2017 Football
Record: 1-1 Home: 1-0 Away: 0-1 MWC: 0-0
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Vince Brautigam
Head Coach - 8th Season
The Rams have made huge strides under the direction of Vince Brautigam, named Cornell College's 14th head football coach in December 2009.

Brautigam (pronounced BRAUGH-tee-gum) has guided the Rams to four consecutive seasons with at least a .500 record, a feat that hadn't been accomplished since the 1990s. His 2015 and 2013 squads both tied for second place in the Midwest Conference.

In 2013 (7-3) and 2014 (5-4), the Rams recorded the program's first back-to-back winning seasons in nearly 20 years. The breakthrough 2013 campaign saw the Rams finish 7-2 in the MWC. 

Brautigam was named 2013 MWC Coach of the Year after steering the program to its first winning season since 2001. The Rams won four of their final five games, including an overtime upset of then-unbeaten and No. 22 nationally-ranked Illinois College. Brautigam's 2013 squad ranked in the Top 20 nationally in eight statistical categories.

Brautigam, a native of Covington, Ky., has fielded 39 all-conference selections over the past four seasons, highlighted by a South Division-best nine first team honorees in 2014 that included MWC Offensive Lineman of the year Sam Cluck.  
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 26 years of coaching experience at the NAIA, NCAA Division II and Division III levels, including 24 seasons as a head coach during which he's compiled a 109-136 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.

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, 26, and Zack, 23. Nick, a 2014 graduate, was an all-conference safety for the Rams.
2017 Football Roster
Roster for 2017 Football Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownHigh School
1James Douglas IIISOQB5-6165Deltona, Fla.Deltona
2Devan ClarkSRRB5-7175Upland, Calif.Upland
3Patrick BrownJRRB5-7185Vicksburg, Miss.Vicksburg
4Trever GreeneJRDB5-8155Stanwood, IowaNorth Cedar
5Blake MacDowallSRWR6-0160Phoenix, Ariz.North
6Keenan BryantSOWR5-9195Fort Pierce, Fla.John Carroll
7Adrian AlvarezFRDB5-7155Upland, Calif.Webb
9Malek FolstonSODB5-7150Melbourne, Fla.Viera
13Tylor FairbanksFRDB6-0175Marion, IowaMarion
15Riley BellSRWR6-1200Portage, Mich.Portage Northern
16Cheyenne MinotSOWR5-9180West Palm Beach, Fla.Seminole Ridge
17Isaak HahnFRQB5-8160Marion, IowaMarion
18Derrick LincolnFRQB6-2170Houston, TexasNorth Shore
20Stephen RuizSRLB5-10200Sanford, Fla.Seminole
21Milton SpradleyJRDB6-0170Sorrento, Fla.Mount Dora
22Mickey HinesSORB5-7165Mount Vernon, IowaMount Vernon
23Aaron CameronJRDB5-9175Wilton, IowaWilton
24Devin RoettgerSOLB5-10210Colorado Springs, Colo.Mesa Ridge
25George ZiamaSODL5-7195St. Louis, Mo.Kirkwood
27Aaron NicollSOK5-9175Longmont, Colo.Niwot
28Adam BondJRRB5-6185Stevenson Ranch, Calif.Valencia
31Trevhon PorterfieldFRRB5-8205Minneola, Fla.Lake Minneola
32David JohnsonSOLB6-0185Phoenix, Ariz.Tempe
33Jared MasonFRRB5-8200Ottawa, Ill.Ottawa
42Zachary YankovichJRLB6-0200Cape Coral, Fla.Ida S. Baker
44Jordan HardmanJRDL6-0210Chicago, Ill.Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep Academy
45Peni WaqairatuFRDL5-7215East Melbourne, AustraliaSt. Michael's
48Andrew JosephSRDL6-2235New Orleans, La.Jesuit
50Bryce ConnellySRDL6-1260Westfield, Wis.Pioneer Westfield
52Griff FergusonSOOL6-2310Monmouth, Ill.Monmouth-Roseville
53Eddie MaddenFRLB5-9205Fort Pierce, Fla.John Carroll
55Colin PfeifferJRLB5-8230Alsip, Ill.Shepard
56Collin ReillyFRLB6-0225Highland, Ind.Highland
59Byron WidemonFRDL5-11245Cape Coral, Fla.Cape Coral
60Zach BrecherFROL6-2240Clearwater, Fla.Dunedin
61Bryson WhistanceSROL6-1265Hudson, Colo.Weld Central
67Colton ClarkJROL6-1345Platteville, Wis.Platteville
68Cristian PerezSROL6-0255Fontana, Calif.Colony
70Chris ChapmanSOOL6-1255Mount Vernon, IowaMount Vernon
72Connor RenningFROL5-11240Winter Haven, Fla.All Saints
73Mason RobinsonSOOL6-3365Altamonte Springs, Fla.Lyman
76Nick BienoSROL6-2285Oregon, Wis.Oregon
79Robert MadoleJROL6-0280Arvada, Colo.Ralston Valley
80Colter McMenimenJRDB6-1170Bayfield, Colo.Bayfield
87Tim MonfilsSOTE6-5245Rochelle, Ill.Rochelle Township
88Bradley PaceFRTE6-4195Pompano Beach, Fla.Pompano Beach
89Blake MeredithSOWR6-3175Fleming, Colo.Fleming
90Alex RupeFRDL6-0205Evergreen, Colo.Evergreen
97Andrew EvansFRDL6-0200Waimea, HawaiiWaimea
Vince Brautigam - Head Coach - 8th season
Don Dicus - Assistant Coach - 9th season
Jay Davis - Assistant Coach - 8th season
Duane Orr - Assistant Coach - 4th season
A.J. Rachal - Assistant Coach - 3rd season
Jacob Slusher - Assistant Coach - 4th season
Stacy Griffis - Assistant Coach - 8th season
Preston Ritchie - Assistant Coach - 2nd season
Zack Brautigam - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Brit Connor - Assistant Coach - 1st season