- Coaching Staff
- Live Practice Schedule (Download Avail.)
- SLP TouchDown Club
- Parent Resources
- Jason Foster
- Rob Griffin
- Clint Ewald
- Robert Walker
- Jack Swanberg
- Alex Polk
- Scott Glover
- Elijah Noterman
- Trent Walsh
- Mitch Grengs
- Tavaris Beasley
- Brandon Gatzeke
- Sam Markell
(Defensive Coordinator, SpT & LB Coach)
"I would be the 3rd if not for my father and grandfather having different middle names." Rob grew up in north Minneapolis and graduated from Edison High School where he played and lettered in Football and Basketball. He then attended Ridgewater College and University of Arkansas Pine Bluff playing football. He is a retired Semi-pro football and has been named to an All-Star team 5 times. He came from a large family with 9 siblings. He is hoping to bring another level of energy to the great staff in place and be part of the great things to come on the field and in the community!
Coach Ewald started in the St. Louis Park football program in 2003 after 20 years of high school coaching (Blaine, Kellogg, Roseville and Moundsview) and 14 years of college football coaching. He has his B.A. from Macalester and M.A. from Wake Forest. He and his wife, Judy, have three children and 8 grandchildren.
Robert Walker (Varsity Defensive Line)
I'm Robert Walker from North Minneapolis. I am coming into my 10th year of coaching high school football. This will be my 4th year coaching at St. Louis Park High School. My background mostly involves working with the offensive line. I played college football at Minnesota State University, Mankato where I played offensive guard. I started my career volunteering at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School, from there I went on to coach 4 years at Brooklyn Center high school where I was in charge of the Offensive and defense line for 2 years before taking over as the play-caller for the following 2 years. Once an opportunity open up at St. Louis Park 3 years ago I felt it would be great for me to come in and learn from a great coaching staff. This year I will be transitioning to coaching defensive line. I am looking forward to the new challenge and I am excited to start a new journey in my coaching career.
Jack Swanberg - (Quarterbacks)
Jack Swanberg has been coaching at St Louis Park since 2016. He has been a defensive backs coach the past three years and will transition to the offensive side of the ball this year and coach the quarterback position. He currently teaches 4th grade at Susan Lindgren Elementary School. As a graduate of Hamline University in St Paul, Swanberg graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. During his playing career as a quarterback and defensive back, he was a four year letter winner, two-time conference special teams player of the week, and D3football.com west region first team.
(Varsity Defensive Backs ) JV DCCoach Polk got his start at St. Louis Park High School when he was hired as a chemistry teacher in 2016. He then had the opportunity to begin coaching with the football program in that same year. Since 2017, Polk has served as a coach of the defensive back group for the Orioles, while since the spring of 2019 has served as an assistant coach for the girls lacrosse team.
Polk graduated from Carleton College in June of 2015 with a teaching degree and a major in Chemistry. While at Carleton, Polk was a member of the Football and Track & Field programs, where he played safety and threw javelin respectively.
(Varsity Running Backs) JV Offensive
Scott Glover- Moved to St Louis Park in 2002 from the Bahamas (I know, I know) with my wife Abby and two children Shannon class of 2009 and Skylor class of 2020. Having grandparents who had been in St Louis Park since 1942 we knew it was a great place to raise our family. Over the last 18 years, I have enjoyed coaching various sports and volunteering in the school system and the lifelong relationships that have grown from these opportunities.
(Varsity WR/Freshman OC)
Elijah joins St. Louis Park for the 2021 season as Defensive Backs / Freshman Defensive coach. He played defensive back and wide receiver at Niwot High School in Niwot, CO. Elijah earned three varsity letters in football and four in track, and he was named team captain twice at Niwot. He had the opportunity to play wide receiver at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. Upon graduating college in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Elijah moved to Minnesota and now works as a Salesforce Developer.
( Varsity Defensive Backs / JV Defense)Coach Beasley is entering his 1st season as a coach for the 2022 football season. He lettered in football & track at Creekside High school in Palmetto, Georgia. He attended the University of Miami to continue playing football and to pursue a degree in Sports Psychology. Coach Beasley is also a Marine Corps veteran, having served during Operation Enduring Freedom.
( Offensive Volunteer )
Sam is born and raised in Minneapolis where I played football and baseball at Southwest. Having grown up with younger siblings I gained a strong interest in volunteering with their athletics and that passion has continued since. After graduating from UMD in 2019, I returned back to Minneapolis and coached youth football the past two seasons. I'm looking forward to joining the St. Louis Park program where I can contribute to the community and build my knowledge in the game I love. I currently work for Bridgewater Bank, based right here in SLP.
We are looking for anyone interested in assisting the football program with Fundraising opportunities or through corporate/private donations. Please contact Coach Foster at email@example.com to inquire about how you can help out the program.
Our team members dedicate many hours to strength, agility and skill development in preparation for our competitive season. We believe the dedication and hard work by our team members and staff both on and off the field will lay a strong foundation on which to build our program and lead us to a successful season.
The expenses for building and maintaining a quality football program are considerable. Your sponsorship will benefit all team members by helping to provide scholarships for team football camp at University of Minnesota - Duluth ($185/scholarship), purchase of new helmets ($150), team issued shorts and shirts ($25/player), our year-end team banquet ($20/player) and other supplemental needs for our program. Please join us in helping to fulfill the goals and dreams of our student-athletes as we prepare for an exciting season.
Our players participate in an intensive conditioning and practice regimen including strength and agility testing, speed and power training in addition to working on position-specific techniques. They also participate in study halls learning offensive and defensive team strategies and leadership skills. Each of our players' goal is to improve his individual abilities as well as his performance as a team member.
Sponsors will be sent a thank you note/receipt by mail or email. Remember, your contribution is tax deductible!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! GO PARK!
To Make a Donation to the SLP Touchdown Club, please pay via check or PayPal:
1) Send a check payable to SLP FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION to Attn: Coach Foster, 6425 W. 33rd St. St. Louis Park, MN 55426
2) Click on the Donate link above, input the $ amount that you would like to contribute to the Football Team and complete payment.
The primary purpose of this manual is communication. Building a football team that the community can take pride in is an evolving and challenging task. All participants involved in the process; the parents, the players, and the coaches must acknowledge their responsibilities associated with this task. Once the expectations associated with these responsibilities have been established, we must all work together to ensure that there is a collective effort to meet these standards.
It is our goal to achieve at the highest level attainable. Our ability to work together will determine our success.
- Preseason Requirements
- Locker Room
- Athletic Training Room
- Parent Expectations
- Parent Participation
- Open Door
- Dress Code
All football players must have the following completed prior to the first practice session:
– Physical Exam on file in the athletic office.
– Participation fee paid.
– Participation and eligibility form read and signed by player and parent.
*Meet academic eligibility requirements for MSHSL and SLP schools.
Locks can be acquired through athletic department. A $5 refundable deposit is required to obtain an approved lock. We share the locker room with other athletes. “My locker is my locker, your locker is your locker” is the guideline for locker room usage. Stealing in the locker room is forbidden. Players are expected to keep the locker room clean.
A rigorous strength and conditioning program plays a critical role in the success and development of our team. We expect our players to participate in SLP S&C program in the offseason and during the season of competition. Understanding and mastering the movements will help reduce injuries and increase overall athleticism. Hard work, mental toughness and discipline are all great byproducts of the program. Players that participate in lifting weights and conditioning are more likely to have a positive contribution to their teams, they are also more likely to enjoy their season and avoid injury.
All practices will begin on time, it is a good habit to always be at practices at least 15 minutes early. Players should come prepared with all necessary pieces of authorized equipment. Equipment that is in need of repair should be brought to the attention. Practice sessions are designed to be up-tempo, competitive and fun. Players are expected to have a good attitude and play the right way.
Football is a contact sport that can result in a variety of injuries to the player. The player must understand that he is risking injury by playing this sport and take the necessary precautions. Anytime an athlete is feeling pain or feels discomfort of any kind he must make the coaches and trainer aware of his situation so that necessarycare can be provided. All injuries no matter how small will be handled by the training staff once reported. The trainer should be consulted before a player is taken for advanced injury by a doctor. Any player who is under medical care by a physician will not be allowed to participate in any practice sessions or games without written clearance by the doctor. All injured players that cannot take part in practice or in games will still be required to be at practice or games.
The training room is a place to get taped before a practice/game. It is also a place to do preventative and rehabilitative exercises. It is not a place to meet or hangout with other athletes and socialize. If at anytime a player becomes injured he must inform a coach and also get checked out by the trainer before leaving school.
Any player who does not follow through with the rehabilitation program set forth by the trainer will not participate in the upcoming game. If a player gets injured during practice, he may immediately get checked out by the trainer. After getting checked out by the trainer, each player is expected to return to his position coach or team activity to participate if cleared, or observe if not cleared. All injuries no matter how small will be handled by the training staff once reported. The trainer should be consulted before a player is taken for advanced injury by a doctor.
Attendance at practice and games is vital to our team’s success. Each day we are covering something that our athletes need to know in order to be prepared for the upcoming game. If a player misses practice, it hurts our team in a number of ways.
We will honor family events before football. An athlete’s family is more important than football. There will be no consequences for missing practice for this reason and if possible our staff will go over missed information with your son. He will resume his normal participation in the following game. College visits, vacations and weekend trips are not considered family events. Only those absences cleared by the head coach are considered excused (haircuts, family in town, jobs, hunting, etc. are not acceptable excuses).
Academics is part of our formula for success. Schoolwork comes before football. No athlete should ever use football as an excuse for not completing obligations in school in order to meet both obligations. Athletes should try to schedule make-up work before school if possible or during study hall periods.
Unexcused Absences will result in a demotion on the squad. We must be informed if a player is going to be absent. Detentions, suspensions, and job conflicts are considered unexcused.
Illness may be cleared by telephone call to the coach. Players who do not clear their absences may be considered unexcused and subject to the penalties that go with that infraction.
The following guidelines cover absences and playing time:
Excused: A player who is excused from missing a practice or a game will maintain the status of a regular player. He may, however, lose his starting position as a result of missing the practice session.
Unexcused: A player who misses a practice session that is deemed "unexcused" by the coach will be warned after the first infraction. If a second violation occurs, the head coach will begin the process for dropping the athlete from the football program
Players need to be in designated areas at designated times. All SLP Football players that are in good standing with their coach will dress and stand on the sidelines for home games. Players will not socialize or interact with spectators of the game. Players are to carry out their duty of the game with pride and enthusiasm. All players 9-12 will dress for regular season homegames.
[*] Be the Best Man You Can Possibly Be
[*] Treat Everyone with Respect
[*] Succeed in the Classroom
[*] Accept Responsibility
[*] No Foul Language or Excuses
[*] Develop Mental and Physical Toughness
[*] Work Hard to Improve in All Aspects of Your Life
[*] Make good, healthy choices
We expect our players to be committed to their team, in their actions and words. We expect players to support each other on the field, in school and in the community. Student-athletes should understand that their actions and behaviors speak for the collective group.
Closely monitor your son’s academic progress
Notify his coaches and teachers if you think there an issue that needs addressing.
Make sure your son gets proper rest and nutrition
Meals before and after workouts and practices as well as proper hydration is essential to keep the body performing at top levels. Athletes that are participating is athletics should be getting a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
Be Supportive of the Program
The goal of the program is to make each of the young men a better person and to become the best they can be. Each and every member of the program should be completely supportive of that aspect of the what we are trying to do. The coaches, parents and support staff should help each other in the positive development of the young men in the program.
Be Involved in the Program
A common thread in each successful program is strong parent involvement.
There is much that needs to be done to run a successful program, so the more people involved in the program, the better. The larger the involvement of parents, the more meaningful experience the players have with the support staff. Make it a point to attend games in a positive way.
Understand the Role of Parents
The role of a parent in a program is to cheer for their son and contribute to the positive development of the athlete academically, physically, mentally, and emotionally. This does not include speaking negatively about other players in the program, coaches in the program, play-calling, or game-planning. Too often, parents think that it is part of their responsibility to “coach from the stands.” Any parent who feels as if they would like to help with the coaching aspect of the program is more than welcome to apply to become a coach in the program.
Parents may want to attend practice sessions. We welcome this situation but we would appreciate cooperation in doing so. All parents and friends who come to observe our players in their practice sessions are asked to remain on the sidelines away from the drills. We appreciate having people watch and not distract the players or coaches from their preparation. Areas provided at all games allow spectators to get a good view of the action. It is unacceptable to have anyone who is not a part of the team inside roped/fenced off areas. Fans should not be on the track area behind the player's bench (grass field), inside of the fence, or inside the locker room. We expect parents to be positive and to show their support in a positive and sportsman like manner. Anytime parents feel less than positive, a meeting with the head coach is encouraged. Remember your child cannot be positive about situations in which you do not show positive support.
Away games are viewed as a business trip. Players will only be taken on away trips if they have earned the right to go as participants. Players will be taken if they show a desire to cooperate and willingness to follow expected behavioral guidelines. Players are expected to keep the buses clean and to follow all of the normal district and state rules regarding bus travel. All players who ride the bus to games will also return home on the bus unless previous arrangements have been made by the parents through the head coach.
Anytime a player has a concern for any aspect of our program he should first make arrangements to meet with the head coach and anyone else deemed appropriate as soon as possible. Misunderstandings and problems can be cleared up quickly and efficiently this way. We hope that if a player's parents or guardians have any concerns they will communicate first with their son to see what the problem is and if their son has talked first to a coach. If the coach and player meeting has not solved the problem then a meeting with the player’s head coach, player, and parent may then take place to resolve the situation. No problem is too small to discuss with the coaching staff.
Game Night- In game dress code will be determined by the coach with input from Team Captains. We will look like one team, not a group of individuals. All players will wear matching uniforms and socks. We will only wear and use accessories approved by the head coach. Undershirts and sleeves need to be black or white. Visors must be clear.