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.