Regents Picked 5th in Inaugural NAC Football Poll
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
MILWAUKEE, WI. – On Wednesday, the Northern Athletics Conference held its inaugural Football Media Day. The event not only brought together the conference eight football coaches and several student-athletes from each institution, it also brought the unveiling of the conference’s first-ever pre-season football coaches’ poll. The Rockford College Regents, who finished the last 7-3 each of the last four years, was picked 5th. 2007 NCAA Division III runner-up Concordia University Wisconsin was chosen to finish the 2008 campaign in the top spot.
“This is not much of a surprise,” said Regents’ head coach Randy Schrader. “The NAC has some really strong programs coming from several different conferences. As we open camp next week, we have a lot to work on, but hopefully we can sneak up on some people.”
This is the first year that the Northern Athletics Conference has sponsored football. Eight of the 13 schools in the Northern Athletics Conference have football, including Aurora University, Benedictine University, Concordia University Chicago, Concordia University Wisconsin, Lakeland College, Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Rockford College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College.
The Regents enter NAC play after seven years in the Upper Midwest Athletics Conference (UMAC), including two consecutive UMAC South Division titles. Rockford College will open the 2008 season on Saturday, September 6, when they travel to Dubuque, Iowa to face the University of Dubuque. The Regents will host their first game of 2008 the following Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m., when they welcome Kalamazoo College to Sam Greeley Field.
2008 NAC Football Pre-season Coaches’ Poll
1. Concordia University Wisconsin (5) 59
2. Lakeland College (2) 54
3. Aurora University (1) 40
4. Benedictine University 39
5. ROCKFORD COLLEGE 37
6. Wisconsin Lutheran College 26
7. Concordia University Chicago 25
8. Maranatha Baptist Bible College 8
(First place votes in parentheses)