Last Saturday O’Fallon Panther Head Football Coach Brandon Joggerst was honored by the United States Marine Corps and Glazier Football Clinics with the Semper Fi Coaching Award.
Joggerst has been the head coach for O’Fallon for nine years and has been a part of the Panther coaching staff for 21 years. The award is presented at each Glazier Clinic and is given to coaches who model the Marine Corps leadership values of honor, courage, and commitment.
For Joggerst, football is a job that goes all year long.
“With the role of a coach it’s pretty much a 365 day a year job, especially when you have as many kids participating in your program as we do. You have to constantly make sure that everything is going ok outside of football and school. There is a consistent steadiness that the job requires,” said Joggerst.
Since becoming the head coach in 2007, Joggerst has made two trips to the IHSA Class 7A quarterfinals and won three consecutive Southwestern Conference championships from 2009 to 2011. In 2012 Joggerst lead his team to the second round of the class 8A Playoffs.
Although it is a year round job, Joggerst is grateful for the help he gets from his coaching staff along the way.
“I am very fortunate to have great assistant coaches and everyone takes on certain responsibilities which helps to stop from getting burnt out. We have been blessed to have great coaches and kids,” said Joggerst.
Aside from football Joggerst has coached track and one season of basketball for O’Fallon in the past. His favorite part of coaching is seeing his players grow and their skills progress.
“Seeing the kids continually progress from freshman to senior year is the best part,” said Joggerst. “Both on the field and academically it’s rewarding to see them grow and know you had a small part in helping them to do that.”