As far as we know, Wesley College’s 73-4 home-field record at Scott D. Miller Stadium is the best performance ever on a FieldTurf football field.
“We probably had the worst grass field in college football in 2003,” says Mike Drass, athletic director and head football coach at the Division III liberal-arts college in Dover, Del., acknowledging that weather conditions in that state can be difficult and unpredictable. “Since 2004, when we put FieldTurf in, we’ve had great success.”
Between 2004 and 2007, the Wolverines didn’t lose a single home football game. By 2011, Wesley was 47-3 at home. The team only lost once more at home during the next four years.
No wonder Wesley officials opted to replace its 10-year-old FieldTurf with another FieldTurf field earlier this year. “Without question, FieldTurf is the best surface for playing college football,” Drass says, without us asking him to say it. “Not a lot of small-college football teams have FieldTurf, and we’ve really promoted it from a recruiting standpoint.” Wesley opted for the FieldTurf Revolution system, regarded as the premier synthetic turf system with unparalleled player safety and performance standards. Learn more Here.
Indeed, a home-field record of 73-4 requires more than an exceptional playing surface. Equally exceptional players have packed the Wolverines’ roster for years. Wesley’s football team hasn’t experienced a losing season since 1989, and last season, junior quarterback Joe Callahan set a single-season school record by throwing for 4,190 yards and 46 touchdowns.
On July 1, Wesley officially joined the powerhouse New Jersey Athletic Conference. And for the fifth straight year, the team is ranked in the Top 25 in D3Football.com’s preseason poll. “We wanted to have the best field we could possibly have, and we got it,” Drass says.