The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Harold Raker

September 14, 2012

Harold Raker's column on high school football: Coach follows his passion, and sons


"We are always talking football. We are a football family," said Todd, noting that his wife of nearly 23 years, Lisa, "has really been turned into a football fan."

He said, "We are all about football, whether it is high school or the Packers, we are talking football 24/7."

That's just fine with Lisa, who has no qualms about football taking up so much of their time.

"My most wonderful memories of football are from growing up with my dad (Frank Englund Jr. of Downingtown) on the coach watching football," she said. "He would share different life lessons while I was sitting there watching the game with him."

She said that when her boys started playing and Todd began coaching them, "I was so excited for my boys to have that opportunity to have him as a coach."

She said she thought it would be only for a season.

But that was 11 years ago.

"I thought, pretty soon my boys will be in high school and I will have my husband back," she said.

But after Todd continued to coach his way through the program, she said, "I had to put myself aside. It's been a journey, but an amazing journey and I am willing to sacrifice my time with him for the sake of these amazing boys," she said, referring to the entire team.

"There are boys on that team with no father figure in their life and if Todd can be that guy that they can look up to, I am more than willing...He is a man of integrity and he has sacrificed as well. It is not easy to work two full-time jobs, and he literally has no time to himself.

"He loves football, but, more importantly, he loves the boys and genuinely cares about them as people, not just as football players."

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