When Todd Hafner took over William Penn (NAIA) in 2004, he inherited a program that had won 26 games the previous 16 years combined. In the past three seasons, Hafner has led the resurgence of the Statesmen program, leading them to a combined record of 26-7.
William Penn climbed as high as #4 in the national rankings, and dominated on both sides of the ball last season. They led the NAIA in rushing yards per game (330 ypg), 2nd in the nation in sacks allowed per game (.3 per contest), and converted an impressive 90% of their fourth down tries (#1 nationally). Defensively they only gave up 11 ppg (#2 nationally), allowed 232.6 yards per game (#4 nationally) and only allowed opponents to convert on 23.7% of their 3rd down attempts (#1 in the country)
A large part of that success can be attributed to their strength program. Strength and conditioning coordinator Ike Hammerly is a nationally recognized leading strength & conditioning coach. Hammerly oversees a full time strength staff (very rare at an NAIA school) and a total of 18 varsity sports. Take notice of what these guys are doing in the weight room and how they're doing it because they're going about things the right way.
It's an exciting time to be down in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Look for big things out of these guys in the future.