Harlem football coach Bob Moynihan is the best in the state


MACHESNEY PARK – After the Chicago Bears presented Harlem’s Bob Moynihan with an autographed football on Tuesday afternoon as the coach of the year, Moynihan asked the three TV stations to turn their cameras on his players.

“It’s the guys here who made it possible,” said Moynihan, who led the Huskies to a 6-0 record and their first NIC-10 title in over 20 years. “All we are here to guide them is to guide them. They succeed.

Moynihan was Named Bear Coach of the Week earlier this season and quarterback James Cooper Jr., who led the state in a few meters, has been named Player of the week once.

“It’s awesome,” said Cooper, “especially having three, one with me and twice with Coach Mo. We just keep reliving the season over and over again.”

Moynihan said Harlem’s very first perfect season – the previous best was a 6-0-1 mark in 1936 – will help future generations of Huskies. And that’s something he confided in his team before the start of the season.

“I told them at the start of the year, ‘You are going to define the legacy of Harlem football.’ This is how it’s going to be, ”Moynihan said. “They went out and did everything we asked them to do and that’s their legacy.

“No one (from Harlem) has gone undefeated and this is the first time we’ve won the conference since 1997. It’s something they’re going to leave on this program for the rest of their lives and it’s a cornerstone for the future. ”

After:Harlem QB could still pitch. Now it is breaking NIC-10 records.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy filmed a video “shouting” at Moynihan, who now becomes the Bears’ nominee for the Don Shula National Coach Award.

“I think it’s a pretty cool award to be named Chicago Bears Coach of the Year and named Don Shula,” Nagy said. “Kudos to the rest of your staff, your school and all of your players, and know we’re here for you, man. Good luck for the fall. And get down.

The Chicago Bears named Harlem High School football coach Bob Moynihan their Illinois High School Football Coach of the Year during a presentation at Harlem High School on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Machesney Park.

Matt Trowbridge: mtrowbridge@rrstar.com; @matttrowbridge


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