spring and I said Dolphins.
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Year-By-Year at Jacksonville The expectations aren’t coming only from within.
The 2010 success translates to expectations on a national
2007: 3-8, 2-5 PFL (T-7th)
level as the team is expected to be one of the best in the
- Quarterback Chris Horton became JU’s all-time leader in
country and has been picked by many to win the PFL title
passing yards, with the Dolphins featuring three receivers with
1,000 career receiving yards
2008: 9-4, 7-1 PFL Champions
“I love to be the favorite, I love to have to live up to that,’’
- JU wins the ﬁrst conference championship in program his-
Bell said. “I love to have those expectations and for our guys
tory with a 19-14 win over Dayton in the season ﬁnale. Josh to try to get better. It does motivate you, especially at this
McGregor sets the school record for most passing yards in a level. They aren’t the Florida guys and any recognition they
season as JU scores a school-record 401 points. get will just motivate them more to work at their game. We
2009: 7-4, 5-3 PFL Champions are who we are and we’re a team built on kids with great
- Records fall again as McGregor throws for another school- character.’’
record total, with Josh Philpart setting a new school-record in Character. And talent.
receiving yards. Three of JU’s four losses are by a total of 10 The team has a senior-laden oﬀense returning, including
points. eight on the oﬀensive line to go with McGregor, Philpart and
2010: 10-1, 8-0 PFL Champions running back J.J. Laster, who last season led the nation in
- McGregor, with a record 3,049 passing gards, and RB Rudell yards per attempt with 8.5, which means there is an expecta-
SMall, 1,145 yards rushing, lead the DOlphins to a perfect con- tion of ﬁreworks when JU has the ball.
ference season as the team amasses 464 poionts. Small ends “Oﬀensively, if you’ve got a chance to come see us, this is
his JU career with a record 4,073 rushing yards and 43 touch- the one year you’ll want to come,’’ Bell says with a smile.
downs. The defense makes him smile, too.
“We’ve got a good group of kids. We’ve got a very young
A second PFL title and a near call to the NCAA playoﬀs. and aggressive defense that just by their experience last year
The most wins for a season in team history. Quarterback Josh now they know the system we should be even better on that
McGregor throwing for 3,049 yards and 32 touchdowns. Wide side of the ball,’’ he said.
receiver Josh Philpart catching passes for 800 yards and 12 The upward evolution to a new plateau isn’t a surprise for
touchdowns and Rudell Small running for 1,145 yards. His those who have followed Bell’s high-achieving career.
senior class left as the winningest class in school history with He walked on at quarterback for Florida and eventually
28. This season, McGregor enters as a Walter Payton Award was a Southeastern Conference standout and Heisman Tro-
candidate. And, perhaps most important, the highest GPA in phy candidate. He stepped in as a redshirt freshman in 1984
team history with more than 35 players at 3.0 or better. and rewrote the Florida passing record book. When his Gator
The diamond-studded 2010 season was what now seems career ended, he had become the all-time leader in passing
like a natural progression since Bell entered the scene in the yards in the SEC.
spring of 2007. He played in both the NFL and Canadian League and an
His ﬁrst team went 3-8 but the next year the Dolphins ex- ACL injury in 1990 put him on the sidelines a year for rehab. It
ploded on the national scene going 9-4 and snaring the ﬁrst was then he worked at UF under Steve Spurrier as a coaching
conference championship in history. The 2009 team was 12 grad assistant and it is then he got the coaching bug.
points away from a 10-1 mark but ﬁnished at 7-4, good for a When the knee healed, Bell played another year in the NFL
tie for third in the PFL and the understanding JU wasn’t going (Indianapolis) then went to the CFL. In 2000 he was in Toronto
anywhere. and helped Mike “Pinball’’ Clemons design an oﬀense after a
Last season reiterated the stance and has Bell eagerly an- 1-7-1 start. Under Bell’s oﬀense the team won six of its last
ticipating what is to come. nine games and missed the playoﬀs by a game.
“We had to establish what kind of program we wanted That experience enhanced his enjoyment of coaching so
and the expectation level and we had to gain that through he retired as a player.
the players and their commitment level,’’ he said. “We did that He wound up moving back to Florida and began a pro-
and all the sudden we got to that stage and I said ‘let’s look a gram at Trinity Catholic in Ocala that became a state power-
little bit farther’. I’m never satisﬁed looking where we’re at, house.
that’s just not the way I operate.’’ The powerhouse now is on the JU campus and ready for
The future, both short term and long term, indeed looks the next step.
bright, hence, loftier expectations. “This is the best roster we’ve put together in our ﬁve
“Even though I have high expectations for this program, I years,’’ Bell said. “Talent wins a lot of time but championships
think we put even more expectations on ourselves,’’ he said. are won by people with great talent and also great character.
“As you continue to grow you realize ‘man, we’ve got a good a Young men that have those qualities usually become champi-
bunch of high quality kids, let’s see how high we can take it’.’’ ons.’’
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Jerry ODOM Andy McLEOD Ernie LOGAN
Defensive Coorinator/ Recruiting Coorinator/ Defensive Line
Linebackers Oﬀensive Line Eighth Season
Second Season Ninth Season
Former Florida linebacker Jerry Odom, Andy McLeod begins his ninth season Former NFL lineman Ernie Logan is in
a veteran assistant coach in the college at JU as oﬀensive line coach and fourth his eighth season as the Dolphins defen-
and high school ranks, was named as the as recruiting coordinator. sive line coach. Logan made an immedi-
new defensive coordinator by head Since coming to JU, he has developed ate impact after arriving on campus in
coach Kerwin Bell in the spring of 2010. the oﬀensive lines that paved the way for 2004 by injecting intensity and enthusi-
It didn’t take long for him to make his three of the school’s all-time rushing asm to the defensive line play while also
mark as the Dolphins recorded 32 sacks, leaders. McLeod’s oﬀensive line opened bringing techniques that he used at the
16 interceptions and gave up only 29 holes for the ﬁfth 1,000-yard rushing sea- pro-level.
touchdowns last season. The team also son in JU history in 2010 (Rudell Small, Logan has developed the defensive
was second in the nation in turnover 1,145 yards) as well as the most proliﬁc front into one of the best units in the Pi-
ratio. oﬀense in the program’s history. His line oneer Football League. In 2010 the d-line
“I thought he did a terriﬁc job (in his also opened holes for J.J. Laster to aver- recorded 32 sacks led by the now gradu-
ﬁrst year),’’ Bell said. “ Jerry reminds me a age 8.5 yards per carry last season, the ated defensive end Bradley Burns who
lot of myself in that oﬀ the ﬁeld he’s a best in the country. had eight. The 32 sacks tied Eastern Ken-
very gentle guy and when you step be- As the oﬀensive coordinator from 2003- tucky for 10th in the nation.
tween the white lines he’s going to make 06, McLeod directed the JU oﬀense to Another Logan protégé, senior nose
sure he wins and I love that attitude several school records. In 2006, running tackle Mike Mayoral, had three fumble re-
about him. He carries that passion to his back Jerry Brant set the school record for coveries.
players and they understand that’s the rushing yards and became just the third “He is one of the best d-line technicians
way they’re going to play. He’s been a big player in school history to rush for more I’ve ever been around, ‘’ head coach Ker-
key to our success.’’ than 1,000 yards in a season. win Bell said.“He’s really studied the tech-
Odom joined the JU staﬀ after serving In his role as recruiting coordinator, nical side of playing the line. Every year
as head coach at Live Oak High School in McLeod has directed the Dolphins eﬀorts we’re in the top of the conference be-
2009, guiding the team to a three-game in bringing in some of the most talented cause our d-linemen make a lot of plays.’’
improvement from the previous year classes in the program’s history – which During his time with JU, Logan has spent
with a 5-6 record. has directly led to JU’s rise to the top of some oﬀ-seasons assisting with mini
His collegiate coaching career is high- the Pioneer Football League. camps, OTA’s (Organized Team Activities)
lighted by two years at East Carolina as a “He’s irreplaceable,’’head coach Kerwin and free agent tryouts with the Cleveland
defensive coordinator, as well as three Bell said.“He’s very detailed and helps me Browns and Miami Dolphins.
years on the staﬀ at Florida – working his in the run game. He’s been a very valu- Logan joined the JU staﬀ following a
way up from graduate assistant to line- able asset to us as we continue this pro- nine-year career in the NFL in which he
backers coach and special teams coordi- gram.’’ played every position on the defensive
nator. Along with his other accomplishments, front for the New York Jets (1997-2000),
As a high school coach, Odom com- McLeod was crucial in the development Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-96), Atlanta
piled a 30-17 record in four seasons as of quarterback Chris Horton -- who even- Falcons (1993) and Cleveland Browns
head coach, going 25-11 in three seasons tually broke the school record for career (1991-92). Logan appeared in 119 NFL
at Coﬀee High School in Douglas, Ga. yards in 2008. games, including 45 starts, while record-
Odom also has experience coaching in McLeod came to JU after four seasons ing 215 career tackles and 11 sacks. He
the professional ranks, serving as assis- at Gannon (Pa.) University, a year at St. started 38 games for the Jets from 1997-
tant head coach, fullbacks/linebackers Joseph’s (Ind.) College and at his alma 2000, where he had 164 stops and 5.5
coach and special teams coordinator for mater Western Kentucky. sacks before retiring following the 2000
the Philadelphia Soul in 2008, which won McLeod was a four-year letter-winner season.
the Arena Football League title. at Western Kentucky from 1993-96, rack- The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Fayetteville,
He is also a familiar name in Florida, ing up 22 wins during his career. The N.C., native played collegiately at East
having played four years at the University Elkhorn, Neb., native and his wife, Keely, Carolina University from 1986-90, where
of Florida (1987-90), leading the Gators in have a son, Brody, and a daughter, he racked up 100 tackles (including 16
tackles in 1990 as well as being named to Hadley. behind the line of scrimmage) and 5.0
the SEC All-Freshman team in 1987. sacks. Following his sophomore season in
1987, he was named the Most Improved
Defensive Player by the ECU coaches.
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Ernie MILLS Kerry WEBB Danny VERPAELE
Wide Receivers/ Running Backs/ Defensive Backs
Special Teams - Returns Special Teams - Kicks Second Season
Fifth Season Fifth Season
A nine-year veteran of the NFL, Ernie Kerry Webb returns for his ﬁfth season Danny Verpaele starts his second sea-
Mills enters his ﬁfth season with the JU in charge of the Dolphin running backs, son with the defensive backs after being
coaching staﬀ as wide receivers coach one of the most talented positions on named to the position in the spring of
and in charge of returns on special the ﬁeld. 2010.
teams. He has been the catalyst for helping de- His ﬁrst season was highlighted by the
Under his watchful eye, JU receivers have velop the running game into a major 16 interceptions the Dolphins recorded
gone to new heights. Last year, when the weapon for the JU oﬀense, and he which tied for 16th nationally.
team went 10-1, wide receiver Josh helped the great Rudell Small become “He brings great enthusiasm and does a
Philpart recorded 800 receiving yards the third running back in school history great job relating to the players,’’Bell said.
and 12 touchdowns despite the strong to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a “He’s taken a bunch of kids that are
running game provided by Rudell Small season and the ﬁrst to record three con- young and transformed them into great
and J.J. Laster. secutive 1,000-yard seasons. football players. He’s a hard worker and
His ﬁrst year saw Nate Conner, Michael Small owns the school record for most he’s a great young coach for us.’’
Jenner and Geavon Tribble each surpass career rushing touchdowns and most Prior to coming to JU, Verpaele spent the
the 1,000 career receiving yards mark. points scored. 2009 season at VMI as a defensive assis-
His second season saw the receivers rack Webb also has helped establish J.J. tant. His responsibilities included assit-
up the most yards in the history of the Laster as now the team’s top rusher and ing the defensive coordinator with the
program, led by Tribble who ﬁnished his a 2011 preseason All-Pioneer Football secondary.
career as the all-time leader in receiving League ﬁrst teamer. Laster led the nation Verpaele started his coaching career at
yards and tied for the most touchdowns. with 8.5 yards per carry last season while USF, where he was both a player and un-
On special teams, Mills’experiences from gaining 810 yards. dergraduate assistant coach. He lettered
the professional ranks paid major divi- Webb’s work clearly has caught the eye three years with the Bulls and partici-
dends as he helped develop Elliott Fink- of head coach Kerwin Bell. pated in four consecutive bowl games.
ley into one of the top return men in the “He’s one of the most well-rounded As a defensive back, Verpaele was
country. In 2009, Finkley returned three coaches we’ve got,’’ Bell said. “The one tabbed a third team freshman All-Amer-
punts for touchdowns – setting a school thing about his position is they never ica strong safety by The Sporting News.
record for the most in a season. make mistakes. If you look at the number As a student assistant at USF, Verpaele
“I just respect the world out of him,’’ of mistakes his player make compared to assisted with the defensive game plan
head coach Kerwin Bell said.“He’s a quiet the rest of the country , I don’t know that and ﬁlm breakdown during the 2008
guy, but when he gets down to business it would even be close. Not only that, he’s season. He has worked numerous foot-
he’s very focused. He’s very passionate one of the best recruiters we’ve ever ball camps, including as an assistant
about guys being detailed – they hardly had.’’ speed coach at the Pat Campbell speed
ever make mistakes. He’s taken guys peo- Prior to JU, Webb spent two seasons at camps since 2003, running speed acqui-
ple didn’t think could play and turned Valdosta State under now-Georgia sition drills and organizing stretching
them into some of the best receivers in Southern head coach Chris Hatcher. and fundamental periods. He also served
college football.’’ While at VSU, Webb coached corner- as secondary assistant coach for Lauren's
Like Bell, Mills is another former Gator backs, served as head coach of the jun- 1st and Goal Football camp in 2008 and
star and was a four-year letter-winner at ior varsity team and handled scouting was a camp coach for ﬁve years for the
Florida from 1986-90, graduating with a the opponent’s oﬀense. He also was Merritt Island (Fla.) High School football
degree in exercise and sports science. committed to success in the classroom, camp.
Following his collegiate career, Mills receiving his master’s degree from Val-
was drafted in the third round (73rd dosta State. Jerry CRAFTS
overall) in the 1991 NFL Draft and made A graduate of the University of Florida, Asst. Oﬀensive Line/
a name for himself as a wide receiver -- Webb worked as a video coordinator for Jr. Varisty Head Coach
playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers from the football program during his college Fifth Season
1991-96, helping the Steelers to the days -- breaking down the ﬁlm from both
Super Bowl. games and practices.
Mills is single and lives in Jacksonville. A native of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Now in his ﬁfth season, former NFL
Webb lives in Jacksonville and is single. lineman Jerry Crafts continues work in
several areas for both the varsity and jun-
ior varsity teams.
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On the varsity level, Crafts coaching in- Cameron SMITH
cludes helping Andy McLeod with the of- Director of Football Oper-
fensive line and doing a variety of ations/Asst. QB coach
administrative duties including travel. Second Season
In addition, he is the head coach of the
Coach Crafts helps on many levels,’’ Bell Cameron Smith begins his second sea-
said. “He helps coach McLeod with the son as the team’s Director of Football Op-
line. He runs our junior varsity program erations which keeps him busy with duties
that has been very successful.’’ both on and oﬀ the ﬁeld.
Crafts joined the JU staﬀ following a year Smith was named to the position in Au-
as head coach of the Erie Freeze in the gust of 2010 following working as a grad-
American Indoor Football League (AIFL) in uate assistant working primarily with the
2006. He also assisted three years with the oﬀense -- speciﬁcally helping with quar-
NFL Junior Player Development (JPD) and terbacks.
High School Player Development (HSPD) “He has continued to grow,’’ head coach
in Buﬀalo, N.Y. In 2011, he helped coach Kerwin Bell said.“We hired him on full time
the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Foot- and I tell you what, he’s got as much char-
ball League. acter as you’ll ever ﬁnd on a person. He
Prior to coaching, Crafts logged nearly works extremely hard at his job; he does a
20 years of playing experience at every lot of things for us.’’
level of professional football, which has in- In his current role, Smith is responsible
cluded two Super Bowls, one world cham- for on-campus administrative duties, such
pionships and ﬁve bowl games. as working with compliance, and contin-
His NFL credits include the Indianapolis ues his coaching duties on both the var-
Colts (1991), Buﬀalo Bills (1992-94), Green sity and junior varsity levels.
Bay Packers (1995), Philadelphia Eagles Smith arrived at JU in 2007 as an intern
(1997-99) and Oakland Raiders (2001). while a student at the University of Florida.
In the Canadian Football League (CFL), Hereceived his degree in Sports Manage-
he was a member of the Toronto Arg- ment that year.
onauts (1999-00), Montreal Alouettes Smith graduated from Mayo Lafayette
(2001) and Hamilton Tiger Cats (2002-03). High School in 2003 prior to enrolling at
In the Arena Football League (AFL), Florida.
spent time with the New Jersey Gladiators He is single and lives in Jacksonville.
(1999), Buﬀalo Destroyers (2000-01), Las
Vegas Gladiators (2002) and Detroit Fury
Crafts also had stints with the Orlando
Thunder (1991) and Amsterdam Admirals
(1996-97) in the World League of Amer-
cian Football (WLAF) and the Los Angeles
Extreme (2001) in the Extreme Football
Crafts played his college ball at Okla-
homa from 1986-89 under Barry Switzer.
During that time the Sooners reached
three Orange Bowls, including wins over
Penn State for the national title (1986) and
Arkansas (1987). He also played at
Louisville under Howard Schnellenberger.
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Sean HAYES Kerry ROMESBURG Alan VERLANDER
Defensive President Director of Athletics
Graduate Assistant Sixth Season
When Dr. Kerry Romesburg visited the Throughout Alan Verlander’s tenure as Di-
campus of Jacksonville University on a rector of Athletics since 2005, JU athletics has
sunny spring day in May 2004, he not only gained stature and prominence in the com-
Assistant Defensive Backs
liked what he saw, he knew he wanted to munity and recognition nationwide.
lead the institution into the future and be- Verlander, who spent the ﬁve years as as-
come part of the Jacksonville community. sociate athletic director at Samford University,
He believed he had found a perfect ﬁt. JU's continues to be a breath of fresh air for JU
athletics and the results have been astound-
Board of Trustees was equally impressed
with Romesburg and his leadership abili-
Brian FERGUSON Upon completion of his ﬁfth year on the
ties, and unanimously selected him as the
Asst. Defensive Line job, JU has laid claim to 29 Conference or
new president, beginning July 2004. State Championship titles and made 15 ap-
First Season Romesburg, honored and excited about pearances in NCAA Tournaments and played
leading the University, is attracted to the hos to the ﬁrst and second rounds of the
challenges presented by a private, inde- NCAA Tournament (2006 & 2010).
pendent institution. With a track record for Virtually all JU facilities have been over-
positive change and a strong ﬁnancial hauled as well with softball, tennis, rowing
Tim KRAEMER background, Romesburg is focusing on getting new playing areas and the D.B. Milne
Oﬀensive strategies for increasing enrollment and football ﬁeld getting new turf.
Graduate Assistant Swisher Gymnasium received a facelift -
First Season creating new locker rooms and a team meet-
Romesburg earned a record of strong
leadership during his decades of experi- ing room. The most recent renovations have
ence in public education. During his tenure been to the Athletic Fieldhouse, where the
as president of Nevada State College from entire building received a facelift with the cre-
Tom LEONARD 2002-2004, NSC achieved accreditation and ation of new football oﬃces and men's and
Equipment Manager increased its enrollment from 166 students women's lacrosse locker rooms. In the winter
13th season of 2011, the golf practice facility will begin
to nearly 800.
construction and will be home to both the
From 1988 to 2002, Romesburg served
men’s and women’s golf teams. During the
as the president of Utah Valley State Col-
last ﬁve years, more than $8 million will have
lege in Orem, Utah. During his 14-year pres- been raised and spent in updating athletic fa-
idency, the college changed its mission cilities.
Doug FRYE from a two-year community college to a Verlander also led the eﬀort in returning
Head Athletic Trainer four-year state college, with enrollment JU basketball to the "Downtown" area, as the
10th Season growing from 6,000 students to nearly Dolphins now call the Jacksonville Veterans
25,000 and increasing the college's endow- Memorial Arena their home. Since moving the
ment from $280,000 to more than $41 mil- home games to the Arena in 2006, JU has
lion. Romesburg oversaw the successful seen its average attendance double since his
conversion including construction of over ﬁrst season.
Cole POPE one million square feet of new buildings, a Verlander has worked hard to get all 20
Head Strength Coach for new branch campus and a technology-as- teams successful in the classroom as well.
Football sistance distance delivery system. Upon his hire, 10 teams were under the 925
Fourth Season Romesburg earned his doctorate in NCAA APR (Academic Progress Rate) bar. In
higher education administration in 1972; 2010, only one team was below the 925 mark.
his master's degree in mathematics educa- He currently serves as a national member
of the NCAA Recruiting and Personnel Issues
tion in 1968; and his bachelor's degree in
Cabinet, which sets and monitors all NCAA
mathematics education - all from Arizona
legislation for Recruiting and Personnel Is-
sues. He also is a member of the Executive
President Romesburg and his wife Judy, Committee on Atlantic Sun Conference.
a former high school English teacher, have cruitment and retention of student-athletes.
two grown sons, both educators them- Verlander, 38, is a Jacksonville native. He
selves. The Romesburgs enjoy golf, hiking and his wife, Bonnie, have four daughters:
and backpacking and have begun learning Abby (13), Kate (10), Maggie (8) and Mary (7).
all the best trails in Northeast Florida.
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Coaches in the NFL
Nine years in NFL (1992-2000)
Played all defensive ilne positions for Jets, Jags,
Falcons and Browns
Played in 119 games with 45 starts
Recorded 215 career tackles and 11 sacks
Played seven years in NFL between
Played with Colts, Bills, Packers,
Eagles and Raiders
Played in two Super Bowls with the
Drafted in 3rd round (1991) by Pittsburgh
Played with Steelers until 1996
Was on Steelers 1995 Super Bowl team
Had 196 career receptions for 2,934 yards
Scored 20 touchdowns as a pro