Happy Tuesday! It is crazy to think that we are already gearing up for our 2020 season. Over the last two years at Bellevue, I have learned countless lessons through trial and error all while working with each of your kids. As much as I am able to teach them, they are also teaching me. Thank you for allowing me the honor of coaching your sons and daughters. It is a responsibility that I do not take lightly, and am committed to giving them all I have.
With the start of every New Year comes a reflection period over the last year; the highs, the lows, and everything in between. Recently, I have found myself coming back to the same question repeatedly: How can I make the most positive, lasting impact on these kids to begin shaping leaders of the future?
My mission is to give each student-athlete the most unique football experience in the country! To do so, there are three areas that we, as a football community, team, and individually, need to do:
1. Increase commitment,
2. Connect with one another, and
3. Be a family. When one of us wins, we all win.
I truly believe that the best way we can do this is through the continued effort put in during the off-season! By committing to the weight room, the kids will spend more time with each other and the coaches, allowing them the opportunity to further connect as a team, and ultimately learn how to support the daily wins of showing up with a common goal. We have a goal of having at least 30 student-athletes at weight training each day. Weight training is M,T,TH,F 5:30-6:45pm at BHS. We want ALL current and prospective players there. We hope you will join in and commit to supporting your child in being in the weight room daily with the team.
As for how we, coaches and guardians alike, can support the players, I am working collaboratively with our Football Club Board Members to plan some informal gatherings every month or two, where we can get together to celebrate all of the hard work these amazing kids are putting in and build our own team of support and football family. Be on the look-out for your invitation to the first gathering, hosted happy hours, the first week of March.
Thank you again for all you do, we would not be where we are without you! We have 4 months until spring ball.
Michael Kneip, Head Football Coach
Bellevue High School
Joby Schneider was selected to the All State First Team as a Linebacker, and Matulino Masunu for Defensive Line.
Alex Reid was selected Honorable Mention at RB
Joby Schneider and Alex Reid were selected as co-defensive players of the year, and teammate Henry Hawblitzel was named the co-lineman of the year along with Ryan Thomson of Lake Washington. Bellevue head coach Michael Kneip was named the coach of the year.
Offense: Henry Hawblitzel (Bellevue, guard), Ben McKean (Bellevue, guard) and Joby Schneider (Bellevue, running back). Defense: Matulino Masunu (Bellevue, defensive tackle), Tim Underwood (Bellevue, defensive tackle), Joby Schneider (Bellevue, inside linebacker) and Alex Reid (Bellevue, outside linebacker)
Elliot Hamilton (Bellevue, tackle), Alex Reid (Bellevue, running back), Joshua Goates (Bellevue, tight end). Defense: Minwoo Eom (Bellevue, corner) and Dan Marino (Bellevue, safety). Special teams: Nicholas Barros-Barreto (Bellevue. kicker).
Kadon Wine (offensive line), John Short (linebacker), Bryson Sleeper (quarterback) and Collin Backer (linebacker).
Blue Friday Night Lights (9/20/19) is coming to Bellevue! The program brings @Seahawks gameday entertainment elements to high school football matchups. A Seahawks player will participate in the coin toss and the Seahawks will also conduct a 12th Flag raising ceremony prior to kick-off!
New York Life - Jeffrey T. Sleeper Financial Services
Home of the 2012 HS Football National Champions!
11 WA State Football Titles
17 years undefeated in Kingco Conference
200 players have played College Football
4 players in the NFL
1 All Pro
- Johnny Barthel, Montana
- Joey Echigoshima, Colorado School of Mines
- Drew Fowler, UW
- Hunter Hansen, UW
- Quinn Sullivan, AZ
- Cole Young, Oregon
- Jace Schneider, Montana
David DeCastro, Stanford - Pittsburg Steelers 2x All Pro and 4x Pro Bowls, 1st Round Draft Choice, 5yr $50M contract
Myles Jack, UCLA - Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 Pro Bowl, 2nd Round Draft Choice, 4yr $57M contract
Budda Baker, UW - AZ Cardinals, 1 Pro Bowl, 2nd Round Draft Choice
Jake Eldrenkamp, UW - Indianapolis Colts
Shane Bowman, UW - Seattle Dragons XFL
2017 Gatorade State Player of the Year ! Bellevue Wolverine Running Back - Isaiah Ifanse
Budda Baker/AZ Cardinals - NFL All Pro as a Rookie
David DeCastro/Pittsburgh Steelers - NFL All Pro, 2nd consecutive year and rated #1 Guard in the NFL
Myles Jack/ Jax Jaguars - Rated top 10 LB and played a key role AFC Championship game
2017 Saturday Night Lights - Rogers and DeRider playing at WSU, Connors at Air Force, Jones at Army, Gilchrist, Kneip, Lane, Richmond, Roberts, Ryan and Shane Bowman at Washington, Jack Michael at San Diego, Ryan Gilbert at Columbia, Tim Hahel at Harvard, Marcus Griffin at Arizona and Mustafa Branch at Stanford
2017 Sunday Afternoon in the NFL - Budda Baker with Az Cardinals, Myles Jack Jacksonville Jags, Jake Eldrenkamp LA Ram, Marcus Henry, Saints and All Pro David DeCastro, Pittsburgh Steelers / retired Steve Schilling, Seahawks
Congratulations to the Wolverine Rookies, Cubs, Sophomores, and Junior Varsity. 2018 GEJFA Champions!
Jack Enger (2017) - UW Baseball
Former NFL - Stephen Schilling, Michigan - San Diego Chargers, 6th round draft pick, finished career with the Seattle Seahawks
2019 C Team Banquet
It's a wrap, Bellevue 21 EC 50. Lots of heart and a huge effort by Bellevue all season long!
#54 jack Hallberg the great tackle
After a few more penalties against Eastside, EC scores. Bellevue 21, EC 50, 3 minutes to go in the game.
#2 Minwoo Eom and #14 Alex Reid a nice stop
- Joey Echigoshima CB - Colorado School of Mines
- Drew Fowler LB- U of Washington, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, Oregon State, Wyoming, Utah, Louisville
- Johnny Barthel OL - U. of Montana, Air Force
- Hunter Hansen WR - University of Washington, Colorado School of Mines
- Cole Young OL - University of Oregon, University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University, Western Oregon
- Quinn Sullivan - Arizona