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30 Consecutive IHSA Playoff Appearances (State Record)

Cut/No-Cut Sport? No-cut
Levels: Varsity / Junior Varsity / Freshman
Head Coach: Brent Becker (
Varsity Assistant Coaches: Patrick Grady, Eric Ramos, Pat Block, Brian Burja, Jason Ford, Marc Drazner, Kevin Earl, Chris Beedie
JV Coach: Dave Jacobson
JV Assistant Coaches: Josh Kilker, John Solis, Ryan Thut, Jason Soulje
Freshman Coach: Bill McNamara
Freshman Assistant Coaches: Shane Cook, Dan Larsen, Tom Kelly, Curtis Weber

2019 Football Schedules


 Date    Opponent Time
 Fri., Aug. 30    at Lincoln-Way East 7:30

 Friday, Sept. 6

   Neuqua Valley
Night of Champions


 Friday, Sept. 13


Touchdown for Troops
   8th Grade Band Night

 Friday, Sept. 20
 Friday, Sept. 27    at Lake Zurich 7:30
 Friday, Oct. 4


Hall of Fame Night
   Band Senior Night


 Saturday, Oct. 12    at Waukegan 11:30 (a.m.)
 Friday, Oct. 18    Warren Township 7:30
 Friday, Oct. 25    at Lake Forest 7:30

                         JUNIOR VARSITY

 Date    Opponent  Time
 Friday, Aug. 30    at Lincoln-Way East 5:00
 Friday, Sept. 6    Neuqua Valley   5:00
 Friday, Sept. 13    Libertyville   5:00
 Friday, Sept. 20    Zion-Benton   5:00
 Friday, Sept. 27    at Lake Zurich   5:00
 Friday, Oct. 4    Mundelein   5:00
 Saturday, Oct. 12    at Waukegan   9:00
 Friday, Oct. 18    Warren Township   5:00
 Friday, Oct. 25    at Lake Forest   5:00


 Date    Opponent Time
 Saturday, Aug. 31    at Lincoln-Way East 9:00
 Saturday, Sept. 7    Neuqua Valley 9:00
 Saturday, Sept. 14    Libertyville 9:00
 Thursday, Sept. 19    Zion-Benton 4:30
 Saturday, Sept. 28    at Lake Zurich 9:00
 Saturday, Oct. 5    Mundelein 9:00
 Friday, Oct. 11    at Waukegan 4:30
 Saturday, Oct. 19    Warren Township 9:00
 Saturday, Oct. 26    at Lake Forest 9:00

                         FRESHMAN B

 Date    Opponent  Time
 Saturday, Aug. 31    at Lincoln-Way East 9:00
 Saturday, Sept. 7    Neuqua Valley 9:00
 Thursday, Sept. 19    Loyola 4:30

Head Coach Bio


Brent Becker
1st Season

Brent Becker was named head coach in February 2019. He has served on the Patriots’ coaching staff since 2012.

Becker has 21 years of high school and college coaching experience, including four as head coach at Lake Forest College. During his seven seasons on the Patriot coaching staff, Stevenson has compiled a 59-20 record, winning the Illinois High School Class 8A state championship in 2014. SHS has reached the IHSA state playoffs in each of his seven seasons as an assistant, and has captured four North Suburban Conference championships.

At Stevenson, Becker coached running backs coach his first year, then served as offensive line coach and special teams coordinator from 2013-16. Becker moved to quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in 2017, and last fall served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach.

Prior to joining the Stevenson staff, Becker served as defensive coordinator at New Trier High School for three seasons (2009-11). The Trevians held opponents to 15.3 points per game during his tenure, which included state playoff appearances each year.

Becker’s first 11 years in coaching came at the collegiate level. After graduating from Knox College in 1998, he remained in Galesburg and coached linebackers for his alma mater for one season. Becker moved on to Greenville College (now Greenville University) for two seasons as linebackers coach and defensive special teams coordinator. The Panthers were co-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions in 1999, and played in the National Christian College Athletic Association Victory Bowl in 2000.

Becker moved up to the NCAA Division II level the next two seasons, coaching defensive ends at Saginaw Valley State University in 2001 and 2002. The Cardinals went 20-5 in his two seasons, reaching the Division II playoffs each year. Saginaw finished the 2001 season ranked sixth in the country.

Becker returned to Illinois and NCAA Division III in 2003, joining Lake Forest College as its defensive coordinator. In each of his two years leading the defense, the Foresters allowed the fewest points among Midwest Conference teams, and had the conference’s defensive player of the year.

Becker was promoted to head coach at Lake Forest College in 2005. The Foresters went 17-23 in his four seasons, including a 3-1 mark against his alma mater, Knox College. Lake Forest produced 46 all-conference and 32 academic all-conference players during his tenure. Becker retained defensive coordinator duties his first year, then moved to special teams coordinator in 2006 before taking over as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach his last two seasons. In 2007, Lake Forest averaged 25.5 points per game on offense, which at the time was the third-highest in school history. Also, Becker implemented an academic program that produced the program‘s six highest team grade-point averages in consecutive semesters.

As a player, Becker was a four-time letter-winner at outside linebacker for Knox College from 1994-98. He also earned three letters on the men’s track and field team.

Becker is a 1994 graduate of Princeton High School in Princeton, Ill. The PHS football team reached the second round of the IHSA Class 3A state playoffs his senior season.

Brent Becker Coaching Career as Assistant, Head Coach
* denotes head coach

Year School Record Notes
 2018  Stevenson 6-4  IHSA Class 8A State Playoffs
 2017  Stevenson 6-4  IHSA Class 8A State Playoffs
2016  Stevenson 8-2  IHSA Class 8A State Playoffs
2015  Stevenson 7-4  IHSA Class 8A State Playoffs
2014  Stevenson 14-0  IHSA Class 8A State, NSC Champion
2013  Stevenson 10-3  IHSA Class 8A Semifinals, NSC Champion
2012  Stevenson 8-3  IHSA Class 8A Playoffs, NSC Champion
2011  New Trier 6-4  IHSA Class 8A Playoffs
2010  New Trier 5-5  IHSA Class 8A Playoffs
2009  New Trier 5-5  IHSA Class 8A Playoffs
2008  Lake Forest College * 3-7  
2007  Lake Forest College * 5-5  25.5 points per game scoring average
2006  Lake Forest College * 5-5  
2005  Lake Forest College * 4-6  
2004  Lake Forest College 8-2  Midwest Conference’s Top Defense
2003  Lake Forest College 7-3  Midwest Conference’s Top Defense
2002  Saginaw Valley State U.  9-3  NCAA Division II Playoffs
2001  Saginaw Valley State U. 11-2  NCAA Division II Playoffs
2000  Greenville College 6-5  Team Reached NCCAA Victory Bowl
1999  Greenville College 5-5  SLIAC Co-Champion
1998  Knox College 6-4  
   21 Seasons 144-81  .640 winning percentage

Tryout Information

players before Lake Zurich game

2019 Equipment Handout and Practice Schedule

Monday, Aug. 12

Practice 6-7 a.m. in the Stadium  /  3:45-5:45 p.m. in the Stadium
• Equipment (if you do not have already) 7 a.m. in the Cage area

• Practice 6-7 a.m. in the Stadium  /  3:45-5:45 p.m. in the Stadium
• Equipment (if you do not have already) 7 a.m. in the Cage area

• Equipment/Meeting/Practice 3:45-5:45 p.m. Grass Field (north of the Stadium)

All players must be cleared for participation by the athletic office by Wednesday, Aug. 7. Any player not having this completed by this time could risk not being allowed to participate in practice.


Stevenson Football Team Championships

IHSA State Finals
2002 (2nd), 2014 (1st)

IHSA Semifinals
1996, 2002, 2013, 2014

IHSA State Quarterfinals
1996, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014

IHSA Playoffs
1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

North Suburban Conference
1976, 1977, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

North Suburban Conference Lake Division
2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Season Summaries

 Year  Wins  Losses  Ties  Coach  Notes
 1965  0  1  0 Tom Baumann  
 1966  1  3  1 Tom Baumann  
 1967  0  7  1 Tom Baumann  
 1968  2  5  1 Tom Baumann  
 1969  5  4  0 Tom Baumann  
 1970  6  2  0 Tom Baumann  
 1971  7  2  0 Tom Baumann  
 1972  5  3  0 Tom Baumann  
 1973  3  6  0 Tom Baumann  
 1974  4  5  0 Tom Baumann  
 1975  7  2  0 Tom Baumann  
 1976  7  2  0 Tom Baumann  NSC champion 
 1977  6  3  0 Tom Baumann  NSC champion 
 1978  7  2  0 Tom Baumann  
 1979  3  6  0 Tom Baumann  
 1980  2  7  0 Tom Baumann  
 1981  2  7  0 Tom Baumann  
 1982  3  6  0 Bill Mitz  
 1983  3  6  0  Bill Mitz  
 1984  5  4  0 Bill Mitz  
 1985  5  4  0 Bill Mitz  
 1986  6  4  0 Bill Mitz  Class 5A State Qualifier
 1987  5  4  0 Bill Mitz   
 1988  2  7  0 Bill Mitz   
 1989  7  3  0 Bill Mitz  Class 5A State Qualifier; NSC champion
 1990  7  4  0 Bill Mitz  Class 6A State Qualifier 
 1991  6  4  0 Bill Mitz  Class 6A State Qualifier
 1992  6  4  0 Bill Mitz  Class 6A State Qualifier 
 1993  8  3  0 Bill Mitz  Class 6A State Qualifier 
 1994  8  3  0 Bill Mitz  Class 6A State Qualifier; NSC champion
 1995  10  1  0 Bill Mitz  Class 6A State Qualifier; NSC champion
 1996  12  1  0 Bill Mitz  Class 6A Semifinals; NSC champion
 1997  9  2  0 Bill Mitz  Class 6A State Qualifier; NSC champion
 1998  8  2  0 Bill Mitz  Class 6A State Qualifier
 1999  7  3  0 Bill Mitz  Class 6A State Qualifier; NSC champion
 2000  6  4  0 Bill Mitz  Class 6A State Qualifier
 2001  9  3  0 Bill Mitz  Class 8A Quarter Finals; NSC Lake champion
 2002  11  3  0 Bill Mitz  Class 8A 2nd Place
 2003  7  4  0 Bill Mitz  Class 8A State Qualifier
 2004  8  4  0 Bill Mitz  Class 8A Quarterfinals
 2005  11  1  0 Bill Mitz  Class 8A Quarterfinals; NSC Lake champion
 2006  8  3  0 Bill Mitz  Class 8A State Qualifier
 2007  5  5  0 Bill Mitz  Class 8A State Qualifier
 2008  5  5  0 Bill Mitz  Class 8A State Qualifier
 2009  10  1  0 Bill Mitz  Class 8A State Qualifier; NSC champion
 2010  11  1  0 Bill McNamara  Class 8A Quarterfinals; NSC champion
 2011  9  3  0 Bill McNamara  Class 8A Quarterfinals; NSC champion
 2012  8  3  0 Bill McNamara  Class 8A State Qualifier; NSC champion
 2013  10  3  0 Bill McNamara  Class 8A State Semifinals; NSC champion
 2014  14  0  0 Bill McNamara  Class 8A State Champions; NSC champion
 2015  7  4  0 Bill McNamara   Class 8A State Qualifier
 2016  8  2  0 Bill McNamara   Class 8A State Qualifier NSC champion
 2017  6  4  0 Josh Hjorth   Class 8A State Qualifier
 2018  6  4  0 Josh Hjorth   Class 8A State Qualifier
Total  343  189  3    

Coaching Records


Name Seasons Record
Tom Baumann 17 67-67-3
Bill Mitz 28 197-98
Bill McNamara  7   67-16
Josh Hjorth 2 12-8

Pro/College Players



Matt O'Dwyer 

New York Jets, 1995-98, Cincinnati Bengals, 1999-2003, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004Green Bay Packers, 2005
O'Dwyer was the 33rd pick overall in the 1995 NFL draft (second round) by the New York Jets, and went on to play 10 seasons in the league. He played in 122 games during his career at the offensive guard position, starting 105. He played in all 16 games in five seasons, including four straight from 1996-99. He was a mainstay for a Jets team that went 1-15 in his rookie season, to 12-4 and AFC East champions two years later. At Northwestern University, O'Dwyer was a four-year letterman who earned first-team all-Big Ten honors at offensive guard in 1994.

Brad Cieslak
Buffalo Bills, 2005-07, Cleveland Browns, 2008
A standout quarterback at Stevenson, Cieslak was converted to tight end at Northern Illinois University. He played 12 games in four NFL seasons. In 2006, he played in seven games with Buffalo, catching six passes. At Northern Illinois University, Cieslak was one of the top pass-catching tight ends in school history. During his senior season in 2004, Cieslak caught 31 passes for 384 yards and three  touchdowns, and earned first-team all-Mid-American Conference honors as the Huskies went 9-3 and won the Silicon Valley Bowl.

Drew Mormino
Miami Dolphins, 2007
The second Stevenson graduate to be drafted by Bill Parcells (Matt O'Dwyer was the first), Mormino was taken in the sixth round (No. 199 overall) of the 2007 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. Unfortunately, he was injured before the start of his rookie season, and was released in 2008 after spending his first year on injured reserve. At Central Michigan University, Mormino (pictured at left) started 52 games at center from 2003-06. He earned second-team all-Mid American Conference honors in 2006, when the Chippewas won the MAC title and finished 10-4.

Brad Saar
Indianapolis Colts, 1987
The 1981 graduate played in one NFL game, playing linebacker for the Colts during the strike season of 1987. In college, he was an outstanding linebacker for Ball State University, leading the team in tackles in 1984 and 1985. Saar is one of the leading tacklers in Cardinals history, making 304 stops in two seasons. His 169 tackles in 1985 is the sixth-best in school history (109 were unassisted, the fourth highest total at Ball State). Saar was named the team MVP in 1985, and also was a second-team all-Mid American Conference selection.


Rex Ryan 

Head coach, Buffalo Bills, 2015-16, New York Jets, 2009-14; assistant coach/defensive coordinator, Baltimore Ravens, 1998-2009; linebackers/defensive line coach, Arizona Cardinals, 1994-95
Ryan, a 1981 Stevenson graduate, served two seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Bills after six years with the New York Jets. He guided the Jets to the playoffs in his first season, reaching the AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis after earning a wild card berth. Prior to joining New York, Ryan spent 10 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, the last four as defensive coordinator. During his 10 years in Baltimore, the Ravens defense was never worse than sixth in the NFL. Ryan was named 2006 NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers Association. He also was an assistant on the Ravens squad that won Super Bowl XXXV in 2000. Ryan entered professional football as an assistant coach for his father, Buddy, who was head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. After leaving the Cardinals' staff in 1995, Ryan returned to the college coaching ranks. He spent two years as defensive coordinator at Cincinnati (1996-97), and had the nation's 13th-ranked defense in the second season. In 1998, Ryan moved to the University of Oklahoma as defensive coordinator, and guided the Sooners to sixth in defense nationally. Prior to entering pro football, Ryan had coaching stops at Morehead State (1990-93), New Mexico Highlands (1989) and Eastern Kentucky (1987-88). He played at Southwestern Oklahoma State.

Rob Ryan
Assistant head coach/defense, Buffalo Bills, 2016; defensive coordinator, New Orleans Saints, 2013-15; Dallas Cowboys, 2011-12; Cleveland Browns, 2009-10; Oakland Raiders, 2004-08; linebackers coach, New England Patriots, 2000-03; defensive backs coach, Arizona Cardinals, 1994-95
Rex's twin brother has 13 seasons of NFL coaching experience, and earned two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots (Super Bowl XXXVI and XXXVIII) while tutoring the likes of Tedy Bruschi and Willie McGinest. In Oakland, Ryan had the No. 3 total defense in the NFL during the 2006 season. Ryan entered the NFL coaching ranks in the same year as his brother, serving as defensive backs coach on the league's third-ranked defense that season. After leaving Arizona, Rob Ryan spent a year as defensive coordinator at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, then served in the same capacity for Oklahoma State from 1997-99. He was named Coordinator of the Year by The Sporting News in 1997. After finishing his playing days at Southwestern Oklahoma State, Ryan began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky in 1987 and at Ohio State in 1988. He then spent five seasons at Tennessee State (1989-93).

Ryan Slowik
Defensive assistant/defensive backs coach, 2013-, Arizona Cardinals, defensive quality control coach, Arizona Cardinals, 2009-13; assistant coach, Denver Broncos, 2005-2008
Ryan Slowik, the son of longtime NFL assistant Bob Slowik, entered the pro coaching ranks after finishing his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In Denver, he spent two seasons working with the Broncos' defensive backs, served as a special teams assistant in 2007, then was assistant defensive backs coach in 2008. In Arizona, Slowik served as defensive quality control coach from 2009 until his elevation to defensive assistant/defensive backs coach in 2013. Slowik is a 1998 Stevenson graduate.

The following players continued their careers at the collegiate level. Players with an asterisk played in the National Football League.

Air Force
Bob Giannini
Nick Dillon
Curtis Zervic
Kevin Allibone
Ball State
Brad Saar *
Kelley Battles
Joe Goldufsky
Jon Ebert, Doug Lindberg, Eric Swan
Boston College
Mike Morrissey
Matt Groot
Jordan Caselberry, Sam Farber, William Van Lopik, Tim Vestuto
Nathan Tobler
Kevin Foley, Howard Thut
Kyle Corcoran, Josh Kilker, Max Klatt, Joe Marth, Tom McGovern, Orlando Morin, Eric Schmidt
Dodd Wolfe
Central Michigan
Drew Mormino *
Nischay Vallabhaneni
Jason Vravick
Cornell University
Steven Hajas, Sam Marks
Tyler Vincent
Paul Cartwright, Al Fitch, Matt Moodhe
Mike Bilton, Sean Coughlin, Fred Drew, Cade Gilbert, Ben Morrison, Kevin Murtha, Mitch Rasmussen, Ryan Rusin, Stan Sliwinski, Todd Wozniewski
Eastern Illinois
Ivan Gleyzer
Eastern Michigan
Jake Hurcombe
Brad Smeele, Kevin Thomas
Barrett Frain
Matt Junia, Jon Puffer
Florida International 
Anthony Guli
Grand Valley State
Jim Hardy
Andy Gigante
Preston Earl
Lamont Holden, James Marchese, Michael Marchese, Chris Rucks
Illinois State
Matt Blitz
Illinois Wesleyan
Tom Van Anrooy
Bruce Bufe, Brian Finney, Chris Holder, Ed Warm (manager)
Cliff King, Henry Marchese, Kent Owsley, Mark Weisman
Lake Forest
Tony Giuli
Joe Marchese
Miami (Florida)
Mike Rodbro
Miami (Ohio)
Geoff Matthews, Mark Robich, Jack Sorenson
Marc Ramirez
Michigan State
Matt Morrissey
Pat Van Lopik
Ryan Keller
Cleveland Tyson
Mark Glover (manager)
North Central
Peter Bulandr, Shane Walsh
North Park
Milah Vukovich
Northern Illinois
Brad Cieslak *, Rasche Hill, Shea Newcomb, Mike Scarmella, Jake Wertz
Northern Michigan
Craig Hansen, Kevin Pearson
Cameron Green, Faraji Leary, Matt Micucci, Matt O'Dwyer *, Alex Rucks
Notre Dame
Mark Murphy
Byron Cross, Todd Tabachka
Ohio State
Logan Gaskey
Matt Norton, Brion Wood
Alex Capstick
Kyle Brandt, Chris Robertshaw, Gus Steger, Eric West
Aidan O’Connell
Robert Morris (Chicago)
Jaffar Mascoll
St. John
Dean Bielawa
St. Norbert
Tony Giannini
St. Thomas
Michael D’Angelo, Jon Kull
San Diego
Pat De Blase
South Dakota
Kevin Earl
Southern Illinois
Chris Blum, Joel Dant, Raymond “Chucky” Sullivan
Trinity International
Steve Downs, Bill Weals
Aaron Boz, Steve Clancy, Taylor Deloye, Dave Deutsch, Liam O'Connell, Chad Schmitt
Virginia Tech
Jeremy Webb
Nick Grujanac
Washington (St. Louis)
Rob Liszka, John Maskalunas, Danny Nowak, Cole Okmin, Jon Way
Washington and Lee
Paul Corliss
Western Michigan
Ben Samson, Zach Novoselsky
Patrick O’Connell
Wisconsin-La Crosse
Chris Larson
Mike Maskalulnas, Maema Njongmeta, Carl Miller, Steve Salata
Roger Redmond
Alec Martin
Rob Betterman, Mike Lettecci, Andy Previn, Jamie Walsh
Carl Johnson
Youngstown State
Ryan Slowik



Offensive Records

Season Records - Team
Rushing Yards 3,841 1996
Passing Yards 2,741 2016
Total Offense 5,045 2002
Points Scored 505 1995

Season Records - Individual
Rushing Yards 2,055 Joel Dant, 1991
Avg. Gain Per Carry 10.0 Steve Clancy, 1995
Most Carries 311 Joel Dant, 1991
Passing Yards 2,741 Aidan O’Connell, 2016
Passing Completions 201 William Bourbon, 2014
Passing Attempts 368 William Bourbon, 2014
Completion Percentage 61.6% (183-297) Aidan O’Connell, 2016
Touchdown Passes 26 Aidan O’Connell, 2016
Receptions 63
Jack Sorenson, 2014
Henry Marchese, 2016
Receiving Yards 1,052 Henry Marchese, 2016
Touchdown Receptions 16 Henry Marchese, 2016
Field Goals 8 Mitch Rasmussen, 2005
Matt Micucci, 2011
PAT Kicks 50 (50 attempts) Matt Micucci, 2010

Single Game Records - Team
Most Points 67 1995 (vs. Antioch and Mundelein)
Total Yards 638 1975 (vs. Round Lake)
Rushing Yards 504 1975 (vs. Round Lake)
Passing Yards 447 2016 (vs. Muskegon) - Aidan O’Connell
Most PATs 10 Norm Cotteleer, 1980 (10-10)

Single Game Records - Individual
Rushing Yards 335 Joel Dant, 1991 (vs. Wheeling - 20 carries)
Passing Yards 447 Aidan O’Connell, 2016 (vs. Muskegon)
Receiving Yards 213 Chris Piggott, 1991 (vs. Zion-Benton - 12 catches)
Longest Pass Play From Scrimmage 99 yards Jeff Main to Andy Farrissey, 1974
Longest Run From Scrimmage 98 yards Cliff King, 1987

Defensive Records

Season Records - Team
Fewest Total Yards Allowed 949 1975
Fewest Rushing Yards Allowed 612 1975
Fewest Passing Yards Allowed 337 1975
Fewest Points Allowed 47 1972
Most Interceptions 24 2014
Most Shutouts 5 1975, 1976, 2005

Season Records - Individual
Most Solo Tackles 110 Jeff Skibitsky, 1996
Most Assists 88 Jeff Skibitsky, 1996
Most Total Tackles 198 Jeff Skibitsky, 1996
Most Interceptions 11 Doug Barnett, 1976
Most Sacks 13 Jordan Whitehead, 2000

Career Records - Individual
Most Solo Tackles 199 Carl Miller, 2010-11
Most Assists 202 Jason Vravick, 2012-14
Tackles for Loss 63 Nick Dillon, 2011-14
Defensive Touchdowns 4 Matt Morrissey, 2011-13