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Sunday December 02, 2001 - The Courier Times

FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR

Neshaminy's Schmidt takes top honor for the third time

Mark Schmidt and his coaching staff demanded a great deal from the players.

And, to the Redskins merit, they delivered.

By JOHN GONZALEZ

Courier Times

He is driven, bordering on consumed. He is excitable, bordering on cantankerous.

Those are Mark Schmidt's character traits. That is, when he's coaching. On the field, in the film room, wherever there is football business needing administration, Neshaminy's head coach is a whirling dervish - a fiery paragon of work ethics and preparation.

Born from the mold of its coach, this year's team was eerily similar. The 'Skins were a tough bunch, a good group who fought with vigor during the week and even harder on the weekend. Which is why they went undefeated during the regular season, a perfect 10-0, becoming the first area team to do so since 1988. It was an effort that spurred them deep into the postseason.

In total, the season was fantastic, and perhaps a little surprising coming off a 6-4 2000 campaign. Still, whatever the expectations, the results spoke for themselves, which is why Schmidt is the Courier Times football coach of the year. It is the third time in his seven seasons at Neshaminy that he has been so honored.

Schmidt and his coaching staff demanded a great deal from the players. And, to the Redskins merit, they delivered.

So that is what you know about Mark Schmidt - he is an aggressive coach, who works every amount of potential from those entrusted to his care. But there is another side to Schmidt. A side hidden behind the extraneous melodrama, away from the field and the public eye. There is a side to Schmidt that you don't know, and one he'd probably rather you not find out about.

He is, in truth, a soft touch. A man who is as predisposed to hug as he is to holler.

"That man can make guys who you never thought could play football, play it and play it well," said senior linebacker Jay Collins. "But beyond that, he's just a good man. He helps us with so much stuff outside of football. I can't even tell you how much he means to a lot of us. He's like a father to me."

Sunday, December 2, 2001

   

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