Todd Hafner is in his tenth year as head football coach.
Hafner, who owns a 61-40 career record, guided William Penn to its sixth league crown in school history in 2012. The team finished 9-3 and qualified for the NAIA Football Championship Series, its first playoff appearance since 1976 and second all-time.
The squad also went 10-1 in 2010 to win its first conference title since 1976. William Penn tied the school record for wins and also broke the NAIA’s single-season marks for total rushing yards and yards per attempt. Numerous other school marks were set in 2010. The Statesmen again paced the NAIA in rushing in 2011.
The 2008 and 2010 Midwest League Coach of the Year, Hafner was also the recipient of the VSN NAIA Coach of the Year and the NFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year honors in 2010. As skipper, he has produced 139 all-conference players and 14 All-Americans.
Hafner took over a program that was 2-8 in 2002. Since then he has led the navy and gold to six winning campaigns, including five in a row.
Two of Hafner’s players, Andy Stokes in 2005 and Damon Harrison in 2011, continued their careers at the professional level. Stokes was drafted by the New England Patriots (‘Mr. Irrelevant’ as the last pick) and Harrison was signed to a free-agent contract by the New York Jets.
Hafner was born and raised in Oskaloosa until the age of eight when his family moved to Frontenac, Kan. He was then quarterback of his high school team under the tutelage of his father, Greg Hafner, a 1973 graduate of William Penn who was teammates with Wilbur Young and Bruce Polen, both of whom went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Hafner graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1994 with a degree in mathematics (minor in coaching). He was also a quarterback on the football team before tearing ligaments, which forced him to become a student coach. He served in that capacity in 1991 when Pittsburg State won the NCAA Division II national championship and again in 1992 when the Gorillas were national runners-up. Hafner participated in, or was a part of, the playoffs in all five years he attended the University.
Hafner began his coaching career at Carl Junction HS in Carl Junction, Mo., where he was an assistant football coach for two years. From there he moved on to Southwest Baptist University where he was a graduate assistant for one campaign.
Hafner then returned to Carl Junction to take up the head coaching position. He held it for four years before securing an assistant coaching job at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan. Hafner was the offensive coordinator for two years before adding assistant head coach to his duties.
While Hafner was at Emporia, the football team won the NCAA Division II bowl game and the Mineral Water Bowl. They also shared the MIAA conference championship with Pittsburg State, Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri State, and Central Missouri State.
Hafner lives in Oskaloosa with his wife Mandy and their four children: Tyler, twins Austin and Emma, and Ryan.
Hafner's Coaching Career at William Penn
|2012||9-3||5-1||MWL Co-Champs, FCS playoff appearance|
|2010||10-1||6-1||MWL Co-Champs, tied school record for wins|
|2005||6-5||4-3||First winning season since 1976|
Brad Griffin is in his tenth year as assistant football coach, serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
Griffin was named the Midwest League Tri-Assistant Coach of Year in 2011 after his unit led the league in scoring and was second in yardage.
He came to William Penn from Emporia State University where he was a running back on the football team from 1999-2000. Griffin graduated from Emporia in 2000 with a degree in physical education. He stayed on as a graduate assistant for two years before becoming a full-time assistant in 2003.
Before attending Emporia, Griffin attended Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan., from 1996-1997, where he was also a running back. For one year before moving on to Emporia, Griffin was an assistant coach at Hutchinson.
Griffin lives in Oskaloosa with his wife Katie and daughters Brielle and Bayler.
Jon Wiemers is in his first year as assistant football coach, serving as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
Wiemers comes to William Penn after a two-year head coaching stint at Arkansas City HS in Arkansas City, Kan. In 2012, he led the program to its first district championship and playoff berth in 16 years. The year before he was named AVCTL Coach of the Year, helping the squad to its first winning campaign in ten seasons.
Prior to his time at Arkansas City HS, he was the offensive coordinator at both Coffeyville Community College (Kan.) (2008-2010) and NCAA Division II Concord University (W.V.) (2007-2008).
While at Coffeyville, his teams made two Jayhawk Conference playoff appearances and reached two bowl games (winning one). His quarterbacks in 2009 and 2010 ranked #1 and #2 in all-time single-season passing.
His longest tenure came at Emporia State University (Kan.), though, serving as a coach in several areas. He began as a graduate assistant in charge of tight ends from 1999-2000, and then moved up to the offensive line coach from 2001-2003. His final three campaigns (2004-2006) were spent as the offensive coordinator.
Emporia State flourished with Wiemers on the staff. The 2002 and 2003 teams finished 9-3, two of top three records in program history. The team won the Mineral Water Bowl title in 2002 and claimed the MIAA title and advanced to the national playoffs for the first time in school history in 2003.
Several players ranked high on ESU’s career lists, including one player breaking the program’s record for passing yards.
An accomplished collegiate player as well, Wiemers was a two-time all-conference linebacker at NCAA Division II Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.). He was also named a team captain and defensive MVP.
A 1999 graduate of Saginaw Valley State with a degree in history, Wiemers is currently working towards his Master’s of Education degree from Fort Hays State (Kan.). He and his wife reside in Oskaloosa with their boys Gage and Cooper.
Clayton Norberg is in his second year as assistant football coach, serving as the defensive line coach.
For the second time in his career, Norberg returns to William Penn from league rival St. Francis (Ill.). This time around, he left the Fighting Saints after coaching the secondary in 2011. St. Francis was 10-3 in 2011 and won the MSFA Midwest title.
A May 2009 graduate from St. Francis with a degree in biology, Norberg was a four-time all-MWL player, including earning first-team honors as a senior. His senior campaign concluded by receiving the biggest award possible for an NAIA player, being named an AFCA-NAIA First-Team All-American.
A two-time team captain, Norberg broke school records for tackles for loss in a game, season, and career.
Following graduation, he joined the staff at William Penn as a graduate assistant coach, helping the team from 2009-2011. He earned his Master's of Business Leadership degree from the University in 2011.
A native of Sterling, Ill., Norberg lives in Oskaloosa with his wife Laura.
Chris Stutzriem is in his first season as an assistant coach, working with the wide receivers.
A strong collegiate quarterback, Stutzriem played two years at NCAA Division I programs University of Wyoming and Indiana State University and finished his career at Morningside College.
He started 20 games in his career and threw for near 3,500 yards and 36 touchdowns. At Wyoming, he was once named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, while at Morningside, he collected three Great Plains Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week laurels. He was a freshman honorable-mention all-Mountain West performer.
Stutzriem received his master’s of business leadership degree from William Penn in 2012. A native of Lawton, Okla., he played his high school football at Eisenhower HS. He was an All-State selection as a senior and was ranked the #1 quarterback in the state.
Stan Allspach is in his 14th year as a member of the William Penn football coaching staff, having served in several capacities, including special teams coordinator, wide receivers, offensive line, running backs, and quarterbacks coach.
A William Penn Hall of Fame quarterback, he has coached football and baseball at the high school level for over 20 years in addition to 12 years as an athletics director. Allspach has also spent time as an officiator, working the whistle for numerous years in football and basketball.
He has garnered many accomplishments as a coach, including being nominated to the Iowa Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1990. After a successful eight-year career as a minor league football player for the Des Moines Vikings and the Newton Nite-Hawks, Allspach was inducted into the Minor League Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
He received his bachelor of arts in physical education from William Penn in 1970. His wife Sharon, daughter Angie, and son Aaron also graduated from William Penn.
Brett Stewart is in his second season as a graduate assistant coach, working with the defensive line.
A 2012 graduate of William Penn with a degree in physical education (emphasis in sports administration), Stewart played four years on the offensive line and earned honorable-mention all-Midwest League honors. During his time, the Statesmen broke the NAIA record for rushing yards and won a conference title.
A native of Webb City, Mo., he played on both offense and defense in high school, and helped his team to a state championship.
Stewart is currently working on his master's in business leadership degree at William Penn.
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