Dayton Flyers football program prepares for exciting week leading to annual Spring Game on April 14

Spring practice for the University of Dayton football team is nearing its end, and Flyers have a busy week heading into the annual Spring Game that will be played on April 14.

•    The Flyers will squeeze six practices in between now and April 13 leading up to the Spring Game on Sunday, April 14.  UD will be on the turf at Welcome Stadium on April 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 13.
•    In addition, some members of the team will participate in athletic-related activities on the Humanities Plaza during “#1Day1Dayton,” the University’s first Giving Day on Wednesday, April 10.
•    On Thursday, April 11, the entire Dayton football team will be on campus at various times and at several locations enrolling UD students into the Be The Match donor registry.  It’s part of The Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation’s “Get in the Game. Save a Life” program designed to educate college football players and their peers about the ability to save the lives of people diagnosed with life-threatening blood cancers through marrow and stem cell transplants.
•    All of this leads up to the annual Spring Game on Sunday, April 14.  Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET, and former Flyer greats Dan Sharley and Jon Husted will serve as Honorary Coaches for the game.  This season, the University will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Flyers’ 1989 NCAA Division III national championship team and Sharley and Husted were two of the leaders on that team.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Get In The Game donor registry initiative this year,” Flyer head coach Rick Chamberlin said.  “Andy Talley was a great coach at Villanova, and to see the impact his foundation has had makes it humbling to be involved.  So many of our community service projects are done in the community, so it’s great us to be able to do something like this on campus.”

The two Honorary Coaches for next Sunday’s Spring Game were stars on that 1989 national championship team.  Sharley took over as Dayton’s starting quarterback as a junior that year, and led the Flyers a 13-0-1 record.  Sharley completed 100 of 166 passes (.602) for 1,206 yards and six TD’s in 1989.  He was inducted into the UD Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.  Husted earned All-America honors as a cornerback and kick returner.  He sealed that national championship win with an interception on UD’s final defensive play.

Success has a followed both men after they have left UD.  

Sharley is in his 25th year as part of the management team at State Farm Insurance.  He lives in Murfreesboro, Tenn. In a house he and his wife renovated on the banks of the Stones River.  He used the NCAA postgraduate scholarship he earned while at UD to get his MBA from the University of Memphis.  His teammates might remember he had a talent for freehand drawing, and he has turned his talents from drawing football players to wildlife art, which can be found at http://www.dansharley.com.

Husted is in his first year as Ohio’s Lt. Governor in Governor Mike DeWine’s administration.  Public service has dominated his time after graduation.  Husted has also served as Ohio’s Secretary of State, and as a state representative, the Speaker of the Ohio House.  Prior to running for office for the first time in 2000, Husted served as the Vice-President of Business and Economic Development at the Dayton-Area Chamber of Commerce.  His son played football at UD until injuries curtailed his career.

“Having Dan and Jon agree to be our Honorary Coaches show how much passion they both have for the University of Dayton,” Chamberlin said.  “We are very blessed that Jon can find the time in his schedule to join us at the Spring Game.  Dan was a record-setting quarterback while he was here and now he is setting another record by traveling farther than any of our other Honorary Coaches in all the years we have done this for the Spring Game.”

Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET for the Spring Game.  Admission is free, and the first 100 fans through the gates at Welcome Stadium will enjoy free ice cream.  The game will be broadcast and streamed on WHIO Radio.  “The Voice of the Flyers,” Larry Hansgen will provide the play-by-play and his broadcast partner on that day will be Coach Rick Chamberlin.


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