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Then, in high school, O'Shea was ...
Then, in high school, O'Shea was too good to leave off the varsity squad as a sophomore, so Wheeler coach Dan Klimczak moved him to receiver for a year before then-quarterback Mike DeSimone graduated.
"It's been an absolutely outstanding career for Sam," Klimczak
"Football is a game he
absolutely excels at and thrives at," Klimczak
Coach: Dan Klimczak (5th ...
Coach: Dan Klimczak (5th year at Wheeler & Overall; Career 36-9)
The offensive line lost a lot of talent from last year, but Coach Klimczak is confident in the group this season.
Though smaller than last season, he
feels they are athletic and tough and will get the job done.
At most smaller schools, kids are forced to play both ways due to the size of the roster.
This is the case at Wheeler
as Coach Klimczak
will be forced to trust players to play both offense and defense.
Wheeler football coach Dan ...
Wheeler football coach Dan Klimczak directs the team during an afternoon scrimmage as they prepare for their sectional game.
Seeing the faces and hearing the stories at his
grandfather's funeral, Dan Klimczak
knew then he
wanted to be a high school football coach.
The revelation came when he
was 16 years old and in his
sophomore year at South Central High School
heard how his
grandfather had influenced former Slicers players, how he
had served as a mentor to so many different people over the years.
"It was Christmas Eve, and there were scores of his
ex-players there," Dan Klimczak
At the age of 33, Klimczak
is in his
fourth season as the head football coach at Wheeler
In 44 games, his
Bearcats have won 36 of them and lost just eight.
travels to Rensselaer tonight to play in its second-ever sectional championship game.
The first came two years ago under Klimczak's
"I really do think that success is contagious and the attitude that players possess going into the games and the offseason is contagious," Klimczak
, of course, points to the staff of coaches he's
built around him.
took over the program, only one holdover from the previous coaching staff remained.
"I have a trusting relationship with my brother and my best friend," Klimczak
"It's just a great situation," Klimczak
"We're all buddies, but we're here to do a job, and we work well together."
talks about "buy-in" and how the players truly listen to their coaches and mentally digest what they're being told.
It's not a matter of reinventing the wheel in terms of coaching, but it probably has something to do with the way Klimczak and his
coaching staff relate to their players.
"The support structure we have is tremendous; I can't say enough about it," Klimczak
Perhaps it's fitting that Klimczak
has taken over such a young program at such a young stage in his
undoubtedly is leaving his
impression on the program, but it seems to be leaving one on him, too.
"It's been really neat stepping into a program that's still in its infancy that had a great groundwork already set and to step in and take the reins and say, 'Here's where we're going now,' " Klimczak
Sports - Post-Tribune (Northwest Indiana)
Wheeler officially has named Dan Klimczak as its football coach.
The Union Township school board approved his
hire on Wednesday night.The Post-Tribune last week reported Klimczak
would succeed Phil Mason.
..."Being a head coach has been a dream of mine since I was a young boy," said Klimczak, one of several members of his family to star at South Central and the grandson of a former LaPorte coach.
"Wheeler is a program that is growing.They're really starting to build a strong tradition.It's really appealing as a young coach.My family and I are elated." Klimczak
spent six seasons as a coach at Valparaiso
, most recently as the junior varsity head coach, varsity defensive line coach and assistant strength coach.The St. Joseph's College graduate also spent one season as an assistant at Knox
, who turns 30 in August, will teach social studies and U.S. government at Wheeler.He
still resides in Union Mills.
"Any time you're able to work under a coach like (Valparaiso) Coach (Mark) Hoffman, it's really a benefit," Klimczak
"Being a graduate of South Central, I prefer a small-school atmosphere." Klimczak
has met with several players informally, and has a meeting scheduled for tonight with the players and their parents.
"I try to build strong relationships with everyone involved - players, their families, the coaches, the administration," he
"I'm a people person.
"You're always looking for ways to improve," Klimczak
Sports - Post-Tribune (Northwest Indiana)
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Wheeler expected to hire Valparaiso's Klimczak
is expected to be hired as the new head football coach at Wheeler
Three sources with intimate knowledge of the hiring process confirmed that Klimczak
, currently an assistant coach at Valparaiso
High School, has been chosen to replace Phil Mason, who left last month to coach his son as an assistant at Andrean
...Klimczak, a South Central High School product and a 1999 graduate of St. Joseph's College, is the head junior varsity coach at Valparaiso, as well as the defensive line and assistant strength training coach for the varsity.He's
been at Valparaiso
for six seasons, after one year at Knox. Klimczak
, who turns 30 in August, still lives in Union Mills, where he
has continued the family tradition of football success in LaPorte
County, dating back to the 1950s, when his
grandfather, Stan Klimczak Sr., began a 19-year coaching career at LaPorte.Dan
three brothers -