A Page -- July 6, 2011

Mount grad Nate 

Kmic named 

captain of 

American National 


July 5, 2011

By Lenny Reich

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Former Mount Union running back Nate Kmic (Delta/Delta) has been selected as one of six captains for the 2011 US Men's National Football Team for the fourth International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Senior World Championship July 8-16 in Austria. USA Football assembles America's national teams in the sport for international competition.

Team USA captains – who represent all four NCAA football divisions – were selected by their teammates at the conclusion of training camp, which was held June 27-July 4 at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. The 2011 U.S. Men's National Team is comprised of 45 players representing 25 states. U.S. Men's National Team players must be at least 20 years old.

2011 U.S. Men's National Team Captains:

·                            DEMETRIUS EATON, Linebacker, Milwaukee, Wisc.; Northwestern University

·                            CODY HAWKINS, Quarterback, Boise, Idaho; University of Colorado

·                            NATE KMIC, Running back, Delta, Ohio; University of Mount Union (Ohio)

·                            OSAYI OSUNDE, Linebacker, Bloomsburg, Pa.; Villanova University

·                            MIKE PETERSON, Tight end, Atlantic, Iowa; Northwest Missouri State University

·                            ZACH WATKINS, Linebacker, Independence, Mo.; Washburn (Kan.) University

Kmic is the NCAA's all-time leading rusher with 8,074 yards. The three-time All-American also holds all-division college football records for all-purpose yards (9,651), career points (780), career touchdowns (130), touchdowns in a season (44 in 2008), points in a season (264 in 2008). The 2005 Stagg Bowl MVP was part of three National Championship teams at Mount Union (2005, 2006, 2008) and scored a touchdown in 51 of his 56 career games and had rushed over a 100 yards in 36 different games.

The team is led by former Northwest Missouri State University head coach and three-time NCAA Division II national champion MEL TJEERDSMA. Tjeerdsma led Northwest Missouri State to a 183-43 (.810) record in 17 seasons there. He was among the first three coaches inducted into the NCAA Division II College Football Hall of Fame before retiring in 2010.

Other Purple Raiders joining Kmic on Team USA is former teammate offensive lineman Luke Summers while Mount Union head coach LARRY KEHRES is the offensive coordinator while former player and assistant coach Erik Raeburn, current Wabash (Ind.) College head coach, is the offensive line coach. 

The IFAF Senior World Championship is an eight-nation football tournament held every four years since 1999. Games will be played in Graz, Innsbruck and Vienna. The U.S. defeated Japan, 23-20, in double overtime in Tokyo, Japan, to win the 2007 tournament, the first that included Team USA. Prior to the United States' participation, Japan earned gold medals at the first two IFAF Senior World Championships played in Palermo, Italy (1999), and Frankfurt, Germany (2003).

Fifty-nine (59) countries across five continents possess national football federations dedicated solely to football.

USA Football's national team program is supported by corporate partners Riddell, Marriott, Sports Authority, Gatorade, Shock Doctor and Rawlings.

About USA Football

USA Football, the sport's national governing body, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent non-profit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and awards $1 million annually in equipment grants to youth and high school football programs based on merit and need. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.


Olmsted Falls Resident Tom Anthony Joins Storm 

Staff as Defensive Backs Coach


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College head football coach Mark McNellie announced  that Tom Anthony has joined the Storm staff as an assistant coach.  Anthony will coach the defensive backs.

"We're very excited to have Tom join our program," said McNellie.  "He brings a wealth of experience on the defensive side of the ball and has a proven track record as a coach, and just as importantly, as a recruiter.  We think he will be a great addition to our staff."

Anthony was a graduate assistant working with the safeties at Miami University during the 2010 season and was the interim defensive backs coach for the RedHawks' 35-21 victory over Middle Tennessee State University in the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl.  In that contest, Miami defensive back Dayonne Nunley was named Defensive Player of the Game. Prior to Miami, he was an assistant at Youngstown State University for two seasons (2008-09) working with the defensive line and outside linebackers.

Following an outstanding playing career at Augustana College (Ill.), Anthony began his coaching career in 2006 at his alma mater before moving on to the University of St. Francis (Ill.) in 2007. 

As a player for the perennial national power Vikings, Anthony earned first-team Division III All-American honors from d3Football.com as a senior in 2005 after recording an NCAA all-divisions high 13 interceptions along with 42 tackles, a 92-yard touchdown return and picking up Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Most Valuable Player honors.  He started his career on offense and was a second-team All-CCIW pick as a freshman after catching 33 passes and scoring eight touchdowns.

Following his collegiate playing career, Anthony played for three teams in the Arena Football League and Arena 2 league. 

Anthony earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Augustana and received his master's in management from St. Francis.  He and his wife, Kelsey, reside in Olmsted Falls, Ohio.