Team World and Team USA coaches to speak & meet at AFCA

The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) will be represented at the 88th annual AFCA Convention in Dallas, Texas, when coaches from Ireland and Canada speak at the International Members Session on Monday, January 11.

The prestigious event takes place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas from January 9-12 as some of the most successful collegiate coaches in the country share their ideas on Xs and Os and football philosophy.

DARRIN O’TOOLE of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, will address the International Members Session attendees along with University of Western Ontario Mustangs Head Coach GREG MARSHALL. The AFCA Convention has an international flavor for the third year in succession and the session is open to all convention visitors from 8am to 11.15am on Monday, January 10 in room Grand DE.

Last year Japan junior national team coach TAKAO YAMAZAKI, Team USA head coach CHRIS MERRITT and IFAF Technical Committee member PAUL MANERA from Australia were the IFAF speakers. In 2009, the International Session featured Harvard head coach TIM MURPHY, head coach of the Swedish junior national team JAN JENMERT and German-born and raised coach ULZ DAEUBER, who is the assistant head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

The convention will also host closed meetings for the World Team and Team USA coaching staff ahead of the USA vs. The World game to be played in Austin, TX on Wednesday, February 2. Coach Marshall will bring his staff selected from eight countries and four continents together for the first time, as will Team USA Head Coach DARREN ALLMAN of Austin (Texas) Westlake High School.

The AFCA Convention serves as the culmination of the football season for more than 6,000 coaches expected to attend. The convention will feature a three-day coaching clinic and several other functions, including the Schutt Sports Awards Luncheon and the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner.

The speaker schedule for the 2011 convention includes many great coaches from around the country such as: LSU’s Les Miles, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and former head coaches Gary Darnell, Glen Mason, Barry Alvarez and Fisher DeBerry. The convention is open only to AFCA-AFCF members.
About IFAF

The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) unites 59 countries on five continents through a burgeoning international sport. With national football federations in existence for more than 75 years, IFAF was created in 1998 to organize and further develop the game through international cooperation and global competition. The IFAF office is located near Paris, France.

Football Canada is a member of the IFAF.

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