NORFOLK, NE — The coaches for a summer all-star football game have been announced.
Tom Allen of Crofton High School and Ron Beacom of Neligh-Oakdale are head coaches for the 7th Annual Red vs. White Northeast Nebraska Football Classic, according to Mike Sunderman, President of the Classic’s Board of Directors.
The 7th Annual game will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Veteran’s Memorial Field in Norfolk. Kickoff is slated for 12:00 noon.
Sunderman said his Board of Directors is very enthusiastic about the 2019 all-star coaching staffs. “We are excited to have coaches Beacom and Allen for this year’s all-star game. Both are held in very high regard by their players, staffs and communities, and will be excellent representatives of the board of directors and our sponsors.”
Allen served as an assistant for the Red Team in the 2015 game and will lead the Reds in 2019. Beacom was an assistant for the White Team in 2015 and will serve as head coach for the Whites this year. The series is tied at 3-3.
Allen is honored to have been chosen to lead the Red Team. “Not only do I get a chance to work with some of the most talented players in our area, but I get the opportunity to work with some of the best high school coaches in Nebraska. This game provides a tremendous opportunity to showcase some of the talent that Northeast Nebraska offers, and I am extremely excited to be a part of that!”
Allen’s staff will include Silas Fluellen of South Sioux City, Mike Hassler of Wakefield, Zac Kliment of Creighton, Johnnie Ostermeyer of Crofton, and Corey Uldrich of Hartington-Newcastle.
Beacom is appreciative of the opportunity to lead the Whites. “It is a tremendous honor to be asked to coach the All-Star Classic. Northeast Nebraska has always been known for its outstanding football. There are great coaches in the area that are running some tremendous programs. I had such a good time coaching in the classic in 2015.”
Joining Beacom on the White staff will be A.J. Burki of Wisner-Pilger, Brendan Dittmer of Elkhorn Valley, Scott Morrison of Osmond, Dave Ridder of Guardian Angel Central Catholic, and Blake Wokenfuss of Norfolk High School.
Here is a look at the Red Team’s coaching staff:
ALLEN COACHED AS AN assistant coach at Omaha Benson High School for two years before becoming the assistant coach at Papillion LaVista High School in 1995. Allen was the defensive coordinator from 1997-2000 after which he moved to assistant coach and defensive coordinator for Crofton High school. In 2015 Allen became the head football coach at Crofton High School. Throughout his career Coach Allen has been to six state championships thus far.
FLUELLEN HAS BEEN the head coach for South Sioux City Cardinals since 2017. Prior to taking the head coaching position, he was an assistant coach for Norfolk High School for four years. Though Fluellen is a young head coach, he has had plenty of years of experience with football. He played quarterback at Wayne State College from 2006-2011, where he set numerous records and in 2018 was inducted in the Wayne State Hall of Fame. He is excited about South Sioux City’s program and the direction it is going.
HASSLER IS A 2003 graduate of Wayne State College. He began his football coaching career in Clearwater in 2004 as a volunteer assistant under Rod Brummels. Hassler arrived in Wakefield in 2005 and was an assistant coach under Justin Smith. He was a part of the 2006 and 2007 Wakefield Class C-2 State Football Championship teams. Mike took over as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach in 2009 and became Wakefield’s head coach in 2011 and has been in that role ever since. This past season, Hassler was recognized with the Class D-1 Berens Coaching Award by Huskerland Prep, as he guided his team to a 6-2 record and a number four ranking in the class.
KLIMENT IS THE head football coach at Creighton High School. A product of Creighton as well, he has been coaching back at his alma mater since 2012, coaching multiple sports seasons for seven years. For football, in five out of those seven regular seasons, the Bulldogs posted perfect 8-0 records. Last season was his first year with the Bulldogs as head coach, resulting in a 13-0 record with the school’s first State Championship. Six previous seasons spent as an assistant coach & defensive coordinator resulted in a 60-8 record.
OSTERMEYER STARTED HIS coaching career at South Sioux City while student teaching. He then taught and coached football at Woodbury Central in Moville, Iowa. After two years, he returned to South Sioux City as a math teacher and assistant football coach. In 2005 and 2006, Ostermeyer was the offensive coordinator at Newcastle High School. Then he spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Briar Cliff University Chargers in Sioux City, Iowa. He transitioned back to high school football becoming the assistant principal and activity director at Pierce High School in 2012. In 2015, he made the short trip north to Crofton to become the high school principal. He has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Crofton High School team under coach Tom Allen. Crofton was the State Runner-Up in 2016. Ostermeyer also played eight years in the Indoor/Arena Football League.
ULDRICH IS CURRENTLY serving as the 7-12 principal at Hartington-Newcastle Public and just finished coaching his 13th year of football. Uldrich began his career as an assistant coach for his father, Dave Uldrich, at his alma mater, Allen Consolidated Schools. For three years, he coached at Allen and then spent the next two years as an assistant coach at Cedar Catholic High School under head coach Chad Cattau, where, in 2009 they were C2 State Runner-up Champions. From there, Uldrich coached for five years at Humphrey Public Schools, the first two years as an assistant under head coach Bob McEvoy. The next two years he moved to head coach of Humphrey Public before serving one year as co-head coach with Bill Mimick of the newly formed co-op between Humphrey Public and Lindsay Holy Family. Uldrich has spent the past three football seasons as the head football coach at Hartington-Newcastle, the first two years as co-head coach with Blair Kalin, and this past season as the head coach.
Here is a look at the White Team’s coaching staff:
BEACOM HAS BEEN a head high school football coach for 19 years, thirteen years at Archbishop Bergan and six at Neligh-Oakdale High School. When coaching at Bergan, their record was 98-39 and at Neligh, they are currently 33-22. Beacom’s overall record as a head coach is 131-61. While coaching, his teams have qualified for the playoffs 16 out of those 19 years, winning seven District titles, and State Runner-Up twice, in 2008 and 2010. Beacom was awarded the Class D-1 Mike Behrens Coaching Award in 2016 and was the assistant coach for the East in the Sertoma 8-man All-Star Classic in 2017.
BURKI JUST COMPLETED his 10th year as a high school football coach. He started his career in Ansley, Nebraska serving as an assistant coach for two years before taking over the head coach position. While coaching at Ansley, the team made their first playoff appearance as the co-oped Ansley Litchfield Spartans for D-1 eight-man football in 2014. Burki was in Ansley from 2009-2014 and in 2015 he moved to Wisner, Nebraska. Burki served as the assistant coach for two years before taking over the program last year in 2017. In 2018, Wisner moved to 8-man football for the first time in school history. Wisner finished the regular season at 6-2, making it to the playoffs, but losing in the 2nd round, finishing out the season at 7-3.
DITTMER HAS BEEN a football coach at Elkhorn Valley since 2001, serving as an assistant coach for 15 seasons, and the last three years as the head football coach. Dittmer has had an interesting career, as Elkhorn Valley has gone from playing 11-man football, to 8-man, to 6-man, and back to 8-man. He has served as the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator at all levels. Elkhorn Valley’s four years in 6-man resulted in four playoff appearances, with three seasons ending in the semi-finals. Dittmer’s team made a huge improvement this past season and was on the cusp of making the first 8-man playoffs.
MORRISON IS IN HIS fifth year at Osmond High School. This is the second year he’s been the head coach. He spent the previous three years serving as an assistant coach. Morrison spent three years at Lindsay Holy Family (2011-2013); he student-taught at Crofton High School (2010). Morrison says he is lucky to have worked with some great people and coaches including Rod Brummels, Bill Mimick, and Tony Hoffman just to name a few.
RIDDER HAS COACHED at Guardian Angels Central Catholic since 1986. He was the assistant coach until 2001 after which he became the head football coach. Ridder is currently the head football coach and during his tenure GACC has been in the playoffs 16 times in a row, three times in the semi-finals, two times as runner-up champions, and one State Championship title. Ridder played football and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1979 to 1983 and was a 3-year letterman. Ridder was born and raised on a farm near West Point and graduated from GACC.
WOKENFUSS IS THE VARSITY assistant football coach at Norfolk High School. He has coached for three years, first as the freshman football coach and for the past two seasons he has been on the varsity staff as the defensive line coach. Wokenfuss graduated from Weeping Water High School, and Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Game Officials Announced
Game officials for the 7th annual Red vs. White Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic have been announced for the 2019 contest, according to Mike Sunderman, President of the Board of Directors. The five-man crew, as voted on by the Classic’s Board of Directors, include: Rich Rethwisch referee; Mark Reinke, umpire; Taylor Wyatt, head linesman; Lyle Ziems, line judge, and; Joe Reinke, back judge. “Our crew was very excited when we were notified of our selection for the 7th annual NE Nebraska All-Star Football Classic. A lot of us have many years of officiating experience, and a selection such as this is a neat honor for those years. We are very grateful for the opportunity,” said Rich Rethwisch, referee for the 2019 game.