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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.


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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2014 Coaching Staff

Welcome new Head Coach Mike Frederick:

Langhorne: Neshaminy’s Principal, Dr. Rob McGee, has announced that Mike Frederick, a 1990 graduate, has been named as its head football coach following the recent retirement of Mark Schmidt. Coach Frederick played at “Heartbreak Ridge” under Coach John Chaump from 1987 through 1989. He was a two-way performer at both defensive end/linebacker and also as a tight end. A tough competitor, he was named as both the Courier Times' and the SOL Coaches’ "Player of The Year" following his senior year of 1989. He was credited with 50 first hits and 67 assists that season on defense while he led the ‘Skins as a receiver, hauling in 19 aerials for 264 yards. Named to every local and regional all-star team, he was also a 2nd team all-state selection as a linebacker. Voted Mr. Redskin by his teammates in ’89, he also played in the 1990 Big 33 as he helped Pennsylvania top Maryland, 42-28.

As a senior in Langhorne, his '89 Redskins finished 7-4 while during his junior season the '88 squad posted an 11-0-0 regular season record. The team was selected to play in the first PIAA state playoff (an honor despite the Blue & Red’s loss to Cedar Cliff in the Eastern Championship). Following graduation from Neshaminy, Frederick then played at the University of Virginia from 1991 to 1994 under George Welsh. He continued to excel as a defensive end and is generally regarded as one of the Cav’s top ten defensive players of all time. He captained the 1994 team and was twice named as the team's defensive MVP. In 1994 he won the Bill Dudley Award as the top college player in the state of Virginia while he was also the defensive MVP in the 1994 Independence Bowl and was named as a Senior Bowl selection.

After college he was drafted in the third round by Cleveland where he played his rookie season as a back-up defensive end and on the bomb squads. The Browns then moved to Baltimore where he played for three years before heading to the Titans for his final season of 1999. He was on the squad for the January 2000 Super Bowl game against St. Louis. He played in a total of 70 games while in the NFL

Good luck Coach Frederick and, of course, go ‘Skins!

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coach frederickMike Frederick Head Coach: Coach Mike Frederick is entering his 1st season as Redskin Head Coach. Coach Frederick played at Heartbreak Ridge under Coach John Chaump from 1987 through 1989. He was a two-way performer at both defensive end/linebacker and also as a tight end. A tough competitor, he was named as both the Courier Times' and the SOL Coaches' Player of The Year following his senior year of 1989. Hailing from Penndel, Frederick currently lives in Chester County with his wife and four children.

personel bio picSteve Wilmot, Head Coach: This is Coach Wilmot's 20th 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 13 years at Neshaminy, 11 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 (14) and son Jason (7)

personel bio picJay 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 32 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.

personel bio picNeil French, Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach: Coach French is entering his 13th season as Co-Defensive Coordinator. Coach is a '94 graduate of Notre Dame HS in Lawrenceville, NJ and earned a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education from Villanova in 1998 and a Masters in Educ Admin from Gwynedd Mercy. This will be Coach French's 16th year as a Social Studies teacher at Maple Point MS. There, Coach also serves as the Student Council advisor, 7th Grade Boys Basketball Head Coach, 8th Grade Baseball Head Coach and 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 wife Jennifer (Neshaminy 94) & daughters Julia (7) & Addison (5).

personel bio picRay Jones, Defensive Coach: Coach Jones is entering his 16th 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.

personel bio picDavid 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.

personel bio picTom Coates, Defensive Line Coach: This is Coach Coates' 4th 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 32 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 Josephis working at Transcend and daughter Alyssa is entering 9th Grade at CR North playing Volleyball.

personel bio picKeith Ennis, Wide Receivers Coach: The 2002 graduate of Neshaminy High School, Keith is in his 4th 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. He is a member of the Neshaminy Hall of Fame.

personel bio picBiz 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 21 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.

personel bio picJim Long Quarterbacks/Fullbacks: Jim has been married to Tricia for 20 years. They have 2 Children - Shannon Catherine who is 15, and Christian James who is 12. 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 15 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.

personel bio picCoach Bryan McGinty/TE Coach and Special teams Coordinator: Bryan is a 1992 graduate of Neshaminy High School. Bryan is also a Neshaminy Football and Lock Haven Football Hall of Fame Member. Bryan has coached football for 16 years at Neshaminy, Council Rock and Maple Point. Coach McGinty resides in Langhorne with his wife Bethany (1991 Neshaminy), his son Jake (11) and Daughter Avery (9). Coach McGinty is very happy and excited to back at The Ridge and is looking forward to a great season. A special thanks to my family for their understanding, sacrifices and time commitment away from them

personel bio picBryan 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.


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