JAMES NEWTON (NEWT) GREASER
Newt Greaser was an assistant football coach for the Falcons for 19 years and was a key part of the team's run to eight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships and the team's first-ever appearance in a post-season playoff game.
The 1965 graduate of Parsons College moved with his family to River Falls in 1970, when he met then Head Football Coach, Mike Farley and the two developed both a friendship and a coaching style that was the envy of teams from across the country.
Greaser, who was a collegiate scholarship football player and captain of the team in his senior season, was UW-River Falls’ offensive line coach and developed a rapport with his student-athletes that is still alive today. He is still “coaching” and advising several of the players he coached at UW-RF.
He was an assistant coach from 1970-89 and had players named to All-American teams 16 times and players named to the All-Conference team 30 times.
The 1975 team won the University's first conference championship since the 1958 season. In 1979 the Falcons finished the regular season 9-1 and won the conference title with a 7-1 record. The team advanced to the NAIA Div. I playoffs - the first Falcon football team to ever reach post-season play.
Greaser’s outstanding coaching was a key to the team’s success in 1986. That year the Falcons led the NCAA Div. III in rushing averaging 361.4 yards a game. At the time only three other teams in the NCAA’s history had rushed for more yards in a single season. The 1986 team won the WIAC title with two Falcon offensive linemen earning All-WIAC first team honors.
Greaser is still active in the insurance business and the financial service business and has qualified for several national insurance awards.