Football Team Ranks Eighth in National Preseason Poll
The Willamette University football team, which won the conference title in 2008 and advanced to the NCAA Division III playoffs, is ranked No. 8 in the D3Football.com Preseason Top 25 for the 2009 season.
A 2009 Northwest Conference Preseason Poll also predicts that the Bearcats will repeat as the conference champions. The team won last year's NWC title with a 6-0 record and finished the regular season undefeated at 10-0.
The D3Football.com poll is based on a panel of voters that include coaches, sports information directors and media representatives. The NWC poll is voted on by the league's head coaches.
Willamette enters this season with 43 returning letterman. The Bearcats have five returning starters on offense and seven on defense.
The Bearcats open the season Sept. 5 at Concordia University-Moorhead in Moorehead, Minn. The team's home opener is set for Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m. against California Lutheran University.
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Willamette Hires New Golf Coach
Noah Horstman, an assistant golf professional at Illahe Hills Country Club in Salem, has been hired as the head coach of men's and women's golf at Willamette University. Horstman replaces men's coach Steve Prothero and women's coach Tom Hibbard, who both retired this spring.
"I’m thrilled that we were able to find someone of his experience and caliber who is a fully-certified teaching professional," Director of Athletics Mark Majeski said. "We're looking forward to his teaching expertise helping our student-athletes maximize their golfing abilities."
Nick Symmonds Finishes Sixth in the 800-Meter World Championships
Nick Symmonds '06 placed sixth in the finals of the 800-meter run at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in track and field on Sunday, Aug. 23. Symmonds, who won seven individual NCAA national titles as a runner at Willamette University, ran a competitive race and was only a few yards behind the winner, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa.