Graceland Football Alumni Association

Calling all former Yellowjacket football players.

It is an exciting new era for the Yellowjacket football program at Graceland. Coach Ross and his staff, on board since the beginning of 2022, have kicked off the fall 2022 football season.

In response to alumni suggestions, Graceland established the official Graceland Football Alumni Association (GFAA) in spring 2022. This group helps to coordinate communication between the football program and alumni as well as support official football alumni events throughout the year. A lot of work has already been accomplished but we need YOUR help.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Graceland Football Alumni Association (GFAA) is to carry out the values and traditions instilled in its members while in attendance on Hilltop and uplift the ideals within the current players in the football program. GFAA strives through its efforts to support the football program at Graceland University by helping to provide student-athletes the opportunity to achieve academic and athletic excellence. GFAA is committed to engaging current players, alumni, and friends who embrace Graceland football and want to be part of the success of the football student-athletes. We thrive on watching student-athletes compete in the sport they love, earn a degree from Graceland University, transition into a career, and be successful in their lifelong endeavors as outstanding Graceland graduates and global citizens.

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Board and Officers

Per the GFAA’s charter, the board is made up of Graceland football alumni from several decades.

Jeff Criswell ’86, President
Twong Wells ’97, Vice President
Ryan Pitt ’12, Treasurer

Ron Carter ’63
Rich Harrop ’65
Bob Piepergerdes ’78
Stan Rupe ’79
Doug Bailey ’82
Nick Uhlenhopp ’02
Dwayne Melton ’11
Pene Saili ’24, Player Representative
Zach Parks, Coach Representative
Joe Worlund ’80, University Representative

The following positions have yet to be filled. If you are interested in serving in this capacity and connecting with other football alumni, contact Joe Worlund or Jeff Criswell.

1990s representative
2000s representative

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Make a Gift to the Alumni Association

The Graceland Football Alumni Association is working directly with the football staff to prioritize needs and we could use your help. Donations to the Graceland Football Alumni Association will go directly toward advancing the football program and improving the experience for Coach Ross and his players and coaching staff. Funds will help connect alumni to the program as well.

To give, follow the link below and select “Graceland Football Alumni Association” from the giving drop-down where it says Please direct my support.

For more information, contact Joe Worlund via email or by phone at 641.784.5401.

Join the Graceland Football Alumni Association

We want to hear from you. There are no fees to join the Graceland Football Alumni Association? Want to receive updates? Provide us with your information in this form and we'll make sure that you are in the huddle.

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Let us know what's been going on with you since your time at Graceland.

Charter and By-Laws

Special thanks goes out to Jeff & Greg Criswell and Nick Uhlenhopp for their assistance in formalizing the GFAA Charter. The Graceland Football Alumni Association provides a framework for the governing body.