Great Bridge Head Coach Brian Boerboom (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Brian Boerboom is looking forward to his first year back at Great Bridge
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
On Monday, the Chesapeake Sports Club hosted all of the High School Football coaches of Chesapeake to give them an opportunity to speak about their program.
Coach Brian Boerboom returns to lead the Wildcats after several years away. Boerboom coached the Wildcats from 2003 to 2006, back and coaching his son Nathan, and now he’s back along with a now growing group of football athletes.“We look forward to getting it back to where it was when I was here. We did alright when we were here before, then Coach (Pete) Gale really got it going. (Great Bridge Football) can be really good and do a lot of things, on the field and off the field,” the coach said.
The Wildcats were 13-27 in Boerboom’s first stint at Great Bridge. Pete Gale took over the program and the Wildcats were 54-45 in his nearly 11-year tenure. Gale resigned because of a dispute with the school’s administration in 2015 and only coached the first game of a 1-9 season. Since Gale’s departure, Great Bridge has posted a win-loss record of 3-26.
Boerboom’s youngest son, Nathan, is a rising sophomore and will be a big addition to the talent pool there. The 6-foot 5-inch, 220 pound tight end/wide receiver will be a match-up challenge for most teams. The Wildcats are already drawing better participation after dressing out less than 20 kids for varsity last season.
“The guys have been working very hard. I know the numbers have been down and the record hasn’t been where it’s going to be,” said Boerboom. “When you show up and watch us play, you’re going to see a team that’s disciplined and plays hard. We will play with great effort. We will be in shape. We will hustle in everything we do. We’ll play fast in every aspect, right down to special teams.”
Other than that, Coach Boerboom kept the talk short. He spoke much about his family: his six kids and his wife, who will be teaching at Sparrow Road Intermediate this fall.
The Boerboom family is back. Fans are waiting for Great Bridge Football to be “back”. From what I’ve seen at 7-on-7 and at camps, Coach Boerboom has the program headed in the right direction.
– Andy Hilton