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Coach

School Experience
High School Athletic Career
  • Naperville Central Three sport varsity athlete - FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, BASEBALL
  • AAU Baasketball Player for the Chicago Spirit
  • J.K.B. (J. Kyle Braid) Leadership Award Recipient
  • First team All-DVC Academic

High School Football

  • Named team captain, MVP, and Player of the Year
  • 2-time All-State Selection (Chicago Sun-Times Area Top 100 Players and Chicago Tribune Top 100 Area Player)
  • 2-time All-Dupage Valley Conference
  • Finished with 2,245 all-purpose yards, including 58 catches for 1,109 yards and 10 TDs, as wide receiver, running back, quarterback, defensive back and kick returner in final senior season
  • Rushed for 792 yards and 13 touchdowns on 134 carries during senior season
  • Junior season caught 47 passes for 908 yards for a 19.3 yards per catch average and 10 touchdowns; returned five kickoffs for 189 yards and one touchdown
  • First team Daily Herald All-DuPage Area

Collegiate & Post-collegiate Football Career
  • Northern Illinois University Division I Scholarship Athlete: 2003-2004
  • Illinois State University Division I Scholarship Athlete: 2004-2007
  • Scholar Baller Athlete (3.0+ GPA)
  • Wide receiver for Chicago Enforcers (Chicago P.D.)
  • Member of National Championship team
School Experience
  • Began teaching / coaching skills as early as junior high
  • Coach / skill trainer - basketball camps
  • AAU Basketball player for the Chicago Spirit
  • Wide Receiver's Coach for Chicago Enforcers (Chicago P.D.)
  • Wide Receiver Coach at Quarterback Farm
  • Youth Volunteer Coach at "A Ray of Hope" Ray McElroy Pro Football Youth Camp

Q & A With Coach

What do you think makes you a great coach?

To me, a great coach is someone who provides challenging opportunities for his team, which in turn inspires them to believe in themselves. Great coaches don’t allow their players to become complacent. They push their players outside of their comfort zones, physically, mentally, and emotionally in order to get them most out of them.

What is your favorite quote?

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."

Vince Lombardi

 

Who is your favorite coach?

Mike Brey and Roy Williams

Who is your favorite NBA player and why?

Michael Jordan is my all-time favorite athlete. He was a fierce competitor and would always give 100% when he took the floor.

 

Who are your role models?

My parents, Rick and Lynn Passarelli, are both my role models and heroes. 

 

How do you measure the success of your players?

I measure a player’s success by how much they grow not only as athletes during the season, but as a person as well. I want them to work hard and succeed in whatever they choose to do. 

Who inspires you?

Doubters inspire me! I wasn’t always the biggest or strongest athlete, but all the people who doubted me gave me the extra motivation I needed to earn a Division I scholarship. They still inspire me to this day.