West Chester University West Chester, Pennsylvania
Contact Football Camps is please to announce its third summer at West Chester University. This football camp works on the fundamentals of both offense and defense, while providing a fun environment for campers!
Directing the camp is Head Football Coach at West Chester University, Bill Zwaan. Bill Zwaan enters his 11th season as head coach of the Golden Rams, having put together one of the most impressive coaching resume’s in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference during that span.
- Individual Camp ages 8-18
- Grouping by age, weight and ability
- Contact Drills and Scrimmages
- Contact Football Camp T-shirt and Prizes
- Great exposure to college coaches
- Daily training to develop speed, strength and agility
West Chester University utilizes nine top-notch facilities for its 24 intercollegiate athletic programs. From state-of-the-art upgrades to the school’s football field, which doubles as home to the men’s and women’s outdoor track & field squads, to the traditional surroundings of Hollinger Field House nestled in the hub of North Campus, West Chester has played host to NCAA championship events, regional finals and conference titles.
Zwaan has won three PSAC Eastern Division titles (2004, 2007 and 2008) while copping Coach of the Year plaudits each time. He has guided the Golden Rams to the NCAA II playoffs five times while authoring the third-most wins in school history and steering the institution to the national semifinals for the very first time in just his second year at the helm.Read Full Bio
In nine years on West Chester’s sideline, Zwaan has masterminded a 70-39 (.642) record.He sports an overall record of 124-53 (.701) in 15 years. His 70 victories at West Chester University is third all-time on the school’s charts while his .642 winning percentage ranks sixth all-time at the institution among coaches who spent at least three years in that position.
Zwaan’s patented Spread Wing-T offense has averaged better than 400 yards of total offense per game in seven of his nine years at WCU and has scored at least 50 touchdowns per year in his first six campaigns.
The 15-year college football mentor collected his 100th career win against Lock Haven in the 2008 season opener and is one of only a handful of college coaches to lead a school to the NCAA Tournament semifinals at both the Division II and III levels, having guided West Chester to the Division II semifinals in 2004 and Widener University to the Division III semifinals in 2000.
West Chester University has captured the Team of the Year award handed out by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) three times during Zwaan’s tenure (2007-09). The Southeastern Pa. native was also honored with induction into the Delaware County chapter of the Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame in July 2008.
Zwaan and the Golden Rams have suffered through a pair of losing seasons in each of the past two campaigns. However, the Golden Rams still ranked among the top seven teams in the PSAC in scoring offense and among the top nine teams in total offense. Additionally, West Chester University’s place-kicker, Shawn Leo, was named a finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award in both 2010 and 2011, handed out to the national kicker of the year who examplifies excellence both on the field and in their community.
West Chester lost two games in overtime while suffering a heart-breaking two-point loss to Edinboro in 2010. Senior WR Dan DePalma finished second in the conference in receiving yards while is nine touchdown receptions ranked fifth in the PSAC. He signed on with the New York Giants practice squad in the fall 2011 where he remained the entire season, helping the Giants’ to victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
Zwaan put together a 7-4 campaign in 2009. However, the Golden Rams managed to win their final three games after having been knocked out of the divisional championship race. It marked the first time since Zwaan’s first year at WCU that the football squad didn’t reach the NCAAs and the first time it was not nationally ranked in the American Football Coaches’ Association (AFCA) postseason poll since 2005.
Despite the disappointment in not reaching the postseason, West Chester’s defense was the top-ranked unit in the PSAC, highlighted by a run defense that yielded just over 77 yards rushing per contest. The Golden Rams’ offense was ranked third in the PSAC under the guidance of sixth-year senior QB Joe Wright, who finished the year as the loop’s second-rated passer.
West Chester finished 9-4 in 2008 with the school’s second consecutive PSAC Eastern Division title in tow, marking the third straight nine-win campaign and second straight undefeated conference slate. As a result, West Chester captured the Division II team of the year award in the ECAC for the second straight season. The Golden Rams made it five postseason appearances in a row, topping Southern Connecticut State, 52-32, in the first round of the NCAA playoffs and setting a school record for most points in a playoff game.
West Chester boasted the conference’s second-ranked offense, averaging 428 yards per game and scoring 58 touchdowns. Senior WR Mike Washington was the focal point of that offense, earning Division II first team All-America accolades and being honored as one of eight finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy handed out to the Division II player of the year.
In 2007, West Chester posted an overall record of 9-3 en route to the PSAC Eastern Division crown with a perfect 5-0 mark. The Golden Rams once again reached the NCAA II playoffs.
After guiding the Golden Rams to a 9-4 mark in 2006, including a first-round victory over Bryant in the postseason, West Chester captured its second Lambert Cup in the last three years as the top team in the East.
In 2004, Zwaan was chosen the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division coach of the year as his club posted a school-record 11 victories against just four losses. The Golden Rams won the PSAC East, captured the Division II Lambert Trophy for the first time since 1967 and claimed an NCAA Division II playoff victory for the first time in the history of the program.
Zwaan’s magical run through the NCAA II playoffs ended with a loss to national power Valdosta State (Ga.) in the semifinals. It marked the first time that West Chester University won the NCAA regional championship and advanced to the semifinals in school history.
The former Widener University head football coach and director of athletics took over the Golden Rams’ coaching reins in February of 2003. He led West Chester to an 8-3 mark, its most wins in a season since 1999.
In 2002, Zwaan completed his sixth and final year as head coach of perennial NCAA Division III powerhouse Widener by leading the Pride to their third consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference championship with a 9-1 mark. He stepped down from his post as both head coach and the school’s athletics director to take over at West Chester.
Zwaan still owns the highest winning percentage in school history at Widener University with a .794 ledger (54-14). In 2001, he guided Widener to its second straight MAC title and a spot in the national quarterfinals. He produced the first undefeated regular season in 20 years and reached second in the Division III national polls for five weeks during the campaign.
In addition to being named the MAC and Region II coach of the year in 2000, and again in 2001, Zwaan was named the Tri-State Region coach of the year by the Maxwell Football Club and was also honored as the American Football Monthly coach of the year.
Widener won a dozen games in both the 2001 (12-1) and 2000 (12-2) seasons and the Pride advanced to the NCAA Division III national semifinals in 2000. That year, Widener also captured the Division III Lambert Cup and also won the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III team of the year award.
Zwaan has produced 14 All-Americans and four academic All-Americans. His latest protégé, wide receiver Mike Washington, was a Harlon Hill finalist in 2008 for Division II’s player of the year award. Washington caught for more than 4,000 yards during his career and set numerous records on the national, conference and school levels. His record of 50 straight games with at least one pass reception is a Division II record and one shy of the NCAA record at any level.
Former Widener University wide receiver Michael Coleman became the first Pride drafted by the NFL in 20 years (2002) thanks to Zwaan’s tutelage. Jim Jones, who along with Coleman, helped form the most formidable receiving tandem in the country, signed a free agent contract following the draft that same year.
Former Widener standout T.J. Hess received two of the highest honors in the nation as he was named Academic All-America of the Year for the college division (Divisions II, III, NAIA) and was one of 16 recipients of an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame while playing for Zwaan.
Zwaan’s football coaching career began at Monsignor Bonner High School where he was the offensive coordinator from 1977-79. He later served stints at the University of Cincinnati and at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Following three years as merchandise general manager for the Philadelphia Spectrum, Zwaan joined Bill Cubit in 1988 at Martin County (Fla.) High School.
Zwaan was a standout quarterback at the University of Delaware during his college playing days, leading the Blue Hens to the 1974 NCAA Division II national championship game. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in Marketing Management in 1979.
Gerald Toney begins his 18th year as an assistant coach at his alma mater with a promotion to assistant head coach. Toney had served as the team’s offensive coordinator the previous three seasons helping head coach Bill Zwaan orchestrate the complex Spread Wing-T offense. This fall, Toney will coach the special teams unit and the defensive backs in addition to his assistant head coaching duties.
Last season, Toney oversaw the conference’s sixth-ranked offense, which averaged 372 yards per game and scored 39 touchdowns. The Golden Rams’ offense ranked among the top six in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in each of his three years as offensive coordinator. He was instrumental in the development of first team All-PSAC wide receiver Dan DePalma, who caught 50 passes for 962 yards and nine TDs.
Toney’s first campaign as offensive coordinator (2008) was very successful as WCU authored the league’s fourth-best offense overall and its second-best passing offense. West Chester averaged 425 yards of total offense per game last season, including 273 yards through the air. West Chester ranked fourth in the PSAC in scoring with a 34.5 points per game average as well.
Mike Furlong returns for his 22nd season on West Chester’s sideline this fall in his familiar role as the Golden Rams’ defensive coordinator for the 19th consecutive year.
Furlong’s other duties shifted slightly last season as the veteran mentor slid over to tutor the defensive backs after nearly two decades of overseeing the team’s linebackers. This fall, Zwaan has returned Furlong to his linebacking duties where he will mentor the outside ‘backers.
In 2009, Furlong put together the top-ranked defense in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, highlighted by the group’s stinginess in the running game. West Chester allowed just 77 yards rushing on average per game, holding some of the conference’s top tailbacks to under 100 yards. The Golden Rams ranked second in the conference in scoring defense, yielding just 17 points per contest as well. West Chester’s four starting linebackers were widely considered the best unit in the conference with both Mike Dell and Sam Scott earning a spot in the Valero Cactus Bowl – a Division II all-star bowl game – in January 2009. Scott was named defensive MVP in that tilt, tying a Cactus Bowl record for tackles with 14.
Bill Zwaan Jr.
Bill Zwaan Jr., returns to his alma mater after one year at nearby Widener University in Chester, Pa., where he is re-joined with his father, Bill Zwaan Sr., on the Golden Rams’ sideline.
The 2008 graduate of West Chester University also spent a year at Lycoming College, getting a taste for coaching at the college level, and now enters his third year overall as a college football assistant coach.
His father has put him in charge of the wide receivers while also giving his old man assistance in coaching the quarterbacks. The younger Zwaan ran his father’s Spread Wing-T offense to near perfection during a four-year playing career at West Chester University. Now, he must learn how to impart that knowledge on a group of very young quarterbacks to keep the Rams near the top of the Eastern Division of the PSAC.
One of the school’s all-time great signal callers, Zwaan ranks fifth all-time in school history in career passing yards (6,298) and touchdown passes (65) while placing sixth in both career pass attempts (655) and completions (378). He holds the school record for most consecutive games with at least one TD pass (17). He is one of only five former WCU quarterbacks to throw for more than 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns in a career.
Chris Bantell enters his second season as an assistant coach at his alma mater. He will assist with the defensive backs for the Golden Rams again this fall. Bantell is in his second stint with the Golden Rams. He volunteered his time as an undergraduate assistant at West Chester University in the spring of 2008, before being hired as a graduate assistant at Widener University.
Bantell made the move back to West Chester from Widener where he mentored the linebackers while working on his master’s degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Education.
Bantell earned his bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies from West Chester University in 2009 with a minor in Athletic Coaching and Communications.
Jim Brazill Sr.
Jim Brazill Sr., enters his seventh season at his alma mater as an assistant coach for the West Chester University Golden Rams. He remains in his usual role as the team’s strength and conditioning coach while also tutoring the inside linebackers for the sixth straight year at West Chester.
Brazill spent one year with the team’s running backs last fall, but is back home where he is most comfortable mentoring the linebackers.
A 1975 graduate of West Chester University, Brazill holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Physical Education from the university. He was a linebacker for the Golden Rams during his undergraduate years in the mid 1970s for legendary head coach John Furlow.
Brazill will begin his 36th year of teaching at Salesianum (Del.) High School this fall and had spent nearly three decades on the coaching staff at that institution before jumping on board at West Chester University where both of his sons (Jim Jr. and Mike attended and played on the football team). He served for 11 years as the head coach, taking his team to the Delaware High School state championship in 1993.
Jim Brazill Jr.
Jim Brazill Jr., enters his sixth season at his alma mater alongside his father, Jim, taking on the duties of mentoring the Golden Rams’ tight ends, along with the offensive guards. Brazill spent his first three years with the offensive line as well as helping with recruiting and video responsibilities.
Brazill coached one of the top tight ends in the PSAC as well as the Northeast Region in Ryan Paulson, who led all conference tight ends in receiving yards and catches last fall. Paulson was an all-league and all-region pick for his efforts in 2008 and again in 2009.
The younger Brazill now accepts the challenge of tutoring a capable replacement for Paulson in head coach Bill Zwaan’s Spread Wing-T offense. He will have a young, but very talented, group of tight ends to bring along.
Brian Kelley enters his second season of intercollegiate coaching as an assistant on head coach Bill Zwaan’s staff, helping out with the defensive line, following a year with the inside linebackers in 2010. No stranger to the Golden Rams, Kelley has been around West Chester University’s football program for the last six years, volunteering his time during spring drills since 2005.
Kelley is a 10-year veteran of coaching, spending his first eight seasons on the high school level at Unionville High School where he has served as both the defensive coordinator and special teams coach since 2002. He also helped coach in the Valor Bowl – a Chester County high school senior all-star game – from 2003 to 2005.
Jo Jo Patrick
JoJo Patrick begins his second season at West Chester University as an assistant coach, helping out with the offensive line. He comes to the Golden Rams’ program from nearby Widener University where he spent 2009 as an assistant coach with the Pride.
Patrick mentored the defensive line at Widener and spent two seasons at Valley Forge Military College before that, working with the special teams unit. He also gained experience working with linebackers as well as strength & conditioning while at Valley Forge.
Patrick is in the midst of his third season of coaching at the four-year intercollegiate level. His knowledge and expertise will be put to good use with a very experienced and talented offensive line. Patrick will assist current offensive line coach Nick Sama with the development of that unit again in 2011.
Nick Sama enters his ninth season with West Chester University. The veteran mentor will again coach the offensive line. Sama followed Bill Zwaan from Widener University to West Chester University in 2003. The two have spent the last nine campaigns together on the same staff.
Sama has tutored an offensive line unit that started three red-shirt freshmen in 2008 into one of the top offensive lines in the PSAC. His efforts in molding the Golden Rams’ front wall are sometimes overlooked. However, West Chester’s offensive line was a big reason the Golden Rams ranked second in the PSAC in passing and third overall in total offense in 2009.
While at Widener, Sama coached the offensive line for 19 years in the highly regarded Middle Atlantic Conference, winning nine championships. He also has coached in several Eastern College Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III playoff games while his tutoring has produced numerous all-conference and All-America linemen.
Per PIAA By-Laws, “a Pennsylvania High School student who participates in organized contact football camps, clinics, drills, Practices, Inter-School Practices, Scrimmages, Contests, or similar contact activities outside the PIAA-defined football season shall be ineligible to participate in interscholastic football for a period of one year from the date of such participation.” Therefore, Pennsylvania High School and Middle School players choosing to attend this summer’s camp will be involved in a “Non Contact” version of the same program consisting of Helmets and Shoulder Pads ONLY.
HALF DAY MORNING SPECIALTY CLINIC - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (first morning) - $150
Sample Daily Schedule
- Day 1
- 8:45 a.m. Clinic Campers Check In Only.
- 12:30 p.m. All Skills Camp Check In/Orientation/Rules.
- 2:00 p.m. Regular Camp Schedule.
- Days 2-3
- 7:15 a.m. Stretch/Run.
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
- 9:00 a.m. Practice #1, Offense Emphasis.
- 11:30 a.m. Lunch/Free Time.
- 2:00 p.m. Practice #2, Defense Emphasis.
- 4:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart.
- 4:45 p.m. Dinner/Free Time.
- 6:45 p.m. Practice #3, Competition.
- 8:15 p.m. Evening Activities, Meetings, Speakers.
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart.
- 10:00 p.m. Lights Out
- Day 4
- 7:15 a.m. Stretch/Run.
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast, Warm Up, Drill ReCap.
- 9:00 a.m. Final Games
- 12:00 p.m. Camp Check Out