WATERBURY, Conn. - Post University has named Peter Ewald to lead the Eagles through its first season in the Collegiate Sprint Football League. Ewald, a seasoned college and high school coach and Waterbury resident, brings years of coaching and recruiting experience to the new football program, which will compete in the same league as Army, Navy, Cornell, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Mansfield.
The Collegiate Sprint Football League is comprised of seven teams playing an eight-week schedule. As Head Coach, Ewald will be responsible for recruiting 30 student athletes by the fall of 2010 and building the Eagles football program from the ground up.
"Pete has all of the qualities we were looking for to lead the Post University Sprint Football program," said Dr. Kenneth Zirkle, President of Post University. "We have no doubt that he will help us recruit the type of student-athlete who will not only succeed in the classroom, but on the field and in life. Sprint Football offers a unique opportunity to grow our entire institution, and we're delighted that Pete has agreed to lead this new and exciting football program on campus."
Ewald is a veteran and former Team Captain of the 1983-86 Syracuse University football team. In addition to his 15 years as an assistant college football coach at various universities, Ewald has experience working as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Bridgeport, including a five-month period as interim Director of Admissions. Ewald leaves his position as Head Football Coach, and physical education and world religion teacher at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury.
"Pete is the type of person who earns the respect of those around him quickly and is extremely disciplined," said Anthony Fallacaro, Post University Athletic Director. "He is a role model who maintains the highest level of integrity with an intense desire to succeed."
The football program is being added to Post University's existing athletics program which includes 15 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's sports along with Equestrian and Dressage teams.
"Football presents trials that prepare athletes to be successful in life, which is what I focus on during practice and games," added Ewald. "My emphasis on leadership, discipline and accountability fits perfectly with Post University's mission to prepare students for careers, and I can't wait to get started building a program that I know will make a real difference in students' futures."
Post University's Sprint Football team will play its first game on historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia against the University of Pennsylvania on September 24, 2010. Its first home game will be played in Waterbury on October 30 against Mansfield University.
"Not many football programs are looking for smaller players which presents a unique opportunity for athletes in New England and beyond," said Ewald. "Post University added this program to attract skilled student-athletes who are not being recruited elsewhere and who will have a chance to compete against such well-known and respected institutions as Army, Navy, Princeton and Cornell, among others."
The university also will hire two Assistant Football Coaches, an athletic trainer and an assistant sports information director in support of this new program.