Ron Beacom, Neligh-Oakdale's head football coach, has been named assistant coach for the White team in the 3rd Annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic, according to Mike Fuehrer, Sports Development Manager for the Norfolk Area Sports Council.
Tony Hoffman of Crofton, who will be the head coach for the Red Team, and Dr. Jon Cerny of Bancroft-Rosalie, who will be the head coach for the White Team, have been named head coaches for the 2015 All-Star Classic.
The 3rd Annual All-Star Game will be played on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Field in Norfolk.
Dr. Cerny served as assistant coach on the White Team last summer. He said this will be the last game he will coach after 32 years, all at Bancroft-Rosalie.
Hoffman served as an assistant on the Red Team last summer. He said he is stepping away from the game after joining the Crofton football program as an assistant in 1995. He has been the head coach since 1999.
Mark Brahmer, Head Football Coach at Pierce High School, who serves as President of the Board of Directors, said both men are quality head coaches and both will have outstanding assistant coaches to work with.
“The board and I are thrilled to have two of the most successful football coaches in Northeast Nebraska leading our respective all-star squads this year,’’ Brahmer said. “Tony Hoffman and Jon Cerny have been proven winners over the long haul, and we are excited to watch them lead their teams.’’
Brahmer also said both coaches are joined by a wealth of knowledge and ability among their assistant coaches. “High school football is strong in this part of the state, not only because we have tough players that are willing to work, but also because we have coaches who work hard at their trade,’’ he said. “All of these coaches positively represent the strength of football in this area.’’
Hoffman’s assistant coaches will be Tom Allen of Crofton, Steve Neptune of West Holt, Darin Suckstorf of Lutheran High Northeast, Chad Cattau of Hartington Cedar Catholic and John Bellar, formerly of Norfolk Catholic.
Cerny’s assistant coaches include Dan Maresh of Lyons-Decatur Northeast, Arnie Johnson of Boone Central/Newman Grove, John Erwin of Norfolk High School, Ron Beacom of Neligh-Oakdale and Jim Clarkson of Clarkson.
Fuehrer said the two head coaches and their assistant coaches represent a pool of 58 high school football teams from throughout northeast Nebraska. Those 58 high school head football coaches have until Nov. 30 to nominate their own players for consideration. Both teams will have 36 players on their rosters.
Faith Regional Health Services (FRHS) of Norfolk has been the Classic’s Title Sponsor the past two years and will continue to be the Title Sponsor for the 2015 and 2016 All-Star Games, according to Fuehrer.
Brahmer said the All-Star Classic is gaining momentum as the event moves into its third year. “Because of a strong partnership with Faith Regional hospital as well as other area businesses and organizations, we are confident this event will continue to grow in popularity and prestige,’’ he said. “It has been, and will continue to be, a tremendous opportunity for our worthy young men in this area to display their football talents one last time.’’
The Board of Directors also named its officiating crew for 2015. The Referee will be Greg Dostal of Atkinson. His remaining crew includes: Wayne Hesse, Umpire, O’Neill; Ross Tomjack, Line Judge, O’Neill; Ed Peppel, Linesman, Butte; and, Doug Kubik, Back Judge, Atkinson.
Fuehrer also said football fans that they can follow current and past developments on the All-Star Classic webpage: www.nenallstarfootballclasic.com. “The website is very fan-friendly,’’ Fuehrer said. “The website showcases what the Classic’s mission is, provides history of past games and provides news events leading up to the 2015 Classic.’’
Here is a thumbnail look at the Red Team’s coaching staff:
TONY HOFFMAN, CROFTON: Hoffman will be this year’s head coach after serving as an assistant in 2014. He compiled a record of 115-51. His team’s qualified for the state football playoffs 14 out of the 16 years. Crofton was state runner-up in 2003. Hoffman coached the 2010 Shrine Bowl game.
TOM ALLEN, CROFTON: Allen has been Crofton’s defensive coordinator since 2001. He previously was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Papillion-LaVista High School. He also was an assistant coach at Omaha Benson in 1994-95.
STEVE NEPTUNE, WEST HOLT: Neptune has coached in three different states Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. He also has been an assistant coach for four years and a head coach for 16 years. I came to West Holt from Texhoma, Oklahoma. He just concluded his fifth season at West Holt.
DARIN SUCKSTORF, LUTHERAN HIGH NORTHEAST: Suckstorf, has been the head football coach for the Eagles since 2007. In 2011 he was selected Class C-2 Huskerland Prep Coach of the Year. His football teams have qualified for the state playoffs the last five years.
CHAD CATTAU, HARTINGTON CEDAR CATHOLIC: Cattau started as an assistant coach at Cedar Catholic in 2000 and became the head coach in 2002. While at Cedar Catholic, the Trojans have been in 3 state championship games (2001, 2009, and 2014). His Cedar teams have won 6 district championships and have qualified the state playoffs the past 15 years. Cedar plays David City Aquinas Tuesday in the Class C-2 state finals.
JOHN BELLAR, NORFOLK CATHOLIC: Bellar amassed 34 years of coaching football in Nebraska high schools, including 11 years as a head football coach and 23 years as an assistant. Bellar worked on Norfolk Catholic football staff as an assistant coach from 1996-2013.
Here is a thumbnail look at the White Team’s coaching staff.
DR. JON CERNY, BANCROFT-ROSALIE: Dr. Cerny has been head football coach at Bancroft-Rosalie School for 32 years with a career record of 230-94. His teams qualified for the playoffs 23 times, winning state championships in 1985 and 1999, and finishing runners-up in 1986 and 2006. Dr. Cerny coached in the Nebraska Eight man all-star game in 1987 and 1992, the Kansas Nebraska all-star game in 2008, the Oklahoma-Nebraska all-star game in 2006, and the Northeast Nebraska all-star game in 2013.
DAN MARESH, LYONS-DECATUR NORTHEAST: Coach Maresh has been coaching for 8 years, including the last 7 seasons at Lyons-Decatur Northeast. During his time as head coach, Lyons-Decatur Northeast has a record of 22-22.
ARNIE JOHNSON, BOONE CENTRAL/NEWMAN GROVE: Coach Johnson and his Cardinals are scheduled to play Ashland-Greenwood Tuesday in the Class C-1 State Championship game. This spring he is retiring after 35 years as a teacher and coach. He started his career at Howells in 1979. After eight years, Johnson moved on to Albion where he has been for the rest of his career. He has coached in four Class C championship games.
JOHN ERWIN, NORFOLK HIGH SCHOOL: Erwin began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Humphrey St. Francis 1985-1988. He then joined the Norfolk High School staff as an assistant coach in 1989. He has held the defensive coordinator’s position since 2004.
RON BEACOM, NELIGH-OAKDALE: Beacom has been coaching football for the last 25 years. He is the Head Football Coach at Neligh-Oakdale, where he has led the program to back-to-back playoff appearances. Previously, he was the Head Football Coach at Archbishop Bergan Catholic School in Fremont for 13 seasons.
JIM CLARKSON, CLARKSON: Clarkson has spent 17 years at Clarkson High School, including 12 years as Head Coach of Clarkson and 3 years as Head Coach of Clarkson-Leigh. His teams have been in the Playoffs the last 9 years. Three of his teams reached the semifinals and his 2007 squad was State Runner-Up.