There is a new sense of confidence in the William Penn football program and for good reason. The Statesmen had a break through season in 2005 when the posted a 6-5 record, their first winning season in 29 years.

Penn coach Todd Hafner was thrilled top see the players get rewarded for their efforts. Hafner says he’s told the players all along to stay with it, keep working and get their education, and now it’s fun to see the effort pay off. Hafner says now that the players see what they’re trying to do is working, it’s a lot more fun.

Hafner says the winning season was a big plus on the recruiting trail, as he says the word has gotten out that they’re doing the right thing and have a great coaching staff. Hafner says a number of veterans return but there will be some new faces on the offensive line and at quarterback.

He says they have a great group of receivers returning and are solid on the front line of the defense. Hafner says they’re inexperienced in the defensive backfield, but hopefully the experienced front line will protect them a little bit.

Last year’s schedule was demanding and this year’s no different. The play Wisconsin-Stout and then go into the conference schedule. Hafner says the conference is the toughest in the N-A-I-A.
The opener against Wisconsin-Stout is August 31st.