Varsity football head coach George Prelock has been coaching football for 16 years including at the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity levels. He has taken NDP to the Division 5A state championship during his first two years as head coach and has already sent five players to Division 1 college football.
Prelock was born in Pittsburg, PA and was raised in Clifton Park, NY, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Burlington, VT. He started to play tackle football when he was only nine years old. Prelock originally came to NDP as an English teacher and then became the varsity football head coach in 2017. He wanted to become a coach because he “loved football so much. I wanted to continue to be a part of the game, so when I decided to become a teacher at NDP, I knew that I wanted to start coaching as well.”
The Saints’ current record is 6-0 with a recent win against their region rival, the Desert Mountain Wolves and Cactus Shadows. Prelock said he’s “really excited to see all of his players play, grow as a team, and make a deep playoff run for the third year in a row.”
He said that “the ultimate goal is to win a state championship for Notre Dame Prep”, and he has gotten so close in his first two years in charge.
Coach Prelock hopes to obtain this goal by “just going to take it one game at a time and one practice at a time. If we break things down like that and focus on tasks at hand, we will have big success.”
When talking about how his tone affects the team, Prelock said, “I think it has a big effect. One thing I always try to do is keep my poise because I know the kids are going to emulate my behavior but I want to keep control so the kids can control their emotions.”
Sophomore defensive tackle Duke Frye said that what he likes most about his head coach is “The feedback Coach Prelock gives and he mixes up the positive and the negatives which makes you a better player because he points out how you can improve but also point out what your doing good. He is the center behind all of our energy and he will always pick us up no matter the score.”
Frye also said that “Mr. Prelock helps me especially during film when he only calls in the line man and he shows us what we do wrong and helps us improve for the next game.
For Prelock, the reward as a coach is “Seeing the student athletes develop on and off the field ur obviously making a great impact on their lives and then seeing the impact on their lives”.
He enjoys having “The ability to collaborate and get along so well with the coaching staff and working together as a whole.”
Prelock believes that he does a good job as the coach if “the kids leave the field better than before they got onto the field.” He cares a lot about the football team but at the end of the day it is about the kids’ character.