News Ticker

Coach Nofri Beats Cancer

Supporters donate $7,000 to Colon Cancer Alliance in his honor

The University family celebrated with head football coach Mark Nofri in the fall on learning he beat cancer.

Nofri was diagnosed with stage-three colon cancer in the winter of 2014, shortly after leading the Pioneers to a second consecutive Northeast Conference championship. Nofri had surgery last spring and immediately began a 24-week course of chemotherapy that lasted until the middle of the 2015 football season.

Nofri and the University partnered with the Colon Cancer Alliance on the #CoachNofTacklesCancer campaign. The effort raised more than $7,000 for the organization, but more importantly, it brought attention to the disease and the appropriate course of detection and treatment. Many Pioneer athletic teams bore #NofTacklesCancer on jerseys, T-shirts and helmets to express their support.

The campaign culminated at the Nov. 7 home game, where all those who donated to the Colon Cancer Alliance in support of #CoachNofTacklesCancer received sunglasses. Pioneer fans donned blue at the game in honor of Nofri.