Budmayr chases new dream as coach

first_imgAfter a series of injuries derailed his playing career, Jon Budmayr has embraced his role as a player-coach.[/media-credit]It isn’t easy chasing after a dream, especially when that dream is to play in the National Football League. It’s even harder to give up that dream after putting so much hard work and commitment into one goal.This offseason, Wisconsin redshirt senior quarterback Jon Budmayr had to come to terms with his body that has proved unable to keep up with the grind of Division I college football.The Illinois native has dealt with nerve issues in his elbow almost his entire career at Wisconsin – an issue that sidelined him for both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Just as he persevered through injury in the past, Budmayr tried to give his goal of starting for the Badgers one more go.“I decided to try it one more time and come back this spring and do winter workouts and see where that got me,” Budmayr said. “A few weeks in, my body just wasn’t responding. More issues were popping up neurologically. At that point, I decided my playing was over.”It was not an easy decision for the four-year veteran to come to terms with-never getting a chance to start a game under center for the cardinal and white. But after praying about it and talking with his parents and people close to him, Budmayr was able to accept his decision to move on from playing football.“It was one of the tougher decisions I’ve made in my life,” Budmayr said. “It was emotional just because you put so much into it, which I have my whole life. You work for so hard for – all of us have the common goal and that’s to be a professional football player someday, since we were little.”During his career, Budmayr was able to play in only three games where he threw for 134 total yards and a touchdown.After hanging up his pads, the ex-signal caller is now pursuing his next dream of becoming a football coach.“I got with [head] coach [Gary] Andersen and talked to him about [a coaching] opportunity and he was unbelievably positive about it,” Budmayr said. “He granted me the opportunity to [be a player-coach]. Now it’s just moving forward with this and being a sponge and learning as much as I can.”Budmayr will add a not-so-new face to a revamped coaching staff brought in by Andersen. The ex-quarterback has started his UW coaching career assisting the staff’s newest hire, Jeff Geynk, with the tight ends and special teams where there was a pressing need for coaching personnel.New offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig is excited to have Budmayr on his offensive coaching staff and has confidence in what the rookie coach can do.“Bud’s awesome,” Ludwig said. “He hated to leave the quarterbacks, I hated to lose him, but there is a chance there to make a big impact on the program in a different role. He’s a football fanatic. He wants to be a coach. So, he’s got a chance to grow tremendously in terms of learning the game from that perspective.”One player who has been through the thick and the thin with Budmayr and can relate to his history with injuries is sixth-year senior quarterback Curt Phillips. Phillips and Budmayr came up through the UW program together, and while Phillips was on the field starting for the Badgers last fall, Budmayr was on the sideline giving Phillips a small sample of his coaching.“I trust what he sees,” Phillips said. “Sometimes you have people on the sidelines that you don’t necessarily take their advice, but he’s somebody that I definitely look up to and whatever he says I take to heart.”Budmayr says he has kept busy so far during spring practice, preparing charts and PowerPoints for the players and coaches, along with coaching on the field. It’s been a fast transition, but Genyk has taken Budmayr under his wing, making for a much smoother transition.Although Budmayr had to give up his dream of playing football as a career, he is now living a different dream.“It was my dream as a kid, like every kid, to grow up and play professional football,” Budmayr said. “After I had to move on from that dream, the next step was coaching, and so now I’m getting my feet wet with that, and I can’t thank coach Andersen enough for that opportunity.”last_img read more

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Elnora Donnini Noland, 82, formerly of Wellington: Sept. 19, 133 – March 24, 2016

first_imgElnora Donnini NolandElnora M. Donnini Noland, formerly of Wellington, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Choctaw, Oklahoma at the age of 82.Elnora was born the daughter of Charles L. and Maude Estelle (Nelson) Martin on Tuesday, September 19, 1933 in Garfield, New Mexico.On October 24, 1951, Elnora and Faust L. “Denny” Donnini were united in marriage in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Together they celebrated 35 years of marriage before his passing in Wellington,  in 1987. She was blessed to find love again and married Al Noland. They spent his last years together before his passing in 1996.Elnora was the Finance Manager for the Sumner County Mental Health Center in Wellington, . She retired in 2000 following a 22-year career. Elnora was an avid gardener who loved nature and spending time outdoors. She was also an accomplished artist who worked in multiple medias including pottery, oils and watercolor. Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Donnini Fredline (Brian) of Laingsburg, Michigan; son, Richard Donnini (Tonia) of Dayton, Ohio; daughter, Julia Donnini Laughlin (William) of Choctaw, Oklahoma; son, David Donnini of Portland, Oregon, grandchildren: Julianna Buning, Lynda Miller, Brian Donnini, Ryan Donnini, Justin Pruitt, Sarah Donnini, Connor Donnini and Landen Laughlin, great-grandchildren: Patrick Buning, Justin Buning, Jaylyn Aprill, Drake “Denny” Buning and Aidyn Alsteen. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Faust L. “Denny” Donnini; husband, Al Noland and daughter, Deborah Ann Donnini. A family remembrance celebration will be held at a later date in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington, , where she will be interred next to her husband Faust “Denny” Donnini. A memorial fund has been established in her loving memory to the Garden of Memories Cemetery in the Village of Hatch, New Mexico where her parents were laid to rest. Contributions may be mailed to, or left with the funeral home. To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington, .last_img read more

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City hailed as Premier League greats after 15th straight win

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City midfielder David Silva (R) celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League match against Swansea City at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on December 13, 2017 © AFP / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 14 – Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are being widely hailed as one of the best sides in Premier League history after they set a stunning new record of 15 straight wins.In its 25-year history, the Premier League has boasted a series of outstanding sides including Manchester United’s treble-winners, Arsenal’s “Invincibles” and Jose Mourinho’s powerful Chelsea side in his first stint at the club. But Guardiola’s team — even though they have not won any silverware yet — are smashing record after record as they sprint towards the Premier League title, leaving allcomers a distant speck in their rear-view mirror.Wednesday’s 4-0 win at Swansea took them clear of Arsenal’s 14 consecutive victories under Arsene Wenger between February and August 2002.Their 49 points from 17 games is the best-ever start to an English top-flight campaign, bettering the record of Tottenham’s great double-winning side of 1960-61 — when a win was worth just two points.BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce believes the current City side is at the top of the tree.“There have been great teams in the modern era but, in terms of fluent football and as an irresistible force, Manchester City are the best the Premier League has ever seen,” he said.“I’ve never seen a team in all my years play like this.”When asked whether City are one of the best sides we have ever seen, former England captain and TV pundit Alan Shearer agreed.“I don’t think there is any doubt about that, and top players in that team, with hunger and desire to put in a performance week in, week out,” he said. “It has to has to be admired.”Chastened Swansea manager Paul Clement described the pain of watching his side try to compete with Guardiola’s free-flowing team.“At times it was horrible to be on the sideline watching that, seeing my side trying but suffering for long periods,” he said.“They’re not the games that will decide our season but it was hard to watch at times because they were so dominant. For me, one of the best sides I’ve ever come across. So many good athletes, so many intelligent footballers and it’s really hard to pin them down.”Guardiola, who managed a Barcelona side widely regarded as one of the finest club sides in history, is aware of his team’s place in the English game.“In history there were amazing things like Liverpool in the 80s and Manchester United with Sir Alex Ferguson or Chelsea with Jose Mourinho,” he said. “There were some amazing teams.“But we are the first ones to win 15 in a row. If we win the title it will just be a record and this record will be broken, but of course it will not be easy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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