By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(May 25, 2014) – Woodgrove High School senior Brett Nesselrodt has committed to join head coach Michael Clark at Bridgewater College where he will play football beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“Being committed to college is a relief in itself, but knowing that I’m committed to such a good college is even more relieving,” said the 6-foot Nesselrodt. “It’s nice not waiting for colleges to email you back. Making the choice of where to go is probably the most stressful thing that I’ve had to do, and I’m just glad that it is all over.”
Nesselrodt made his decision to attend Bridgewater because of the consistency the football team has provided over the year.
“I choose Bridgewater because of the rich tradition it has, and the stability coach Clark has provided throughout the years,” Nesselrodt said. “It was important to me that he wasn’t a coach looking to move on to the next place and was very content with where he was.”
Clark will enter his 20th season as the head coach of the Division III Eagles this fall. In 2013, Clark – along with Dominion High School graduate Sammy Coleman and Loudoun County High School graduate Nicholas Anthony – led Bridgewater to a 4-6 mark including a 1-6 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
“I feel as if I could add hard work and leadership to this team in years to come. I had to work hard to get on to the field my senior year, and I will continue to carry that with me while I’m making my transition to the college game. I also come to play every game and will not back down from anyone so I will provide toughness for the defense,” said Nesselrodt who will play safety for the Eagles.
Last season, Nesselrodt helped the Woodgrove Wolverines to a 9-4 record will the help of classmates Andrew Harper (CNU), Will Hoffer (Hobart), JJ Jackson (Virginia), Will Koester (McDaniel), Garret Miller (Ashland), Stephen Root (JMU), Chase Smith (VMI) and Josh Sweet (Cornell).
“Playing for Woodgrove was one of the best things I’ve ever done,” Nesselrodt said. “At Woodgrove, I played with childhood friends and fought through the toughest games with them.”
The senior class has the opportunity to play for Woodgrove head coach Mike Skinner during their junior and senior years after he was hired in 2012 to lead the young Wolverines’ program.
“These past two years under coach Skinner have been great. I’ve learned more things in these past two years than all of my previous years of playing, and I think Coach Skinner as well as the rest of the coaching staff are the reason I’m going to be able to play in college,” Nesselrodt said. “I think it’s pretty remarkable how young our school is and how far we’ve come. My class laid a great foundation, and I have no doubt that under coach Skinner they will only set new milestones and become a powerhouse in Virginia football.”
Born in Leesburg, Nesselrodt got his start in football thanks to his parents and grandfather and along with the love of the game, his parents and grandfather have instilled a tenacity to work hard in Nesselrodt.
“The thing that motivates me is when I’m told that I can’t do something,” Nesselrodt said. “This past year I was told that I was too small and didn’t weigh enough to play linebacker and that I was only going to be a passing situation player. I knew I was a better player than that so I went out and proved it. I’ll continue to use the motivation from being told that I’m not the fastest player or strongest to prove them all wrong.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and will enter his senior year at Syracuse University this fall. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!