Football Mission Statement

The Mounds View Football Program is operated to enhance the students' overall development in the Mounds View High School community. The program is committed to the educational, cultural, physical and social development of the student/athlete in excelling at football. The program encourages self discipline, group loyalty, good sportsmanship and personal integrity; an appreciation for the benefits of hard work, motivation and perseverance; and a feeling of pride in accomplishment. It is the programs belief that these qualities lead to accomplishments in academics and to the attainment of skills necessary for continued learning throughout life.


football Philosophy

Offensive Philosophy
The Mounds View offense is a multi dimensional attack. It is adapted to the strengths of its individual players. There are four standard series of plays that are taught. Each series includes at least one inside run, perimeter run, miss-direction run and play action pass. Also incorporated are a 3 step, 5 step and sprint out passing series. Offensive line play is the greatest determining factor in our offense. We need young men that know and can execute their assignments with aggressiveness. We have at least one offensive lineman pulling or trapping on nearly every play. He must be smart, quick footed, strong and aggressive.

Defensive Philosophy
The Mounds View defense is a react, attack and pursue the ball unit. Whether we are in a four, five or six man front our defensive linemen have to engage blockers, react to the blocking scheme, draw double teams, separate, disengage and persue to the ball. The inside linebackers have it easy if the defensive linemen do the their jobs, react to their key and tackle the ball carrier.

Special Teams Philosophy
Mounds View special teams are aggressive and fundamentally sound. We believe that every year we will win at least one game, and hopefully more, with aggressive special teams play. We work hard to ensure that by being fundamentally sound in all our units that special teams is never the reason for a Mustang loss. At Mounds View we view special teams as a place where a young man who has paid his dues in the weight room and on the practice field but is not playing with the first group on offensive or defensive can find an opportunity to contribute as a starter on Friday night.

Bob Stewart

Coach Bob Stewart


at over 46 years of service, is the longest serving teacher/coach in the Mounds View district. He began teaching and coaching at MVHS in 1958 and established the first boys cross country program that year. He coached cross country until 1968. In 1969 he became a football assistant coach and coached football until 2001. He coached boys track and field from 1959 until 2004 and was Minnesota Track Coach of the Year in 1972. In 1998 he was Minnesota Assistant Coach of the Year for football and Track.
Bob Stewart has influenced literally thousands of young student athletes, inspiring them to become something better. He is renowned for his integrity and highest character. He is referred to by his ex-students as "mentor", "friend", and "moral leader". Many have called him "the finest man I know."


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Legendary Head Football Coach Jim Galvin
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THE LIGHT BRIGADE

Over 20 years ago, several Mounds View High School football parents ('83-'86) formed a group to raise money to put up lights (1986) at Mustang Stadium. This group was called "The Light Brigade" and over the next 20 years it raised millions of dollars to pay for many projects including: home bleachers (1988), concession and storage building (1991) and visitor bleachers (1993). The Light Brigade continued to raise money up until 2006 when it dissolved. Overall, this group of parents has raised over 2.9 million dollars for the Mounds View School District.



Light Brigade 2007 Mounds View Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Don H

Don Hewitt

Athlete Service Award; Co-founder of Mounds View Light Brigade in 1985 after spearheading 1983 fund raiser drive to put lights on MVHS football field; Light Brigade generated more than $2.9 million for Mounds View athletics, School Dist. 621, and North Suburban Community grant distributions; Dist 621 resident for more than 40 yrs, children graduated from MVHS and participated in school and community athletic programs; University of Minnesota IT Engineering Graduate, founded 3 corporations and doing consulting work; Home- Roseville. - 1983-2005
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Herb King

Athlete Service Award; Co-founder of Mounds View Light Brigade in 1985 after spearheading 1983 fund raiser drive to put lights on MVHS football field; Light Brigade generated more than $2.9 million for Mounds View athletics, School Dist. 621, and North Suburban Community grant distributions; Dist 621 resident for more than 40 yrs, children graduated from MVHS and participated in school and community athletic programs; St. Cloud State Grade, retired North St Paul Business Ed Teacher (35yrs); Home- Arden Hills. - 1983-2005

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Coach Gary Engen
Teacher- Biology, Coach; Head Football Coach 1983-2001(6 Conference Championships ), Assist 2003-present, 1990 Metro All Star Head Coach, Nike Minn. Coach of the Year 2000 year, State wide Football Clinic Speaker; Light Brigade Board of Directors 1984-2005; College- Gustavus, Football letter winner; Biology major; Master Degree University of Utah; 1970-1983 Irondale Biology Teacher and Football/ Baseball Coach; Home- Mounds View. - 1983-Pres.

Vince

"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.!"

- Vince Lombardi


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