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Youth coaches attend USA Football Player Safety Coaches training

Contributed Story Posted 15 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photo – Medina Player Safety Coach Mike Eaton, coaches a drill with Albion PSC DJ Moore and Batavia PSC Matt DellaPenna.

Youth football coaches attend USA Football Player Safety Coach training
On Saturday over 100 toth football coaches from across the Western New Yorkj, Rochester, Syracse and Pennsylvania took part in the USA Football’s Player Safety Coach training at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The local Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) was represented by 12 Player Safety Coaches including Akron – Sean Luck, Albion – DJ Moore, Attica – Jonathan Dufour, Batavia – Matt DellaPenna, Holley – Bob Reome, Medina – Mike Eaton, Newfane – Ray Kline, Oakfield Elba – Phil Munger, Pembroke Bill Lampke, Roy Hart – Thomas Hausrath, Tri Town – Chris Wolcott and NOFA – Geno Allport.

Contributed Photo – Bills Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman speaks to the coaches. Preston Teague and Andy Rylans are in the background.

This year along with the Heads Up tackling training the coaches were also taught two new items.  They were Heads Up blocking and Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  Master Trainers were, Ken Stoldt  (Section 6 High School Football Chairman), Rob Currin (Alden HS Head Coach) and Vincent DiGaetano (Defensive Coordinator at SUNY Maritime).  Also assisted in the training from USA Football Andy Ryland the Sr Manager of Education and training and Aaron Hill the East Region Manager.

The training was put together by Preston Teague, Director of Community Relations and Youth Football for the Buffalo Bills.

“Here at NOFA we will continue to require all coaches to be USA Football certified to be able to coach along with one coach as the Player Safety Coach rep,” said Allport.  “Continuing our efforts to make this a better, safer game for all of our children. “