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Eph Football Excellence
July 29, 2003

Williams College Football has been frequently recognized regionally and nationally for its athletic and academic excellence. Recently retired Head Coach Dick Farley's record of 114-19-3, (.849) is among the highest in the country. Farley lost his first three games and did not lose back-to-back games in 128 straight games. Nate Sleeper '95 and Medley Gatewood '96 have distinguished themselves as all-conference players as well as recipients of the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships.

Ted Rogers '91 (Washington Redskins) and Ethan Brooks '96 (Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos) have been recognized as defensive players of the year in NESCAC and have gone on to the National Football League. Sean Keenan '00, who holds 13 Williams passing records, signed with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent in the spring of 2000, as did Brooks. They are the only two Eph alumni to play together in the NFL. Brooks recently signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens in the spring of 2002.

Head Coach Dick Farley posted his fifth perfect season, 14th consecutive winning season and 15th straight non-losing season in leading the Ephs to an 8-0 record in 2001. Farley is the all-time leader in wins at Williams (114). Farley ranks second in winning percentage among all coaches who have coached in NCAA Div. III and have won 100 games. He is sixth among all coaches in all NCAA Divisions in winning percentage.

In 116 years of football, Williams has had but five undefeated and untied seasons -- all five have come under Farley.

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In the 1990s the Ephs were second in winning percentage of all teams in NCAA Division III (.888), trailing only Mount Union (.941). The Ephs posted a record of 70-8-2 during the 1990s. With 564 wins the Ephs are fourth in wins in NCAA Division III play and have the most wins of any New England Division III team. Dick Farley is sixth all-time in winning percentage among all NCAA coaches in all divisions and second among all active coaches.

Entering the 2004 season Williams ranks second in winning percentage among all NCAA Div. III teams with 500 or more wins. The Ephs are 577-335-47 (.626).