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Per the Region Sports Network Russ Radtke was hired tonight by the Portage Township School Board of Trustees as the new head varsity football coach.

 

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Statement from Portage High School Athletic Director Fred Joseph:

Portage High School Athletic Director Fred Joseph released the following statement regarding the hiring of Russ Radtke

"On behalf of Portage High School we are proud to announce the hiring of Russ Radtke as the head football coach for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. We were overwhelmed with the amount of interest expressed for the position, as well as the number of quality applicants, and we thank all those who took the time to apply. Coach Radtke’s experience and proven success could not be overlooked. We believe Coach Radtke embodies the very essence of Portage High School and its community, with an emphasis on instilling the virtues of Loyalty, Pride and Dedication (LPD). Coach Radtke has managed to foster and cultivate a winning mentality everywhere he’s been, as evident with his accolades. Coach Radtke is #2 on the all-time winningest current coaches list with 368 victories, and he has led programs to 4 Semi-State titles as well as the 1997 State Championship with Griffith High School."

 

 

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Coach Radke finally gets his unicorn.  The Duneland conference.    

I know who I will be rooting for to replace Coach Radke but I am Biased 

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Now we will see if the culture at Portage is ready for a change that will restore this once great program. Because whether they know it or not, Hell is coming to breakfast.

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3 hours ago, Bobref said:

Now we will see if the culture at Portage is ready for a change that will restore this once great program. Because whether they know it or not, Hell is coming to breakfast.

It should be interesting although last couple times I was on their sidelines noticed a slightly different demeanor.  

 

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1 hour ago, Indian72 said:

It should be interesting although last couple times I was on their sidelines noticed a slightly different demeanor.  

 

I wonder if he is leaving New Prairie because he felt like he had to have a different demeanor there, while he can be more Radtke-like at Portage.  Just speculating.

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I've admired Coach Radke for years but never been on staff with him.  Every story I've gathered from opposing coaches, every old article from Northwest Indiana Times or Region Sports Network, paints a picture of a extremely passionate individual that pushes his staff and players to the limits.  You could easily suspect the man of being some sort of tyrant.  Then you talk to players who have played for him or coaches that have coached under him, and they are all FERVENT Coach Radke supporters.   It will be interesting to see how fast he can turn Portage around, which of his longtime staff members of his staff will go with him,  and what "Vibe" he chooses to exude at this stop.  Is the old dog learning new tricks late in his career?    Does anyone know if he will have some sort of position in the school during the day?  

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2 minutes ago, Punttheball said:

Hope they want to work gold helmets into the school colors.

I was thinking the same thing.

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3 minutes ago, Kamikaze said:

I was thinking the same thing.

I don't see that happening, but good hire nonetheless....

Edited by Gipper

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1 minute ago, Indian72 said:

Maybe red metallic with gold flecks in them

Beyond the color schemes, I think Rusty's hire has the potential to shift the whole  paradigm.  I think the Indians have the potential to compete for the DAC title every year, they also could make a serious run in the tourney.

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18 minutes ago, Wedgebuster said:

I've admired Coach Radke for years but never been on staff with him.  Every story I've gathered from opposing coaches, every old article from Northwest Indiana Times or Region Sports Network, paints a picture of a extremely passionate individual that pushes his staff and players to the limits.  You could easily suspect the man of being some sort of tyrant.  Then you talk to players who have played for him or coaches that have coached under him, and they are all FERVENT Coach Radke supporters.   It will be interesting to see how fast he can turn Portage around, which of his longtime staff members of his staff will go with him,  and what "Vibe" he chooses to exude at this stop.  Is the old dog learning new tricks late in his career?    Does anyone know if he will have some sort of position in the school during the day?  

Does he currently teach at new prairie or have an administrative role?

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25 minutes ago, Wedgebuster said:

I've admired Coach Radke for years but never been on staff with him.  Every story I've gathered from opposing coaches, every old article from Northwest Indiana Times or Region Sports Network, paints a picture of a extremely passionate individual that pushes his staff and players to the limits.  You could easily suspect the man of being some sort of tyrant.  Then you talk to players who have played for him or coaches that have coached under him, and they are all FERVENT Coach Radke supporters.   It will be interesting to see how fast he can turn Portage around, which of his longtime staff members of his staff will go with him,  and what "Vibe" he chooses to exude at this stop.  Is the old dog learning new tricks late in his career?    Does anyone know if he will have some sort of position in the school during the day?  

One player at New Prairie didn't hold back 

 

 

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24 minutes ago, Gipper said:

Beyond the color schemes, I think Rusty's hire has the potential to shift the whole  paradigm.  I think the Indians have the potential to compete for the DAC title every year, they also could make a serious run in the tourney.

I know next to nothing about Portage.  Do they have the athletes to compete with the MIC schools in the tourney? And how do they match up with the Ft. Wayne schools?

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36 minutes ago, WolvesOnTheProwl said:

Does he currently teach at new prairie or have an administrative role?

Russell Radtke
Attendance Officer/Head Football Coach

Phone: 574-654-7271 or 219-778-2215
rradtke@npusc.k12.in.us

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4 minutes ago, Indian72 said:

Russell Radtke
Attendance Officer/Head Football Coach

Phone: 574-654-7271 or 219-778-2215
rradtke@npusc.k12.in.us

Attendance Officer/Head Football Coach may be the best title I have ever seen. Where do I sign up for that? 

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20 minutes ago, Knightmare said:

I know next to nothing about Portage.  Do they have the athletes to compete with the MIC schools in the tourney? And how do they match up with the Ft. Wayne schools?

It's why they play the game...

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5 hours ago, Bobref said:

Now we will see if the culture at Portage is ready for a change that will restore this once great program. Because whether they know it or not, Hell is coming to breakfast.

Will he ride in from the East with the sun at his back?

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1 hour ago, MICFan34 said:

Attendance Officer/Head Football Coach may be the best title I have ever seen. Where do I sign up for that? 

He will become the 2020s version of Maurice Tolbert/Les Klein.

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4 hours ago, Coach Nowlin said:

One player at New Prairie didn't hold back 

 

 

We saw this kid over the summer and he is a monster.  I am sure it is tough to have the coach you love leave right in the middle of your high school career.  

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Tremendous hire for Portage!  Sure wish the old Region message board was active to see this blow up there.   Portage is back and will be very competitive sooner rather than later.  There are athletes at Portage and he will get the most out of them  

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A lot depends on what happens when the two Hammond schools close and consolidate.

 

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