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A Canadian for the Argonautes OL

January 17, 2011


The French team Argonautes d’Aix-en-Provence has announced the signing of Candian Offensive Lineman Jonathan Bower. The University of McGill (Montreal, Canada) graduate will join the Argonautes OL for the upcoming 2011 season.

New DC Brian Cain joins Hogs Reggio Emilia

January 17, 2011

The Hogs Reggio Emilia have reached an agreement with Brian Cain, former DL Coach at Loras College and Kenyon. Cain will become the new Defensive Coordinator for the Italian team during the 2011 season.  The 33-year-old already has experience of coaching American Football in Europe, having spent two years in Norway with Eidsvoll and Oslo in 200/2008.

JD Harris joins Rhinos Milano as new OC

January 17, 2011

JD Harris brings extensive football experience to Milan, Italy. Between 1996 and 2000, Harris worked in the Scouting Department of the Chicago Bears and in 2000 was in charge of Scouting for the Cleveland Browns. Afterwards, he started working as an Assistant Coordinator, first for the Waukegan High School then subsequently for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Trinity International University, Luther College and Benedictine University. In 2009, Harris became Head Coach of the Spartiates di Amiens, a French American Football team located not far from Paris. After leading the Spartiates to a French National Championship, Harris is joining the Milano Rhinos as an Offensive Coordinator for the upcoming 2011 season. When asked about his goals for the EFAF Cup in which Milano is participating this year, Harris said: “Everytime I am confronted with a challenge, I give my best and I give everything to win. That is my duty. A victory is my highest goal”. The Rhinos are set to begin long season of at least 12 games, but Harris is not worried, saying they will take “one game at a time”.

Bologna Warriors add 4 Americans for their 30th IFL season

January 17, 2011

Happy Birthday, Bologna Warriors! Founded January 14th, 1981, the Italian football team Bologna Warriors will play their 30th IFL season this year. In order to prepare for success, the team has announced the signing of four Italian Americans.

Former OL Coach of Purdue University in Indiana, Cory Brenton, will train the OL and DL of Bologna this upcoming season. The Offense will be bolstered by Quarterback Eric Marty, who has extensive experience of playing in Europe. Marty spent last season in Austria where he won the AFL Bowl with the Danube Dragons and completed 67.5% of his passes for 2504 yards and scoring 31 TD through the air. The Chapman University graduate has played in Italy before, when he led the Bolzano Giants to an IFL Championship in 2009. Also on Offense, RB Jordan Scott will help the Warriors gain yards on the ground. Walter Peoples, a DB / WR from Southeast Missouri, will support both the Offense and the Defense of Bologna.

IFAF names World Roster for U19 game vs. USA

January 17, 2011

The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) has selected the first 40 players for the 19-and-under World Team roster which will play the Under 19 National Team of the USA at the Austin Westlake Stadium in Austin, Texas, on February 2nd 2011. In the upcoming weeks, five more players will be named to complete the 45-man roster.

The players chosen to represent the world come from four continents and will be coached by Greg Marshall from Canada, along with assistants from eight countries. Canada also had the most players selected with 22, followed by Austria (5), American Samoa and Germany (3 each), Finland, Japan and Sweden (2 each) and Mexico (1). 9 practices will be held in Austin to put the international team in synch.

Coach Marshall, also head coach of the University of Western Ontario Mustangs, said: “We believe we will be competitive and will give players from several countries an opportunity to showcase their talents and to show the American football community that there is a wealth of talent outside what people regard as the game’s traditional borders.” IFAF President Tommy Wiking shared Marshall’s view: “It is important that we expose younger players to this high level of intense practice and play as we continue to develop quality players internationally,” he said. “The World Team is part of a bigger picture that will increase the standard of the game outside of the United States.”

The Under-19 Team of the USA is coached by Darren Allman, also the head coach of Austin Westlake High School. The US roster is made up by players from 21 of the nation’s 50 states and so far, 42 of the 45 players have been announced.

The game is set to kickoff at 7:30 pm CT at Austin Westlake High School Stadium. Tickets are available for $8 and can be purchased at http://www.usafootball.com/app/webroot/teamusa.

To download the World Team roster, please visit http://www.ifaf.info/media/download/611

Raiffeisen Vikings sign two

January 17, 2011


The Raiffeisen Vikings have announced the signing of two new players for the upcoming season.

On offense, the team from Vienna will be joined by Dusty Thornhill. The McMurry University graduate spent last season in the German Football League (GFL), where he won “Player of the Week” honors and achieved 900 yards receiving and over 300 yards rushing. Thornhill plays both Wide Receiver and Running Back and has even seen playing time as a back-up Quarterback.

Brandon Collier will add much needed depth to the Vikings defense, after DL Florian Grünsteidl suffered a non-football-related injury. Collier played college football at the University of Massachusetts as a Defensive Tackle.

Salzburg Bulls sign LB Nick Garatt (USC)

January 17, 2011

The Salzburg Bulls have announced the signing of Nick Garatt, a linebacker who played his college football at the University of Southern California (USC). The 24-year-old Garatt is the first US player signed by the Bulls for the upcoming 2011 season. By league rules, Austrian football teams are allowed to have two paid players on their team roster. Salzburg’s Defensive Coordinator Tom Simmeit is happy: “Nick has everything we could wish for in a linebacker”. Garatt, a history major at USC, spent 4 years playing under current Seattle Seahawks headcoach Pete Caroll and reached a bowl game each season. He will join the team at the beginning of February.