2013 Football
Record: 7-3 Home: 3-1 Away: 4-2 MWC: 7-2
 
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Vince Brautigam
Head Coach - 4th Season
The Rams are on the rise under Vince Brautigam (pronounced BRAUGH-tee-gum), introduced as Cornell College's 14th head football coach on Dec. 7, 2009.

Brautigam, a native of Covington, Ky., enters his fourth year on the Hilltop after guiding the 2012 Rams to a 4-6 record, matching the most wins in a season since 2003. The team finished 4-5 in the Midwest Conference, marking the most league wins by the Rams since 2001. 

The 2012 team competed with the best in the MWC, taking conference co-champions St. Norbert (20-16) and Lake Forest (35-30) down to the wire in tight losses. The Rams ranked 13th in NCAA Division III in punt returns (14.3 ypr) and 20th in passing offense (306.4 ypg).

Brautigam looks to continue momentum in 2013, bringing back four all-conference players, several multi-year starters and 50 total letterwinners. The team roster has grown to the mid-80s, the largest at Cornell in many years.
 
Brautigam's program has made great strides since a winless initial campaign in 2010. A young 2011 squad finished 3-7 and had 15 freshmen and sophomores start in the season finale. The team fielded two all-conference performers, including All-American linebacker Tyler Bailey.
 
Brautigam is no stranger rebuilding, directing a successful eight-year turnaround at the University of Dubuque from 2001-08. While at Dubuque, Brautigam led the Spartans to their first back-to-back winning seasons in nearly three decades and an NCAA Division III ranking in 2007.

Brautigam has 24 years of coaching experience at the NAIA, NCAA Division II and Division III levels, including 22 seasons as a head coach during which he's compiled a 97-128 record. He held head positions at Dubuque (2001-08) and NAIA's Mount Senario College (1990-2000) and was an assistant at Division II's St. Cloud State University (1988-89).

Brautigam's teams have claimed nine conference championships, eight of them at Mount Senario. In all three of his previous stops, Brautigam's squads reached top-25 status nationally in their respective polls.

"We entered this process searching for an individual who could sell, motivate and lead," Cornell Director of Athletics John Cochrane said. "Vince Brautigam brings years of collegiate head coaching experience and demonstrated consistent success in his ability to effectively recruit and retain student-athletes at the levels necessary to build and sustain quality programs. He is passionately committed to the individual development of young men and understands what it takes to compete and win in the Iowa Conference.

"I am excited to bring Vince's energy, expertise and work ethic to our football program. I believe he is exactly the right person to lead us forward."

Brautigam revamped a struggling Dubuque program, where he inherited 21 student-athletes in his initial year. With an emphasis on recruiting numbers, the Spartans' roster grew exponentially with 110-plus players in each of his final six seasons. Brautigam started the program's first junior varsity program and also organized the team's first strength and conditioning program.

Brautigam's 2006 squad finished 6-4 and snapped a 19-year losing streak. The Spartans followed that up with a 7-3 record in 2007. It marked the program's first consecutive winning seasons since 1979-80. Dubuque established 47 school records and fielded 36 all-conference players, nine all-region selections, two all-Americans and two Aztec Bowl participants under Brautigam. He mentored 15 academic all-conference players and four ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District performers.

Brautigam rebuilt a Mount Senario program that had only 19 players on the team upon his arrival. His roster quickly expanded to more than 100 players in each of his last eight seasons in Ladysmith, Wis. Brautigam, who also served as Mount Senario's director of athletics, left the program as its winningest football coach with a 68-47 mark. He led the Fighting Saints to a school-record eight conference championships in 11 seasons.

Brautigam, a four-time Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999), led Mount Senario to an NAIA top-25 national ranking in 1999 and 2000. He was twice a finalist for NAIA Coach of the Year and was head coach of the National All-Star Football Classic. Brautigam coached a school-best 84 first team all-conference selections, 24 all-Americans and six NAIA Scholar Athletes.

Brautigam began his coaching career at St. Cloud State, where he coached wide receivers and outside linebackers for two seasons. In 1989, he helped lead the Huskies to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Playoffs and a North Central Conference championship.

Brautigam graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1988 with a bachelor's of science degree in physical education. He earned a master's of science degree in athletic administration from St. Cloud State in 1990.

Brautigam and his wife Allison reside in Mount Vernon and have two sons, Nick, 22, and Zack, 19. Nick is a senior safety on Cornell's football team.
 
2013 Football Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownHigh School
1Justin CoxJRWR6-1170Merritt Island, Fla.Rockledge
2Ben KnakeSOWR6-0185Cedar Rapids, IowaLisbon
3Brit ConnorJRWR6-2205Deltona, Fla.Deltona
4Jeffery BollnowSRDB5-11170Tucson, Ariz.Mountain View
5Juan FloresSRQB5-9190Alta Loma, Calif.A.B. Miller
6Kenny SmithSODB5-11165Rockledge, Fla.Rockledge
7Martin ArispeSOWR6-0180Oceanside, Calif.Vista
8Jeremy DemlowSRLB6-0220Oceanside, Calif.Vista
9Preston RitchieJRRB5-9165Punta Gorda, Fla.Charlotte
10Myron SeabrookJRDB5-10175Oceanside, Calif.Vista
11Justin FutrellSOQB6-3190Marietta, OhioMarietta
12Kyle StennesJRQB6-1190Buckley, Wash.Cascade Christian
13Bryce LightnerJRQB6-0160Davenport, IowaWest
14Drake RiedyFRQB6-0190Yorkville, Ill.Aurora Central
16Joshua LeeFRRB5-9175Sahuarita, Ariz.Sahuarita
17Jacob KvaleFRQB6-2165Decorah, IowaDecorah
18James ScullySRWR6-6230Flagstaff, Ariz.Flagstaff
19Gabriel NoyceFRWR5-10190New Glarus, Wis.New Glarus
20Alex LatowJRLB6-0200Deltona, Fla.Deltona
21Aaron WelchJRDB5-10175Brighton, Colo.Brighton
22Nick BrautigamSRDB6-1200Dubuque, IowaWahlert
24Hayden HowardSRRB5-10200Aurora, TexasHarvest Christian Academy
25Nathan NorrisJRDL6-0215Port Orange, Fla.Spruce Creek
26Kaleb WhitingFRK6-5185Arvada, Colo.Arvada West
27Neil PagdinFRDB5-9155St. Albans, UK
29Aaron GruwellSODB5-10150Cedar Rapids, IowaCedar Rapids Jefferson
30Daniel BallSODB6-1175Argenta, Ill.Argenta-Oreana
33Kody KarjalaSRRB5-9225Buckeye, Ariz.Buckeye Union
34Ethan ThompsonSORB5-10185Ringgold, Ga.Heritage
35Austin BrownJRLB6-1220East Peoria, Ill.East Peoria
37Brandon DavisSODB5-10150Flagstaff, Ariz.Flagstaff
38Kincade KigerJRP6-2180Goodyear, Ariz.Desert Edge
39Todd MurakawaSODB5-7165Waipahu, HawaiiWaianae
40Jacob SlusherSODB5-11185Logansport, Ind.Logansport
41Maliek KetchensFRLB6-2200Cedar Rapids, IowaCedar Rapids Washington
42Scott RussellSOLB5-10200Brighton, Colo.Brighton
44Geoffrey MillerSRLB6-1185Honolulu, HawaiiPunahou
45Wolfgang StroversSORB6-0225Grinnell, IowaGrinnell
48Andrew JosephFRDL6-0215New Orleans, La.Jesuit
49Ariel SciammasSRDB5-11185Pleasanton, Calif.Foothill
50Na'ali'i Kanakaole-WongFRLB5-9230Keaau, HawaiiKeaau
51Henry GonzalezFRLB5-10220Wheeling, Ill.Wheeling
52Shane McNallySRDL6-1245Pembroke Pines, Fla.Pembroke Pines Charter
53Conrado DominguezSOOL5-10260St. Johns, Mich.St. Johns
54Nathanael RevoredoSOOL5-10245Clewiston, Fla.Clewiston
55Sam CluckJROL6-4250Lehigh Acres, Fla.Lehigh
57Troy BedardJROL6-2255Coral Springs, Fla.Stoneman Douglas
58Mike FaisonSOLB5-11230Tampa, Fla.South Lake
61John BrayJROL5-8225Clinton, IowaClinton
62Tuli LeotaSOOL6-2230Waianae, HawaiiWaianae
63Ryan SweeneySOOL6-3300Fallon, Nev.Churchill County
64TJ GrayJRDL6-0220La Porte City, IowaUnion
65Lee GaverasJROL5-11235Lexington, Mass.The Pomfret School
66Erik MartinFROL6-0255La Quinta, Calif.Palm Desert
70Kevin SalazarFROL5-11230Miami, Fla.Miami Sunset
72Brett LawsonSODL6-0245Las Vegas, Nev.Durango
73Josh HagenFROL6-3245Santa Fe, N.M.Santa Fe Waldorf
75Jakob MayFROL6-4285Lebanon, Ore.Lebanon
77Derek TherrienSROL6-3270Berwick, Ill.Monmouth-Roseville
80Kalin SandobalJRWR5-4130Waianae, HawaiiWaianae
81Justin RamirezSOWR6-0175San Antonio, TexasSan Marcos
83Austin McDonaldFRTE6-1195Del Norte, Colo.Del Norte
84Michael ReedJRLB6-1190Las Vegas, Nev.Spring Valley
85Lane ZahourekJRWR6-2185Glen Elder, Kan.Lakeside
88Brett BakerFRWR6-0180New Auburn, Wis.New Auburn
89Charles ZilaitisFRTE6-3240Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.Satellite
90Miguel OrasmaSODL5-11305Fort Lauderdale, Fla.Hollywood Hills
91Ricardo MartinezFRLB5-10210Miami Springs, Fla.Christopher Columbus
92Joseph HerreraFRDL5-10200Covington, Tenn.Thibodaux
97Michael MadsenFRDL5-7215West Branch, IowaWest Branch
99Kody CapetsFRDL5-10225La Quinta, Calif.Palm Desert
Vince Brautigam - Head Coach - 4th season
Don Dicus - Assistant Coach - 5th season
Jay Davis - Assistant Coach - 4th season
Josh Rife - Assistant Coach - 6th season
Joe Morgan - Assistant Coach - 2nd season
Stacy Griffis - Assistant Coach - 4th season
Will Snyder - Assistant Coach - 3rd season
Matt Turner - Assistant Coach - 3rd season
Marnel Desir - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Travion Hardman - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Adam Burken - Assistant Coach - 3rd season