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Rundle makes his pitch to be next UW-L football coach

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Four candidates are making their final pitch this week to restore the glory for UW-La Crosse football.

The school is holding open forums this week for it's head football coach vacancy.

The first candidate to take the stage is Travis Rundle.

Rundle has spent the last five seasons as the defensive coordinator at Illinois Wesleyan. He also spent 5 seasons as an assistant at Penn State.

Rundle sees plenty of potential with UW-La Crosse even with it's recent struggles.

"This is a school I've had my eye on for a long time.  I probably know more about division three athletics than anybody should.  I've had a set list of schools if those jobs should open.  This was near the top.  So it wasn't very long in terms of when it opened I went into Coach (Chris) Schumacher's office, who's our head track at field coach and is in the hall of fame here and a great two-sport athlete.  I started talking to him about it to get his thoughts and he had nothing but great things to say," Rundle said.

Rundle has experience on both sides of the ball.

He was a quarterback in college.

He also credits his seven years at Penn State coaching under the legendary Joe Paterno as an experience that's helped him grow as a coach.

Rundle played collegiate at Albion College in Michigan.

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