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Head coach: Lou Sponsel
Assistant Coaches: Brent Pearlman, Eric Shinhoster, Lance Burmeister, Rich Cordova, Jim Schwantz, Steve Patton, Troy Cutler, Dave Hochstetter, John Plantz and Paul Hardy
How they fared in 2017: 1-8 (1-4 Mid Suburban West Conference). Fremd failed to qualify for the 2017 IHSA state football playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 @ Lake Zurich
Aug. 31 vs. Hersey
Sept. 7 @ New Trier
Sept. 14 vs. Glenbrook South
Sept. 21 @ Palatine
Sept. 28 @ Barrington
Oct. 5 vs. Conant
Oct. 12 @ Hoffman Estates
Oct. 19 vs. Schaumburg
Biggest storylines: Can the Vikings bounce back strong after a rough 2017 season? Fremd will play on a new turf playing surface this fall.
Names to watch this season: LB Luke Bilek and RB/S Nick Rattin
Biggest holes to fill: The Vikings will welcome back 11 starters (six offense, five defense), but will need to replace some depth on the defensive line from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: It's rare to see Fremd coming off a 1-8 regular season. The last time Fremd posted that mark? 1998. From there, then-head coach Mike Donatuci went on to make 16 straight IHSA playoff appearances. While the Vikings still have much to prove, they will rely on a core of returning starters. A big key will be finding more consistency and production on offense, something the Vikings struggled with week in and week out last season.