OPRF football coach search narrowed down to four

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

First-round interviews have concluded in the search to replace former OPRF football coach Jim Nudera, according to John Stelzer, the athletics director for the high school. Stelzer said the list of candidates has been narrowed down to four.

“We will be inviting four individuals back after the winter break for second-round interviews, and we hope to have it all concluded and finalized by the end of January, if not before,” he said.

Stelzer would not elaborate on any of the four candidates, but sources have said all four are from outside the school, not current coaches or teachers at OPRF. 

After 12 years as head coach and a record of 41-69, Nudera resigned back in early November citing the need to explore other opportunities and to spend more time with his family.

Tim Hasso, last season’s defensive coordinator and Nudera’s brother-in-law, did not interview for the position. Hasso is also the school’s head boys track and field coach.    

The chosen candidate will become OPRF’s 19th head football coach in the school’s history.

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John McCarthy from Berwyn  

Posted: December 28th, 2010 12:03 PM

As more parents begin to grasp the significance of head injuries to their high school players, and as middle aged coaches continue to realize they may be personally liable for playing kids with concussions, the attrition will continue. Many coaches who played in HS & college are now being declined for long term care insurance. Other insurance policies are also being reviewed where the athletes had multiple concussions. This will be a growing & ongoing story moving forward...

Progress at OPRF  

Posted: December 22nd, 2010 8:39 AM

OPRF is now better known for its successful Soccer program. John Stelzer and OPRF are finally looking to create Leadership and Success that will bring football back to the level the OPRF was once known for. Congratulations. Just look at the Stadium, and you see History - and with that History there was a great football tradition. Is this a chance to bring back that tradition?

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