Thursday, April 3, 2014

Introducing Our Head Coaches 2014

The Medford Indians MYAA Football organization has selected it's head coaches for the 2014 season. In searching for our future head coaches, we were looking for experience in terms of football but as important, if not more, we were looking for candidates who can contribute to our goal of providing a positive and safe experience for our players as they develop and excel as football players and young men. Not only each of our appointed coaches, but all candidates who expressed interest, were already coaching in our program and through their previous experience have demonstrated the qualities we're looking for to lead, teach and mentor our players.

Our 2014 head coaches are...

  • 70lb Medford Indians (ages 5-7) - Rich Grabowski
    • Rich was most recently an assistant coach on the 70s for Jeff Ucello.  He has been coaching with MYAA since 2008 including football, soccer, baseball and basketball. Rich is excited to coach our youngest players, the future of our program. Coaching with Rich will be Malik Majeed whose son joined the program last year. Malik has coached with the Moorestown Youth Football Program where, over the years, he has served as an assistant coach for the 125lb and Unlimited Teams.  Malik is a former football player himself and he has coached and mentored his own 3 sons who are currently playing football at the youth level as well as NCAA Division 1. Rich and Malik will be joined by Joe Cleaver and Kyle Mapps. Additional coaches will be selected and added to the 70lb staff over the coming months.

  • 85lb Medford Indians (ages 8-9) - Chris McCrum
    • Chris has coached at various levels and sports for the past 13 years.  He coached football at Gateway High School for two years and has been an assistant coach on the 85 pound Medford Indians for the past three years.  Chris McCrum grew up in Medford Lakes and attended Shawnee High School. He has a degree from Rowan University and while in attendance took courses in coaching, anatomy, and kinesiology.  He has his Master’s degree in education.  Chris McCrum is passionate about football and instilling that passion in the players he coaches.  His goal is for his players to develop a love of football, team, and deeper pride in self. Coaching with Chris will be David Peluse, Jeff Ucello and Joe Dobis 

  • 105lb Medford Indians (ages 10-11) - John Stein
    • This will be John's third season as head coach of the 105s. John is a graduate of Appalachian State University. He played high school football at Glenbard South in suburban Chicago, and club football at Appalachian State. John has been a Medford resident since 1992 and started coaching MYAA football in 2003, including 70 lb Varsity and JV, 85 lb JV and 105 lbs Varsity and JV teams. He has 3 sons that have all played MYAA football. The 2 oldest each played 9 years with the program and now play at Shawnee High School. His youngest son has played 5 years and will be on the 105 lbs team this year. John has also been the head coach of the Black Storm lacrosse 4th ,5th ,6th , 7th grade teams. He is currently an assistant coach on the Black Storm 4th grade team. 

  • 120lb Medford Indians (ages 12-13) - John Bialous
    • John Bialous has been coaching MYAA football for the past 6 seasons. He has coached with the varsity, B and C teams on the 70s and the varsity team on the 85s. John has strong feelings about providing a positive football experience to all players at all levels. He is taking a lead role in the recruiting efforts for MYAA football and wants to see a great program in MYAA football continue well into the future. John has 2 sons playing MYAA football. His older son, Brent, has played since 2008 and his younger son, Dean, has played since 2009. Joining John in coaching the 120 pound team are Anthony Abbott and Bill Yost. Additional coaches will be added to the staff. In addition to coaching football, John has coached MYAA baseball for 6 seasons, served as grade-level commissioner for 2 years and coached MYAA basketball for 4 years. John attended Shawnee High School and played football for Coach Gushue.

  • Unlimited Medford Indians (ages 12-14) - Dave Roth
    • Dave has been coaching with the Medford Indians since 2010, most recently working with John Stein on the 105lb team where he was the offensive and defensive lines coach. Dave is also the head coach of the 6th grade Black Storm lacrosse team. While Dave's experience in coaching will enable him to be successful on the field, his experience raising his own four children which includes a college graduate, college and high school students and his son Brendan who will be playing on the 120s, provides him with the perspective needed to help prepare our unlimited players beyond football skills as they move on to high school. Dave will be joined by Sean Malady who has been a tremendous asset to the organization from coaching on the 70s, 85s and for the last 3 years with me on the 120s where he was instrumental in guiding our players to their undefeated championship season. Remaining on the unlimiteds from last year will be Steve Haines. While Steve is a young man just beginning his coaching career, he has a long history with the Medford Indians as a player. We look forward to Steve's contributions helping us maintain our legacy which he learned as a player while helping us build for the future.  Also joining Dave will be Andy Ellis. Andy is a coach with the Burlington Twp High School football program and also worked with the our 120lb team last season. Dave will be adding more coaches over the coming months. 

Our candidates who were not selected were well qualified to fill these positions as well and what I am most pleased about is that they will all be continuing with our program as assistant coaches.

With our head coaches in place, we will begin rolling out our plan to continue with and improve our approach to coaching football with regard to proper training and player safety. A focus that exceeds that of any other sport. Over the next few weeks we will be announcing some initiatives to educate parents on the benefits of youth football as well as facts and myths regarding football safety and what we're doing to make playing Medford Indians youth football a great experience for your child.