GURNEE – His phone lit up like a Christmas tree with texts. Evidently Bryan McNulty was one popular person at Warren Township High School.
It came from a secret meeting of Warren football players, who told McNulty the head football coach job was now open after Dave
McNulty had coached at Warren from 2007 to 2011 before departing briefly for Lake Forest College.
Now he’s back. McNulty is Warren’s new head football coach. And as Warren Athletics Director Mark Pos describes it, when you sign up to be the football coach at Warren, you are there for the long haul.
“He’s our fourth head coach since the 1970s,’’ Pos said. “That says a lot. They stay here for a long time.”
McNulty knows what it’s like to play football. He went through an established and successful program at Naperville Central.
“I played football, basketball and ran track in high school,’’ McNulty said.
From there he took his football skills, as a linebacker, and played two years at the College of DuPage. That translated into a scholarship to play at Northern Michigan University.
He’s a defensive-minded coach, which comes from playing linebacker.
“The emphasis is defense,’’ he said. “We want to be the most physical team
we can be. I need to build a relationship with the players. We need to be ready to lift.”
Pos likes the way this former assistant coach goes about his business.
“He’s very good with kids,’’ Pos said. “He’s got a great personality. He’s very positive with the players.”
McNulty will also be busy next spring. He will have two coaching jobs at the high school. He will take over the varsity softball job. The team he inherits reached the super sectional last spring.
“It’s critical that we hire some coaches to help out when he’s coaching softball,’’ Pos said. “He’ll just have to roll up his sleeves. He can coach both sports.”
Back on the football beat, McNulty is well aware that there are several powers in the North Suburban Conference.
“You’ve got Stevenson and Lake Zurich,’’ he said. “And Lake Forest and Zion-Benton. Mundelein is getting better.”
And even though he’s a defensive specialist on the football field doesn’t mean he will ignore the offense. Gifted quarterback Andrew Nickell has graduated but leaves behind his young brother, Jimmy.
“Jimmy Nickell is really good quarterback,’’ McNulty said. “He’s really good.”
The latest Warren coach is ready to go.
“I’m really excited about this job,’’ he said.
Pos know it will take some time for McNulty to put his stamp on the program.
“There will be a learning curve for him,’’ Pos said. “He’s a very good coach. His challenge will be to run the program.”