Who would be Chicagoland’s high school football Coach of the Year so far? Article link below NBC Sports Chicago – By: EdgyTim Oct 10th 2018
With seven weeks of IHSA football in the books, let’s take a look at some of the worthy names that should be considered.
Rob Zvonar – Lincoln-Way East: Zvonar, who is in his 18th season coaching the Griffins (7-0), is also the only head varsity football coach that the schools has known. Sure, Zvonar has a program that is perpetually stacked with talent and sheer numbers. But what makes Zvonar’s work this season –and especially over the past few seasons– has been twofold. First, Zvonar and his staff guided this program through some very difficult waters when Lincoln-Way North was closed and kept winning games and making state playoff runs while dealing with the chaos surrounding the school merger. Second, very few schools can reload and never skip a beat better than Lincoln-Way East. The state’s best team this season is a prime example of a team that brings in several new faces and just keeps winning.
Jordan Lynch – Mount Carmel: The former Caravan (6-1) and NIU standout quarterback was brought in to take over the storied football program back in December when Hall of Fame coach Frank Lenti was (basically) forced out. So far this season, Lynch has been able to maintain the success on the field while changing the Caravan’s power running offense to a more modern shotgun spread run/pass option game while retaining a very strong group of veteran assistant coaches. No one had as much pressure to win this season than Jordan Lynch did.
Daunte Culbreath – Simeon: Culbreath is in his seventh season in charge of the Wolverines. He has also been around the program for years and has led the Wolverines to an impressive 7-0 season. Their key wins have come against the likes of Ohio power Trotwood-Madison (5-2) and CPL power Phillips (5-2). Culbreath has developed multiple names who have played at the highest level of football over the years. This season, he features standout QB Alante Brown (Michigan State) along with a defense that has allowed just 38 points through seven games.
Brian Badke – Brother Rice: Badke, who is in his seventh season at Brother Rice (7-0), has been able to guide the Crusaders from a 2-7 season a year ago to a perfect 7-0 mark so far in 2018. This team that will be one of the top seeds in the upcoming 8A state playoff field. The Crusaders are seeing the benefits of starting several key names as underclassmen last fall while also mixing in some highly talented underclassmen this season. It’s translated to great success.
John Walters – Glenbard East: Walters, who is in his ninth season at Glenbard East (7-0), will have his Rams in the IHSA state playoff field for just the second time in school history. The first appearance was in 1999. Walters and his coaches have been able to develop a very strong senior class over the past few season. The hard work has paid off. There is no question that this program has taken their lumps over the years. But this season has ramped up the excitement level among alumni and current students alike. It’s a big story for a school that has truly had very little football culture.
Other names also in the running;
Paul Parpet – Lisle
Nick Heldreth- Willowbrook
Mike Bukovsky – Montini Catholic
Bryan Stortz – Conant
Sinque Turner – Kenwood
Ron Muhitch – Wheaton South
Bob McMillen – St. Francis
Dan Hutchings – Coal City
Dylan Mack – Elmwood Park
Dan McGuire – Yorkville
Bill Bicker – Plainfield South
Adam Lewandowski – Andrew
From article : NBC Sports.com/Chicago Who’s Chicagoland’s high school football coach of the year so far? By Edgy Tim October 10, 2018 1:29 PM