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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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2015 Coaching Staff

Welcome new Head Coach Steve Wilmot:

Langhorne: Steve Wilmot, a 20 year fixture at Heartbreak Ridge, has been named the football team’s new head coach after receiving a “thumbs up” from the Neshaminy School Board. Arriving at Neshaminy in the early ‘90s, he served as an assistant coach for 19 years under the legendary Mark Schmidt and then Mike Frederick in 2014. Identified as a versatile and knowledgeable football man, Wilmot has held a number of titles while helping to direct the Redskins’ grid club. And also viewed as a Neshaminy man to the core, his appointment is seen as a terrific choice by all concerned with his steady hand and demonstrated capabilities expected to continue the program’s high level of success

As expectations are high for the 2015 Neshaminy football squad there’s no doubt that Wilmot’s ascension to the top will certainly heighten the anticipation of its fans. And just as those fans are 100% behind the team’s new head coach, all of us at the site are as well. So with a good luck shout out to Coach Wilmot, we’ll end with our favorite two words: Go Skins!

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personel bio picSteve Wilmot, Head Coach: This is Coach Wilmot's 21st year coaching with the Redskins. Coach grew up in Flourtown, PA and went to Springfield Montco HS. He played under Coaches Bob Malehorn & Coach Dave Puchulski. He then went on to play at Lock Haven Univ., where he was captain his senior year & played for 4 years under his Offensive Line Coach Mark Schmidt. Coach Wilmot has been teaching for 14 years at Neshaminy, 12 years at the former alternative school, & 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, & has a step-son Shane (15) & son Jason (8)

personel bio picJay Weidenbaugh, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs: 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 33 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/Linebackers: Coach French is entering his 14th season as Co-Defensive Coordinator. Coach is a '94 graduate of Notre Dame HS in Lawrenceville, NJ & earned a Bachelors in Secondary Educ from Villanova in 1998 & a Masters in Educ Admin from Gwynedd Mercy. This will be Coach French's 17th year as a Social Studies teacher at Maple Point MS. There, Coach also serves as the Student Council advisor, 7th Gr. Boys Basketball Head Coach, 8th Gr. 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 wife Jennifer (Neshaminy 94) & daughters Julia (8) & Addison (6).

personel bio picRay Jones, Offensive Line: Coach Jones is entering his 17th year coaching at Neshaminy. Coach Jones attended Kutztown University. He has over 26 years of coaching experience. Coach Jones runs his own real estate business Ray Jones Realty @Re/Max Advantage and lives in Langhorne with his wife Kelly and son Mason. His older children Austin and Joscelyne both got married this past year.

personel bio picDavid Ferrara, Outside Linebackers: David is a '87 graduate of Neshaminy HS. 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 NJ 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 9th Grade American History at Neshaminy HS. He has been a member of the high school coaching staff since 2005.

personel bio picTom Coates, Defensive Line: This is Coach Coates’ 5th year at Neshaminy. He has been teaching for 35 years and is a teacher at CR North. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln HS in Philadelphia, earned a BS degree in Health and Physical Education from WCU and finished graduate school at Penn State Univ. for Special Education. Coach Coates has been coaching football for 34 years. His daughter, Kellie, is a Special Ed. teacher in Coatesville School District. Son Tom Jr. And his wife, Jessi (Neshaminy Alum) are proud parents of sons TJ and Connor and are owners of Transcend Fitness in Newtown. Daughter Alyssa is entering 10th Grade at CR North and plays Volleyball.

personel bio picKevin Kelly, Quarterbacks/Running Backs: This is Coach Kelly's first year at Neshaminy. Coach and his wife Dianne reside in Levittown and are the proud parents of 3 Neshaminy High School students; Michael, Andrew and Jacob. Coach has 21 years experience coaching at the high school level and served as a head coach at Conwell-Egan and Bensalem. Coach is honored to be a part of a program with such a proud history and a tradition of excellence. Coach Kelly has been employed by Legacy Treatment Services for nearly 20 years and currently serves as the VP of Adolescent Residential Services.

personel bio picCharlie Marterella, Wide Receivers: Coach Marterella is entering his first year on the Neshaminy Football coaching staff. He is a 2011 graduate of Neshaminy High School and a former player on both the varsity basketball and football teams. Coach Marterella was the starting quarterback on the 2010 football team. With a record of 12-2, the team won the SOL National and was the District 1 runner up. Coach Marterella graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2015 with a BS degree in Secondary Education. He was also a member of the football team at DelVal, with two career starts at quarterback.

personel bio picErik Pedersen, H Backs/Outside LB/TE: Coach Pedersen is a 2003 graduate of Neshaminy HS. He was a starting linebacker for the 2001 State Championship team & captain of the 2002 team. He graduated WCU with a B.S. in Kinesiology & was recruited to the football program (2003-2007). Post graduation, he worked as a Project Mgr for an Environmental Corp. for 4 years. He began his teaching career at the Downingtown STEM Academy in 2011 and is now part of the Pennsbury School District. He earned a Masters in Educational Leadership from CA University of PA and is currently enrolled in a M.Ed in STEM Ed. He resides in Holland, Pa with his beautiful wife, Jenna, & daughter, Rossi (2). He coached with the team in 2010

coach gowerBlair Gower, Defensive Line: This is Coach Blair’s 1st year at Neshaminy. He is a 2008 Neshaminy High School Alumni. He played for the Redskins in the lineman position. He played football for both East Stroudsburg and West Chester University. He was named to the 2012 East All-PSAC Team. He graduated from WCU in 2013. He currently works at Anthony Wayne Academy in Philadelphia.

coach loomiaChuck Lumio, Speed Development and Agility: Coach Lumio is a 1987 Neshaminy HS graduate. He earned his B.S. degree from the Univ.of Miami. Coach Lumio was a member of the Hurricanes Men Track and Field team where he set 3 school records. He earned his Masters degree from Temple Univ. Coach Lumio is currently an Earth & Space science teacher at Maple Point MS. He was the track and field coach at NHS for 17 years and Maple Point MS for three seasons. Coach Lumio resides in New Hope with his wonderful wife Renee, and boys Mason & Chase. "Our speed development program aims to integrate the training technics used in track & field to make our football team faster & more agile for a changing game."

coach woodleyDave Woodley, Strength and Conditioning Assistant : This is Coach Woodley’s first year with the Redskins. He started in January of this year and has worked with the team throughout the offseason to improve both form and strength with the Redskins. Coach Woodley graduated from Boyertown Area Senior High in 2006 and attended Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University) for his undergraduate degree. He is currently pursuing his MA from Liberty University Online. Coach Dave works at Bucks County Community Church as the Youth Pastor. He & his lovely wife Catherine reside in Parkland and are looking forward to adopting their first child in the coming year.

personel bio picBryan Schedlinger, 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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