Chicago Bears Youth Football Camp—-Coaches and Heroes
Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps
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Camp Directors (See expanded biographies here)
Camps are led by professional educators and college coaches. Our coaches develop athletic skill, build confidence and provide positive reinforcement. These outstanding educators are the foundation of our day-to-day operations and the key to our program quality.
Scott Baum – Head Coach, Niles West High School, 19 years experience, 8 w/ program
Macey Brooks – Bear Alumni Hero, 11 years coaching experience, 1st year with program
Jason Hendry – Proviso West High School, 8 years experience, 2nd year with program
Bill Hesslau – St. Joseph High School, 27 years coaching experience, 8th year with program
Chris Hill – St. Joseph High School, 12 years coaching experience, 5th year with program
Bill Lawlor–Prairie Ridge High School, 9 years coaching experience, 1st with program
Pat Pistorio – Lake Forest College, 8 years coaching experience, 2nd year with program
Mickey Pruitt - Bear Alumni Hero, CPS Coaching Director, 13 yrs experience, 7th w/ program
Alan Rood – Sterling Morton High School, 8 years coaching experience, 2nd year with program
Our coaches are supported by Chicago Bears Heroes – men that earned their living wearing the Chicago Bears uniform. Bears Heroes are fathers and family men that understand the dynamics of communicating with young people. Heroes appear at various times throughout camp operations.
Darnell Autry (Northwestern): Running Back, 1997
Fabian Bownes (W. Illinois): Wide Receiver, 1995, 97-98
Macey Brooks (James Madison University): WRr, 98-’00
Ron Cox (Fresno St.): Linebacker, 1990-97
Wendell Davis (LSU): Wide Receiver, 1988-93
Mark Green (Notre Dame): Running Back, 1989-92
Kris Haines (Notre Dame): Wide Receiver, 79-81
Al Harris (ASU): Defensive End, 1979-84
Emery Moorehead (Colorado): Tight End, 1977-88
Anthony Morgan (Tennessee): Wide Receiver, 1991-93
Jim Morrissey (Michigan State): Linebacker, 1985-93
Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern): Running Back, 2002-09
Mickey Pruitt (Colorado): Linebacker, 1988-90
Jim Schwantz (Purdue): Linebacker, 1992-93
Revie Sorey (Illinois): Guard, 1975-83
Calvin Thomas (Illinois): Running Back, 1982-1988
James Thornton (Cal State Fullerton): Tight End, 1988-92
Keith Van Horne (USC) Offensive Lineman, 1981-1993
Donnell Woolford (Clemson): Cornerback, 1989-97
Erich Wright (Stephen F. Austin): Wide Receiver, 1991-92
Expanded Bears Camp Hero Biographies
Macey Brooks- A Wide Receiver out of James Madison University drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 1997 NFL Draft. In high school he was a Parade All-American, and State and regional honors. He was nominated for Daily Press Peninsula Athlete of the year(runner up to Allan Iverson) At James Madison University he won both honors in 1993 and 1994 for All Conference 1st Team Honors at Wide Receiver. In those same years he was also named National All American 1-AA Honors. He also broke school records with the most season touchdowns at 16 and career touchdowns at 25. Macey trained under NFL greats such as Michael Irvin, Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, Troy Aikman, and Emmit Smith.
Fabien Bownes- Was a Wide Receiver out of Western Illinois University and played six NFL seasons, three for the Bears. Debuted in 1995 for the Bears and later spent three more years playing for the Seattle Seahawks.
Ron Cox- Was a linebacker from Fresno State University drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2nd round of the 1990 NFL Draft( 33 overall). He played a total of 8 seasons in the NFL, 7 with the Bears and 1 season with the Green Bay Packers in which he started middle linebacker in the 1996 Super Bowl.
Wendell Davis- A standout Wide Receiver from LSU and two time All American. Davis led LSU to the SEC Championship in 1986 before earning SEC Most Valuable Player Honors in 1987. He was just recently voted into LSU Athletic Hall of Fame September 9th, 2011. He was a 1st round draft pick by the Bears in the 1988 draft and spent six season with the Bears and one season with the Colts.
Allan Ellis- Defensive back out of UCLA and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 5th round of the 1973 draft. He played 7 seeasons with the Bears and 1 season with the San Diego Chargers. He was voted in the 1977 2ND team All Pro Team.
Mark Green- Was a running back for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish before being drafted in the 5th round by the Chicago Bears in the 1989 NFL Draft. He played all 4 years of his NFL career with the Bears where he had 469 Rushing Yards and 116 carries. In high school he was a member of the All-CIF championship team at Polytechnic High School and was part of the 12-0 Notre Dame Championship team in 1988. He went on to serve as a Chairperson for the NFL Players Association Scholarship Program and in 2011 was inducted into the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame.
Kris Haines- A receiver from Norte Dame, who was the Irish’s leading receiver in 1978 with 32 catches for 699 yards, in which most of them came from the Legendary Quarterback to ever play the game of football in Joe Montana. Haines caught the game winning touchdown pass from Montana as time ran out in the 1979 Cotton Bowl against Houston, which capped a amazing comeback as the Irish trailed by as many as 22 points with 12 minutes remaining in the game. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1979. He played for the Chicago Bears for 3 seasons.
Al Harris- An All American Defensive End from Arizona State University, Al Harris was a first round pick by the Chicago Bears in the 1979 NFL Draft and the ninth overall pick. When Bears defensive coach guru Buddy Ryan left the Bears to take the head coaching position with the Philadelphia Eagles, Ryan asked Harris to join him and bring his experience and toughness to a young defensive core in Philadelphia. He spent a total of 11 years in the NFL, nine seasons with the Bears and 2 season with the Eagles. He was a Pass Rush Specialist Coach for the San Francisco 49ers under Mike Singletary.
Emery Moorehead- A tight end/wide receiver out of Colorado University, Emery is a Illinois native from Evanston. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the 6 round of the 1977 draft. He played for 3 different NFL teams in his career, with the Giants, Broncos, and Bears. He was the starting tight end for the 1985 Super Champions Chicago Bears.
Anthony Morgan- A Wide Receiver who played at the University of Tennessee, he was drafted in the 5th round by the Chicago Bears in the 1991 draft. During his six-year career he racked up 1,283 receiving yards. After playing two full seasons for the Bears, he split the 1993 season between them and the Green Bay Packers where he finished out his career in 1996.
Jim Morrissey- Linebacker out of Michigan State who was an All-Big Ten linebacker and team captain leaving the school with one of the highest number of tackles in school history. He was the 11th overall draft pick by the Chicago Bears in the 1985 draft. He was the last Bear to wear the legendary Number 51 before it was retired in Dick Butkus honor in 1994. Winning the Super Bowl as a rookie was the highlight of Jim’s career. He spent a total of 9 seasons with the Bears and his last year with the Green Bay Packers.
Adrian Peterson- A Running Back from Georgia Southern, he was drafted in the 6th round by the Chicago Bears in 2002. During his nine seasons with the Bears, he was part of the 2006 NFC Championship season and the Super Bowl XLI team. In college he was awarded the Walter Payton Award for most outstanding player as a sophomore, was the first person in conference history to rush for over 1,000 yards in four seasons, and owns the top four season rushing total marks in GSU annals. He spent the 2011 season playing for the Virginia Destroyers and has released a book titles “Don’t Dis My Abilities”.
Mickey Pruitt- Linebacker out of Colorado and was drafted by the Bears in the 1988 draft. He played a total of 5 years in the NFL, 3 season with the Bears and 2 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He was a member of the 1992 Super Bowl Champions Dallas Cowboys team and played with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin.
Jim Schwantz- A Linebacker who played at Purdue, he went on to have six NFL seasons after being drafted by the Bears in 1992. In college he was a freshman All-American, All Big-Ten Player, and team MVP. He went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. Was part of the Dallas Cowboys Championship team and in 1996 was a special teams player in the Pro Bowl. In 2009 he became the Mayor of Palatine, Ill. and has been awarded the NFL’s “Unsung Hero Award.
Revie Sorey- A guard out of the University of Illinois and was a two-time All Big Ten Selection for his play in 1973 and 1974. He was drafted by the Bears in the 5th round of the 1975 NFL Draft. He spent his entire career as a member of the Chicago Bears, with 8 seasons. He is the education director at Ada S McKinley Community Service INC and was awarded the Monsignor Edward J. Duncan Award in 2007.
Calvin Thomas- A running back out of the University of Illinois who was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 1982 Draft. He spent 7 seasons with the Bears and 1 season with the Denver Broncos. He was a member of the 85 Super Bowl Team. He is known as the guy who plays the saxophone in the Super Bowl Shuffle. One of his highlights of his career was that he got to share the backfield with the legendary Walter Payton.
James Thornton- Is a tight end out of Cal State University and draft by the Bears in the 1988 Draft. He spent 5 years with the Bears, followed by 2 years with the Jets and 1 year with Houston Oilers.
Keith Van Horne- was an All American Tackle out of USC. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 1st round of the 1981 NFL draft and was 11th overall pick. A member of the 1985 Super Bowl Champions team.
Donnell Woolford- A 1st round draft pick for the Chicago Bears and a cornerback from Clemson. Played nine seasons in the NFL, eight with the Bears and one with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 1993. He is currently involved in many non-profits around the Chicagoland area.
Eric Wright- Was a Wide Receiver from Stephen F. Austin. Played two seasons with the Chicago Bears.