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About the Program

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Carleton is the only school among the top 10 liberal arts schools (as ranked by U.S. News & World Report) that offers a full 10-game schedule and is eligible for the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs.

The Knights have 57 winning seasons and more than 450 victories in the history of the program. Over the last six seasons, 10 Carleton players have received All-Region accolades for their excellence on the field.

  • Players and coaches are committed to building a competitive football program.
  • The Carleton football experience strives for balance in academics, athletics, and social involvement.
  • Multi-sport athletes are encouraged, with recent team members also participating in track & field, baseball, and basketball.
  • More than half the players on the team will participate in an off-campus study experience during their careers.


COACHING STAFF (Alma Mater/Year):

Head Coach: Bob Pagel (Wartburg College/1992)

Recruiting Coordinator/Offensive Coordinator: Mike McHugh (Loras/2007)

Defensive Coordinator: Rob Davenport (Ripon/1993)

Defensive Line: Rob McCarthy (Concordia-Moorhead/1989)

Wide Receivers: D.J. Winfield (Minnesota-Duluth/2012)

Offensive Line: Dave Faust (Northern State University/1982)

Running Backs: John Ott (Bemidji State/1996) 


Starters returning (Offense/Defense): 4/7

Top returners for 2014: 

Chris Madden, football actionRB Chris Madden (So./Kenosha, Wis./St. Joseph)

Second on the team with 797 all-purpose yards in 2013, also added 3 touchdowns

Eric Wittenburg, football actionOL Eric Wittenburg (Sr./Eagan, Minn./Eagan)

Helped the Knights record over 1200 rushings yards and 2300 passing yards in 2013, team captain and four-year starter at offensive tackle

Zach Heinrich, football actionLB Zach Heinrich (Sr./Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park)

105 career tackles and a team captain/three-year starter for the Knights

Luke Reppe, football actionDL Luke Reppe (Sr./Northfield, Minn./Northfield)

Four-year starter for the Knights, has recorded 125 career tackles and 10 tackles for loss

Mason Schnarr, football actionLB Mason Schnarr (So./Evansville, Ind./Francis J. Reitz)

Ranked third in the MIAC with 11.3 tackles/game in 2013 in his first season, also recorded 3.5 tackles for loss and 7 pass breakups

First year of football was 1883, making it the 10th-oldest program in Division III... Played in 900th game in 2011 season, becoming third Minnesota college or university to reach the milestone... Won eight Midwest Conference titles from 1922 to 1982, before joining MIAC in 1983… Captured MIAC title in 1992… Bob Pagel named program's 17th head coach on Jan. 6, 2012.