Change in the air for OPRF football

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Jim Nudera coached the OPRF football team for 12 seasons, a lengthy span that is sure to drudge up some fond and foul memories for many fans and former players.

Nudera, who resigned from the job on Tuesday to seek other opportunities and spend more time with his family, coached the team to a 41-69 record in those 12 seasons. His teams advanced to the state playoffs three times but also accumulated nine losing records along the way.   

With lights installed at the stadium last year and now a regime change on the horizon, the OPRF football program may be headed to new heights. Tell us what your thoughts are on Nudera’s departure and what this program needs to do to be as successful as the other teams in the Silver Division of the West Suburban Conference.

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OPRF ALUM and PARENT from River Forest  

Posted: November 11th, 2010 10:01 AM

Eureka indeed! What took so long? The past two seasons, I have watched and learned much about football. Even I knew something wasn't right. There are hundreds of kids ages 7-14 that play Li'l Huskies and win - they they get to the high school and there is no smooth transition....I have heard that the other towns in our conference start the HS training, philosophy and plays when the kids are little. Best wishes to Nudera but even BETTER wishes to OPRF football and the new coach to save them.

OPRF ALUM  

Posted: November 4th, 2010 11:16 PM

Eureka!! 9 losing seasons a conference record of 18-54, 12 straight losses to York, a combined 5-31 against LT,HC&DGN. Win conference games will be a start to success.How can you lose to the same teams year after year? New coach must be creative in offensive and defensive schemes to make up for size disadvantages.When you play a game that keeps score the goal is always to WIN and that philosophy is needed to create interest in students who want to play football but don't because of the losing.

Allen Twillie from Oak Park  

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 5:59 PM

While there is no doubt that Coach Nudera set a good example for the young men that came through the program for the last dozen years, he left much to be desired as a coach. My son came through his program and has used the valuable lessons he learned like perseverance, selflessness, and dedication. Impressionable young men in other programs gained similar values from football. Kids from York, Lyons Township, & Hinsdale Central got the same life skills from prep football, and they won games.

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