Norwich University kicked off the 2013 season on Aug. 6 by welcoming 60 newcomers to the program.

Among the Norwich Class of 2017 is Mike Pulaski, a 2013 graduate of St. Joseph High School. A native of Stratford, Pulaski will major in criminal justice at Norwich.

His older brother Nick, captain of St. Joseph’s state championship team, is a junior defensive end for Norwich.

In 10 games as a sophomore, Nick Pulaski had 31 tackles, good for four quarterback sacks, and forced two fumbles.

“I can’t wait for this freshman class to get into the swing of things here in Northfield,” head coach Mark Murnyack said. “The coaching staff worked extremely hard recruiting these student-athletes, who represent 16 states and one foreign country.”

Murnyack returns for his third season at the helm of the Cadets’ squad. Boasting a 14-7 record through his first two seasons, Murnyack is poised to lead the team to another winning season in 2013.

He said, “The incoming student-athletes know what the expectations are at Norwich. They have accepted the challenge, and how quickly they get on board will be critical to our success this season.

“I expect that they will be ready to work, compete and develop. The staff is looking forward to teaching and mentoring these athletes on a daily basis.”

Mike Pulaski joins a football squad that posted a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 record in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) action last season.

Following the regular season, the Cadets earned a postseason bid to the 2012 ECAC Northeast Bowl, held at Endicott University.

Two years removed from the program’s first-ever NCAA appearance, the Cadets will call an artificial playing surface home for the first time in the program’s 120-year history, as the remarkable Sabine Field underwent a $6 million renovation over the summer.

Renovations not only include an updated playing surface, but also bring a quarter-mile track, a new scoreboard, artificial lights, a new grandstand and a state-of-the-art press box to the new multi-sport facility.