North Adds to Coaching Staff
The Polars are facing a number of significant coaching changes for the 2019 season. The first domino to fall was in February when Michael Houston accepted the defensive coordinator position. Last year he led the TE’s and H’s for North but now he returns to the defensive side of the ball where he spent over 10 years as a defensive coordinator and head coach for St. Paul Harding. His defenses are known for their aggressive style and team pursuit to the ball.
Joining Houston on the defensive side of the ball is former Gopher Gaelin Elmore. A four-year letterwinner at defensive line who signed an NFL contract with the Bengals, he will lead the defensive line position group. His experience playing at the Division I collegiate level pairing with his ability to connect with players and teach the details of the position should help build a solid defensive line.
However changes weren’t limited to the defensive side of the ball as Brady Bomsta a former running back stand out for the Bethel Royals was hired to coach running backs. All-Area offensive player of the year in high school as a running back and a standout at Bethel, his college career was marked by toughness and outstanding leadership skills. Without a North running back returning that had more than five varsity carries, Coach Bomsta will look to develop a young group of consistent, tough backs to match North’s explosive passing game.
With Bomsta leading the running backs, Coach Stahlberg will move to quarterbacks to build on a passing game that was among district leaders in yards per completion and total passing yards. His experience playing the position should help build a long line of successful quarterbacks in an offensive system that has produce 3 different 1000+ yard passers in 4 years. Coach Stahlberg will also lead the special teams units along with assistant Coach Bomsta.
Additional coaching changes are still expected as North has yet to hire linebacker and secondary coaches.