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Friday, May 27, 2016

Bad news always travels faster than the good news. Over the past few years, we wrote about teams that don't hold up on their part of the deal, however, it's time to highlight the ones which do. We'll be featuring 3 teams each week, regardless of the division they're playing in, selected by the import community as a safe bet, in hopes to help both coaches and imports when making a decision on joining an organization.


BIALYSTOK LOWLANDERS, POLAND

Photo: Grzegorz Chuczun
Jabari Harris, QB - Amazing organization. Everything in the contract has been fulfilled. Housing and accommodation is always grade A. Players are very helpful. Management is organized and always looking out to help the players in any way possible.

Atmosphere is more like a big family rather than a football team. City is average size but very pretty and has all the things you need to survive. Grade A facilities.


HELSINKI WOLVERINES, FINLAND


Stephen Stokes, RB - Going through transition, but the team I played for and coached for almost a decade never came up short on taking care of my personal needs. Even helped me when I was back in America.


FERRARA AQUILE, ITALY


Justin Mc Kenzie, Coach/QB - A very well run organization that takes care of their players. The pay was excellent and on time, housing, food, gym, all taken care off and easily accessible. Great atmosphere with a great tradition.

I played there my first year in Europe, back in 2003, and from that experience it has propelled me on to 14 years as an import. Additionally, even in my 10th year of playing in Europe, back in 2013, I went back to Ferrara to play against the Aquile with my own international travel team the Duo Sports Thundercats. The Aquile were excellent hosts with my ex teammates as the team President and many of the assistant coaches, it's a great atmosphere.


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Thursday, May 26, 2016



We all know how important youth football is, but not too many devote the time to constantly develop youth programs under their organizations. One of the great examples how to run a successful youth program are the Juniors Tigers of Austria.

Alexander Stöger, sports director said that the club was founded 3 years ago by experienced people out of the football community in Austria - Our female president Sabine Katzmayer is in touch with American Football since late 80ies. She and her husband have been leading a club for more than 20 years and were involved in the Austrian federation as youth-football responsible and cashier.

Mr. Stöger started as a coach in 1999, and had a chance to attend several NFL Europe camps in Austria, where he could see first hand how things should be set up properly.

- Vision is to increase the program for kids in the capital of Austria, Vienna, and concentrate on the development of young players. The youth teams are not only an attachment on an adult team, they are the focus of the club. I think today we are the only club in Europe, who focus on youth football, without having an adult team.

Today we have 4 teams - U11, U13, U15 and U17. The future will show how fare we will go, and if we will have a U19 too, in the future. Adult team is not a future focus, the players as they get older, and will not have a team in our club, are free and can select out of the different programs in Vienna and surround. 12 coaches and about 65 players build the 4 teams today.

Today, Junior Tigers also have ladies joining the program, with 3 female coaches and 7 girls in their U13 team.


Touchdown Europe Hall of Fame, or, TDEU Approved, features some of the best coaches and players (domestic and import) across Europe. A place where coaches and players are highlighted for their work on and off the field.

For more information on how to get nominated, visit our HOF Nomination Form page.


HALL OF FAME

DAN HAWKINS, COACH




2016 Vienna Vikings
Austrian Football League, Big 6 Offensive Coordinator
Accomplishments: Current record: 6-1
Areas of Emphasis: Quarterbacks/Offensive Coordinator

2015 Carlstad Crusaders
Swedish Super Series Offensive Coordinator
Accomplishments: 2015 European Champions, 2015 Sweden Super Series Champions
Areas of Emphasis: Quarterbacks/Offensive Coordinator

2015 USA Football
Men’s National Team Head Coach
Accomplishments: IFAF 2015 World Champions, 4-0 Record
IFAF World Championships, Canton, Ohio
Areas of Emphasis: Offense/Tight Ends/Special Teams

2013 Montreal Alouettes
CFL Head Football Coach
Record: 2-3
Areas of Emphasis: Offense/Special Teams

2006-2010 University of Colorado
Head Football Coach
Record:19-39
Areas of Emphasis: Offense/Special Teams/WR’s
Accomplishments: 2007 27-24 victory over #3 Oklahoma, 2008 17-14 victory over #21 West Virginia, 2009 34-30 victory over #17 Kansas.
Post Season: 2007 Independence Bowl (Alabama)

2001-2005 Boise State University
Head Football Coach
Record: 53-11
Areas of Emphasis: Offense/Special Teams/Tight Ends
Accomplishments; 2002,03,04,05 WAC Champions
Post Season: 2002 Humanitarian Bowl Champions (Iowa State), 2003 Fort Worth Bowl Champions (TCU), 2004 Liberty Bowl (Louisville), 2005 MPC Computers Bowl (Boston College)
Awards: 2002, 2004 WAC Coach of the Year, 2002 AFCA District 5 Coach of the Year, 2005 Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year finalist

1998-2000 Boise State University
Asst. Head Football Coach Special Teams, Recruiting Coordinator
Tight Ends
Record: 26-10
Head Coach: Dirk Koetter (OC- Tampa Bay, NFL)
Accomplishments: 1999, 2000 Big West Champions
Post Season: 1999, 2000 Humanitarian Bowl Champions (Louisville, UTEP)

1993-1997 Willamette University
Head Football Coach/Instructor
Record: 40-11-1
Areas of Emphasis: Offense/Special Teams/Quarterbacks
Accomplishments: 1995, 96, 97 Northwest Conference Champions
Post Season: 1996 NAIA Quarterfinals, 1997 NAIA National Championship Finalists
Awards: 1995, 96, 97 Northwest Conference Coach of the Year, 1997 AFCA District 5 Coach of the Year
2005 Induction to Willamette University Athletic Hall of Fame

1992 Sonoma State University
Defensive Coordinator-LB’s, RB’s/Instructor
Head Coach: Tim Walsh (HC-Cal Poly)
Record: 7-3
Accomplishments: Defeated #3 Portland State 37-27

1988-1991 College of the Siskiyou’s
Offensive Coordinator, QB’s,RB’s,WR/Instr.
Assistant Track Coach, Sprints, Jumps, Relay
Head Coach: Greg Gatlin (‘88 retired) Phil Maas (’89-’91 retired)
Accomplishments: 1991 Golden Valley Conference Champions
Post Season: 1991 Pepsi Bowl (College of the Sequoias)

1986-1987 Christian Brothers HS
Head Football Coach/ Science Instructor
Record: 15-9
Areas of Emphasis: Offensive/Defensive/Special Teams Coordinator- QB’s, LB’s
Accomplishments: 1986 Sacramento City HS Champions
Post Season: Sac Joaquin Section Finalists
Awards: Sacramento City Division 1 Coach of the Year

1983-1985 UC Davis LB’s
Head Freshman Coach, Freshman DC
Head Coach: Jim Sochor (Retired, College Football Hall of Fame)
Record: 29-5
Accomplishments: 1983, 84, 85 Far West Conference Champions, Part of NCAA record 20 Consecutive Championship seasons
Post Season: 1983 NCAA D II Semi’s, 1984 NCAA DII Qtr.’s, 1985 NCAA D II Qtr.’s

RELATED EXPERIENCE:
2010-Present ESPN- TV College Football Game/Studio Analyst
2010-Present Sirius Satellite Radio College Football Analyst
Present Professional Keynote Speaker
Present Program Consultant-
2014 Future Stars Football Program - Down Under Bowl, Australia LB’s/Special Teams
2011-2014 Nike/ESPN Rise, Combine, Elite 11, & The Opening QB/WR/RB Coach



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