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Bradford Head Coach


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WORLD's Football News - For Coaches and Players - Newsletter about Football, Equipment, Services, and Products [cached]

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 admits he 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 contributes his coaching success to having the right staff, which he says "contributes greatly to good programs.
Bradford is not only where Steve Ackerman enjoys coaching his football team, teaching Health and P.E. and raising a family - it is also his home-town.He 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.His wife, Lyndi, also teaches Physical Education in the Bradford School District, and they have a 5 year old son, Kevin.
According to Ackerman, his 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 contributes his 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."
The Bradford 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.He 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!

D9SPORTS [cached]

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.

Recap [cached]

"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 said.
"The turnovers were key," Ackerman said.
"I'm happy because we won," Ackerman said.
"We know that teams don't respect our passing, especially with our third-team quarterback in there," Ackerman said. "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."
Ackerman called it a "Frisbee" touchdown, but "It looks like a touchdown pass in the paper tomorrow," he said.
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 range," Ackerman laughed. "Forty-two-and-a-half yards, well 42 on the nose actually.

Steve Ackerman ASST. ... [cached]

Steve Ackerman ASST. COACH

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"All three of them were the difference tonight," Bradford head coach Steve Ackerman said.

"That was the turning point of the game," Ackerman said.

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