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Heartbreak Ridge

The first game played at Neshaminy’s new field, called the “Neshaminy Athletic Field” or “Playwicki Field”, was in 1956. In 1965 Dick Dougherty of the Courier-Times refers to Neshaminy’s football field as “Heartbreak Ridge”. It was appropriately renamed as Harry E. Franks Stadium in 1985. LED lights were installed in July of 2015. Neshaminy is the 1st High School field on the East Coast to have these installed

Wall of Fame

The “Wall of Fame” was built to serve as a very public and important display of the many players, coaches and others who have contributed so much to Neshaminy’s football program since its first season of 1928. The statue of Coach John Petercuskie Sr., 1960 - 1965, was dedicated on September 19, 2010. His record was 59-1-5.

Cheer

Our Cheer team. led by Michelle Mazur has a long history of winning Championships. Known for their famous Chant "Everybody do the Redskin Rumble", they raise spirits at every game.

Student Section

Neshaminy has strong student participation and they represent at every game no matter home or away. The Redskin 8 changes each year and leads the student section in vocal support of our players.

Marching Band

Under the direction of Mike Lipton, our Marching Band is second to none. With a new and exciting theme each year, they keep the crowds entertained with their excellance in musical creativity and spot-on precision formations. For video of our fight songs click here

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Time will never dim the Glory of the Neshaminy Redskins...Harry E. Franks

  • "Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there" — Bo Jackson
  • "If you can’t outplay them, outwork them" — Ben Hogan
  • "Champions keep playing until they get it right" — Billy Jean King
  • "Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement" — Matt Biondi
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2013 Coaching Staff

mark schmidtMark Schmidt Head Coach: Coach Mark Schmidt is entering his 19th season as Redskin Head Coach. His career record at Neshaminy is 148-64. He holds the record for the most wins and most games coached in Neshaminy History. Prior, he served six seasons as Offensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Lock Haven University. There, he was instrumental in implementing the Run & Shoot offense, which was nationally ranked during his last three seasons. As Recruiting Coordinator, Schmidt was no stranger to the Suburban One Conference, actively recruiting high school players throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware.

Prior to Lock Haven, Schmidt coached under Jerry Berndt at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn the team earned Ivy League Championship honors both seasons he was there. He also was a Tight End Coach under Jerry Claiborne at the University of Kentucky.

Schmidt's first coaching experiences actually came in the Suburban One Conference, when in 1982 and 1983, he coached under the direction of close friend and Norristown Area High School head coach Roger Grove. During those years, Norristown won back-to-back Suburban One Conference Championships.

A Graduate of Lower Moreland High School, Schmidt earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Ursinus College, where he was an All-Conference linebacker. Schmidt currently resides in Plymouth Meeting, PA, with his wife Maribeth and their daughter Erica, born February 26, 1997 and twins Lindsey and Jack born December 22, 2002.

steve wilmotSteve Wilmot, Assistant Head Coach and Strength & Agility: This is Coach Wilmot's 19th year coaching with the Redskins. Coach grew up in Flourtown, PA and went to Springfield Montco High School. He played under Coach Bob Malehorn and Coach Dave Puchulski. Coach then went on to play at Lock Haven University, where he was captain his senior year and played for four years under his Offensive Line Coach Mark Schmidt. Coach Wilmot has been teaching for 12 years at Neshaminy, 10 years at the former alternative school, and currently as a biology teacher at the high school. He is a certified strength and condition coach certified through the NSCA. He is married to Jennifer, a 5th grade teacher at Herbert Hoover Elementary School, and has a step-son Shane (13) and son Jason (6)

jay weidenbaughJay Weidenbaugh, Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach: Coach Weidenbaugh graduated from Spring-Ford High School. He attended West Chester University and earned a B.S. degree in Physical Education. He also has a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina. Coach Weidenbaugh has 31 years of coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate levels. His wife Tina is the seventh grade principle at the Springfield Flex school.

neil frenchNeil French, Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach: Coach French is entering his 12th season as Co-Defensive Coordinator. Coach is a 1994 graduate of Notre Dame HS in Lawrenceville, NJ & earned a Bachelors in Secondary Educ. from Villanova in 1998. He also holds a Masters Degree in Educ. Admin. from Gwynedd Mercy College. This will be Coach French's 15th year as a Social Studies teacher at Maple Point MS. At Maple Point, Coach also serves as the Student Council advisor, 7th Grade Boys Basketball Head Coach, 8th Grade Baseball Head Coach & is a member of the Student Assistance Team. Coach French served as Acting Assistant Principal at Poquessing MS in 2007. Coach resides in Langhorne with his beautiful wife Jennifer (Neshaminy 94) and daughters Julia (6) and Addison (4)..

ray jonesRay Jones, Defensive Coach: Coach Jones is entering his 15th year coaching at Neshaminy. Coach Jones attended Kutztown University. He has over 25 years of coaching experience. Coach Jones runs his own real estate business and lives in Langhorne with his wife Kelly and three children: Austin, Joscelyne and Mason.

dave ferraraDavid Ferrara, Outside Linebackers Coach: David is a '87 graduate of Neshaminy High School. He was a member of the football team for three years and earned the honors of making the Redskin Eleven in his senior year. After high school Coach Ferrara graduated from Bucks County Community College with a 3.9 GPA and a Associates Degree in Educational Psychology. Coach then transferred to Trenton State College (known as The College of New Jersey today) to major in History Education. He graduated in 1993 with a 3.489 GPA. Coach also holds a Masters Degree in Education from Arcadia University. Coach Ferrara teaches Ninth Grade American History at Neshaminy High School. He has been a member of the high school coaching staff since February 2005.

tom coatesTom Coates, Defensive Line Coach: This is Coach Coates' 3rd year at Neshaminy. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln HS in Philadelphia, earned a BS degree in Health and Physical Education from West Chester University and finished graduate school at Penn State University for Special Education. Coach Coates has been coaching for over 30 years. His daughter, Kellie, is a Special Education teacher in Coatesville School District. His son, Tom Jr, is the owner of Transcend Fitness in Newtown, and his son Joseph is attending his 2nd year at Temple. and daughter Alyssa is entering 8th Grade at CR North playing Volleyball.

jamar brittinghamJamar Brittingham, Running Backs Coach: Jamar, a 2002 Neshaminy High School graduate, is in his third season coaching at Heartbreak Ridge. He was a member of the 2001 State Championship Football team and had 30 touchdowns and 2,575 rushing yards for the season. He continued playing football at Bloomsburg University from 2004-2008 where he was the all-time leading rusher and scorer in school and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) history, ending his career with 5,689 yards rushing yards, 516 points scored and 6,867 all-purpose yards. He holds 27 school and conference records. Jamar currently resides in Levittown, PA.

keith ennisKeith Ennis, Wide Receivers Coach: The 2002 graduate of Neshaminy High School, Keith is in his 3rd season as the wide receivers coach. He was a member of the 2001 State Championship team. He is now working at Hyatt Hotels Food and Beverages, where he is an Assistant Director. He currently resides in Levittown, PA.

biz keeneyBiz Keeny, Quarterbacks Coach: Coach Keeny graduated from Upper Perkiomen High School. He attended Kutztown University and earned a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. He also has a M.Ed. in Health Science from Eastern University. Coach Keeny has been coaching at both the high school and college levels for more than 20 years. He's been a Head Coach at both Bensalem High School and William Tennent High School. He resides in Warminster with his wife Jenn, sons Justin and Cody and daughter Sara.

jim longJim Long Quarterbacks/Fullbacks: Jim has been married to Tricia for 19 years. They have 2 Children - Shannon Catherine who is 14, and Christian James who is 11. The Longs live in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Jim's education: Jim attended Archbishop Wood High School and graduated in 1986. Jim then attended the University of Delaware and graduated in 1991. Coach Long has 14 years of High School coaching experience. He was the Offensive Coordinator at William Tennent in 2012, the Wide Receivers Coach at William Tennent from 2001-2011, and the Quarterbacks Coach at Archbishop Wood in 2000.

brian schedlingerBryan Schedlinger, Trainer: Trainer Coach Bryan holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Ithaca University in Athletic Training. He is responsible for all Neshaminy High School athletic teams. He has been at Neshaminy High School since 2002. Bryan grew up in Ewing NJ and presently lives with his wife Deena in Langhorne.

jr douthartJR Douthart, Trainer: JR attended Neshaminy High School where he was a 4 year letterman with the Redskins football team in the position of trainer from 1976 to 1980. He worked at William Tennent as head trainer until 1985 when he returned to the Skins. JR works for Fire Safety Plus and has been a firefighter and an EMT since 1979. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

 

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