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Former Coach's Profile: Tim Bergan, Ellicottville

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High School:
Ellicottville

College:
Arizona State, St. Bonaventure

Family:
Wife & 2 kids (ages 30 & 28), 1 grandchild & 1 on the way

Likes:
All sports

Pet Peeves:
Not being on time.

Years Coaching:
41 years.

Favorite NFL Player:
Jim Kelly - worked for him for 10 years.

Favorite Movie: 
Yankee Doodle (James Gagney)

Hobbies:
Golf & horse shows

Favorite TV Shows:
NCIS

Favorite Foods:
Seafood of any kind

Future Plans: 
Retirement

Favorite College Coach:
Bear Bryant

Why did you enter the coaching profession?
My love of athletics -- I've coached 3 sports for 40+ years.

What is your philosophy in coaching?
To make student-athletes a better person than before I started working with them.

What brings you the most satisfaction in coaching?
Success of my student athletes after graduation.

What was your greatest win in coaching High School Football?
Western Regional -- being the 1st team to ever win in 1991.

What were your most memorable moments in coaching High School Football?
The looks on the eyes of players as they enter the field at the Ralph.

Who are the most talented players that you coached?
There have been so many, but John Ditcher sticks out as QB, and Karl Northrup as WR, and of course the "hogs" in 1991 -- Dennis Wiley, Doug Chapman, Brian Willing, Shawn Clark and Rob Coolidge.

What game do you remember the most?
Playoff game for our 1st time at Rich Stadium -- we scored at the end of the 4th quarter and ran a fake kick to win -- we were playing West Valley, and Ed Ahrens, our Superintendent's son, played at West Valley.

What is your biggest thrill coaching?
The opportunity to make a difference in someone else's life.

What do you expect from a player?
Dedication and hard work.

What were the best teams you have coached?
1985, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2012.

What was your most proud or memorable moment in playing football?
Throwing a TD pass on the last play of the game for victory in both high school and college. 

Who was your mentor?
Ron Carnicella -- my high school coach whom I still keep in contact with and Matt Conte -- my college coach who recently passed away.

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