Head football coach Ron Ernst breaks record for most wins in MWC
In the 95-year history of the Midwest Conference, there has now never been a head football coach with more victories than Ripon College’s Ron Ernst.
With Saturday’s 27-7 victory over Lake Forest in the Red Hawks’ 2015 season finale, Ernst earned the 160th win in his 25-year career, all of which have come at Ripon. That breaks the previous mark of 159, which was set by Cornell’s Jerry Clark in 1987.
A native of Hastings, Nebraska, Ernst is the only coach in the 124-year history of the Ripon College football program to win more than 100 games, and he currently has 66 more victories than the second-highest total. He has compiled a winning percentage of .653 in his 245 career games.
Saturday’s win gives Ripon a 7-3 record to end the season, marking the seventh time in the last 10 years they’ve finished with at least seven victories. This is also the 11th time in the last 12 years the Red Hawks have won their final game of the season.
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