U.S. Men’s National Team announces coaching staff
USA Football has assembled a nine-member coaching staff to lead the 2015 U.S. Men’s National Team in the fifth International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championship held July 9-18 in Canton, Ohio.
The IFAF Senior World Championship is a seven-nation tournament held every four years since 1999. The United States defeated Canada, 50-7, in Vienna, Austria, for the 2011 gold medal. The U.S. beat Japan, 23-20, in double overtime in Kawasaki, Japan, to win the 2007 tournament, the first that included Team USA. Prior to the United States’ participation, Japan earned gold medals at the first two IFAF Senior World Championships played in Palermo, Italy (1999), and Frankfurt, Germany (2003).
Competing with the United States is Australia, Brazil, Japan, France, Mexico and South Korea. A full schedule will be announced by May 31.
The U.S. Men’s National Team, composed of 45 athletes 20 and older, is led by former Boise State and Colorado head football coach Dan Hawkins. Hawkins was 53-11 at Boise State from 2001-05, winning four consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles. His teams compiled a 31-game WAC winning streak, the longest in conference history. His five seasons at Colorado (2006-10) included a win over No. 3 Oklahoma in 2007, the same year he led the Buffaloes to the Independence Bowl.
Prior to Boise State, Hawkins coached Willamette University in Salem, Ore., to a 40-12-1 record from 1993-97, earning two conference titles and a 1997 NAIA championship game berth. Currently serving as a college football analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Hawkins was the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 2013.
“Each one of these coaches personifies the values one would expect from a U.S. National Team, and we are proud to have them represent USA Football and our country,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “With their accomplished coaching backgrounds, we believe this staff is exceptional and will be able to lead our athletes against competition from around the world.”
IFAF is composed of 71 member countries spanning six continents that possess national federations dedicated to American football. Among the world’s fastest-growing international federations of sport, IFAF has grown from 21 member nations in 2006.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) granted IFAF provisional recognition in December 2013. Provisional recognition is the initial step toward permanent IOC membership, which IFAF could attain as early as 2016. IFAF’s permanent IOC membership would make American football eligible for a future vote to become part of the Summer Olympics lineup.
USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States.
2015 U.S. Men’s National Team coaching staff:
|Dan Hawkins||Head coach||Former Boise State and Colorado head coach||Boise, Idaho|
|Paul Wulff||Offensive coordinator/ Offensive linemen||Former San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant||Tampa, Fla.|
|Robert Tucker||Defensive coordinator||West Hills Community College
|Cody Hawkins||Quarterbacks||Former Ohio State University graduate assistant||Chicago, Ill.|
|Darian Hagan||Running backs||University of Colorado director of player development||Thornton, Colo.|
|Dan Morrison||Receivers||Former Southern Methodist University associate head coach||Dallas, Texas|
|Jerry Brady||Defensive linemen||West Hills Community College defensive line coach||Ione, Calif.|
|Isaiah Jackson||Linebackers||West Virginia State University defensive line coach||Dunbar, W.Va.|
|Matt White||Defensive backs||West Hills Community College linebackers coach||Coalinga, Calif.|
About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. USA Football trains more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the U.S., advancing coaching education and player skill development for safer play and positive experiences through athletics. Follow USA Football at www.facebook.com/usafootball or on Twitter @USAFootball