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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Spencer Wood is only 24 years old and is already making great moves in Europe. After coaching in Austria, he is headed to Munich Cowboys (Germany) for the upcoming season.

- I was contacted by the Munich Cowboys a few months ago, asking if I would be interested in their open OC position. It didn't take long after talking with the Head Coach (Garren Holley), President (Werner Maier), and GM (Tarik Ibrahim) that their vision for the future of this organization is unrivaled. They understand that Rome wasn't built in one day, and that it takes time to build a championship contender. The vision is there and I'm excited about what the future holds for us.

Munich Cowboys compete in GFL (South Division), where in 2016 they didn't move to the playoffs. They ended the season with 5 wins and 9 losses. Coach Wood spent the season behind us in Austria, so he couldn't comment much on teams performance last year.

- We will have a shift in team culture and will put a heavy emphasis on our youth teams and community involvement. The organization as a whole, not just wins and losses, will be our focus.

We're going to try to win the first game, then we'll try to win the second, then the third, etc. Take it one game at a time. We have a healthy mix of young and veteran players, which is a positive. My expectations are to be better in all aspects of the organization. If we can do that, the future will be very bright for the Munich Cowboys.

As of right now, Coach Wood is one of the youngest imported coordinators to ever coach in Germany.

- I've been fortunate to play and coach under some fantastic coaches in my career, which has helped shape and mold how I approach the game. I still have a lot to learn - I want to be a learner, not a knower. The Munich Cowboys have won more games in the GFL than any other team in Germany; I'm excited to work with Garren and our guys to help restore our old winning ways.

Black Hornets from Jagodina (Serbia) are competing in the II division of SAAF (Serbian Association of American Football) and they have signed their first import player for the 2017 season, quarterback Jonathan Parks.

Parks was born in 1989 in Miami, Florida. His football journey is to say the least unusual because unlike most college players Parks did not play football in high school. After graduating he started attending flag football tournaments and was noticed by a junior college program from North Dakota (Dakota College at Bottineau) which decided to recruit him as their freshman quarterback.

During his stay at Dakota, Parks was a dual-threat quarterback but in his sophomore year began his transition to the wide receiver position and return specialist. He was inducted into Lumberjacks Hall of Fame. After two brilliant years at Dakota, Parks received numerous offers and decided to take his talents to the Wayne State University (NSIC division II) from Nebraska. Again, Parks had a major role in the return game as well as being a dangerous receiving option. He attended Wayne state in both of his junior and senior years.

I got in touch with the Hornets organization on Europlayers website and then followed the coach on social media and we began to connect from there. What made me sign with them was the interest they showed in me and the effort they put into communicating with me and it caught my attention. I soon decided that this is the right team for me. – Parks began his story

On his thoughts about coming to Serbia and leading his new teammates Parks stated:
I’m pretty excited and nervous at the same time. It’s a whole different atmosphere from what I'm use to which is Miami, Florida. I know they’re nice guys who want to win and who love the game of football. I’m ready to meet my new teammates and brothers!

When asked about his goals for the 2017 season, Parks was pretty clear - -I wanna win! I hope I can bring passion and leadership to this team, I want to win a championship, take a shot at the playoffs and go undefeated! Anything is possible once we become a unit and trust each other. I know it's going to take practice and time to get on the same page with each other, but once we get going everybody better watch out for those Hornets!

Hornets’ offensive coordinator Andreja Živković stressed out the importance of this signing in terms of team growth and working with younger players.

-We began scouting for a potential QB back in November and since then we’ve interviewed a considerable number of players. John was simply the best fit, he’s a true playmaker and an incredible person who overcame much adversity throughout his career. Our receivers are young and talented, 3 of them were selected for the U19 national team so it is of utmost importance that someone like Parks helps them continue to grow and stay on the right path. That may be the biggest and most important aspect which Parks brings to the table. We’ve dealt with all the issues that were holding this organization back in the past and with the addition of Parks this team is becoming the number one contender for the div2 championship, have no doubt about that.

Miloš Stanojlović VP of the Black Hornets, stated that the board has managed to correct some organizational deficiencies and secure a home field for the season as well as greater funding - Last season, several organizational letdowns cost us our dream of playing in the top division. This year we’ve decided correct our mistakes. Besides starting the import scouting a little earlier, we were able to provide a field for our home games which meets the division I standards. We were able to provide more funds than usual and to recruit more young players than in the previous years. Organizationally speaking, the only thing that keeps us apart from our most successful clubs is a good sponsorship deal. Of course, we are making every effort to accomplish that in the near future. In the name of our organization, we would like to thank the local assembly of the City of Jagodina and Jagodina Sports Association who have helped and believed in us all these years, as well as the local company "Jumbo" Ltd. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Designing uniforms has to be a passion for anyone who's trying to do it. Creating everything from ground up - starting with the format itself, has to take a lot of hours. However, the finished 'product' is what makes everything worth it!

Adam, Creative Director at Avála, is a top-notch designer, and, as we already mentioned in our section "Uniwatchers", his work has been featured on ESPN.

- Designing football uniforms has been a passion of mine for the longest time. It really seems to be a talent of mine that lets me show how creative I can be. Along with designing uniforms for teams in Europe and all over the world I like to design concept uniforms for teams in NFL and NCAA pretty often. The Color Rush series really inspired me this year. I loved how the teams were almost completely monochrome and how a lot of them blended styles from the past with styles of the present. So I thought I would put my own spin on it. - says Adam.

We loved his NFL Color Rush 2017 concepts so much, that we're featuring them all! And, if you'd like to get in touch with Adam, you can do so via this LINK.

Are you designing uniforms? Send us your concepts!


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