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Nampa High School

School Info
Conference: 5A Southern Idaho Conference - West Division Pod A
Classification: 5A

Head Coach: Jon Choate

Years as Head Coach: Entering 3rd year

Previous Experience: Meridian High School (DC) 08-12 / Caldwell High School (LB’s / DC) 01-07 / Boise High School (10th grade HC) 98-99

Record Last Year: 3-6

State Titles: 1963, 1978, 1984

Assistant Coaches:
Ralph Angstman, Van Dunn, Justin Garcia, Wally Lester, Zach Randolph, Danl Richards, Tim Souza, Tyler Thomas, Marcos Sanchez

Who do you have coming back this year?
Leo Garcia, WR/DB, 12, Keenan Wilcox, WR/DB, 12, Andrew Hilton, H/ILB, 12, Afton Silvis, H/OLB, 12, Joey Tonga, OL/DL, 11, Mason Mitchell, TE, OLB, 12, Rob Davenport, OL/DL, 11, Cory Lester, OL/DL, 12, Mason Schuler, OL/DL, 12

Do you have any new incoming “impact” players?
Kooper Wilcox, QB, 11;
Pedro King, RB, 11;
Kaelum Madera, WR/DB, 11;
Wyatt Silvis, OL/DL, 11

Photo By: Loren Orr - #5 Keenan Wilcox
As a team, what are your offensive strengths?
Pistol option offense. Strengths are in our skill players. Leo Garcia (WR), Keenan Wilcox (WR), Kaelum Madera (WR), Tanner Neville (WR)

Offensive areas you hope to improve on over last year:
Points Scored. We averaged just over 13 last year.

As a team, what are your defensive strengths?
Team Speed on defense is our strength. LB’s: Afton Silvis, Andrew Hilton, Mason Mitchell. DL: Wyatt Silvis, Rob Davenport

Defensive Areas you hope to improve on over last year:
Points allowed & stopping the run

Does your team have a motto/theme for the upcoming season?

What are you most excited about in regards to this year’s team?
This years juniors have won all the way up in our program. I am excited to see how their past success will help shape our team.

For the fans, what is the must-see game of the year on your schedule?
Nampa Vs. Caldwell. Over 100 years of rivalry. Caldwell has won the last two.

What is the ‘X-Factor’ to having success this season as a team?
Can we stay healthy.

If you could change one rule in high school football, what would it be?
Allow players to cut. This is a huge disadvantage when we play teams that we are “out-manned” against. Also, they can cut in college, so we are doing our players who are moving on a disservice not teaching them how to perform or defend that technique.

Besides the pay, the fame and the glory, why do you coach high school football?
Coaching high school sports is a passion, not a profession. I love football.

What makes your school the best place to coach for?
Our stadium, weight room, and practice facilities, I would hold up against anyone in the valley.

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