November 27, 2017
By: Erica Rose
It has been a difficult year for the Muhlenberg football team off the field. On the field, you would have never known. The Mules finished the year 8-3, winning their first postseason game since 2007. The victory came in the ECAC Bowl game over Carnegie Mellon in the ECAC Asa. S. Bushnell Bowl. It marked the sixth straight year the Mules posted 8 wins in a season. Defensively the team finished the year ranked 19th in Division III against the run.
Off the field, the team had to battle with real life challenges. The Mules lost their head coach, Mike Donnelly, in October after a tough battle with cancer. Everyone he came in contact with loved him; and his love for football was evident. Donelly spent more than 20 years with the team and became the winningest football coach at Muhlenberg, which included seven Centennial Conference titles. Muhlenberg Athletic Director, Corey Goff, served as the interim head coach for the 2017 season, but with the season now concluded it was time for the Mules to hire a new head coach and the lucky candidate was announced last Monday.
Nate Milne, will succeed Donnelly. Milne has spent the last three years with the Mules as offensive coordinator and put up some pretty impressive numbers in that span. His 2016 team “featured the most prolific offense in program history, setting school records for yards and points in a season.” The team also ranked 17th in Division III in scoring that year.
Milne came to Muhlenberg in 2015 with more than 15 years of playing and coaching experience at the Division III level. The seven years prior, he was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Susquehanna University.
Since Milne was promoted from within the team, he knows and understands the foundation that Donnelly built, therefore don’t expect to see too much change. And honestly, why would he with how much success the Mules have had in recent years?