Welcome to Panther NationBy winning the 2007 NESCAC title, Middlebury continues to aspire to its motto "in pursuit of excellence". With a history dating back to 1893, the football program has developed a long-standing tradition of success both on and off the field. Head coach Bob Ritter ('82) is now in his 10th season in the Michael "Mickey" Heinecken Coaching Chair position as head coach of the football program. Ritter has earned a 46-34 mark during his tenure with the Panthers, including a 13-3 mark during the ‘06 and ‘07 seasons. Following the ‘07 NESCAC Championship season, Ritter was named both the NESCAC Coach of the Year, as well as the Region I AFCA Coach of the Year.
In his time as a head coach with the Panthers, Ritter has coached 67 All-NESCAC selections, while seeing his players break numerous school records. Sixty-four players have earned All-NESCAC Academic honors in his time, with four Academic All-Region selections as well as 33 NESCAC player’s of the week. .
By competing in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Middlebury associates itself with schools possessing similar strong educational philosophies. Football at Middlebury provides a student-athlete with an opportunity for fun, excitement, and a special brand of camaraderie. The Middlebury experience continues to demonstrate that the pursuit of excellence on the football field is totally compatible with the pursuit of excellence in the classroom, and that combining the two can be a rewarding and exciting experience.
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