Frank Wilczynski knows all about the tradition of Overbrook football.

He was part of it.

Now, Wilczynski says his task is to remind his players of the Rams' rich history - and maybe to get them to create a legacy of their own.

"I can't even put into words what this means to me," Wilczynski said Wednesday of being named Overbrook's new coach.

Wilczynski replaces Wade Inge, who resigned after last season. Overbrook was 11-39 in five seasons under Inge.

Wilczynski was an assistant coach for Overbrook last season. He also has been an assistant coach at Cherry Hill West and Sterling.

Wilczynski was the star quarterback for the 2003 Overbrook team that reached the South Jersey Group 2 final, losing by 17-14 to West Deptford.

That was the Rams' last playoff appearance.

"We have so much tradition here," said Wilczynski, who also was a standout quarterback at Rowan University. "These kids, they're great kids, but they don't even know about the tradition here.

"My job is to make them aware of that tradition and to try to restore it."

Wilczynski said he remembers playing for coach Mitch Brown as a senior and telling him one of his goals was to follow in his footsteps.

"I remember telling him I wanted to be a phys-ed teacher and a football coach," Wilczynski said. "To be the head football coach at Overbrook, it just means so much to me."

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