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The Bradford OWLS Football Team & Coach Steve Ackerman
Head Coach Steve Ackerman
learned that his
OWLS football team at Bradford Area High School
had won World's Equipment Giveaway from Zac Stark, his
Offensive & Defensive Line Coach.Ackerman
was a bit skeptical at first, but after some research and finding that it was for real, he
was quite pleased. Ackerman first joined the coaching staff at Bradford as Assistant Coach in 1995.
Since accepting the position of Head Football Coach five years ago, he
has hired most of the coaching staff there.The OWLS have achieved a 34-19 record over the past five years.Coach Ackerman
coaching success to having the right staff, which he
says "contributes greatly to good programs.
is not only where Steve Ackerman
enjoys coaching his
football team, teaching Health and P.E. and raising a family - it is also his
has lived in Bradford his
whole life, and although he
attended a different high school, he
always wanted to coach at Bradford Area High School
wife, Lyndi, also teaches Physical Education in the Bradford
School District, and they have a 5 year old son, Kevin.
According to Ackerman
most memorable moment as a coach was taking a team to the final 4 in the State in AAA..When asked what were his
most memorable experiences during his
24 years of coaching, he
responded " ... seeing young men grow into young adults, and knowing I played a role in that."The Head Coach concedes that his
biggest motivation as a coach is his
"fear of losing!"Bradford
Area High School has a very experienced team back from last year according to Ackerman
, who is obviously looking forward to the 2006 season, with 8 starters on defense returning, along with 7 on offense.Coach Ackerman
team's success to the overall commitment of everyone involved in the program, including his
coaching staff and players.His
biggest objective for the OWLS in 2006 is "winning a district championship, and moving on in states."
OWLS have two rivalries - one being in their district, which is Clearfield, who they have a 4-4 record against.The other is across the border in New York state - Olean, who the OWLS are 3-2 against.
Prior to his
coaching career, Steve Ackerman
played football in both high school at BCC, and in college for West Chester University
is thankful to all of his
coaches who inspired him to follow his
path, and feels that he
has learned from all of them.If he
was offered a chance to coach any college team, he
would like it to be Notre Dame
, and says "I grew up loving Notre Dame football, and I would love the opportunity to coach there!
Hayden Johnston - Jr., Clarion-Limestone | Jared Cecchetti - Sr., Kane | Anthony Imbrogno - So., Johnsonburg | Steve Ackerman - Bradford | Kyle Macfarlane - Jr., Bradford & Billy Colwell - Sr., Keystone | Joe Reinhardt - Sr., Bradford | Sean Hvizdzak - Sr., Bradford vs. Clearfield Nov. 7 | Ridgway 37, Curwensville 36 on Oct. 10 | Mike Colligan - Late Asst. Coach at Bradford
Steve Ackerman - Brad.
COACH OF THE YEAR - Steve Ackerman - Bradford
Ackerman was able to keep the team together through a ton of adversity that included losing its final two regular-season games after starting the year 7-0 with injuries playing a key role in the loses and the death of long-time assistant coach Mike Colligan in the week leading up to the Huntingdon playoff game.
Steve Ackerman - Bradford; 2.
"This one is satisfying so much more just because of the situation we were in with the kids who were missing," Bradford head coach Steve Ackerman said.
"I love practicing on Thanksgiving," Ackerman
"The turnovers were key," Ackerman
"I'm happy because we won," Ackerman
"We know that teams don't respect our passing, especially with our third-team quarterback in there," Ackerman
"We threw that in this week after watching the film with St. Marys … we just put a sweep in motion, ran a fade and it worked.
We got a break and it worked."
called it a "Frisbee" touchdown, but "It looks like a touchdown pass in the paper tomorrow," he
On fourth-and-2 from the Dutch 25, Ackerman
sent him in for a 42-yard field goal and he
delivered, barely, as the kick bounced off the crossbar and went over, just inside the left upright.
"That was his
"Forty-two-and-a-half yards, well 42 on the nose actually.
"All three of them were the difference tonight," Bradford head coach Steve Ackerman said.
"That was the turning point of the game," Ackerman