last weekend of August would figure to be a quiet time on most Division III
campuses. Not so at Hamline University.
a gray Saturday afternoon, head coach Audrey Ludwig was putting her young volleyball
team, fresh from their only scrimmage prior to opening the season this week
with a tournament at St. Olaf, through their paces with a brisk practice in
Hutton, the women’s soccer team was seen loading up a series of vans. “Headed
to a scrimmage?” a passerby asked head coach Ted Zingman. “Bonding trip,” he
replied with a smile. Their season opens Thursday at Wisconsin-Superior
couple of hundred yards away at Paterson Field, the men’s soccer team was
scrimmaging the University of Minnesota. Head coach Jon Lowery came away
pleased when his charges erupted for three goals in the last 25 minutes. The
men head to Ohio this week for a pair of games.
footballers were in New Ulm scrimmaging Martin Luther on Saturday. The next
morning, however, the campus hummed with activity early as head coach John
Pate’s team packed their bags for a five-day jaunt to Camp Ripley.
is Pate’s first season at Hamline. He said he got the idea in part because he
remembered what Gary Barnett used to do when he coached Northwestern many years
ago. “Barnett took his team to Kenosha for several days,” Pate recalled. “It
worked very well for them. So I started looking around here for a place to go
that was out of town.”
found what he was looking for in Camp Ripley, a 53,000 acre facility near
Little Falls, Minn. that is best known as a military training center. It is roughly 110 miles from campus. The
Pipers will be based there until September 1 when they return to Klas Field
for an intrasquad scrimmage. The first regular season game is September 10 at
schedule at Camp Ripley sounds a bit daunting. The players sleep in military barracks. Reveille is at 6:00 a.m. the
first four days. (On Friday, the players get to sleep in until 6:30 a.m.) Depending
on the day, breakfast is either at 7:00 or 7:30 a.m. On Monday, there are
morning meetings and weight lifting, an afternoon practice and an evening
meeting. There will be two practices (one in pads, one in shells) on Tuesday
and Thursday. On Wednesday, the Pipers
will spend the morning on an obstacle course and the afternoon practicing.
is either 11:30 a.m. or noon and dinner is 6:00 p.m. except on Sunday.
thing stays consistent on this schedule: Taps (lights out for those unfamiliar
with military protocol) is at 10:30 p.m. every night.
players return for the Pipers, who were 1-9 overall last year. But those days
are a distant memory. It’s a new season for the Pipers with a new head coach
and a new look. It only follows there would be a new training technique used as well.