AFW ELITE players receive the benefit of being coached by true winners and champions. Congratulations are again in order as many AFW ELITE alumni coaches advanced deep in their state playoffs during the 2018 season. Coaches Beau Desherow, Mike Kotoski, John Hebert, Scott Alexander, John Morrison, Dave Inserra, Rick Magsaman, Doug Haas and Tim Norwood all advanced to post-season play with five coaches on the sideline for state championship games.
Coaches Beau Desherow and Mike Kotowski were part of the Loyola Academy staff that secured the high school’s second state title in the last four years and third overall in Illinois 8A completing an improbable and impressive run after starting the season 3-3. Always playing outstanding competition the Ramblers refocused and reasserted themselves the remainder of the season and in the state championship game defeated Brother Rice 13-3 after falling to the Crusaders earlier in the year 35-3 in Week 4.
Head Coach John Hebert and assistant coach Scott Alexander again lead the Greyhounds of Carmel High School (IN) to the state championship game. After winning the state title (6A) in 2016 Coach Hebert lead the Greyhounds (11-3) back to the title game, but fell to undefeated Warren Central. Carmel has advanced to the state championship game five times since 2011.
Coach Rick Magasman coached the defense leading the St. Charles North Stars to their first state championship game (Illinois 7A) where they fell to Nazareth Academy who earned their third state title.
Dave Inserra, who has lead Maine South to multiple state championships (’16, ’10, ’09, ’08), advanced to the third round of the state playoffs where they fell to the hot Loyola Ramblers team.
Coach John Morrison, former head coach at Francis Parker High School (San Diego, CA) and now serving as an assistant to his son Matt, helped lead the Lancers on a remarkable comeback season all the way to the California state semi-finals.
Head Coach Doug Haas lead the Wooster Generals back to the state playoffs in Ohio and Tim Norwood assisted on the Barrington HS football staff that advanced to the second round of the Illinois 8A playoffs.