About St. Norbert College Football

We began playing football at St. Norbert College in 1931, and with the exception of the World War II years, we’ve played ever since. In 1984 we joined the Midwest Conference and have won 14 league titles. Our only other conference affiliation was the Midlands Conference from 1947-53, winning conference titles in 1950 and 1952. Throughout the mid-1950s until the late-1970s, our independent schedule included scholarship-level opponents.

We play our home games at Donald J. Schneider Stadium, which opened in 2010. St. Norbert played at Dr. John R. Minahan Stadium from 1938 to 2009. Prior to Minahan Stadium’s opening, the Green Knights played at Legion Park and the Brown County Fairgrounds, both located in De Pere. St. Norbert also played sporadically at Green Bay Packers stadiums City Stadium and fabled Lambeau Field, with the Green Knights’ last game at that venue in 1983.

NCAA Division III Playoff Appearances
1989, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013

Midwest Conference Championships
1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013

Midlands Conference Championships
1950, 1952

Year-By-Year Results

Year Record Conference Coach 
Comments
1931 2-2-1 - Jack Malevich
1932 2-2-1 - Jack Malevich
1933 0-5-1 - Jack Malevich
1934 1-4-2 - Mickey McCormick
1935 3-1-4 - Mickey McCormick
1936 7-1 - Mickey McCormick
1937 5-2 - Mickey McCormick
1938 4-3 - Mickey McCormick
1939 2-4-1 - Mickey McCormick
1940 3-3-1 - Mickey McCormick
1941 6-2 - Mickey McCormick
1942 1-6 - Mickey McCormick
1943-1945 - - - No football during World War II
1946 8-0 - Tom Hearden  Received votes in final AP Poll
1947 7-1 2-1 Tom Hearden  First year of Midlands Conference
1948 4-5 1-2 Tom Hearden
1949 4-4 2-1 Tom Hearden
1950 7-0 4-0 Tom Hearden Midlands champions
1951 4-4 2-2 Tom Hearden
1952 6-0 4-0 Tom Hearden  Midlands champions
1953 4-4 1-3 Mel Nicks  Last year of Midlands Conference
1954 3-4-1 - Mel Nicks
1955 2-5-1 - Mel Nicks
1956 8-1 - Mel Nicks
1957 8-0 - Mel Nicks
1958 3-6 - Mel Nicks
1959 0-6-1 - Mel Nicks
1960 4-4-1 - Howard Kolstad
1961 7-2 - Howard Kolstad
1962 7-2 - Howard Kolstad
1963 6-3 - Howard Kolstad
1964 5-2-2 - Howard Kolstad
1965 6-3 - Howard Kolstad
1966 7-1-1 - Howard Kolstad
1967 5-4 - Howard Kolstad
1968 6-2-1 - Howard Kolstad
1969 5-4 - Howard Kolstad
1970 6-3 - Howard Kolstad
1971 5-5 - Howard Kolstad
1972 4-5 - Howard Kolstad
1973 4-5 - Howard Kolstad
1974 8-2 - Howard Kolstad
1975 6-4 - Howard Kolstad
1976 2-8 - Howard Kolstad
1977 0-10 - Howard Kolstad
1978 3-7 - Howard Kolstad
1979 1-9 - Larry Van Alstine
1980 3-6 - Larry Van Alstine
1981 2-7
- Larry Van Alstine
1982 4-6
- Larry Van Alstine
1983 3-7
- Don LaViolette
1984 6-2
6-1/4th Don LaViolette First year in Midwest Conference
1985 6-2-1
6-1/T1st Don LaViolette
1986 3-6
3-4/T6th Don LaViolette
1987 7-3
6-1/1st Don LaViolette
1988 8-2
6-0/1st Don LaViolette
1989 8-3
6-0/1st Don LaViolette  NCAA First Round
1990 4-5
4-2/4th Don LaViolette
1991 4-5
2-2/T5th Don LaViolette
1992 4-5 3-2/T5th Don LaViolette
1993 6-3 3-2/T4th Don LaViolette
1994 6-3 4-1/T3rd Greg Quick
1995 1-8 1-4/9th Greg Quick
1996 5-4 4-1/T3rd Greg Quick
1997 4-5 2-3/T5th Greg Quick
1998 5-5 0-0 Greg Quick  Ineligible for MWC championship
1999 9-2 9-0/1st Jim Purtill 
NCAA First Round/Ranked No. 22
2000 10-1 9-0/1st  Jim Purtill
NCAA First Round/Ranked No. 17
2001 8-2 7-1/T1st  Jim Purtill 
NCAA First Round/Ranked No. 23
2002 9-1 8-1/T1st Jim Purtill  Ranked No. 25
2003 11-1 9-0/1st  Jim Purtill NCAA Second Round/Ranked No. 13
2004 9-2 9-0/1st Jim Purtill  NCAA First Round/Ranked No. 20
2005 8-2 8-1/2nd Jim Purtill
2006 10-1 9-0/1st Jim Purtill NCAA First Round/Ranked No. 23
2007 10-1 9-0/1st Jim Purtill  NCAA First Round/Ranked No. 18
2008 7-3 7-2/3rd Jim Purtill
2009 9-1 8-1/2nd Jim Purtill
2010 7-4 7-2/1st Jim Purtill NCAA First Round
2011 7-3 7-2/3rd Jim Purtill
2012 8-3 8-1/T1st Jim Purtill NCAA First Round
2013 8-3 8-1/1st Jim Purtill NCAA First Round
2014 6-4 3-2/5th Steve Opgenorth
Totals 426-281-20 197-47 81 years

Football Coaches Summary

Jack Malevich  1931-33 (3 yrs.)  4-9-3, .344
Mickey McCormick  1934-42 (9 yrs.)  32-26-8, .545
Tom Hearden  1946-52 (7 yrs.)  40-14, .741
Mel Nicks  1953-59 (7 yrs.)  28-26-3, .518
Howard Kolstad  1960-78 (19 yrs.)  96-76-5, .556
Larry Van Alstine  1979-82 (4 yrs.)  10-28, .263
Don LaViolette  1983-93 (11 yrs.)  59-43-1, .578
Greg Quick  1994-98 (5 yrs.)  21-25, .457
Jim Purtill  1999-2013 (15 yrs.)  130-30, .813
Steve Opgenorth 2014 (1 yr.) 6-4, .600