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Warhawks' Leipold eyes record-setting milestone

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WHITEWATER, Wis. (WKOW) -- The University of Whitewater-Wisconsin football team has definitely proven they can play. The Warhawks have won five national titles in the last seven years.

But as they get set to travel to UW-Eau Claire this weekend, they're on the brink of yet another milestone.

Head coach Lance Leipold will look to tally his 100th career win over the Blugolds. But as far as he's concerned, this contest will be no different from any other.

"Not at all," said Leipold, "because we have to focus on what we're doing this week."

The victory would make him the fastest coach to the 100-win mark in NCAA history at all levels, a record set back in 1939.

"For us as a team, we would just be so happy for him," said senior quarterback Matt Behrendt.

"It'd be cool to be the group that gives him that accomplishment," echoed senior defensive back Brady Grayvold.

The top-ranked Warhawks will also be aiming for their 23rd straight victory, a streak that now spans over three seasons.

"That's one of the best things about [coach]," said Behrendt. "He doesn't brag or anything. But we know, we know how important he is and how special he is to this program."

Leipold's career at Whitewater began in the 1980s, playing quarterback. His first assistant coaching job was with the university immediately after graduating, and he became the head coach of the Warhawks in 2007, leading them to his first of five national championships.

"He's so much more than a football coach," Grayvold said. "He's a mentor and he helps us out and he's always there for all of us. He can't go out and make the plays. He can't go on the field and do what we need to do to win, but he's always setting the pace at practice. He sets the tone for gamedays." 

This milestone will be as much for the Warhawk program as it is for Leipold himself.

"I finally have a way to give back to the university that's done a lot for me and given me an opportunity," Leipold said. "So, I think at the end of the day, when my days are done here, I'll look back at that with pride."

Kickoff between the Hawks and the Blugolds is  set for 2 p.m.

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