October 7, 2010

Norwich football: The Stiles way

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Norwich senior DB
Charles Stiles is an
active-duty Marine.

By Derek Dunning,
Assistant Sports Information Director, Norwich University


NORTHFIELD, Vt. –
 Charles Stiles hasn't gone the traditional route through college.

The 27-year-old strong safety on the Norwich University football team came to Northfield in the fall of 2008 after having served two tours in Iraq as a member
of the United States Marine Corps.

"As far as I can remember and growing up as a teenager, I wanted to be in the Marine Corps," Stiles said. "I had some strong influences and mentors and they kind of steered me into that direction. My senior year of high school was also
9/11 so that kind of had a strong influence on my decisions as well."

Stiles gave up his traditional path through college and returned home during his freshman year at a Division II college in his home state of Pennsylvania.

"I had a scholarship to play football at Millersville University, but I left school during my first year for family reasons and to help out at home," he said. "All my friends were over in Iraq and I wanted to be a part of that so I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2003."

Stiles was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for three years and during that time he was sent over to Iraq twice. He was in 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion with a military operations specialty of communications and returned from his first tour in September of 2004 and came home from the second in the spring of 2007.

Stiles' tours of duty had a large impact on how he ended up at Norwich when he found out about the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP).

"I was actually influenced by my staff non-commissioned officer in Okinawa to join the program," Stiles said. "We submitted the packet to try and get accepted by the Marine Corps headquarters."

MECEP provides members of the military a tuition scholarship to attend school in hopes that they can bring their real-life experiences as an active member of the military to the corp.

"The goal of the program is to take enlisted marines and give them an education at a university with an ROTC program and then upon completion of your degree, you get commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps as a second lieutenant."

In his three years at Norwich, Stiles has been a stand-out not only on the gridiron but also a liaison and mentor for the Corps of Cadets as a member of MECEP.

Norwich assistant coach Mark Murnyack recruited Stiles when he initially graduated from high school in 2002 and six years later, the offer was still on the table.

"I was looking at a few other places, but I kind of wanted to go to a smaller school with a close-knit community. Vermont provided an opportunity to focus on my academics and not all the other distractions that can come along with a college lifestyle."

During Stiles' career, Norwich has gone from a 2-8 record in 2008 to an 8-3 record and ECFC Championship in 2009, as well as another strong start this year at 4-1.

"It's been an eventful process," Stiles said. "Nobody really likes to lose. But, it's been pretty exciting the past few years seeing the transformation of the team from not only the players; but with the coaching staff too. It's been a pretty moving experience."

Stiles missed last weekend's 64-7 rout of Becker College due to a military event that was mandatory for him to attend.

As an active-duty marine, Stiles simply said, "the military comes first."

Upon graduating in May next spring, Stiles will go through a series of schooling with the Marine Corps to find a suitable job for him to carry out the remainder of his service.

"My first and foremost choice would be to be a pilot. I would like the challenge and getting out of my comfort zone and jumping on a new opportunity. But, I would also have no problems with going back to ground side and being an infantry officer."

In four games this season, Stiles has recorded 12 solo tackles and seven assists for 19 total tackles. He also has a pass break-up and one forced fumble.

The Cadets return home this Saturday to Sabine Field where they will host Gallaudet University at 2 p.m. as part of Norwich's Homecoming weekend.

"It's a cliché, but we really are just trying to take it one game at a time," Stiles said. "The Mount Ida loss is probably going to be a black eye on the season, but that's behind us now and we're just trying to move on to Gallaudet."

Sep. 30: All times Eastern
Final
Randolph-Macon 24, at Shenandoah 19
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Final
at Washington and Lee 49, Emory and Henry 23
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Oct. 1: All times Eastern
Final
Massachusetts Maritime 30, at Fitchburg State 0
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Final
Becker 42, at Gallaudet 18
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at Hobart 38, Merchant Marine 35
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RPI 51, at Rochester 13
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Final
Endicott 21, at MIT 9
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Final
at Johns Hopkins 52, Juniata 17
1:00 PM
Montclair State at William Paterson
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2nd - 02:54
6 Hamilton
14 Wesleyan
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4th - 12:26
7 Bates
6 Tufts
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31 Wabash
14 Hiram
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3rd - 00:56
35 Middlebury
0 Colby
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5:45 - 3rd
24 Amherst
3 Bowdoin
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1:00 PM
Frostburg State at Kean
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3rd - 03:51
21 Kenyon
27 DePauw
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1:00 PM
Ferrum at Greensboro
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1:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Methodist
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HALF
19 FDU-Florham
14 Wilkes
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3rd - 10:00
7 Anna Maria
23 Castleton
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3rd - 09:02
18 Moravian
23 Ursinus
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HALF
38 Stevenson
0 Misericordia
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Late in the 3rd Quarter
14 Springfield
21 St. Lawrence
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HALF
28 Thomas More
15 Westminster (Pa.)
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3rd - 08:55
42 Alma
17 Kalamazoo
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Halftime
10 Franklin and Marshall
10 Dickinson
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3rd - 08:22
42 Wesley
9 Southern Virginia
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3rd - 01:17
21 Adrian
14 Albion
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3rd - 03:38
26 Husson
5 SUNY-Maritime
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Start of 4th
24 Apprentice
0 Alfred State
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4th - 11:44
6 TCNJ
33 Salisbury
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HALF
17 Buffalo State
14 St. John Fisher
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9:56 3rd
40 Salve Regina
7 Curry
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5:00 3rd
20 McDaniel
24 Gettysburg
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21 Delaware Valley
0 Lebanon Valley
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1:06 3rd
7 Ohio Wesleyan
21 Denison
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7 Utica
9 Ithaca
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4th - 12:58
42 Alfred
14 Morrisville State
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10:01 3rd
29 Western New England
14 Nichols
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1:00 PM
King's at Albright
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3rd - 07:10
0 Catholic
59 Guilford
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3rd - 11:28
21 Muhlenberg
23 Susquehanna
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3rd - 05:12
21 Huntingdon
35 N.C. Wesleyan
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1:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at MacMurray
3rd - 07:19
24 Birmingham-Southern
24 Chicago
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1:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Crown
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1:30 PM
Oberlin at Allegheny
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3rd - 14:52
7 Mount Ida
7 Norwich
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Start of 3rd
24 Trinity (Conn.)
6 Williams
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35 Baldwin Wallace
35 Marietta
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3rd - 08:24
10 Muskingum
6 Heidelberg
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3rd - 09:22
14 Union
7 WPI
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16 Maine Maritime
29 Coast Guard
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23 John Carroll
0 Wilmington
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21 Mount Union
7 Ohio Northern
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Start of 3rd
27 Franklin
7 Manchester
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1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Hanover
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1:30 PM
Widener at Lycoming
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End of 2nd
39 Defiance
14 Earlham
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2nd - 11:56
7 Concordia-Chicago
6 Trine
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4:20, 1st
6 Capital
7 Otterbein
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2:00 PM
Plymouth State at Westfield State
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2nd - 03:21
24 Wittenberg
0 Wooster
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2nd - 04:41
7 Anderson
20 Rose-Hulman
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2nd - 03:22
13 Hampden-Sydney
30 Bridgewater
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2:00 PM
Waynesburg at Grove City
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2:00 PM
Cortland at Hartwick
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2:00 PM
Centre at Hendrix
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2nd - 01:52
20 Eureka
6 Greenville
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2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Iowa Wesleyan
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7 Concordia (Wis.)
0 Lakeland
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2nd - 08:20
9 Rockford
28 Benedictine
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2nd - 04:14
14 Aurora
7 Wisconsin Lutheran
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2:00 PM
Nebraska Wesleyan at Luther
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2nd - 06:13
20 Rhodes
7 Sewanee
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7 Lake Forest
28 St. Norbert
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2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Gustavus Adolphus
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2nd - 01:45
21 Hamline
16 Carleton
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Halftime
28 St. John's
7 Bethel
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2nd - 10:27
10 UW-Whitewater
7 UW-Platteville
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End of 2nd
6 Buena Vista
10 Loras
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2nd - 04:57
21 Sul Ross State
20 Hardin-Simmons
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2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at UW-Eau Claire
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2:00 PM
Beloit at Lawrence
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2:00 PM
Cornell at Monmouth
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2nd - 15:00
10 Wartburg
3 Coe
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15:00 2nd Q
14 Dubuque
7 Central
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2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Illinois Wesleyan
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2:00 PM
McMurry at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Augustana
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2:00 PM
Macalester at Ripon
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2:00 PM
Grinnell at Illinois College
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2:00 PM
Howard Payne at Louisiana College
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2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at UW-La Crosse
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2:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
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2nd - 09:26
0 Augsburg
13 St. Thomas
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3:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Thiel
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3:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Morthland
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3:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Martin Luther
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3:00 PM
Carthage at Carroll
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3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
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4:00 PM
Willamette at Puget Sound
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4:00 PM
Whittier at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
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4:00 PM
Pacific at Pacific Lutheran
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4:30 PM
Lewis and Clark at Linfield
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5:00 PM
Framingham State at Mass-Dartmouth
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5:00 PM
Averett at LaGrange
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5:00 PM
Whitworth at George Fox
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6:00 PM
Olivet at Hope
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6:00 PM
Bethany at Carnegie Mellon
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6:00 PM
St. Vincent at Case Western Reserve
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6:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Rowan
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6:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
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7:00 PM
Berry at Washington U.
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7:00 PM
North Park at Millikin
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10:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at Chapman
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10:00 PM
La Verne at Cal Lutheran
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10:00 PM
Occidental at Redlands
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Oct. 1: All times Eastern
Final
at Hobart 38, Merchant Marine 35
Final
at Johns Hopkins 52, Juniata 17
4th - 11:44
6 TCNJ
34 Salisbury
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HALF
28 Thomas More
15 Westminster (Pa.)
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Halftime
31 Wabash
14 Hiram
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HALF
17 Buffalo State
14 St. John Fisher
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HALF
38 Stevenson
0 Misericordia
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Late in the 3rd Quarter
14 Springfield
21 St. Lawrence
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3rd - 05:12
21 Huntingdon
35 N.C. Wesleyan
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Halftime
21 Mount Union
7 Ohio Northern
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Start of 3rd
27 Franklin
7 Manchester
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2nd - 03:21
24 Wittenberg
0 Wooster
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2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Illinois Wesleyan
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2nd - 10:27
10 UW-Whitewater
7 UW-Platteville
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Halftime
28 St. John's
7 Bethel
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2:00 PM
McMurry at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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2nd - 04:57
21 Sul Ross State
20 Hardin-Simmons
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2:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
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15:00 2nd Q
14 Dubuque
7 Central
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2nd - 06:58
0 Augsburg
19 St. Thomas
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3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
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4:30 PM
Lewis and Clark at Linfield
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6:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Rowan
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