OPRF head football coach resigns

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Jim Nudera, the head football coach at OPRF High School, resigned from the position today, citing the need to explore other opportunities and to spend more time with his family.

Nudera has been coaching at OPRF for the last 12 years. His team finished 2-7 overall this season and 0-6 in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference.

Nudera, whose son is the starting quarterback for York High School and a college prospect, said he will continue to work as a teacher in the high school's Driver and Physical Education programs.

In his 12 years at the helm, Nudera coached the Huskies to three playoff appearances.

"Jim Nudera is undoubtedly one of the most committed, hard working coaches that I have had the pleasure to work with during my time at OPRFHS," said OPRF Athletics Director John Stelzer. "His passion for the game of football and for teaching kids is unmatched. Coach Nudera has served OPRFHS and our communities with honor and integrity for the past 12 years, and his dedication to the ideals of inter-scholastic athletics will be missed."

Stelzer said he will conduct interviews for Nudera's replacement over the winter.

Check out the Nov. 10 edition of the Wednesday Journal for a feature on Jim Nudera.

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Posted: November 6th, 2010 5:03 PM

Finally.. he knows nothing about football. expect to yell


Posted: November 4th, 2010 10:56 PM

Finally...Record 41-67, 9 losing seasons, conference record 18-54. Record against teams:York 0-12, LT 2-10, HC 2-10, DGN 1-11, PW 9-3, GW 4-8. Not creative enough to make up for size disadvantages against WSC teams.Ran same plays year after year.Made game decisions that directly lead to losses. Passion for the game is great but when you play a game that keeps score you MUST find ways to WIN those games.


Posted: November 4th, 2010 4:23 PM

Loyalty and commitment to each other is of paramount importance to a team%u2019s success. When you have a culture where passing off responsibility is the norm. Any quality head coach must toil to change the behavior of the %u201Cselfish, me first, gimme gimme%u201D type players. Until those players learn what it takes to play for a team, that team cannot succeed. It%u2019s unfortunate that a head coach had to work over this hurdle with the majority of his players. It%u2019s sad to see selfishness supersede the hard work

Of Course  

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 2:54 PM

This was the best team he had in years this year as well. Numerous newspapers said they would be one of the top teams in the state. The players put in their work, did their job. Hw just didn't.

Right Move from Oak Park,IL  

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 2:51 PM

Yeah well they were ranked #21 in the State of Illinois at the start of the year. He blamed every loss on his teams effort and execution. He showed his players very little respect, even comparing his team to the chicago bears after a game one loss. People thought the loss of Bob Organ wouldn't effect OPRF. Well it proved who the real genius was behind last years teams success. The kids who played were in the weight room every day at 6am working their butts off. Amd he never took responsibility.

OPRF Football Alumni Dad from Oak Park  

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 11:57 AM

Thank you Coach for your commitment, dedication and belief in our young men. Your passion for the game of football is unsurpassed and matched by none. You are truly a class act. You will be missed.


Posted: November 3rd, 2010 11:05 AM

Thanks for all the time and effort you have given for the kids of the community for the past 12 years. Good Luck


Posted: November 3rd, 2010 9:31 AM

career record: 41-67


Posted: November 3rd, 2010 12:50 AM

12 years late...

ringmaster from oak Park   

Posted: November 2nd, 2010 7:59 PM

i love nudera, he's a great guy

Obvious from Oak Park  

Posted: November 2nd, 2010 6:50 PM

It's about freaking time!!!


Posted: November 2nd, 2010 6:48 PM


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