Former University of Northern Iowa football player and UNI Athletics Hall of Famer Loren Buser will serve as the UNI Football 'Coach for a Day' at the Panthers' 2012 spring game. UNI's Purple and White squads will face off at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the UNI-Dome. The event is free to the public.
Buser won the right to serve as 'Coach for a Day' during the live auction at UNI's fourth annual Rally in the Valley on Saturday evening.
Buser was a football letterwinner at the State College of Iowa (now UNI) from 1963-65, serving as a team captain his senior season.
He earned first-team all-North Central Conference honors as a senior linebacker in 1965 and was an honorable mention all-conference pick in 1964 on the defensive line. Buser also played fullback in his time with the Panthers.
Voted the Outstanding Lineman in the 1964 Pecan Bowl, Buser was also the recipient of the 1965 Oil Can Award, a team award given to the player who seems to make things move the smoothest. He went on to be drafted by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, playing two seasons there and starting every game at linebacker before sustaining an injury.
Besides his athletic accomplishments, Buser was instrumental, along with then-athletic director and football coach Stan Sheriff, in setting up the UNI Athletic Club. He served as president of the club on three different occasions.