Introducing two new coaches

While the Christmas calm and the notorious Danish absence of snow descended upon Copenhagen our board and head coach have were busy signing two new coaches to our staff.

Jeremey Rud and Jesper Nørgaard Pedersen have joined the Towers in preparation for the 2017 season. Coach Rud, a seasoned player and coach, will coach the running backs and coordinate special teams. Coach Nørgaard, newly retired as a player, will coach the linebackers.

Jeremy Rud is American, 41 years old, married with two children, a 20-year US Army veteran with five years of combat operations and a former University of Minnesota football player.

No stranger to European football, coach Rud spent the past two years coaching with the Bydgoszcz Archers of the Polish 1st division. Furthermore Rud has coached U16-teams and high school teams in the US.

Coach Jeremey Rud. [Photo: Agencja Gazeta]

Jeremy Rud now lives in Greve and looks very much forward to continuing his coaching career. “Football is a game of discipline, intensity and intelligence. I require all three out of my players at all times.” coach Rud explains and adds: “The way we practice is the way we will play, so there are no shortcuts in practice.”

Coach Rud began playing football at age six in Texas, was a four-year starter at RG and DE/OLB in high school and continued to play for two years at university until at knee injury ended his playing career.

Jesper Nørgaard is Danish, 24 years old and studies to become a math, physics and chemistry teacher. Despite his young age, coach Nørgaard has played football for 12 years already. He began his career with the Kolding Guardians before playing the past two seasons with the Aarhus Tigers.

Jesper has played a number of positions, but predominantly LB, a position he even played for the Danish National team. Alongside playing, Jesper Nørgaard has coached for the past six seasons at the all age groups from U16 and upwards. He is currently the LB coach for the Danish U17 National team and assistant LB coach for the Danish U19 National team.

Coach Nørgaard also has had his playing career cut short by injuries and therefore has thrown all his football energy

LB coach Jesper Nørgaard during his playing days [Photo: Piotr Piekut]

into coaching. Coach Herbild knew Nørgaard from the National team and knew he would be a good fit with the Towers.

“I respect both Peter (Herbild) and Victor (Andersen) as some of the strongest coaches in Denmark and thought it would be incredibly exciting to get a chance to work with them”, Nørgaard said, while also emphasizing that he looks forward to working with some of the strongest linebackers in the country and help that unit carry our defense.

As 2016 draws to a close we have also had to say goodbye to two longtime Towers coaches, as Simon Iversen has left the club. Iversen began as a player and continued for years as a great part of our coaching staff. Also, Anders Munch Skovgren has stepped down as a coach to focus fully on his duties as the Towers’ athletic director and being a DAFF board member.

This means that as of this writing the Towers 2017 coaching staff comprises:

Head coach and offensive coordinator Peter Herbild
Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Victor Andersen
Special teams coordinator Jeremey Rud
Quarterbacks and wide receivers Peter Herbild
Running backs Jeremey Rud
Offensive line Simon Sonnesen
Linebackers Jesper Nørgaard
Defensive line Victor Andersen
Defensive backs Peter Nordentoft

Furthermore the word on the streets is that we might be able to entice two legendary Towers to assist; Rob Scotland and Peter Nicolaisen. Keep your fingers crossed.

Welcome to all new and returning coaches.

 

Flashback from 25 years ago

The new year is just a few days away, which gives us a chance to reflect on the passing of time. From the depths of the archives, via a former player, we have come up with a Towers playbook from a quarter of a century ago.

The Towers were founded in August of 1990 and in 1991 we got our first offensive playbook. A lot of things have happened over the course of the years and our playbooks have certainly changed.

We hope you will enjoy this blast from the past: TowersOffense1991.

From all of us to all of you; A very happy New Year…..!

Top offensive lineman joins Towers

Joachim Christensen starting at center for Wagner College [Photo: Family photo]

Joachim Christensen, one of the absolutely best young offensive linemen in Denmark, has decided to join the Towers.

Despite being just 23 years old, Joachim Christensen, boasts an impressive and varied CV. He has played nine games for Denmark as a member of the national team, he has won the EFAF Cup, played for Team World against the USA in the IFAF International Bowl and played 2½ seasons at D1 Wagner College in New York.

In 2017, Christensen will start at center, a spot recently vacated by Quinn Bullard. Towers head coach Peter Herbild is understandably excited to have Joachim on the team “Joachim is Denmark’s biggest offensive line talent under 25 years of age. He has a great attitude and the physical style of play he brings matches our offense perfectly.”

An accomplished player with vast international experience at very high levels, Joachim was looking for a team with

Joachim Christensen at Wagner College Stadium [Photo: Family photo]

similar ambitions. He contacted coach Herbild and was pleased with what he heard. The Towers aim to win a seventh Danish championship and participate in European tournaments. “I want to be part of an ambitious organization, play in Europe, win some games,” Joachim says and adds “I have been fascinated by the Towers since I was a youth player and know a few of the guys there.”

With Christensen, the Towers will bolster an already stellar offensive line. The 23-year old, who stands 195 cm tall and weighs in at 130 kg, will join two other Danish national team OL starters; Jens Møller and Rasmus Thejl.

Apart from playing, Christensen will coach offensive line players for the Towers’ youth department.

Christensen is currently enrolled at Roskilde University, where he pursues a bachelor in Global Humanities.

Joachim began his football career as a youth player with the Avedøre Monarchs in 2008 and has since played in high school in the USA, for the Copenhagen Tomahawks and lately for the Søllerød Gold Diggers.

We are looking very much forward to welcoming Joachim to the Towers.

Joachim Christensen #75, playing for Denmark [Photo: Family photo]