Player Safety Director Bio
I started in Golden Empire Youth Football (GEYF) in 2002. I
had been coaching flag off and on for several years but this
was my first opportunity at coaching “real football”.
I started off as a defensive assistant with Titans program
coaching at the Sophomore level. In my second year coaching,
I moved to defensive coordinator for the Sophomores and was
the head coach for the Varsity team in my 3rd year.
After a brief 1 year hiatus, I moved on to the Knights
program. While I was with the Knights I was the
Sophomore defensive coordinator for 2 years and JV head
coach in my third year with the program after which I took a
2 year break to finish my military service. In 2011 I
found myself back in GEYF with the Titans but this time not
only as a coach but also as the father of a player.
This gave me a whole new perspective on the game that I
Now I had been a Safety NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) in
the military and child and player safety had always been
important to me, but now being the parent of a player
myself, it seemed a little more personal and I wanted to do
more. So after being a defensive coordinator for the
Freshman for 1 year, I moved up to Head Coach. As the
Head Coach I decided that I wanted to limit tackling during
practices. In previous years tackling during every
practice was the norm. I thought for safety reasons
why not have fewer days of contact, so from now on I would
have only one day of full contact tackling.
After 2 years with the Titans, I moved on to the Pride where
I was the head coach of their Sophomore team. At this time
my son hadn’t grown much so I sat down and really got to
thinking, “what more can I do as a coach to make the game
safer not only for him, but for all players?” I started
watching videos and doing research and I came across what
was called at the time “Hawk Tackling”. Now at this
time, GEYF had already adopted the USA Heads Up football
program which I thought was great. So although I completed
my Heads Up online training and became certified I continued
to study other safe tackling techniques. One thing I
learned being a Safety NCO is to be proactive when it comes
to safety. Always try to learn more. Now after
just 1 season with the Pride, I moved on to become the head
coach of the Bullpups which was a brand new program in our
league. I had a meeting with my coaches and I ask them
“what can we do to make the game a little safer for these
kids?”. I had them watch the videos about “Hawk
tackling” and do some of their own research and we agreed to
add in the hawk tackling with the Heads Up online training.
The results were great and I truly felt as a coach, but more
importantly as a parent, we were on the right track.
The following season GEYF implemented the hawk tackling
along with USA Football’s Heads Up training and I felt the
results were good.
This year I am coaching the JV level and I truly feel like
now more than ever that although football is a physical
sport, that it is safer than it has ever been. I look
forward to doing what I can do as a Coach, and now as the
Player Safety Director for GEYF, to continue to make this
sport safer for generations to come.