NEW ULM - The 59th Annual Athletic Appreciation Banquet presented by The New Ulm Club will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Martin Luther College Gymnasium.
The annual event honors senior letterwinners in athletics from all three New Ulm high schools. Each school selects a male and female athlete to be honored as the senior letterwinner of the year.
Stan Zweifel, former Head Coach at New Ulm High School and the Head Football Coach at University of Dubuque, will be the guest speaker.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at Nicklasson Athletic Company in New Ulm for $15.
Zweifel enters his third season at the University of Dubuque with a great deal of enthusiasm and optimism. The Spartans return 10 offensive starters and six defensive starters from the 2010 team that was crippled by major injuries. Although the Spartans only have seven seniors, they are bolstered by 39 juniors and 44 sophomores from last year's squad.
Most recently, Zweifel was the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator at Minnesota State University-Mankato, where he helped lead the Mavericks to a 9-3 season, an NSIC-South Division Championship, and a berth in the NCAA Division II Football Championships.
Prior to being a member of the Maverick Coaching Staff, Zweifel was the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for 16 seasons. During that time, the Warhawks won six WIAC Conference Championships, played in 12 NCAA Division III playoff games and those culminated into two NCAA Division III National Championship games in 2005 and 2006.
Zweifel was named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year twice and was also a finalist for National Assistant Coach of the Year twice. In 2008, Zweifel was inducted into the Wisconsin Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
He has also written six books on offensive football and have produced 29 videos on the technical aspects of quarterbacks, wide receivers, and offensive line play.
He has been married to his wife Diane Heimerl Zweifel for 35 years. The Zweifels have four children: Saree is a teacher in San Diego, CA who graduated from the University of Minnesota and was a four-year letterwinner for the Golden Gophers. Shannon, a 2008 graduate of UW-River Falls, was a three-time All-American in Track for the Falcons and is now the Head Women's Track and Field Coach at the University of Dubuque. Michael is a senior at UD and a three-time All-American in football. Mark, is a senior at the University of Dubuque where he is majoring in business.
Coach Zweifel graduated from Evansville High School in 1970 where he was a three-sport letterwinner. Zweifel graduated from UW-River Falls in 1974 as an eight time letterwinner: four in football and four in baseball. Upon graduation, Zweifel became the head football coach at Markesan High School.
Zweifel has been the Head Coach at Markesan High School, New Ulm High School, Yankton College, and the University of Minnesota-Morris. He has also been the offensive coordinator at Northern Colorado University, Minnesota State University-Mankato, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
During his coaching career, Coach Zweifel helped produce 23 All-Americans, 115 All-Conference players, 2 Iowa Conference MVPs, and 11 players have continued on to play professional football.