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Notre Dame Academy Football Coaches

Mike Rader

Varsity Coach
Head Coach

 

 

Tony Giovanetti

Varsity Coach

Tony Giovanetti played football for all four years of high school at John I Leonard High School in Lake Worth, Florida, being named Most Valuable Defensive Player as well as All-Conference and All-District Defensive Player. He continued to play football at the collegiate level, at Concordia University Wisconsin. There, he was named 2 time All-American, All-Conference for 3 years, and making it into the Hall of Fame. He is the defensive line coach and has been with Notre Dame for 26 years.

Paul Ihlenfeldt

Varsity Coach

Paul Ihlenfeldt graduated from Abbot Pennings in 1980, playing football for the Squires and being named All-Conference and All-Area Defensive Player of the Year, and Second Team All-State Linebacker. He went on to play collegiately at the University of St. Thomas. He is the defensive coordinator and has been coaching at Notre Dame for four years.

Evan Smith

Varsity Coach

Evan Smith played football for Salinas High School in California, being named Team MVP, and also at the college level for Idaho State University. He went into the NFL for 10 years, playing for both the Green Bay Packers from 2009-2013, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2014-2018. In 2011, he played for the Packers when they won Super Bowl XLV. This is his first year with Notre Dame as the offensive line coach.

Chris Nowak

Varsity Coach

Chris Nowak played football for Notre Dame, graduating in 2003 and winning awards such as First Team All-State Wide Receiver, Second Team All-State Wide Receiver and Defensive Back, and Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. He went on to play for Michigan Tech, being named Honorable Mention All-Conference Outside Linebacker and First Team Academic All-American. He coaches linebackers, defensive backs, and special teams, and this is his 12th year coaching for Notre Dame.

Fr. Mark Mleziva

Team Chaplain
 

Ty Knott

Varsity Coach

Ty Knott played high school football for Upland High School in Upland, California. He continued to play in college for Oregon Tech. He has since gone on to coach football for college teams, including Oregon Tech, and professional teams, such as the Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, and the Green Bay Packers. This is his first year at NDA as the quarterback coach.

Max McHugh

Varsity Coach

Max McHugh, 2008 NDA almunus, played four years in high school and was named All-Conference Punter and Kicker. McHugh then played for another 2 years at St. John's University.  He is now serving his third year as Assistant Coach for the Varsity team.


Tyler Arkens

Junior Varsity Coach

Tyler Arkens, 2003 Notre Dame alumnus, played football for four years for the Tritons. He later attended St. Norbert College where he played another four years there.  He is now serving his third year has a Junior Varsity Coach.

Jim McHugh

Junior Varsity Coach

Jim McHugh graduated from Assumption Lutheran in 1980, winning some awards in high school. He played college football at St. John’s in Collegeville, Minnesota. This is his second year coaching JV1 football, but he spent 10 years as a basketball coach for Notre Dame.

Aaron Zepnick

Junior Varsity Coach
Assistant Coach

Sean Brick

Freshman Coach
Head Coach

Sean Brick played high school football at Green Bay West High School where he was named All-Conference Center and Inside Linebacker. Brick also played all 4 years in college at UW-Stevens Point where he was also named All-Northeast Wisconsin Center. He has a total of 16 years of coaching experience including 12 years of middle school football and 4 years at NDA. Brick's children Keegan, Sydney, and Grady all have attended NDA.

Daniel Kriegl

Freshman Coach
Assistant Coach

Daniel Kriegl played football at Catholic Memorial High School where he was named All-Conference Strong Safety in 2002. He then later coached for four years at Yuma Catholic High School in Arizona and is now coaching his third year at Notre Dame as the Freshmen Assistant Coach. Kriegl is also the Campus Minister at NDA.