Belvidere turns to wrestling coach Sean Donnelly to lead football program


Belvidere looked far searching for a new football coach but found him near.

After interviewing a wide variety of candidates to fill a tradition-rich position for a team that has struggled since the town opened a second high school, Belvidere wound up hiring wrestling coach Sean Donnelly for a second coaching position.

Donnelly will replace Tony Ambrogio, who moved to Missouri.

Ambrogio was 3-24 in three seasons at Belvidere, but had success earlier as an offensive-minded coach at Christian Life.

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“We spent two months dedicated to finding the ‘right fit.’ This includes over twenty candidates interested in the job,” Belvidere athletic director Josh Sternquist said in a school news release, “some head coaches, coordinators, and assistant coaches with tons of experience, past and present. It was a very difficult process but we have found who we believe is the right fit.

“Belvidere is a unique city that has been defined by football in some cases due to its past success.  This position is not just a football coach, but a member of the community, leader in the school, and someone who is a fit for the ‘Belvidere Way’ of doing things.  We are not flashy, we will not be the biggest team, or have the most ‘scholarship’ players.  That has never been Bucs Football.  But, we will work and play with a pride and passion that leaves our fans and opponents saying, ‘man, those boys played hard tonight!’ The right guy to lead Belvidere Bucs Football is Sean Donnelly!”

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