Dad's Night is tonight! Please wear your son's jersey and meet behind the locker room at 6pm. We will take your picture with your son prior to the game. Then you will walk to the stadium with your son and our team. We will warm up behind the stadium and you will enter the stadium and watch pregame. When our team comes together at the 35 yardline please find your seat or continue to senior night.
ALUMNI!! If you continued to play football in college and are able to provide a picture of you playing, a headshot, or uniform shot of you in your college colors please SHARE. We are working on some artwork to show young kids the opportunities that their NV Wildcats have enjoyed!
Upstate Eight Conference Champions | 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
IHSA State Playoffs | 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
The mission of Neuqua Valley High School football program is to bring a group of men together as one, for the goal of being the best football team in the state. Every athlete will be treated with respect and dignity as we strive to reach our potential as a team and as individuals. We will honor the great game of football by always playing with class, within the rules and as hard as we physically can. We Strive to be Champions each day and in every way!
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Enthusiasm | Coaching relies heavily on the ability to motivate athletes. This motivation is best achieved through positive and energetic instruction. It is important to set a positive tone. Positive energy is contagious throughout the program. Players are more likely to play with great energy if the coaches instruct with great energy. Players should be praised for good play and poor play must be corrected immediately in a firm but never humiliating way. Embarrassing players for their mistakes will not bring out the best in them. This will alienate players and cause problems with players/coach relationships.
Trust/Respect | The most important aspect of coaching is the relationship that is built with the players. This relationship must be one of mutual trust and respect. To earn the respect of the players, one must be able to back expectations with actions. For example, if a coach expects the players to be on time for all meetings and practices then they will expect the coach to be on time as well. There is no greater responsibility the coach has, then to model the proper behaviors on and off the field. Players will ultimately lose trust and respect for a coach that cannot practice what is preached. Another key to this trust/respect relationship is honesty. Athletes respect coaches who tell the truth. They may not like it but it is critical in the development of the relationship between the coach and athlete.
Strategic Discipline | In order to be successful over a period of time, players must buy into all aspects of the football program. The offensive and defensive strategies a coach employs, will only be effective if the players can execute them. It is important that the players understand the concepts behind the strategies and essential to stay consistent. For example, a disciplined run game is a constant of teams that I have coached. The players buy into the importance of a strong running attack because it is a consistent point of emphasis. It stands to reason that it is easier to master a few strategies then to master many. If your team has confidence in a few strategies then they are better off than a team that changes strategies every game. Stay disciplined with the strategies and tweak for personnel and opponent differences.
All Conference Players 2015
College Commits 2016
Tommy Cwiok | Grand Valley
A.J. Cwiok | Grand View
Brett Borske | Western Michigan
DeVaugh Welch | Trinity
Connor Molk | Robert Morris
Luke Sawicki | Augustana
Zach Greenberg | North Central
Isaiah Robertson | Notre Dame
Owen Piche | Navy
Coach Bill Ellinghaus (email | 630.428.6844)
@NVHS_Football is a community member that has been following and providing for our Wildcat Community for several years. He has the honor of being the OFFICIAL TWITTER account of Neuqua Valley Football. (other coaches have twitters you can access on coaches page)
Coach Ellinghaus Twitter Feed
Coach Ellinghaus gets better every day with digital tech. He is not the biggest fan of all the technology but he engages to better serve his profession, his players, and community. Staff chose to use @NVHS_Football as the official feed because of gametime tweets (we do not make).