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Leipold keeps his personal accomplishments in background

Lance Leipold finds himself in uncharted territory among college football coaches.
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After UW-Whitewater defeated UW-Eau Claire 52-3 at Carson Park on Saturday, head coach Lance Leipold addressed his team on the field.

He covered a number of topics, but left out one about himself. So defensive coordinator Brian Borland spoke up.

Borland informed the players that Leipold had just made NCAA history, securing his 100th career victory in just his 106th game.

“I knew he wouldn’t bring that up,” Borland said. “But I think that’s a heck of an accomplishment for a guy. I just thought he needs to be recognized for that.

“To be the fastest coach in NCAA history to get to 100 wins, that’s well, that’s pretty rare air up there.”

At 100-6 overall in seven-plus seasons at UW-W, Leipold broke the previous mark of 100 wins in 108 games, held by Gil Dobie.

Dobie coached North Dakota Agricultural College – now North Dakota State – to an 8-0 record in two seasons. The he coached nine undefeated seasons at Washington, going 58-0-3, before he went 18-3 in three years at Navy. He moved to Cornell (N.Y.) and during the 1922 season he improved to 100-5-3 to set the previous record.

“It’s about the team and these are team victories,” Leipold said after the Warhawks bettered their record to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the WIAC. “These (wins) are about a philosophy that the players have embraced. It’s about retaining excellent coaches and attracting excellent coaches that have done the job with our players. And our players being coachable and playing at high level.”

“He’s so humble (but) it’s awesome,” UW-W quarterback Matt Behrendt said. “We’re so proud of him.”

Other coaches who reached 100 wins in a short amount of time include George Woodruff (100-9), Bud Wilkinson (100-8-3), Fielding Yost (100-10-4), Knute Rockne (100-12-5), Urban Meyer (100-18) and Larry Kehres (100-16-3).

Leipold knew the milestone was approaching, but did not want his personal record to take away from the Warhawks’ goal of winning the WIAC championship and returning to the playoffs.

“It’s a win during the season. And what it can’t be is a distraction in the middle of the season,” Leipold said.

“They got to go out and play for what we have to do for this season — not for a coach’s all-time record,” he added. “I don’t think that’s how we got where we’re at, and I hope we never do it that way.”

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Josh Smith covers high school and Division III athletics for the Daily Jefferson County Union in Fort Atkinson, Wis. He has won multiple awards for reporting and photography and contributes to multiple publications in addition to his duties at the Daily Union, including D3football.com beginning in 2012. He graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in print journalism.

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