Andrew Carlson of Battle Creek High School and Darin Suckstorf of Lutheran High Northeast have been named head coaches for the 6th Annual Red vs. White Northeast Nebraska Football Classic, according to Tom Olson, President of the Classic’s Board of Directors.
The 6th Annual game will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Veteran’s Memorial Field in Norfolk. Kickoff is slated for 12:00 noon.
Olson, who is the Head Coach at Norfolk High School, said his Board of Directors is very enthusiastic about the 2018 all-star coaching staffs. “We are excited to have coaches Suckstorf and Carlson aboard 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.”
Suckstorf served as an assistant for the Red Team in the in the 2015 game will lead the Reds in 2018. Carlson was an assistant for the White Team in 2014 and will serve as head coach for the Whites this year. The Red Team leads the series 3-2.
Suckstorf is honored to have been chosen to lead the Red Team. “I am looking forward to building relationships with some great players and coaches from the Northeast Nebraska area. Growing up and coaching in Northeast Nebraska I am truly looking forward to the experience.”
Suckstorf’s staff will include Matt Kuchar of Bloomfield, Ken Swanson of Emerson-Hubbard, Max Kant of Lutheran High Northeast, Kevin Miller of Norfolk Catholic and Russ Plager of Wayne.
Carlson is appreciative of the opportunity to lead the Whites. “It is a unique opportunity for the athletes of Northeast Nebraska to get one last chance to showcase their talents on the field. I look forward to working with our team and coaches, in what should be a fun week.”
Joining Carlson on the White staff will be Jeremy Weidner of Madison, Kyle Schmidt of Battle Creek, Anthony Ruzicka of Scribner-Snyder, Troy Schlueter of West Point-Beemer and Dustin Sealey of Logan View.
Here is a look at the Red Team’s coaching staff:
SUCKSTORF COACHED AS AN assistant at Columbus Lakeview for two years before accepting the job as Lutheran High Northeast’s head coach in 2007. During his 11 years at the helm, he’s guided the Eagles to five playoff appearances, including two trips to the quarterfinals and one to the semis.
KUCHAR BEGAN COACHING at Bloomfield – his alma mater – in 2005 where he served as an assistant until 2012. He took over head coaching duties in 2013 and has compiled a record of 37-14. His teams have advanced to the state quarterfinals in each of the last two years.
SWANSON’S COACHING CAREER includes stops at Morrill, Coleridge and Emerson-Hubbard, where he’s served as a head coach since 2010. Swanson earned academic all-American honors as a player at Dana College in 1995 and served as head coach for the 8-man Sertoma All-Star Game in 2008.
KANT HAS 14 YEARS of coaching experience, including seven with Lutheran High Northeast, where he’s handled defensive coordinator duties for the last three seasons. He’s helped guide the Eagles on four playoff runs, including trips to both the state quarter and semifinals.
MILLER HAS COACHED FOR 27 years, all at Norfolk Catholic. He’s been an assistant coach on nine state championship teams and four state runners-up. His coaching duties have included both the Knights’ offensive and defensive lines.
PLAGER LED THE Wayne Blue Devils to their first playoff win in 34 years in 2017. He has 11 years of coaching experience including eight as Lincoln North Star’s offensive coordinator and as a graduate assistant for TCU during its 13-0 Rose Bowl-winning season.
Here is a look at the White Team’s coaching staff:
CARLSON HAS COACHED for 13 years at Battle Creek, the last six as head coach. During that time, the Braves have won three district championships, qualified for the playoffs each year and made five consecutive trips to the state semifinals.
WEIDNER HAS COACHED at Norfolk Senior high for the past six years. He worked with the Panther defensive linemen for the first two and the defensive backs for the last four.
SCHMIDT BEGAN HIS coaching career at Battle Creek in 2011 working with the quarterbacks and linebackers and has been the Braves’ defensive coordinator since 2012. He’s helped guide the school on seven playoff runs.
RUZICKA HAS COACHED AT Scribner-Snyder since 2009, where for the first two years he worked with the Trojans’ offensive and defensive lines. He was named head coach in 2011 and made playoff runs in 2013 and 2014.
SCHLUETER HAS COACHED at West Point-Beemer for three years, the last two as head coach. His 2017 Cadets earned a state quarterfinal berth and finished 9-2. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Concordia University in 2002.
SEALEY COACHED FOR FIVE years at Arapahoe, where in 2011, he guided the Warriors to the state semifinals, and was named Behrens Coach of the Year for Class D1. He’s spent the last two years at Logan View where he led the Raiders to their first playoff appearance in seven years.
Game Officials Announced
Game officials for the 6th annual Red vs. White Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic have been announced for the 2018 contest, according to Tom Olson, President of the Board of Directors. The five-man crew, as voted on by the Classic’s Board of Directors, include: Daryl Lindsay, Referee, Wayne; Jason Beiermann, Umpire, Wayne; Rod Meier, Head Linesman, Norfolk; Steve Martini, Line Judge, Hartington; and Matt Sayler, Back judge, Hartington.