February 13, 2013 - Four leaders of the Oxford football program in 2012 are moving on to play college football.
Oxford football players (from left) Zack Hadorn, Kyle Anderson, Brennen Orr and Marty Giannola will play college ball this fall. Photo by Dan Shriner. (click for larger version)
Zack Hadorn, Brennen Orr, Kyle Anderson and Marty Giannola all signed letters of intent last week and will bring their skills and character to college.
Hadorn signed with Saginaw Valley State University. Orr, Anderson and Giannola, all signed with Sienna Heights University, a school with a relatively new football program.
Coach Bud Rowley said each of the student-athletes are going to programs that will be good for them and are places they can excel.
"Zach Hadorn is a workaholic, " Rowley said. "Division one schools missed out on him. Saginaw Valley got a steal with him. He's a solid young man in and out of the classroom," Rowley said. Hadorn will likely play defensive end.
"Brennan Orr may start as a freshman. He plays football and hockey and enjoys the contact and hitting all the time. Sienna is a great place for him." Orr is a safety.
"It is a great place for Kyle Anderson too. He needs to do some lifting and building his body up some more but will do a great job there in a year or so. Anderson will play tight end but needs to put on some weight.
"Giannola is a player. He will be flying around and will likely play the first year also." Giannola will play an outside linebacker.
"All four of these young men will make their schools better. They are quality people and come from great families. Coaching them has been a walk in the park."
Giannola said the three teammates who chose Sienna Heights liked the school and also liked that it was a new program and they could be part of helping to create a tradition.
Giannola said he is not sure yet of his college major but would decide after he begins school.
All four boys said they learned some important values from Coach Rowley, other than just their football knowledge. All four said they know the values they learn from their coaches will carry them through their lives.
"He teaches us to be tough, never give up," Giannola said.
Hadorn plans to study biology and to one day be a veterinarian. He knows his time at Oxford will take him to the next level.
"The coach has taught me to be a better man, on and off the field. Be yourself and be good at it," Hadorn said.
Anderson also plans to study biology and appreciates what he has learned at Oxford.
"The coach has taught us to be men," Anderson said. "To be tough and always do the right thing no matter what."
Orr wants to be an elementary school teacher and hopes one day to return to Oxford and teach.
"We have learned to work hard. Hard work will beat talent when talent doesn't work hard," Orr said.
The three players going to Sienna Heights said they are excited about being in a new program.
"We want to help create a tradition like the one in Oxford," Orr said.
Former Leader Editor Dan Shriner will cover Wildcat football this season.