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Meet the Coaches: Chad Risberg, Head Football Coach

Chad Risberg graduated from Donegal High School in 1995, and, after attending Millersville University, he returned to the high school that he loves in 2001 as a biology teacher. The following year, Risberg also stepped into the assistant football coaching position, and he held both roles until this year.

This year, Risberg is no longer the assistant coach, but the head football coach of the Donegal Indians – a role he’s spent the last 16 years preparing for.

“I was ready, and, after 16 years, I knew what I was getting into. It’s worked out well so far!” said Risberg, who currently teaches biology, environmental science and human anatomy and physiology. Over the years, Risberg and his wife, Marcy, built a family in the community, and their daughter, Jayde, with is currently in third grade at Donegal.

While assistant coaching under Jeff Polites, Risberg helped to coach the quarterbacks, running backs and defensive ends. He also served as a special teams coordinator, and, most recently, as the offensive coordinator, putting him in a good position to take the helm this year.

Q & A with Chad Risberg

Q: Why is community support important for Donegal Athletics?

Community is huge in this area. People follow the sports in this district; they always have, even when I went to school here and played. The community involvement means a lot to the kids – seeing them at the games and knowing that they have the support of the community. 

Q: What’s your favorite thing about being a coach?

The kids. The kids are definitely my favorite thing – watching them grow throughout their three or four years that we have them in football. The kids are great here.

Q: What has been your best moment as a coach?

We won the section championship a few years back, and that was a good moment when I was an assistant. My favorite head coaching moment that I’ve had so far was my first win that I had this season. We played Pequea Valley; I’ll always remember that one.

Q: What’s your philosophy on coaching?

I believe in turning young boys into men. I try to teach them life lessons that they can carry throughout their lives and then watch them grow into young men, taking the things that they learned in football and applying them to their lives later on.

Q: What makes Donegal Athletics so special?

It’s Donegal as a whole. This community and the school really supports the athletics, not only football, but every sport. In the off season, I go to basketball games and wrestling matches. It’s a tight-knit kind of community, where the community and the school are always involved in the athletics.

Q: What do you want your athletes to take away from being on your team?

I want my players to learn how to be a good adult. Someday they’re going to be husbands, and they’re going to have their own families. I want them to have the lessons that they learned in athletics, and especially football, to help them with how to deal with things as they come along in their lives. Hopefully we can get them going in that right direction so that they can be productive adults when they’re older.