Football preview: The area’s best game-planners

Chris Davis
Libertyville
The mark of a good coach is the ability to create a system that fits the skills of the program’s players. Davis, the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator, has shown he can adjust his schemes year-to-year. With the fleet-footed Riley Lees at quarterback, expect a run-oriented attack in 2014.

Brian Doll
New Trier
Before Doll arrived at Elk Grove prior to the 2009 season, the Grenadiers had won three games in three seasons. They went 7-4, 7-3 and 10-2 during his tenure. Doll is in his first season at New Trier.

Dan Hartman
Hinsdale Central
The first-year Red Devils coach hasn’t changed his approach since coming over from Evergreen Park, where he compiled a 27-9 record, including 10-1 last season.

Josh Hjorth
Stevenson
As the Patriots’ defensive coordinator, Hjorth is one of the best at designing game plans to take away an opposing offense’s strengths. Stevenson’s 2013 run to the Class 8A state semifinals was largely driven by the defense. In four playoff games, the Patriots gave up just 37 points.

John Holecek
Loyola
Holecek played seven seasons in the NFL. Since becoming Loyola’s coach in 2006, he’s been to the playoffs every year and won at least 11 games for six consecutive years. The Ramblers were the Class 8A runners-up in 2011 and 2013.

Dave Inserra
Maine South
The Hawks have won three state titles in Class 8A and finished second three times since 2003. The success has come under the direction of Inserra, who has won at least one playoff game in each of the last 11 seasons.

Glen Kozlowski
Guerin
Kozlowski starred at Brigham Young before playing six seasons at wide receiver for the Chicago Bears.

Gene Nudo
Fenwick
Nudo has been scouting players for a long time and his approach stems from his Arena Football League days. He is a member of the AFL Hall of Fame after being a three-time Executive of the Year and head coach.

Aaron Towne
Lake Zurich
Within a program largely known for its defense, Towne has quietly developed a diverse offensive attack. Lake Zurich threw the ball efficiently in its run to the Class 7A state title game last year. Don’t be surprised to the see the Bears spread the field more in 2014.

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