In de vorm van Richard Boulware een expat van amerikaanse origine die sinds kort in Tilburg verblijft hebben de wolves een welkome aanvulling op de coaching staff gevonden.
Richard heeft veel ervaring met het coachen van american football en is met ook erg bekend met het heads up programma van usa football.
Richard zal dan ook het nieuwe cadettackle en het u19 gaan begeleiden. Tevens zal hij zijn kennis toe gaan passen bij de seniors. Met name op het gebied van special teams en ondersteuning van de qb’s en receivers.
Bijgaand een interview met Richard.
Can you give us some personal info about yourself?
My family’s hometown is Buffalo, NY which is known for its winters with heavy snow and its loyal sports fans. My wife and I have three children which we raised in the state of New Jersey near Princeton. I recently relocated to Tilburg for work purposes yet we maintain our home in Princeton, NJ and I travel back and forth often.
Can you tell something about your football background?
I played youth tackle football until I entered the University at Buffalo. When my first child was old enough to play sports, I began coaching youth sports (Soccer, Football, Wrestling and Lacrosse) starting in 1995. The South Brunswick Football program has been very successful with its athletes. Some well-known South Brunswick football players include Mohamed Sanu, WR-Atlanta Falcons, Dontae Strickland, RB-Syracuse, Mohamed Jabbie, WR- Rutgers were all youth football players in South Brunswick’s football programs. My biggest coaching joys have been to be part of a youth sports program which is focused on helping boys become successful, principled and disciplined young men through sports.
What brought you to Brabant and how did you hear about the wolves?
I relocated for my work and heard about the Wolves through a work colleague.
What is the thing you like the most about working on football with players?
First of all, I love football. I believe there is no other sport in the world that challenges the human body and mind as football does. Brute strength, speed, agility, endurance, finesse, cunning and chess game intelligence are required to be successful in this complex 11-on-11 sport. There’s no other game that combines these facets of competition into each and every play. Coaching this game, especially with youth, is a joy because so much about the game is also true for life and those that find fun and success in the game can apply the same lessons, learned in football to be successful in life.
Can you explain why safety/heads-up football is so important? Especially for kids.
The fact is that this sport has risks as does everything in life and in every sport. I have participated in youth councils, lectures and symposiums on youth sports and concussions at Princeton University and Heads-up football training through Pop Warner football, I have learned a lot about the importance of protecting our youth’s future through smart training and injury prevention. Football can be played and enjoyed in a safe manner. It is all of our responsibility to ensure proper training and response.
What do you expect from players when you work with them?
What I expect is simple…
- Do the right thing. (Never violate your principles!)
- Sweep the corners. (Based on a Tony Dungy story – Small details can make a difference between success and failure!)
- Team first.
- Have fun