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SCHWAB: Pomazak mixes new, familiar faces at North

New St. Charles North football coach Rob Pomazak thinks a blend of fresh blood and holdovers from former coach Mark Gould’s coaching staff is just the blend the program needs to take off under his leadership.

Pomazak expressed heavy-duty enthusiasm about the way his coaching staff has taken shape, including a pair of new assistants that formerly were part of the staff at Elk Grove, where Pomazak was defensive coordinator.

Pomazak will retain defensive coordinator responsibilities while making his head coaching debut in St. Charles, and he will be assisted on the defensive side by the highest-profile addition to the North coaching staff.

Rick Magsamen, a former defensive coordinator at Maine South who coached in the powerhouse Hawks’ program for almost 25 years, is joining Pomazak as assistant defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Magsamen most recently coached the linebackers at Elk Grove.

“Rick brings an unbelievable amount of experience and state championship effort, for lack of a better term, to our program,” Pomazak said. “ … I would be a fool not to bring a guy of his caliber onto this staff. He really is second to none as far as Xs and Os on the defensive side and offensive side.”

Pomazak said he had an informal pact with both Magsamen and another Elk Grove coaching transplant – new North defensive line coach Dan Meyo – that they would follow Pomazak if he scored a head coaching post somewhere. Meyo was a longtime defensive coach at Driscoll before moving to Elk Grove.

While North players are becoming familiar with the whistle-blowers on the defensive side of the ball, there are familiar faces orchestrating the North Stars’ offense.

Jared McCall, who was defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator at different points under Gould, was a candidate to replace the retired Gould before Pomazak was hired.

McCall agreed to stay on under Pomazak, and Pomazak said their working relationship is off to a great start.

“I was in a similar position as Jared last year, where I put in for the Elk Grove [head coaching] position and didn’t get it,” Pomazak said. “I know it can be a difficult pill to swallow but Jared is a true coach. He’s been professional from day one and, I’ll be honest with you, it’s no surprise he was a candidate for positions. He really is as good of a coach as we have on the staff. Offensively, he brings a real consistent attention to detail we’re hoping to facilitate throughout the program.”

In-house holdovers to Pomazak’s varsity staff also include Eric Bostrand, who was North’s sophomore coach but will now be assistant offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Tom Poulin will continue to work with the receivers and special teams.

Pomazak said he has upped the number of varsity assistants from four to six, adding one stipend and one volunteer position to the mix.

He said accountability, investment and preparation are the buzzwords as the North Stars work toward a season-opening opponent with which half of the staff will be intimately familiar – Elk Grove.

“As a staff, we have to model that before we can even bring it to the kids,” Pomazak said. “I feel we have a staff from freshman on to varsity that really buys into that.”

Collalti commits: St. Charles East softball senior-to-be Sarah Collalti has made a college commitment to Olivet Nazarene University.

Collalti, a left fielder/designated player for the Saints as a junior, missed much of the spring with a concussion but returned to supply several clutch hits during East’s run to the IHSA Class 4A state championship game, including a bases-clearing double in her team’s 7-6, sectional championship triumph against Glenbard North.

Collalti plays travel softball during the summer with Chicago Bulls/Sox Academy’s 18U Gold team. Olivet Nazarene, an NAIA program, is located in Bourbonnais.

• Jay Schwab is sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5382 or

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