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This FREE camp, in its 14th year, teaches football fundamentals to kids ages 6 to 12 years old. Area coaches and former players lead these young athletes in hands-on drills to give them a players edge in the game they love.Pre-Register
Hosted by Notre Dame Academy.
Dedicated to Rich Bessert.
"My son had a phenomenal time at the camp – thank you to all for coordinating it and running it. The variation of drills and coaching tips were well received and appreciated."
"My son loved the camp and it was perfect for him. Thanks to all involved for a wonderful day for my son. My son is 6, so this was a good introduction."
"This was my son’s first year participating in the Rich Bessert Football Camp, and I thought it was excellent. I was very impressed with how well all the coaches & volunteers worked with the kids, very caring, organized & encouraging. Attending this camp gave him a feel for what practice would be like and how much work he'd need to put in. He learned some skills & had fun. What a great event! Thank you for everyone who makes this happen!"
Rich will always be remembered for his trademark sideburns and for wearing his sunglasses day or night for coaching. When asked why he always wore those sunglasses Rich simply replied, “The sun never sets on the cool!”
Rich was born in Green Bay, WI on March 23, 1951 to Cliff and June Bessert as the eldest of four children. He graduated from Ashwaubenon High School in 1969 where he played football, wrestling and track and field. As a senior, Rich was named Co-captain and MVP of the football team and Athlete of the Year.
Upon graduation, Rich continued his education and track career at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. While experiencing success as a shot putter, he could not deny his love for football and joined the Blue Devils on the gridiron during his junior year.
From 1976 through 2008 Rich coached at Ashwaubenon High School, Green Bay Premontre, De Pere High School and Notre Dame Academy. He had served as a varsity assistant (9 years), offensive coordinator (6 years), defensive coordinator (4 years) and head coach (De Pere - 5 years; Ashwaubenon -1 year). During this time he helped his teams to eight conference titles (Premontre – ’84,’85; De Pere – ’92, ’95; Notre Dame – ’00; Ashwaubenon –’02, ’04, ’07), three state finals (Premontre – ’84,’85; Notre Dame – ’00) and two state titles (De Pere – ’92; Ashwaubenon – ’05).
As an educator Rich taught Technology Education in Milwaukee (’74-75), Ashwaubenon (’75-’83; ’99-’08), Premontre/Notre Dame (’84-’99) serving as department chair for many years and earning Ashwaubenon’s High School Teacher of the Year in 2006.
Rich loved teaching and coaching football, but it was the relationships that he formed with both his students and athletes that he truly cherished. Rich was always quick to give thanks and recognition to the communities in which he coached, along with his fellow coaches, players and their parents and especially his family for all of their love and support. He and his wife, Kay, who he affectionately referred to as his “First Lady,” were married in 1979. Together they raised their two wonderful children, Andrea and Steve. Andrea was Rich’s number one fan and backer. Rich had the great fortune of coaching Steve in high school for football. Rich’s joy of becoming the Head Football Coach at Ashwaubenon High School was only compounded when Steve agreed to join Rich as an assistant coach. Rich proudly proclaimed, “Just think, I’ll be coaching on Friday nights, looking down the sidelines and seeing Steve coaching with me. Cool!” The Bessert family is extremely grateful to the WFCA for this humbling honor.
Pre-Registration is closed HOWEVER please feel free to register at the camp on Saturday!