William Penn Athletics #3 Story from 2016-2017

William Penn University Athletics

Oskaloosa–The William Penn Athletic Department has gone through some major leadership changes and that story falls into our #3 slot in the ranking.

For the first time in 10 years, the Statesmen will be under new leadership as Greg Hafner retired as Athletics Director and Nik Rule was hired as his successor. Hafner, who came back to his alma mater as an assistant football coach under son Todd, took over the AD responsibilities in 2007. Under his guidance, numerous programs claimed league hardware and appeared at nationals. He also led WPU through the transition into its current league, the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Rule is no stranger to William Penn, having earned both his undergraduate and graduate degree from the University. He has served in various capacities throughout his time, most notably as the Head Women’s Golf Coach and Director of Community Relations. He steered the women’s golf program to unprecedented success, including four straight league crowns.

The other domino that fell during the AD search was that Chris Pierson was hired as the Head Women’s Golf Coach, being promoted from assistant coach.

That is only the start of the new hires at WPU. Head Men’s Soccer Coach Jaymee Highcock is now taking on double duty as he was hired over the winter to also head the women’s soccer program. It will be his third year leading the men. Steve Williamson brings over a decade of success at Iowa Wesleyan to William Penn as the new Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Abby Reynolds looks to bring renewed spirit to the cheer and dance programs as their first full-time head coach, while Sean Gosewisch has been promoted from assistant to Head Cross Country Coach. He has been with WPU since 2011.



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