SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) held its 20th Annual Football Media Day on Tuesday in Sioux City. Coming off their third straight winning season under head coach Jeff Jamrog, Midland University was picked to finish fourth by the coaches and media.
Last season the Warriors went 7-4 overall and were 5-4 in conference play, finishing in fourth place. Morningside, last year’s GPAC and NAIA National Champion was picked first followed by Northwestern, and Dordt. After Midland, the rest of the polls were: Briar Cliff, Doane, Hastings, Concordia, Dakota Wesleyan, and Jamestown.
Coach Jamrog spoke about being on the cusp of reaching the next level having finished in the middle of the conference each of his first three season as head coach. “We’ve got a chip on our shoulder. We did not finish last year like we wanted. We were 7-2 going into our last two football games and didn’t quite play the way we were hoping to.”
“What excites me heading into this season is what our team is doing off the football field. I believe that translates into how our guys will play on the field. We’ve got kids doing a great job in the classroom. They are competing in everything they do,” Coach Jamrog said about the offseason.
One of the biggest changes noticed by the coaching staff this summer has been the work the Warriors have been doing in the weight room with strength and conditioning coach, Morgan Bergan. This offseason the team has had a large number of players remain in the area and workout five days a week on campus. Lifting in the weight room three days and then working skill development on the other two.
“This is probably the most athletic team that we will have put out so far at Midland. We feel our special teams can be just that ‘special’. On defense the biggest change is the coordinator. I’m really excited about Vance Winter. He’s an outstanding coach and better person. Players love playing for him”
Coach Winter joined Midland’s staff during the off-season after spending the past decade in Seward, Nebraska. The first eight years he coached at Concordia University and the last two he was at Seward High School.
Offensively there will be a new coordinator as well with the hiring of Wes Fleming. He comes to Fremont after spending the past three years at Kansas Wesleyan University where he helped turnaround their team, first as a defensive position coach and the past two season as the offensive coordinator.
“Our goal here at Midland is the summit. We was to be at the peak in everything we do in life. We’ve made great strides off the field and hopefully our next step is getting into the playoffs.”
Midland will open their 2019 season on the road with a 6:00 p.m. contest at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. The Warriors will open up GPAC play two weeks after that and after their bye week with a home-opener game against Northwestern College. For a complete look at the 2019 schedule, click here. A complete wrap-up of media day along with a link to watch the event can be found here.