The North Platte Bulldogs Football (often referred to as "DAWGS") is a proud and popular program at NPHS. With one alumni currently playing in the NFL, many a young boys dream about someday playing varsity ball on the turf of Bauer Field.
The Bulldog Football staff believe that the lessons of football have potential to go far beyond the gridiron and high school. Much effort is spent in character development through leadership council, leadership 101, weekly character trait studies, and team themes. Our goal is to teach lessons that help our great student athletes to become better students and teammates-to ultimately better fathers, husbands, and community members. The seniors chose the theme "FAMILY OVER EVERYTHING (FOE)" as the theme for 2017.
The Dawgs football program has four teams:
|NPHS Varsity Football Coaching Staff|
In 2009 Coach Bernie Madison became the Bulldog Football coach. Coach Madison’s 2015 squad qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
Previously Coach Madison was the head coach at Kearney Catholic. At the time, the Kearney Catholic football program had been struggling. But in Madison’s second year, the Stars made the state playoffs for the first time since 1988. After that, the team became a perennial power. In his last seven years at the helm for Kearney Catholic, the Stars made the playoffs each of the last seven years.
Previous to Kearney Catholic, Coach Madison coached in Houston, Texas. Madison played football at UNK and North Platte High School.
Coach Hiatt started coaching in the fall of 2008 at Sutherland where he coached receivers and linebackers and was the defensive coordinator. He moved to North Platte in the 2009 season coaching receivers in that first fall. The following season he moved to the defensive side of the ball, coaching Linebackers and serving as the defensive coordinator. In 2012 he coached a defense that ranked 11th in yards allowed, the 2015 version of the Bulldog defense ranked 5th in yards allowed and 6th in points allowed. 2017 is coach Hiatt's 9th season coaching for the Bulldogs!
Coach Hiatt is an alumni and still holds the all-time tackles record for NPHS. In college Coach Hiatt played linebacker for Nebraska Wesleyan where he was second in team tackles his junior and senior year.
Philep Willey came on to the Bulldog football staff as an assistant coach in 2014. He currently serves as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.
Coach Willey was previously the head coach at Bayard High School where he was the head coach for 8 seasons. While head coach the Bayard Tigers made the playoffs for the first time in almost 20 years. His 2010 and 2011 squads broke numerous offensive records for all classes including most passing yards in a game.
Previous to Bayard, Coach Willey was an assistant coach at Hastings College. Coach Willey also attended Hastings College where he played defensive line on the varsity football team-including the 98 and 99 Hastings College Hall of Fame teams.
Coach Willey is a native of Sterling, Colorado. He and his wife, Kassy, have two children: Maverick and Maycee.
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Coach Broeckelman has been an assistant at NPHS since 2016. He volunteered and helped the bulldogs while student teaching in the 2015 season. He also teaches Math at the high school and coaches middle school wrestling. His passion for coaching stems from his love of competing, building positive relationships, and all the life lessons that it brought him.
Coach Softley is the new Defensive Backs Coach and also helps with Quarterbacks. Coach Softley was an All-State Athlete in Grant Nebraska and played college football at Nebraska Wesleyan. As well as coaching Football Coach Softley is also the Head Girls Basketball Coach at North Platte. His previous 2 years of head coaching experience were both at Columbus Lakeview High School in Columbus Nebraska. Coach Softley is married to Hannah Softley a NPPSD Occupational Therapist. Coach Softley also leads FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) here at NPHS. He believes that sports are a great parable to teach life lessons such as selflessness, character, commitment, and work ethic. However, the reason he coaches is to form positive relationships with his athletes that will impact them for eternity. Coach Softley teaches Business at NPHS.