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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.

 

Towers’ 2017 head coaches

Towers head coach Peter Herbild with his squad {Photo: Michael Quist]

Towers head coach Peter Herbild with his squad {Photo: Michael Quist]

All Towers head coaches will be back in 2017. Yet four of five Towers teams will have new head coaches. The coaching carrousel has turned and Peter Herbild is the only head coach to be back with the same squad in 2017.

The senior team staff will work hard In the off season in order to set the framework for the 2017 season and much more will be revealed in due time. One thing we do know already is that defensive coordinator Victor Andersen will be back. And not only will he again run our defense; Victor has also been named assistant head coach.

All youth head coaches have taken over new teams in 2017. The reason is simple – the bond each coach and his assistants have with their players is one we don’t want to break. Therefore, since a significant number of players from each youth team graduates to an older team, their coaches advance with them.

Simon Sonnesen, the former U19 head coach, reached the end of the line as far as youth teams go and thus he will coach the youngest Towers in 2017 as the U12 and U14 head coach.

This means that Tobias Trige will coach the U16 team and Kasper Skyum will be the front man for the U19 team.

Each coach will be surrounded by the same assistants as in 2016. Tobias Trige will bring Thomas ‘Post’ Jakobsen and Lars Cedervall with him as well as a whopping 20 players advancing to the U16 squad. Trige said, “We look forward to continuing to follow the football development of these boys and also the great camaraderie they have built.” Trige is looking for additional coaches for the U16 team in order to reach the team’s goal of having a coach pr. seven players.

Coach Skyum will also field a staff that is made up of a mix of familiar and new faces. “It will be a crew that knows what it takes to improve and not just the coaches, but medics and team managers as well”, Skyum explains and adds “Our players can expect innovative and unusual practices.”

The Towers wish our fans a happy off-season, but assure you that there is nothing off about our preparations for the 2017 season.

Coaches Sonnesen and Herbild [Photo: Michael Quist]

Coaches Sonnesen and Herbild [Photo: Michael Quist]