The University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks (casually known as the UW-Whitewater Warhawks or Warhawks) are the athletic teams of the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Twenty Warhawk athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III. The Warhawks currently rank third out of all NCAA Division III schools in the NACDA Director's Cup standings.
On May 27, 2014, UW-Whitewater made history as the first NCAA institution in any division to win national championships in men's football, basketball, and baseball in a single academic year.
|University||University of Wisconsin–Whitewater|
|Athletic director||Todd Garzarelli|
|Football stadium||Perkins Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Williams Center|
|Other arenas||Kachel Fieldhouse|
|Fight song||Warhawk Battle Cry|
|Colors||Purple and White|
The Warhawks compete in the WIAC conference of NCAA Division III football. In the 2005 and 2006 seasons, they finished the year undefeated in regular season play, losing only in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowls of 2005 and 2006 to the University of Mount Union (then Mount Union College), under former coach and UW-Whitewater alum Bob Berezowitz (UW-Whitewater 1967), who had quarterbacked the UW-Whitewater team as the runner-up in the 1966 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics playoffs. Following the 2006 season, Berezowitz retired, and alum and former assistant Lance Leipold (UW-Whitewater 1987) was named Warhawk head coach. The Warhawks opened the 2007 with a victory, then suffered their first regular-season defeat since 2004, 26-16 to NCAA Division II's St. Cloud State. The Warhawks followed this up by going undefeated through the remainder of the season. After finishing the regular season with a 9-1 record and a third consecutive 7-0 WIAC record, the UW–Whitewater Warhawks entered the NCAA Division III playoffs for the third consecutive time. The Warhawks won four home playoff games, including a Dec. 8 repeat home victory over Mary Hardin-Baylor 16-7 in the semi-finals, to earn their third straight trip to the NCAA Division III Championship Game, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Virginia and set up their third championship game against Mount Union College. On Dec. 15, 2007 the Warhawks beat Mount Union 31-21 to win the Division III title and close the 2007 season 14-1. Warhawk running back Justin Beaver won the John Gagliardi Trophy for his performance both on and off the field.
The Warhawks entered the 2008 playoffs with one loss after a last-second loss to UW-Stevens Point that ended UW-Whitewater's WIAC win streak at 27 games. Despite having to travel for some of their playoff contests, the Warhawks won four playoff games, earning a spot in the Stagg Bowl after a victory over Mary Hardin-Baylor 39-13. On Dec. 20, 2008 the Warhawks lost to Mount Union 31-26 in their fourth consecutive Stagg Bowl matchup.
The Warhawks ran the table in 2009 with a perfect record of 15-0, defeating Mount Union in the Stagg Bowl 38-28 to claim their second national title in three years. The string continued in 2010, including a sixth straight WIAC title, and ending with UW-Whitewater’s third NCAA III championship in four years, with a 31-21 win over Mount Union in the Stagg Bowl to finish 15-0 and run the NCAA (all divisions) leading win streak to 30 games. Once again, in 2011, they ran the regular season undefeated, with a seventh straight WIAC title. They then went on the face Mount Union in the Stagg Bowl for the seventh straight season, and won their third straight title, fourth in five years to finish 15-0 again. They raised their win streak to 45 games, which is just 2 behind Oklahoma's historic Division I streak, and is fourth behind Mount Union's separate 55 and 54 game winning streaks in all of college football.
In 2013, the Warhawks faced off with the Purple Raiders of Mount Union in the Stagg Bowl for the eighth time in nine seasons. UW-Whitewater, led by junior quarterback Matt Behrendt, would go on to win by a final score of 52-14 and secure their fifth National Championship, and fourth undefeated season, under coach Leipold.
On December 19, 2014 the Warhawks and Mount Union met again in the Stagg Bowl; the Warhawks won the NCAA DIII Football title over the Raiders, 43-34. This was Leipold's final game as Warhawks head coach, as he had already been announced as the new head coach at Division I FBS school Buffalo.
The Warhawks have won Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship 36 times: 1913, 1914, 1922, 1932, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1950, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2018.
A. J. Raebel (born April 11, 1985) is a former professional Canadian football defensive end. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football for the UW–Whitewater Warhawks.He now coaches high school football at Waukesha South High School in Waukesha, WI
Raebel was also a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.Bill Lobenstein
Bill Lobenstein (born William Joseph Lobenstein on May 11, 1961) was a player in the National Football League for the Denver Broncos in 1987 as a defensive end.Bob Berezowitz
Bob Berezowitz (born July 8, 1944) is a former American football player and coach. From 1963 to 1966, he was the catcher for the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks baseball team and the quarterback for the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks football team. From 1985 to 2006, he served as the head coach for the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks football team. During his tenure as head coach, he amassed a record of 158–73–4, with eight conference championships, four NCAA playoff appearances (1988, 1990, 1994, and 2005), and two championship game appearances. He has been inducted into the UW–Whitewater Athletics Hall of Fame, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics District 14 Hall of Fame, and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In September 2012, UW–Whitewater renamed the student athletic complex after Berezowitz.Bob Wickman
Robert Joe Wickman (born February 6, 1969) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Wickman played for the New York Yankees (1992–1996), Milwaukee Brewers (1996–2000), Cleveland Indians (2000–2006), Atlanta Braves (2006–2007), and Arizona Diamondbacks (2007). He batted and threw right-handed. Wickman was known to rely on his sinker to save games.
During a childhood farming accident, Wickman lost part of his index finger on his right hand, to which he credited much of the sinking motion on his sinker.Chick Agnew
Charles H. "Chick" Agnew, Jr. (August 1894 – August 19, 1942) was an American football player and coach and college athletics administrator. He grew up near Whitewater, Wisconsin, and attended Whitewater State Teachers College. He was a star football and baseball player who received a bachelor's degree in 1917. He was the athletic director and head coach for the Whitewater State Teachers College athletic teams from February 1920 until his death from heart disease in August 1942 at age 48.Derek Stanley
Derek Stanley (born 27 August 1985 in Madison, Wisconsin) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Currently, Stanley is the wide receivers coach for Lindenwood University.Ed Schwager
Edgar Howard Schwager (December 3, 1909 – April 25, 1992) was an American football player and coach and college athletics administrator. He was a star athlete at Whitewater State Teachers College, competing in basketball, football, and track and field. He led the basketball team in scoring three years in a row and was captain of Whitewater's 1929–30 basketball team. He was the head coach for the Whitewater football team in 1942 and from 1946 to 1955. He also served as the school's basketball coach from 1942 to 1944 and 1946 to 1948, baseball coach from 1955 to 1959, track coach from 1946 to 1953, and athletic director from 1942 to 1971. Prior to 1942, he had been a coach at Dodgeville and Oconomowoc High Schools. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He died in 1992 and was buried at the Hillside Cemetery in Whitewater, Wisconsin. He was posthumously inducted into the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2015.Forrest Perkins
Forrest Perkins (November 13, 1920 – December 13, 2014) was an American football and baseball player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater from 1956 to 1984, compiling a record of 184–94–8. He was the school's athletic director from 1971 until his retirement in 1984. He also coached baseball and track and field at Wisconsin–Whitewater.
Perkins was born in November 13, 1920 and attended Dodgeville High School in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. He earned a bachelor's degree in education from University of Wisconsin–Platteville, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. Perkins served in World War II with the United States Marine Corps while enrolled at Wisconsin–Platteville. He obtained a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1950 and coached football and baseball at the high school level in the state of Wisconsin before arriving at Wisconsin–Whitewater.Jack Dean
Jack Dean is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Eastern Illinois University from 1972 to 1974, compiling a record of 6–24–1.Jake Kumerow
Jake Kumerow (born February 17, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He played college football at Wisconsin–Whitewater after transferring from Illinois.Jeff Jagodzinski
Jeff Jagodzinski (born October 12, 1963) is an American football coach and former player. Jagodzinski is currently the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga
Tennessee. Jagodzinski was previously the offensive coordinator at the Georgia State University Panthers football team.Jagodzinski is best known for serving as the head football coach at the Boston College in 2007 and 2008, leading the Eagles to a record of 20–8 and consecutive appearances in the ACC Championship Game. In 2010, he was the head coach of the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks.
Jagodzinski has coached in college football and the National Football League for more than 20 years.Joe Panos
Joe Panos (born Zois Panagiotopoulos on January 24, 1971) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills. After Brookfield East High School, he played college football at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he was captain of the 1994 Rose Bowl team. Panos was drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He is a regular guest on the Bob and Brian show. He is currently a certified contract advisor for Athletes First, a sports agency.Lance Leipold
Lance O. Leipold (born May 6, 1964) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at the University at Buffalo, following eight seasons at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater (UWW). During his tenure at UWW, the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks won the NCAA Division III Football Championship in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 and were runners-up in 2008. Their opponent in each of those title games was Mount Union.
Leipold reached 100 victories faster than any coach in National Collegiate Athletic Association history, doing so in his 106th game on October 18, 2014. This broke the previous mark of 108 games set by Gil Dobie in 1921.Leipold signed with the Bulls for the 2015 season, initially on a five-year contract. After a 5–7 record in his inaugural season in Buffalo, Leipold received an additional one-year extension that will keep him with the Bulls through 2020.Perkins Stadium
Perkins Stadium is a stadium in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Primarily used for American football, it is the home field of the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater "Warhawks". Opened in 1970 as Warhawks Stadium, the facility originally held 11,000 people. It was renamed Perkins Stadium on September 14, 1996, in honor of former football coach Forrest Perkins.
The stadium hosts the MACBDA Championships and the WSMA State Marching Band Championships. Drum Corps International held its annual Drum & Bugle Corps World Championships at the stadium in 1972 and 1973.
The stadium received new synthetic turf, bench areas, landscaping and other improvements, including upgrades to the entrance area and scoreboard, in 2008. With this upgrade the new seating capacity is now at 13,500, making it the largest stadium in Division III.
On October 3, 2015, a record crowd of 15,287 was recorded for a game. That mark was shattered on October 8, 2016 when the Warhawks defeated the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 17-14 in front of a crowd of 17,535 fans. That was not only a Perkins Stadium record but also broke the NCAA Division III attendance record.Roger Hughes
Roger A. Hughes (born September 4, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He served as the head coach at Princeton University from 2000 to 2009, and amassed a 47–52 record. He has been named the newest head coach at Stetson University, which is reviving their program after a hiatus of more than 50 years beginning with the 2013 season.Stan Zweifel
Stan Zweifel (born April 22, 1952) is an American football coach. He is the head football coach at the University of Dubuque, a position he has held since 2009. Zweifel served as the head football coach at Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota from 1983 to 1984, and the University of Minnesota Morris from 1987 to 1990. Between his tenures as Yankton and Minnesota–Morris, he was the offensive coordinator at the University of Northern Colorado.Vilnis Ezerins
Vilnis Ezerins (Latvian: Vilnis Ezeriņš) is a former running back in the National Football League. He was drafted in the eighth round of the 1966 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams and later played with the team during the 1968 NFL season.William E. Schreiber
William Earle Schreiber (born December 20, 1880) was an American college football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater from 1912 to 1917.Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks football
The Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The team competes in the NCAA Division III and are members of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Wisconsin–Whitewater's first football team was fielded in 1889. The team plays its home games at the 13,500 seat Perkins Stadium in Whitewater, Wisconsin. The Warhawks are coached by Kevin Bullis.
|Warhawks in the Major League Baseball Draft|
|1990||Bob Wickman||2||White Sox|
|1997||Erik Lorenz||19||Blue Jays|
|2003||Travis Van Zile||26||Diamondbacks|
|2005||Greg Reinhard||6||Devil Rays|