Notre Dame Prep Hires George Prelock to Lead Saints’ Football Program
Notre Dame Preparatory is pleased to announce the hiring of George Prelock as the Saints’ next head varsity football coach. Prelock was part of the football staff under legendary NDP coach Scott Bemis. He brings tradition, knowledge and experience to the Saints football program.
“I am humbled by this opportunity,” said Prelock. “And I am really looking forward to the 2017 season.”
Prelock has served in the football program at NDP since coming to the school as an English teacher in 2004. He coached under Bemis as JV football coach during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
In 2006, he took over as head coach of the NDP junior varsity team until 2014 when he became head coach of the freshman team, where he accumulated a three-year record of 22 wins and 4 losses. The 2014 freshman team was the first undefeated freshman team in school history.
“George is a successful coach and teacher who knows this program, the players and is highly regarded by our community,” said NDP principal Jerry Zander. “We are so fortunate to have him as our next head coach.”
Prelock, who lives in Scottsdale with his wife Michaelene and 2 children, earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Vermont.
In addition to coaching football and teaching English, Prelock is the director of Notre Dame Prep’s St. Aloysius Gonzaga Program, a program that provides academic support for incoming students who display academic promise but demonstrate deficiencies in basic skills. Through this program, Prelock has helped many students achieve academic success.
"George is passionate about his students and the game of football. He looks forward to working with our athletes and will be putting together a dynamic coaching staff,” said NDP Athletic Director Monica Barrett. “He will continue the NDP football legacy with integrity, humility and continued focus on the formation of great young men.
In the spirit of Coach Bemis, who passed away in 2012, Prelock is ready to "Get After It.” He said, “This opportunity means the world to me.”
Opened in 2002, Notre Dame Prep is a Catholic diocesan college preparatory high school with a co-ed enrollment of 945 students. The school has received national recognition for the caliber of its academic, arts and athletic programs. The Saints have won 43 AIA team state championship titles to date, including football championships in 2007 and 2008. The school is located at 9701 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale. For additional information, visit www.ndpsaints.org.