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Graceland Football Alumni Association

Calling all former Yellowjacket football players.

Register NOW for the Ring of Honor Celebration

Please plan to join us in Lamoni in celebration of the inaugural Ring of Honor inductees; Former Head Coach William (Duke) Dudek, Russell Bruch QB, Charlie (Chaz) Seefeldt LB, and Jeff Criswell OT.

We’ll honor these exceptional individuals, recognizing their hard work, leadership, and dedication to Graceland’s football team. The first class of 2023 will be celebrated on September 16, 2023, during a special Ring of Honor Day at Graceland.

Ring of Honor Celebration Schedule

9:30 a.m. Breakfast with the Football Team in the Commons: Registered football alumni will be able to join the current team for a pregame meal (registered alumni will be able to pay for the meal at the door $9.35). This event is for football alumni only. Please be on time or early and dress business casual. (No hats, hoodies, jeans)

12:30 p.m. The Celebration Luncheon at the Lamoni Community Center: Speakers will include the GFAA President, the inductees and President Pat Draves will join us as well. Up to one additional guest per registrant.

There will be NO charge for the lunch and beverages! (Mexican Buffet).

*Donations are welcomed.

*Business casual attire required.

*Please be early!

4:30 p.m. Pregame tailgate at the north end of the stadium.

6:00 p.m. Graceland Football vs. Missouri Valley: All are invited to join us in the fun! During halftime, we will have a special on-field ceremony to highlight the honorees and football alumni in attendance.


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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 reconnect with former Graceland players, foster a sense of community among football alumni, and organize events to gather and strengthen those connections. Through collaboration and camaraderie, we strive to build a strong and united network of Graceland football alumni that celebrates our shared experiences and contributes to the continued excellence of our beloved program.

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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
Greg Criswell ’84
William Grey ’93
Nick Uhlenhopp ’02
Dwayne Melton ’11
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.

Tell us your Graceland class year.
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.