Rockford Lutheran hopes to find new identity under new Head Coach Ambrogio


The Crusaders have had a rough couple of years. They went 1 and 8 in 2017 and finished 2 and 7 last season. It’s why Lutheran’s first year Head Coach Tony Ambrogio says they’re hoping to find a new identity under his reign.

“We can come in and set some tones and try to get, just that aura back that they had here a couple years ago with the James Robinson era,” Ambrogio said.

The guys like what they’re seeing in their new head coach so far too.

“He’s a very mellow guy, laid back but when we need him to be, he’s up-beat and he likes us to get after it,” senior RB/DB Carivious “Tiger” Brown said.

Brown is just one of the many returning seniors to this team. The co-captain was all conference last year, rushing for 434 yards.

“We all trust each other to do our assignments so I feel like if everything we do, everything [goes] according to plan [then] it’s going to work out really well,” Brown said.

Helping lead the receivers will be second year starting quarterback Josh Oetting. The junior hopes his experience last season helps lead the pack this year.

“I hope I bring some smart, intellect and some mellow things to the field,” Oetting said. “Sometimes we get a little hype and I hope I can help bring that down [and] keep us focused on our goal.”

It’s not just the upperclassmen stepping up this year though. There are plenty of sophomores who are looking to make a name for themselves this year as well. Players like wide receiver Nolan Moore and Keevon Tillmon.

Defensively, the Crusaders have linemen like Tavion Hobson who went second team all conference last year. There’s also sophomore Davonte Washington. Ambrogio thinks he could be a big weapon in the coming years.

“He’s one of our projects,” Ambrogio explained. “I think he can be really good in the future. We’re just hoping that we get him out here and get his love for football. He’s a basketball player by nature but I mean if you look at him, he’s got football written all over him.”

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