There's one constant for University of Wisconsin-Whitewater athletics: winning.
For the football program, that includes five NCAA Division III national championships in seven seasons under the tutelage of head coach Lance Leipold. Last season's team won the national championship, which along with Whitewater's men's basketball and baseball teams, helped Whitewater become the first university to capture titles in football, basketball and baseball in a single academic year.
The tradition has continued for the former Wisconsin graduate assistant and the Warhawks this season, as the team is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Division III. After dispatching UW-Eau Claire 52-3 Saturday afternoon, another milestone for Leipold was achieved: he's now the fastest head coach to win 100 games in NCAA history.
The Warhawks (6-0 overall, 3-0 in the WIAC) forced four Blugolds (0-6, 0-3) turnovers, including returning two of them for defensive touchdowns, and senior quarterback Matt Behrendt threw three touchdown passes on the offensive side of the ball.
Per the university's athletic website, Leipold passed former Cornell head coach Gil Dobie -- who took 108 games to pass the century mark in wins back in 1921. Leipold, in that same article, humbly gave credit to his players and coaches for the record:
"It's something that will sink in probably further down the road," Leipold said. "I'm very fortunate for the opportunity to be the head coach at UW-Whitewater. We have players that have played hard and bought into the philosophy, and we have a great group of assistant coaches who we've been able to retain. They've done an outstanding job."
On behalf of B5Q, congratulations to Leipold -- who's 100-6 overall as a head coach since taking over in 2007 -- for adding another milestone to his coaching legacy, and the Warhawks football team for this unprecedented trend of success.