Winona State University head football coach Tom Sawyer has announced the addition of 16 student-athletes for the 2019 recruiting class that will be on campus next fall to join the Warriors on the gridiron.
"We're very excited about this class because we were able to address the areas of our three biggest needs," coach Sawyer said. "We added speed at the receiver position, particularly with the addition of Sawyer Maly, size on the offensive line with a trio of 300-pound lineman, and a Division I transfer in Zach Taylor from Western Michigan to join our defensive line."
A complete list of incoming Warriors who have signed their National Letters of Intent can be found below.
Show your Warrior pride with a personalized brick in our new stadium! Warrior fans, alumni, and friends can help renovate the stadium by purchasing a part of it. In recognition of a gift, the university will engrave a message on a brick in the stadium’s new entrance. These bricks will be a permanent feature in our Warrior Walkway, through which all fans and athletes will enter the stadium. A personalized inscription is a great way to recognize and honor WSU alumni, Warrior fans, and family. Bricks can be further customized with the Warrior Athletics logo, class years, special dates, quotes, or the name of your business or club. Be sure to stop by the Stadium Renovation booths at the Game Day Experience for more information and to order a brick.
Winona State University's Zach Olstad has signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills. Olstad earned an NFL contract after competing in the Bills' rookie minicamp on May 10-13 in New York. Olstad was invited to the rookie minicamp following the 2018 NFL Draft as an undrafted player.
The 5-11, 245-pound fullback is the first Winona State football player to sign an NFL contract since quarterback Brian Wrobel (2006) signed with the Green Bay Packers. The only other fullback currently on Buffalo's roster is veteran Pat DiMarco.
Olstad will participate in the Bills' OTA (organized team activities) this summer, and will report to training camp in July if he remains on the roster.
Winona State University defensive back Andrew Spencer has been invited to the rookie minicamp by the Cleveland Browns following the conclusion of last week's 2018 NFL Draft. The Browns' rookie minicamp is scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 3. If Spencer makes the cut past minicamp, he'll have a chance to make Cleveland's 53-man roster at training camp later this summer.
Winona State University fullback Zach Olstad has been invited to the NFL rookie minicamp by the Buffalo Bills.
The three-day rookie minicamp is slated for May 10-13, 2018 in New York. Olstad said he knew it was going to be a good day on Sunday. The call from his agent on Sunday morning during a workout confirmed his intuition.
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Winona State University announces Walton “Wally” Madland as a Distinguished Service Award recipient, and will be honored on Saturday October 21st at 6pm following the WARRIORS homecoming football game vs. Wayne State. Madland graduated from WSU with a BS in teaching in 1967. While in school, he played linebacker on the WSU football team and served as a graduate assistant coach for WSU’s wrestling and football teams. Madland received his master’s in education administration in 1972, then worked for 14 years as an elementary and middle school principal. He obtained his specialist degree in education administration and also served as an adjunct professor in the University of Wisconsin system. He later transitioned to a role as a sales executive with a national commercial roofing contractor, living in Harrisburg, Pa., for 17 years.
Madland is currently on the WSU Football Players Association (FPA) Board of Director’s and has served on the Alumni Society Board for eight years, and held the role of President for four years. He is a Cornerstone Society member, and started the Joan Kangel Madland Cheerleading Scholarship to honor his late wife (also a WSU alumnus and a teacher for 34 years). Madland also spearheaded a $100,000 endowed scholarship fund drive to pay tribute to Coach Robert (Bob) Keister, longtime football and track coach at WSU, and works closely with the committee that coordinates the annual football dinners.
FPA President Scott Opfer says, “Wally was a great football player on the field and he’s a great man off the field. His leadership and generosity have helped countless students and organizations at WSU, making it a better place for all of us. He really deserves this award and his football family salutes him.”
Every fall, the Winona State University Alumni Society recognizes alumni, faculty, staff and community members for accomplishments in their careers and contributions they have made to WSU and their communities, living the university’s mission to improve the world.
The Winona State Football Players Association (FPA) is proud to lead the way in the new layout of the Warrior Football Game Day Experience, including significant changes in the tailgate area and parking.
Now the tailgate, Warrior Walk and festivities will be centered on Johnson Street with a straight shot thru the new tunnels and into the football stadium. Please review the tailgate map and be sure to secure your season parking pass. With the new tunnels and closed streets on game day, parking for tailgating will be at a premium. The FPA is 100% Warrior Football, 100% of the time. Registration in the FPA is open to former WSU football players, coaches and support staff with social memberships offered to footballfriends and family.