Bob Wolfrum shares with Zeke his story...
Wyomissing head football coach Bob Wolfrum shares with Zeke his story of sustaining excellence over a lengthy career. Wolfrum is entering his 30th season as the Spartans' head coach. "My dad was a coach, my son is also a coach," Wolfrum tells Zeke. "I couldn't imagine doing anything else." Wolfrum is the winningest coach in Berks County history. He has 274 wins, seven district titles and a PIAA 2A state championship in 2012, a team that went 16-0. "The stability of our staff is the No. 1 thing that helps our team maintain consistency," Wolfrum tells Zeke. "From the youth leagues to high school we are all using the same language." Wolfrum tells Zeke about last year's outstanding Wyomissing team, which won the Berks Section 2 title at 6-0 and was 12-0 before getting beat by Berks Catholic 34-6 in the District 3-AA title game -- just three weeks after beating BC 34-28. "It's tough to beat a good team twice because the losing team the first time really gets up for it," Wolfrum tells Zeke. Spartans quarterback Charlie Tonneslan was Berks' most efficient passer, with a 66 percent completion rate and 19 TDs in just 100 attempts.
Running backs Christian Martir and Brandon Westwood each topped 1,000 yards and combined for 25 touchdowns. Each matched the school record by scoring five TDs in a game. "I find that kids are the same, they want to win," Wolfrum explains. "If you can get them to buy in -- and that just doesn't happen -- you have to work hard. Fortunately, our seniors help the younger kids. One of the biggest things with winning is your kids expect to win. The bottom line is our blocking, the angle blocking. We do this because we are a small school. It gives us a chance to beat teams that are bigger and stronger." Wolfrum discusses with Zeke Wyomissing rivalry with Berks Catholic.
Over the past four seasons, either the Saints or the Spartans has earned a District 3-AA championship; the last two they've played each other for it. These two programs have continued to one-up each other. Over the past two seasons, they have combined to go 49-6 -- 45-2 against outside competition. "A lot of our kids and their kids know each other from the neighborhood and really get up for that game," Wolfrum explains. Wolfrum shares with Zeke his hopes for the upcoming season and also discusses the PIAA restructuring into six football classes, with Berks Catholic now in Class 4 and Wyomissing in Class 3 -- meaning the two rivals no longer will have district duels. "This season will be a rebuilding year for us,” he says. "We have very few starters back. As for the playoffs, now we only have to play Berks Catholic once."