Jim Nudera announced today that he is stepping down as OPRF's head football coach effective immediately.

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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