Why Joe Callahan Chose Wesley College

Why Joe Callahan Chose Wesley College

DOVER, Del. - In recognition of NCAA Division III Week, five Wolverines student-athletes will be featured on GoWesleyAthletics.com, the official site of Wesley College Athletics, with one athlete being unveiled each day.  Included in the feature will be why the student-athlete chose Wesley College along with highlights of the student-athlete's academic and athletic career.

Joe Callahan
Sophomore Sports Management major from Absecon, N.J.

"Choosing a college was a very exciting experience for me.  After visiting many colleges, I realized that the smaller campus was best for me.  My first football visit to Wesley College was typical of most visits, which included a campus tour, meeting with the Dean of Admissions, the football coaches, and student-athletes.  Talking with the football players had the biggest impact on my decision to choose Wesley College and become a Wolverine.  They spoke of commitment, camaraderie and emphasized the individualized attention received in the classroom due to the smaller class sizes. As a student-athlete, I was looking for a balance between athletics and academics.  I was invited back to campus for a second visit by the football coach to watch a spring football practice.  It was at this time that I talked with the coaches and players in an informal setting.  That interaction gave me a positive feeling that Wesley College would provide me with the best academic and athletic experience. Now, as a junior, I can confidently say that Wesley College was the right choice for me."

On the football field, Joe Callahan had one of the best season's for a quarterback in Wesley College history as a redshirt sophomore in 2013.  Completing a Wolverines record, 269 passes, Callahan threw for 3,599 yards which is the second-most in school-history and 29 touchdowns.  Callahan performed even better on the biggest national stages, throwing for an NCAA Division III Playoff record 633 yards and eight touchdowns in a thrilling NCAA Quarterfinal Game at top-ranked Mount Union, both of which are also school-records. 

A Sports Management major with a 3.54 cumulative grade point average, Callahan was a CoSIDA Academic All-District nominee and set an NCAA All-Divisions record with 510 passing yards in his first career start, a 33-21 season-opening victory over No. 20 Widener.