May 20, 2015

Yukica Clinic will be held at Exeter HS on May 29


The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc.

19th Annual

Spring Football Clinic

Exeter High School

Friday, May 29th, 2015


Paul Castonia - Plymouth State University - Head Coach

Rob Eggerling - Saint Anselm College - Defensive Coordinator

Mike Foley - UConn/Harvard/Colgate - Offensive Line

Kurt Hines - Bedford High School - Head Coach

Scott James - University of New Hampshire - Defensive Backs

Sean McDonnell - University of New Hampshire - Head Coach

Pat Murphy - Saint Anselm College - Head Coach

2015 Rules Review - Steve Hall - NHFOA


Adrenaline Fundraising

WHEN: Friday, May 29, 2015 - Registration - 5:00pm

Clinic - 5:30pm - 9:30pm

WHERE: Exeter High School - Athletic Wing

Cost - $30.00 Registration

Any profits will be donated to the Joe Yukica - New Hampshire Chapter -

The National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, for scholarship assistance.

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FBU camps coming to New England

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June 22-26: Buddy Teevens Football Camp, Hanover
June 26-28: FBU Camp, St. Joseph's High School (Trumbull, Conn.)
June 27: New Hampshire CHaD East-West All-Star Game (Saint Anselm College), 7 p.m.
June 28: New Hampshire Football Showcase (Bedford High School), 9-1 p.m.; St. Anselm Shootout 7-on-7 tournament (Saint Anselm/Manchester), 9 a.m.
July 10-12: FBU Camp, Westwood High School (Westwood, Mass.)
July 11-12: Northeast Football Clinics (Governor's Academy/Byfield, Mass.)
July 18: Under Armour Northeast 7-on-7 tournament (Exeter High School), 10 a.m. 
Aug. 1: Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl (Castleton State College), 5:30 p.m.
To have an item added to the New Hampshire Football Report calendar, contact Roger Brown at

May 19, 2015

Bedford stays in-house, hires Stank

Roger Brown

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Derek Stank has been given the keys to one of the state's top high school football programs.

Stank, a 32-year-old Bedford resident, has been hired to replace Kurt Hines as Bedford High School's varsity football coach. Hines resigned earlier this month after he accepted a teaching and coaching position in California.

Stank has been an assistant coach on the Bedford staff since the school first fielded a team in 2007. Bedford elevated its program to varsity status in 2008. Stank was Bedford's offensive and defensive line coach last season.

"I'm ready to roll," Stank said. "I've known for a while now that I would be ready if the position opened. Things just happened quicker than I expected. I'm very excited. I'm also relieved, knowing we're out of this limbo period."

Bedford announced Stank's hiring in a press release issued Monday.

"Coach Stank brings a seamless transition from assistant to head coach in an already strong program that he helped to build," Bedford athletic director Bill Whittmore said in the press release. "I have no doubt he will continue to uphold our high standards on and off the playing field."

Stank played defensive tackle and defensive end for UNH from 2001 to 2005. He also competed in track and field for UNH, and has served as Bedford's varsity track and field coach since 2007.

Bedford posted a 40-29 record during Hines' seven seasons as Bedford's coach. Bedford climbed the ladder from Division III to Division I during that time, and has reached the championship game in each of those three divisions. 

Bedford finished the 2014 season with an 11-1 record after losing to Pinkerton Academy of Derry in the Division I championship game.

"There will be no dramatic changes, but we will make changes where changes are necessary," Stank said.

May 18, 2015

Help yourself get recruited

This year's New Hampshire Football Showcase will be held June 28 at Bedford High School. This is not a teaching camp. This event is designed to gain exposure for high school athletes who are looking to play college football, especially those who would like to increase their chance of playing at the Division II or Division III level.

The cost is $149, and athletes can register by clicking on the link above.

The following schools have confirmed they will attend:

Division I: UNH and Maine.
Division II: St. Anselm, Stonehill and Assumption.
Division III: Becker, Concordia (Illinois), Endicott, Plymouth State, Fitchburg State, Anna Maria, Castleton State, Maine Maritime, Mass. Maritime, Nichols, Norwich, WPI, Knox (illinois).
Sprint: Franklin Pierce.

In addition, three prep schools, Bridgton Academy, Proctor Academy and Worcester Academy, will be in attendance.

May 11, 2015

Spots available for Lineman Challenge

The 2015 Granite State Lineman Challenge will be held July 11 (11 a.m.) at Manchester Memorial High High School. Twelve teams competed in the event last year, and there will be room for more teams this year.

Early registration is May 31. The cost is $175 for the first five-player team, and an additional $25 for each participant over the first five players. Lunch and t-shirts will be provided. Events will be similar to last year with the exception of the tire pull.

Dover, Londonderry, Manchester Memorial and Merrimack Valley are the teams that are currently registered.

Those with questions can contact Ray Connolly at

Saint Anselm Shootout set for June 28

Shootout.jpgThe Eighth Annual Saint Anselm Shootout 7-on-7 tournament will be held June 28 (9 a.m. start) at Saint Anselm College in Manchester.

The cost is $275 per team, and checks can be made payable to Saint Anselm College Football. For more information or to register, visit the Saint Anselm College football web site and click on Saint Anselm Shootout.

May 6, 2015

Media Blitz: Best and brightest honored at Yukica dinner

High School: Fairweather stands out in the classroom as well >> Union Leader

May 5, 2015

Media Blitz: Hines leaving Bedford

High School: Bedford will have new coach >> Union Leader

May 4, 2015

Hines leaving Bedford for position in California

Roger Brown

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Kurt Hines has stepped down from his position as the varsity football coach at Bedford High School.

Hines resigned after he accepted a teaching and coaching position at the Christian Unified Schools of San Diego in El Cajon, Calif., last week. He will be an elementary school teacher and on the staff at Christian High School. Hines has two children and a grandson who live in California.

"Words cannot express my love for our young men, our staff, and for our BHS football family," Hines wrote in an email to the Bedford football community. "As my family and I look to begin this exciting new chapter in our lives, please know that I will always be a part of our Bedford Football family, and I will be keeping close tabs on the continued success of our program and our young men."

Hines served as Bedford's head coach for seven seasons, and the Bulldogs posted a 40-29 record during his tenure. Bedford lost to Pinkerton in last year's Division I championship game. Bedford reached the Division III championship game in 2011 (a loss to Portsmouth) and the Division II championship game in 2012 (a loss to Winnacunnet).

Derek Stank is a possible replacement if Bedford opts to replace Hines from within. Stank, who played football at the University of New Hampshire, is the varsity track and field coach at Bedford.


2014: 11-1 (Division I runner-up)
2012: 8-2 (Division II runner-up)
2011: 7-4 (Division III runner-up)
2010: 5-4
2009: 2-7
2008: 0-9

May 2, 2015

UNH's Harris, Spears and Coccia land in NFL

Roger Brown

Three former University of New Hampshire football players who were not selected in this year's NFL draft signed free agent contacts following the draft.

Wide receiver R.J. Harris and tight end Harold Spears each signed with the New Orleans Saints, and center Mike Coccia signed with the Philadelphis Eagles.

"Obviously I wanted to be drafted, but now our situation is the same as anyone who was drafted: Prove that we belong," Harris said. "Coming from a small school I already had a chip on my shoulder. Going undrafted, now I have an even bigger chip."

Spears and Harris each worked out for a handful of teams, including the Saints, at a private workout two days before UNH's Pro Day at the SportsPlex in Bedford. 

Coccia said NFL teams began to show significant interest in him following UNH's Pro Day. Ryan Myers, Philadelphia's Northeast Area Scout, was among those who attended UNH's Pro Day.

Coccia said he was also contacted by the Browns, Cardinals, Falcons and Raiders following the draft.

"I believe my primary position is going to be center, but the Eagles and all the NFL teams told me I'll have to play guard as well," Coccia said. "Philadelphia's offense is the style I want to play for. The blocking schemes are similar to what we ran at UNH. I felt like the Eagles would be the easiest transition."
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