EAU CLAIRE — Lance Leipold set a coaching milestone Saturday.
The Wisconsin-Whitewater head coach became the fastest in NCAA history to reach 100 career wins as the Warhawks throttled Wisconsin-Eau Claire 52-3.
Leipold, who has helped UW-Whitewater to five Division III national championships in seven seasons, needed just 106 games to reach triple digits. The previous all-division record was held by Gil Dobie, who reached the 100-win plateau in his 108th game in 1921 (100-5-3) as the head coach at Cornell.
“It’s something that will sink in probably further down the road,” Leipold said. “I’m very fortunate for the opportunity to be the head coach at UW-Whitewater. We have players that have played hard and bought into the philosophy, and we have a great group of assistant coaches who we’ve been able to retain. They’ve done an outstanding job.”
The top-ranked and defending champion Warhawks (6-0 overall, 3-0 WIAC) shook off a slow start offensively to post 403 total yards, including 273 in the second half. Whitewater’s defense allowed just 30 yards in the second half and forced three turnovers by the Blugolds (0-6, 0-3).
Eight different players contributed to the scoring for the Warhawks. The scoring plays included two defensive touchdowns, a recovered fumble in the end zone by Zach Nellis and a 30-yard interception return by Kyle Schiedemeyer.
The Warhawks have now won 23 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in the NCAA including all divisions.