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Football: David Wright Signs with Tennessee Titans

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Former Westminster College tight tend David Wright (Solon, OH / Solon), who recently graduated from Westminster with a degree in business administration, signed as an undrafted NFL free agent with the Tennessee Titans earlier this week.

"When I received that phone call after the draft, I was overcome with emotion," Wright said. "I was elated, but the idea of me being in the NFL was surreal. I have faced unmeasurable odds throughout my football career, so I reflected on my journey and felt a great deal of pride."

Two years ago, Wright suffered a broken ankle against St. Vincent. After months of rehabilitation, he returned to play last season and earned all-PAC second team honors.

Wright, who never played high school football, participated in a regional scouting combine earlier this spring at Bloomsburg where he attracted attention from several NFL teams. At 6-foot-5, 252 pounds, he ran a 4.58-second 40-yard dash, recorded the combine's best vertical jump (36 inches), and bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times.

Westminster has had three players play in an NFL regular season game, with the last coming in 1997 when Eric Stocz played for the Detroit Lions. Wright's goal is to become the fourth Titan since 1925.

"My ultimate goal is to make the 53-man roster and help the Titans however I can," Wright said. "But making it onto the practice squad would provide me a great opportunity to develop as a football player and reach my potential, thus getting me closer to my ultimate goal."

Wright, who will wear no. 87 for the Titans, was flown to Nashville on Sunday to get ready for the Titans' rookie mini-camp which is scheduled to start on Friday.

Wright added, "Another thing that made it so special for me was the amount of love and kind words I received from my peers."

*Information from triblive.com's Jerry DiPaola's story was used in this release.

**Stay tuned for Wright's Training Camp Diary which will be posted on the Titan Sports Blog.


About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Westminster Celebrates 2013-14 Athletic Accomplishments at WESPY Awards

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the 11th Annual WESPY Awards (Westminster Exceptional Sports Performances of the Year) Tuesday night at Orr Auditorium. The WESPYs honored team MVPs for all 18 varsity sports teams, as well as several annual awards and recognition of top athletic achievements throughout the 2013-14 academic year.

Highlighting the event was the awarding of the David B. Fawcett and Marjorie A. Walker Awards, given annually to honor and acknowledge those individuals who best exemplify the qualities of fairness, sportsmanship, leadership, determination and competitiveness. The Fawcett Award was given to senior men's track & field and basketball Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) and the Walker Award was presented to senior women's track & field Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City).

Thomas, a four-year letterman in basketball and track & field, was a four-year starter and three-time All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Honorable Mention in basketball where he scored his 1,326 career point (14th all-time) this past season. Thomas, a member of four PAC Track & Field championship teams, earned All-PAC First Team in 2013 and 2014, was the PAC Championship Field Event MVP in 2013, and holds two school records. Thomas, a communication major, has volunteered with the Special Olympics bowling and has helped with his Alma Mater, Union High School, at youth basketball camps.

Gabor, a four-year letterwinner in track & field, was the PAC Track Athlete Co-MVP, All-PAC First Team, and PAC Champion in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Outdoor Championship. Gabor was also the gold medalist in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Indoor Championship. Gabor, an All-PAC First Team honoree in Outdoor T&F in 2012 and 2013, was named the PAC T&F Championship MVP in 2012. Gabor holds five school records and was the high point scorer on two PAC Championship T&F teams. Gabor, a chemistry major, was a three-year SAAC representative and also represented Westminster at the PAC SAAC banquet. Gabor volunteered for Special Olympics bowling and was a recipient for an exceptional leadership scholarship.

The WESPY award, given for the top single-event athletic performance by a Titan male and female student-athlete, was voted on by the entire campus community via e-mail ballot.

The men's WESPY went to junior swimmer Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman). At the PAC championship meet, Brooks was the overall high point scorer to win the Meet MVP, the PAC Swimmer of the Year award, and was All-PAC 1st Team.  He won seven gold medals (four individual and three relay) at the meet and set new school records in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events.  He also qualified in two events for the NCAA D-III National Championship Meet.

For the second-straight year, the women's WESPY went to track and field sophomore Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg). Kalsey finished in second place at the NCAA D-III Indoor Track & Field Championships to earn her third track & field All-American citation. She cleared 3.95 meters (12' 11 ½"), just .05 meters off her school record and personal best.  Her second place performance is the highest finish in Westminster history by any track & field athlete, male or female, in national competition. 

The Senior Scholar Athlete awards are given annually to the graduating senior male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade-point averages. The men's award went to baseball senior Nick Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) and the women's award went to volleyball senior Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon).

The following is a list of all other awards presented at Tuesday's ceremony:

WESPY AWARDS:
Honorary Titan Award - Cliff Yonata
Unsung Hero of the Year- (W)-Haley Casuccio, Soccer, (M)-Kory Gribbin, Football
Rookie of the Year-  (W)-Cassidy Shepherd, Track & Field, (M)-Dan Pletz, Swim& Dive
Two-Sport Athlete of the Year- (W)-Shelby Brown, Basketball and Softball, (M)-Anthony Thomas, Basketball and Track & Field
Comeback Athlete of the Year- (W)-Courtney Zitt, Basketball, (M)-David Wright, Football        Team Comeback of the Year-(W)-Softball vs. Thiel, (M)-Football vs. Bethany
Team Performance of the Year-(W)-Tennis, (M)-Track & Field
                                                                                                     
TEAM MVPs:
BASEBALL-John Jones                                   
BASKETBALL (W)-Gabby Holko                                 
BASKETBALL (M)-Anthony Thomas                         
C. COUNTRY (W)-Jenny Jones                    
C. COUNTRY (M)-Aaron Sutton                                
FOOTBALL-Dak Britt                                                       
GOLF (W)-Morgan Pierce                            
GOLF (M)-Ross Montanti                                              
SOCCER (W)-Jordan Steele                                           
SOCCER (M)-Ethan McCarthy                     
SOFTBALL- Lauren Stoczynski                                       
SWIMMING (W)-Erin Erdley                                       
SWIMMING (M)-Alan Nedley                    
TENNIS (W)-Caitie Hosler                                             
TENNIS (M)-Troy Abbott                                             
TRACK Indoor (W)-Haley Gabor               
TRACK Indoor (M)-Jason Frawley                            
TRACK Outdoor (W)-Haley Gabor                            
TRACK Outdoor (M)-Jason Frawley
VOLLEYBALL-Megan Romocean

Faculty members that were recognized for their support of Titan student-athletes inside and outside the classroom:                                                                        
-Dr. Andrew Ade, English.
-Dr. Helen Boylan-Furnari, Chemistry.
-Mr. Jesse Ligo, Business Administration.
-Dr. Robin Lind, Music.
-Dr. Sararose Lynch, Education.
-Dr. Kristenne Robison, Sociology

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Football: Titans Volunteer for Adopt-a-Highway

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Members of the Westminster College football team volunteered their time to help clean the streets of New Wilmington last weekend as part of the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Westminster athletics continue to stay involved in the community by donating their time and volunteering at different sites throughout the academic year.   

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Football: Titans to Host 7-on-7 Passing Camp

Friday, April 11, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College football team will host a 7-on-7 passing camp on Friday, June 27.

The camp is for students entering grades ninth through 12th. There is a 16 team limit and the cost is $250 per team.

Click here for the registration form and here for the camp waiver.

For more information, contact Colyn Haugh via phone, 814-330-5072, and by e-mail, haughcj@westminstere.du.
 

Westminster Prepares for NCAA's Third Division III Week

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster will be joining nearly 450 other NCAA Division III institutions to celebrate Division III Week this week, April 7-13. This is the third year that a week has been set aside by the NCAA to recognize those member institutions whose intercollegiate athletic programs compete in D-III. 

Division III Week provides each school and conference with the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the well-rounded collegiate experience enjoyed by the Division III student-athlete. The event is part of Division III's Identity Initiative, which was introduced in 2010 to sharpen the division's identity and to enable schools and conferences to more effectively explain why they prefer to compete in Division III. The initiative has been guided by a strategic-positioning platform, describing Division III as a place where student-athletes can "follow your passions and develop your potential," within an approach that combines rigorous academics, competitive sports and an opportunity to pursue other interests.

Here is a list of DIII Week activities on Westminster's campus:
April 7-11: Division III Trivia Contest
April 10: Recognition luncheon for student-athletes honored on Fall 2013 PAC Academic Honor Roll.
April 11: Ninth annual SAAC Field Day for Wilmington fourth grade students; lunch and t-shirts provided.
April 12: Hosting annual Special Olympics Basketball Tournament; this is the third year for Westminster
to host this event in which Titan SAAC representatives and their teammates volunteer as referees and coaches for a tournament organized by Lawrence County Special Olympics; Student-Athlete Appreciation Day - This is the fifth year for this event which involves a picnic lunch at the Field House for Westminster student-athletes; Lawrence County Special Olympics athletes and coaches are also invited to attend.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Football: Titans Announce 2014 Schedule

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College football team, under the guidance of first-year head coach Scott Benzel, released its 2014 schedule. The Titans will play six home games at Harold Burry Stadium, including two night games; the first will be their home opener vs. Hiram, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.

After Westminster's home night game against Washington & Jefferson (Sept. 13, 7 p.m.), the Titans will host Bethany (Sept. 20, 1 p.m.) , Thiel (Oct.11, 1 p.m.), and Waynesburg (Oct. 18, 1 p.m.). Westminster will play Grove City (Nov. 8, 1 p.m.) for its Senior Day.

For their away games, the Titans will travel to Thomas More (Sept. 27, 1:30 p.m.), Carnegie Mellon (Oct. 4, 1 p.m.), Saint Vincent (Nov. 1, 1 p.m.), and Geneva (Nov. 15, 1 p.m.).

The Carnegie Mellon and Case Western football teams will join the PAC in 2014. The first PAC game on every school's schedule will not count in the conference standings since the teams will not be playing every team in the PAC.

The complete schedule is as follows:
September 6 - HIRAM -- 7 PM
September 13 - WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON -- 7 PM
September 20 -- BETHANY* -- 1 PM
September 27 -- @ Thomas More* -- 1:30 PM
October 4 -- @ Carnegie Mellon* -- 1 PM
October 11 - THIEL* (Homecoming) -- 1 PM
October 18 -- WAYNESBURG* -- 1 PM
October 25 -- Bye
November 1 -- @ Saint Vincent* -- 1 PM
November 8 - GROVE CITY* -- 1 PM
November 15 -- @ Geneva* -- 1 PM
*PAC Game

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Titan Football to Host Golf Outing

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Westminster College football team will host its first annual golf outing under the direction of new head coach Scott Benzel. The event will take place on Monday, May 12th at the New Castle Country Club. Proceeds from this event will allow the football program to continue to enhance the student-athlete experience at Westminster.

Registration will be at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. The format will be a four-person scramble. The cost is $600 per foursome ($150 per individual golfer). Hole sponsorship is also available.

Please contact assistant coach Jake Nulph via e-mail nulphjm@westminster.edu or by phone at 724-946-6310 for more information.

Click here for the brochure.

PAC Recognizes 60 Titan Student-Athletes on 2013 Fall Academic Honor Roll

Friday, January 24, 2014

GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) recognized 60 Westminster College student-athletes who were named to the PAC Fall 2013 Academic Honor Roll on Friday.

The PAC Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition. The 436 student-athletes honored on the Fall 2013 PAC Academic Honor Roll is the highest total ever recognized by the league on its fall honor roll and represents an increase of five from last fall's honor roll (431).

Click here for the complete PAC Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2013 semester.

The following is a listing of the 60 Westminster student-athletes recognized on the PAC Fall 2013 Academic Honor Roll:

Please note the following designations: (1) = First Team All-PAC; (2) = Second Team All-PAC; (H) = Honorable Mention All-PAC; (S) = Sportsmanship Team
 
Name---Class---Major(s)---Sport---Hometown/High School
Kolby Addis---Sr.---History---Football---Sewickley, Pa./Ambridge
Corey Benedict---Sr.---Broadcast Communications---Football---Beaver, Pa./Beaver
Michael Blair (2)---Sr.---Sociology/Criminal Justice---Football---Bridgeville, Pa./Canon-McMillan
Dak Britt (HM)---Sr.---Business Administration---Football---Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek
Katie Brown---Sr.---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Soccer---Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland
Elizabeth Buechele---So.---Business Administration---Women's Cross Country---Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley
Haley Casuccio---Sr.---International Business---Women's Soccer---Coraopolis, Pa./West Allegheny
Colin Cunningham---FY---Business Administration---Football---Clinton, Pa./West Allegheny
Selena Dasari---So.---Neuroscience---Women's Soccer---Canfield, Ohio/Canfield
Alec Fisanick---So.---History---Men's Soccer---Nicktown, Pa./Northern Cambria
Lauren Fling (2)---Jr.   Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Tennis---Norton, Ohio/Norton
Ryan Francis (HM)---Jr.---Economics---Men's Soccer---Harwick, Pa./Springdale
Sean Gibbon---So.---Business Administration---Football---Indiana, Pa./Indiana
Michael Girata---Jr.---Mathematics---Men's Soccer---Monaca, Pa./Central Valley
Dan Graham---Sr.---Business Administration---Football---Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk
Kory Gribbin---Sr.---Business Administration---Football---Gibsonia, Pa./North Catholic
Kristine Haggerty---Jr.---Biology---Women's Cross Country---Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson
Nick Hainsey---Jr.---Computer Science---Men's Cross Country---New Paris, Pa./Chestnut Ridge
Connor Hamilton---FY---Music Education---Women's Tennis---Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley
Rachel Hedges---FY---Music Education---Women's Tennis---Pittsburgh, Pa./Carlynton
Brandon Heeter---So.---Accounting   Football---Sligo, Pa./Clarion
Dylan Hogue---So.---Criminal Justice Studies---Football---Sharpsville, Pa./Sharpsville
Caitie Hosler (1)---Sr.---Biology---Women's Tennis---Lititz, Pa./Manheim Central
Tiffany Jackson---So.---Broadcast Communications---Women's Volleyball---Las Vegas, Nev./Las Vegas
David Jamieson---Fr.---Accounting---Football---Brookfield, Ohio/Brookfield.
Jenny Jones (2)---Jr.---English---Women's Cross Country---Erie, Pa./Fort LeBoeuf
Erin Kennedy---So.---English---Women's Volleyball---Oakmont, Pa./Riverview
Jarrett Koper---FY---Biology---Football---Fairview, Pa./McDowell
Shawn Kronenwetter---Sr.---Sociology/Criminal Justice Studies---Football---Saint Marys, Pa./Saint Marys
Mary Lacey---So.---Exploratory---Women's Tennis---Monroe, Conn./Masuk
Jennifer Lepri---FY---Physics---Women's Soccer---Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston
Megan Little---FY---Exploratory---Women's Volleyball---Slippery Rock, Pa./Slippery Rock
Frank Maira---Sr.---Broadcast Communications---Football---Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili
Brittany Mavrich---FY---Criminal Justice Studies---Women's Soccer---Rochester, Pa./Freedom
Ethan McCarthy (2)---So.---Exploratory---Men's Soccer---New Castle, Pa./New Castle
Sara Monts---So.---Biochemistry---Women's Cross Country---Duncansville, Pa./Hollidaysburg
Colton Miller---So.---Financial Economics---Men's Cross Country---McDonald, Pa./South Fayette
Maggie Nikituk---Sr.---Biology---Women's Soccer---Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny
Katie Palkovic (HM)---Sr.---Biology---Women's Volleyball---Camp Hill, Pa./Trinity
Maria Pallone---FY---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Tennis---New Kensington, Pa./Valley
Katie Peters---FY---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Volleyball---Moon Township, Pa./Moon
Cody Postupac---So.---Physics---Men's Soccer---Export, Pa./Penn Trafford
Julie Powell---Jr.---Accounting---Women's Volleyball---Meadville, Pa./Meadville
Raechel Pusateri---So.---Expoloratory---Women's Soccer---Volant, Pa./Wilmington
Rebecca Riemer (1)---Sr.---Biology---Women's Volleyball---Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon
Jonathan Rogers---Jr.---Physics---Football---Cooperstown, Pa./Oil City
Kelsey Rogers---So.---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Soccer---Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair
Gretchen Schwartz---So.---Psychology---Women's Soccer---Hudson, Ohio/Hudson
William Shrock---FY---Biology---Football---Mars, Pa./Mars
Rachel Simko---So.---Physics---Women's Soccer---New Castle, Pa./Laurel
Matt Slagle---FY---International Business---Men's Cross Country---Bruin, Pa./Karns City
Lexi Starheim (2)---Sr.---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Volleyball---Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard
Jordan Steele (2) ---Sr.---Psychology---Women's Soccer---Falconer, N.Y./Falconer Central
Aaron Sutton (HM)---Sr.---Music---Men's Cross Country---Warren, Ohio/Howland
Anthony Tilenni---Sr.---Business Administration---Football---Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge
Kristina Tissue---Sr.---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Soccer---Coraopolis, Pa./West Allegheny
Mariah Treiber---FY---Exploratory---Women's Soccer---Grove City, Pa./Grove City
Amanda Turi (2)---Sr.---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Soccer---Monroeville, Pa./Gateway
Christina Vucenovic (2)---FY---Mathematics---Women's Tennis---West Middlesex, Pa./West Middlesex
Dan Yargo---FY---Political Science---Football---Campbell, Ohio/Youngstown Christian
 
***Release contributed by the Presidents' Athletic Conference
****Updated on Feb. 10

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Westminster Hires Benzel as New Head Football Coach

Friday, January 10, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College has named Scott Benzel as its new head football coach. Benzel previously was the associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator at Division I Saint Francis University for the past two seasons.

"I'm really excited for this opportunity," Benzel said.  "I'm looking forward to meeting all the players and getting involved with the off-season, with recruiting, and putting a staff together. I'm eager to hitting the ground running and getting the season started."



Prior to improving the Saint Francis defense from 120th in the FCS in total defense to 10th, Benzel spent nine seasons with Division I Robert Morris University. In his first two seasons as co-defensive coordinator with Robert Morris, his unit led the conference in total defense twice. In 2010, Benzel helped guide the Colonials to a share of the regular-season conference championship and the league's inaugural bid to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs. During his time with Robert Morris, Benzel coached safety Robb Butler who went on to play in the National Football League.

Additionally, Benzel has Division III experience as he spent the 2004 season with Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he served as the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

"I am pleased that Scott has accepted our offer to be the next head football coach at Westminster," said Westminster Director of Athletics Jim Dafler.  "Scott has an understanding and appreciation of the athletic and academic traditions at Westminster and is highly regarded by football people in this region. He has a commitment to developing the men on his team both on and off the field, and he will bring to our football program new enthusiasm and energy, a positive attitude, and a passion for competition."

A 1997 graduate of Mercyhurst College with a bachelor's degree in business administration, Benzel was a two-year starter at free safety for the Lakers. He was named the defensive most valuable player for the squad as a senior in 1996 and led the Lakers in interceptions and pass breakups in 1995 and 1996. He later earned his MBA in management from Robert Morris.

A native of Plum, Pa., Benzel was a two-year starter at Plum High School at both cornerback and wide receiver.

"There is a lot of support for the Titan football program and you can certainly tell they want to see the Titans get back to being the powerhouse they used to be," Benzel added. "I'm very optimistic and excited about the future."

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Football: Wallace, Britt, and Wright to Play in D3 Senior Classic

Thursday, December 12, 2013

SALEM, Va. - Westminster College seniors wide receiver Collin Wallace (Mechanicsburg, PA / Cumberland Valley), quarterback Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI / Battle Creek), and tight end David Wright (Solon, OH / Solon) will play in the D3 Senior Classic this Friday night (Dec. 13) in Virginia at Salem Stadium, home of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

The D3 Senior Classic has been the premier all-star experience for NCAA Division III football players since its inception in 2009.  The D3 Senior Classic brings together some of Division III's best to Salem, Virginia, each December to compete in a North vs. South format all-star game. Each year, the D3 Senior Classic provides its participants and their families with an unmatched experience including a banquet to pay tribute to their stellar football careers.

A live video/audio broadcast of the all-star game will be available here



Note: access to the live video stream requires payment. If you have an questions about payment or have any trouble, please contact the PL Sports Network at info@prodigylaunch.com



Additionally, Wright, Wallace, senior Aaron Naurer (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler), and senior Sean Christofferson (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) were nominated to compete at the Bowl of the Stars which is an annual Division III All-Star game in Mexico.

Westminster finished the 2013 season with a 4-6 overall record and a 3-5 record in the PAC.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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