Here are the options for summer camps that I am providing for incoming 9th grade down to our first grade, future Hilltoppers.
Coulee Region Lineman Camp: Sign up here
This camp is designed for the heart of the football team, the offensive line. Over 3 days, campers will be taught the fundamentals of the offensive line. this camp is non-padded and all contact will be made using blocking sled, tackling dummies and padded shields. A football team is only as good as its offensive line, and linemen should be proud of the role they play on the team. This camp is a great way to get a head-start on you football season as a member of the offensive line!
June 26th-28th 1:00-2:30pm
Passing Camp: Sign up here
This camp will teach you the basics of throwing and catching the football. Come learn the fundamentals that helped the Onalaska football team throw for over 3,800 yards and 49 touchdowns last year. Each session will work on drills related to running routes, catching the football along with quarterback fundamentals for those who want to play QB. Each session will conclude with the teaching of basic pass plays that can be used this fall at any level of football.
June 26th-28th 2:30-4:00pm
Youth Camp: Sign up here
Participants will learn the fundamental skills associated with all offensive and defensive positions. Each day will conclude with touch football games led by current OHS Football Players. All camper will receive a camp t-shirt.
July 24th - 25th, 4:00 to 5:30pm
High School Linemen Camp:
St. Norberts Linemen Camp
Great 2 day lineman camp, 3 locations to choose from. Small groups that allow excellent coaching and film review of technique. Highly recommended! If you choose this camp, you will need to borrow helmet and pads from the high school.
Updated Times: Disregard the times listed for summer lifting they will be as follows:
1st Group 8:00-9:30 (Jr/Sr)
2nd Group 10:00-11:30 (Fr/So)
3rd Group 11:30-12:30 (Middle School)
When Todd Sommerfeldt from the Tribune called me a little over a week ago to let me know that I was selected as Tribune coach of the year, I broke down into tears. I was incredibly humbled to be chosen and was caught completely off guard. Our kids and our team had a great year, but Caledonia had just won their millionth game in a row and it felt like they have more state championships than I have wins. G-E-T had a great run and Bangor has only lost one game in the past two years. Simply put, there are a lot of great coaches in this area who Todd could have chosen.
As honored as I am for Todd and the Tribune to have chosen me this year, I don't coach for the awards. Don't get me wrong, I'll be sending a copy of the newspaper home to my parents to show my last living grandparent. I'm very proud of the selection, but I coach for much bigger reasons.
I coach because football got me through high school. It gave me a place to belong. I was a 5'7 120lb kid going into high school with no handles, no jump shot, and a throwing arm that usually landed a baseball somewhere out of play near a fence. Luckily I found football. I latched onto my high school coaches (Bill Turnquist, Dexter McNabb, Jeff Lutz, Jared Marsh) and listened to everything they said. I lived in the weight room for four years. My coaches believed in me, taught me how to work hard, taught me what it meant to be dedicated, and they never let me give up, even when times were hard. My coaches gave me the confidence that nothing else in life had up to that point.
Here’s the catch: I wasn’t any good at high school football. I am a self proclaimed scout team All American. I didn’t have a lick of talent and I never made an impactful play in a meaningful game. My coaches though, didn’t coach me any different though because of that. They found ways for me to contribute. I played on every special team, I played on the defensive line as a 170lb Jr/Sr, and for some reason they even tried me a quarterback for four games. They believed in me, and because of that, I believed in myself.
With what my coaches did for me in high school, I knew that I had to pass that on. I coach because young men need to learn how to work hard as part of a team. They need to learn that failing does not make them a failure, and that failing is part of growing. They need to be taught how to pick themselves up of the mat after lift knocks them down. They need to be taught leadership, because we can never have enough great leaders in our world. They also need to see what it means to be a husband and a father modeled by our staff both in words and actions-- and while I am not claiming we are perfect at teaching any of these, I hope that our players take have learned enough to make them a better person as they leave our program than they were when we got them as freshman.
I’ve coached football for the past 13 autumns. The excitement never gets old, the nervousness on Fridays never gets less intense, and the fire to see our athletes succeed has never burned stronger inside me. I coach because I love seeing the joy on the faces of high school kids when they are successful. I love watching our players celebrate with their friends, their family, and the community after we win. I coach because the game of football gave me a chance to be a part of something much bigger than myself and I owe it to my former coaches to pass on what they gave to me, to the next generation of young men.
This past season was a memorable one, and I have a lot of people to thank. First of all I have to thank Jana for supporting me, through the wins and the losses, the highs and the lows. I thank my parents, for making the 3+ hour drive from the east side of the state multiple times this year, a few of them without me knowing they were coming. My dad would also wake up early anytime after a big win and print off the newspaper article online, drive to my 91 year old grandpa’s house and slip the print off into his sports section while it was still in his paperbox so my grandpa would find our article when he opened it up. Thank you to my assistant coaches who gave countless hours to our success but never get their names in the newspaper for the work they do. Thank you to the entire Onalaska community for making this season special for our athletes. It meant a lot to see the community come out to watch us play. I thank the parents of our athletes for the time that they sacrifice in so many different ways. Between team dinners, giving rides to weight lifting, weekend commitments, it’s busy and can be difficult. Know that your sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
Pound the Rock!
Odds are this gets a little long winded and possibly emotional as I look back on this past season. This past season is one that I will cherish for a long time as it was a special collection of young men.
First of all I'd like to thank my wife Jana for allowing me to pursue my passion of coaching high school football. I am a father, a husband, and a football coach. I do my best to not let the latter get in the way of the first two but I'm sure it happens at times and Jana doesn't hold it against me. I've worked hard to find the balance between football and the rest of life and she has put up with me while I've been working on that. I truly don't have any hobbies outside of coaching football, she is a saint for how much football she endures year round.
I'd also like to thank the community, the parents, the Onalaska School District for the support they showed our team along our journey this year. It was awesome to see blankets being put out 7 hours before game time because people wanted to see us play.
A group of people that are often over looked are the custodians. Charlie Henry, John Snow, Kurt Goodenough, Matt and Chris, Richard, many more I have forgotten and the ladies as well. All of them do a very thankless job of cleaning up after us, cleaning up the field after games as we celebrate with the fans and parents, fixing broken equipment. I cannot thank this group enough for what they do for it is one of the most important and overlooked jobs of the entire operation. The encouragement this group gave me all season meant the world to me. Excellent people who do a job most never notice.
The first thing I told the team Friday after the game was that I loved them, and I meant it. I love each of our players for the work they put in, the dedication they have to our team and each other, and for the young man they are becoming. I hope that as our seniors walk away that I have impacted them enough to make a lasting difference on the person they become. I hope that we have taught them how to overcome obstacles in life, withstand adversity, and to be a great teammate, no matter the situation. I hope we taught them to be great leaders, and love those they lead. As fun as this season was, as fun as the winning was, the conference championship and the record breaking performances were, the true success of our program will be measured years from now in what kind of husbands and fathers our team becomes long after the Friday Night Lights go dim.
I'm proud of our team for the effort they gave each day at practice. I'm proud of them for the effort they gave during the off season. I'm proud of the adversity they overcame both individually and as a team. I'm proud of them for the leaders they became and the maturity they gained along the journey. This group truly never quit until the last whistle sounded.
Football is more than just a game to me. It's a tool to teach life lessons. I believe that those who see it through will be better people because of it. I've never had a person come to me and say they regretted playing high school football. I have had many come to me and say they regretted not playing or quitting early. This game is special because of the bonds it builds and the finite time you get to play it for. Unlike other sports you don't have pick up leagues or adult leagues of football to play after high school. It's special because of the level of commitment you must make to the game and your teammates to be successful at it. The memories that you take from high school football will be talked about 20 years from now at a class reunion. The lessons you learned from the game will be applied throughout the rest of your life.
I want to thank our outgoing seniors for the past four years. It was truly an honor to coach you. Your hard work will not be forgotten and you have laid a foundation for those who will follow behind you.
For the players that return next year, understand the hard work it took for this years' seniors to have the success they did. It didn't happen over night, and it didn't happen by accident. It was intentional, hard work that got them there. It wasn't fun all of the time, but it needed to be done to reach the heights they did. Follow that blue print and bright days are ahead.
For those outside the program who think that with the departure of this group of seniors a rebuild is in the works; don't sleep on us. We have many talented, hard working athletes ready to pick up where the class of 2017 left off. We will not accept mediocrity and we will not live off the coat tails of those who are leaving us. We will work harder than we ever have, we will prepare, and we will be ready to continue to fight for MVC championships.
Thank you for a great 2016 season.
Pound the Rock!
- Coach Yashinsky
If you would like a conference Championship T shirt please use Google Form below to indicate Quantity.
$10 for a Short Sleeve
$15 for a Long Sleeve
If you are ordering a XXL or XXXL Please add $1 per that size.
Sizes are Youth Medium through Triple XL
ALL CHECKS MADE OUT TO ONALASKA HIGH SCHOOL AND GIVEN TO COACH YASHINSKY (Cash accepted as well, please put in envelope and label)
Onalaska Football Parents-
Our parents night will be this Friday. All parents will get in free-- Coach Yashinsky will hand out tickets for players to give to parents Thursday after practice.
Please fill out the google form in the link provided. Your information will be read as filled out on this form. Any questions please let me know. If multiple parents fill it out its fine, I'll delete multiple entries. This is I believe the easiest way to collect info as high school boys typically forget to hand you anything I send home. Traditionally we have not announced freshmen and their parents unless they were suited up for the game. We will stay with that tradition, but you are still eligible for free tickets to the game, have your son stop by my room thursday and get them if you would like them.
Parent Night Google Form
Parents will assemble on track at 6:20 and we will begin announcing at 6:30. Assembly will be From Freshmen (all the way left) to Seniors (All the way right) By Jersey Number. I will have a list there to make it easy.
If you have not registered for athletics do so here. This needs to be done ASAP!!!
Onalaska Football Families,
The first 2 weeks are in the books after tomorrow and they have flown by. Your sons and daughter have worked extremely hard and we are proud of their efforts so far. Here are a few reminders and updates about things happening.
Also if your son still has gold cards/ money out please have him get that back ASAP unless he is still going to sell remaining cards. Thanks!
Enter your king of the hill data here. goo.gl/forms/Z06LIK2kM3niA4JM2
Open file above in Microsoft Word for fitting instructions.