Adam concluded his role as Treasurer for the USAFL in June 2012.

A former Chairman of the USAFL Advisory Board, Adam Coleman assumed the USAFL Treasurer role in 2009.

Adam originates from Hobart, Tasmania and played football in various leagues including Hobart, the WTFA and in the KIFL. He moved to the USA in 1994, and later became Coach of the North Carolina Tigers from 2003-2006, leading the Club from Division III to its first appearance in Division I.

After living in North Carolina for several years, Adam has recently relocated his business interests to the Rio Grande Valley, in South Texas, where he is involved in petroleum and real estate with an emphasis on financial analysis.

Matt has been playing footy since 2001, when he joined the St. Louis Blues. He served as treasurer and assistant head coach of the St. Louis Blues from 2003 - 2006. He also served as the Secretary of the USAFL from 2006 to 2010. He was a member of the U.S. Revolution from 2002-2005, helping anchor the defense on the squad that finished 3rd in the 2005 International Cup. He played 11 international matches for the Revolution and earned Best on Ground votes in 3 of them. Matt managed the Revolution squad from 2006 to 2011. When he's not playing footy or managing the Revolution, Matt works in Indianapolis as an attorney with Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, one of the largest Healthcare law firms in the country. Matt specializes in corporate transactions and regulatory compliance.

Jim Martin joined the footy family in the 90’s with the St Louis Blues. Jim was an instrumental member of building the Blues during the early years. This skill was noticed by the League when Jim joined the Board in 2002 as VP for the Central Region. He stayed in this role for 10 years, serving under 4 Presidents. Jim always was a voice of reason on the Board and he provided a consistent presence on the Board over a critical period of the Leagues growth. By day Jim is a lawyer and this skill was heavily utilized by the Board. All critical decisions were blessed by Jim and he guidance was valued and priceless. Jim has hidden vocal talents which come to the fore at Board meetings after a few Coopers. Jim was a gentleman on the field and a gentleman in the Boardroom. He is an unsung hero of the league given the countless hours that he has served the sport over more than a decade.

Jim is a shareholder in the commercial litigation department at Polsinelli Shughart PC, a 500-attorney law firm with offices in St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Phoenix, Denver, and Washington, D.C. Jim is also the President of the St. Louis Blues A.R.F.C., which has a history of developing some of the best American players in the USAFL. As a player, Jim reached the 100-game milestone in 2008, and was an alternate for the 2002 Australia Cup squad. Jim lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife Jessica and daughter Ava.

Leigh is originally from Launceston, Tasmania, however also lived, played and coached football in Brisbane for 15 years.  He is now living in the east San Francisco Bay area with his son Kai and works as a Materials and Research Engineer. Leigh is the founding President of the Golden Gate Australian Football League, 2005 Division II champions, and has played over 400 games of football in his lifetime.

Leigh represented Tasmania three times, Queensland once, and kicked over a hundred goals in a season twice during his career.

Brad began his Australian Football Career in 1999 with the Phoenix Scorpions (now the Arizona Hawks). After one season he moved his family to Boston where he has played for the past 9 seasons for the Boston Demons. Brad played 4 years of representative football for the Revolution beginning in 2002 for the inaugural International Cup, where he served as Vice Captain and playing through the 2005 International Cup campaign. Brad was honored to be named to the USAFL team of the decade, USAFL All-American team of the decade and the Boston Demons team of the decade. Brad currently lives in Andover, Massachusetts with his wife Ellen and children, Connor, Cole, Luke and Bridget. He is a 10 year veteran at Akamai Technologies, Inc. and holds the position of Vice President of Global Marketing and Channels.

Al grew up both in Melbourne and the Geelong coastal region of Victoria. He played most of his junior football in the Colac and District Football League (Birregurra and Apollo Bay), playing senior football in the Geelong and District Football League (Belmont Lions). Al moved to Chicago in 1999 where he currently lives with his wife Lisa, daughter Kathryn and son Hamish. Based in Chicago, he is an Australian Beef Importer with Teys USA Inc. Since moving to the States Al has played for Chicago United (formerly the Chicago Swans) and held the positions of Vice-President, Treasurer and Assistant Coach of the club as well as a Director of the MAAFL. He has played in all 4 of Chicago’s MAAFL Championships (2001, 2007, 2008 and 2009).

Denis Ryan has been a member of the Baltimore-Washington Eagles since 1998, serving as a player, coach and Vice President of the club. In 2001 he joined the US national team, the USA Revolution, as an Assistant Coach and has since played an instrumental role within the USAFL, developing and implementing Coaching courses, school PE  programs and the co-ed Ausball. 

In the same year he was appointed Coaching Director of the USAFL, and traveled with the Revolution to London for the inaugural Atlantic Alliance Cup. In 2002 he stepped up as Head Coach of the Revolution team and took this team to Melbourne, Australia, for the first ever International Cup in 2005, where they finished fifth of 11 teams.

Denis stepped down from National coaching duties in 2003 to concentrate on the introduction of Australian Football into the US culture. He recognized that the best starting point was the US Physical Education curriculum and thus developed the USFootyKids program. Denis went on in 2006 to develop the game of Ausball – a co-ed non-contact version of the game for both adults & youth.

In 2012 he was inducted as the third member of the USAFL’s Hall of Fame for his efforts in developing the game of Australian Football in the US. Always driven by a strong vision and passion for the game in the US, Denis looks forward to leading the USAFL onto a path of rapid expansion.

Seth, his wife Claire, and children Anika, Olivia, and Ethan, live in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he teaches college mathematics. Seth has been a footy fan since he first saw it on TV back in 1981. In 1997, he founded the North Carolina Tigers. He also served as President of the South Eastern Australian Football League. Seth started umpiring when the Tigers' regular umpire got lost on some Carolina backroads on the way to a match. Seth took notice that he received many more compliments for his umpiring than he ever did for his play at full forward. It was then that Seth realized his true calling. He umpired at the 2001 Nationals and has been a full time umpire ever since. In 2006, Seth became only the second American to gain an AFL Level Two Field Umpire certification.

Andrea Casillas began playing with the Arizona Lady Hawks in 2005. Upon getting accepted into law school in New York she knew that she wanted to continue playing, but traveling back to Arizona would not feasible. Once in New York, she founded the New York Lady Magpies which is in its third season. Even though the team is still young, it has boasted eight players on Freedom and recently hosted its first tournament.

Andrea is also a member of the USA Freedom women's national team and competed in the 2011 International Cup in Australia as well as other numerous other Freedom events.

Matt is Victorian born, spending most of his childhood and football career in Central Queensland. Matt now resides in Sacramento, California with his wife Amy. As well as coaching the Revolution, Matt is also the current coach of the Golden Gate Roos, Sacramento Screamers and prior to moving to California, was the coach of the Baltimore Washington Eagles.

Matt has lived in the United States since 2005 and has played and coached senior football in both Brisbane and Sydney.

A veteran of over 380 Australian Rules Football (ARF) games, Wayne Kraska is one of the sports leaders in the Australian community in Atlanta. Wayne serves as President of the Atlanta Kookaburra's ARF Club.. His experience as a coach and umpire has taken him all over the USA, and achievements include introducing and managing the most successful USAFL National Championships on record, that featured 27 teams and some 750 players.

Wayne was named the inaugural women's national team (USA Freedom) coach in 2006. During his tenure he coached the Freedom in the first women's international match of Australian Football against Canada in 2007. In 2009, the team became the first women's team to tour Australia, building relations with the women's leagues in Victoria, Sydney, and Cairns, and showing how far the sport has evolved in the US. In 2010 the team once again travelled to Canada to compete for the 49th Parallel Cup in Toronto. Wayne also built a dynasty in Atlanta where he coached the Lady Kookaburras to wins in the first three USAFL Women's National Championships (2005-2007).

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Doren, a native of Milwaukee, WI, originally discovered footy in 2001 while on a study abroad semester in New South Wales. His roommate took him down to training at the local footy club and he has been hooked ever since. He played in 8 games during that semester, twice winning BOG honors.

Upon returning to the US he had a strong desire to introduce the game to America. Unaware of the existence of the USAFL, he missed out on the opportunity to continue to play for 5 years before discovering the Milwaukee Bombers. Those missed opportunities are what drive and motivate Doren today as he looks to increase the awareness and develop the game here in the US. In preparation for his role with the USAFL Doren spent 2009 in Melbourne working at the AFL in Game Development. This opportunity afforded him experience in working with the national Auskick, coaching, umpiring, schools, international and talent managers giving him a solid insight into the objectives of each portfolio. He now looks to apply that knowledge and foster those relationships in his role with the USAFL. He also spent the 2009 season playing for the Parkside Football Club in Melbourne's Northern Football League. The club won a premiership and Doren received Rookie of the Year and Most Consistent player honors.

Back in the US, Doren has been a member of the Milwaukee Bombers since 2006, where he also received Rookie of the Year honors, making him possibly the only player to have received this award in both the US and Australia. He has served on the Bombers board and is always ready to volunteer around the club when needed.

Amy has been involved with footy in the US since 2005 as both a player and club committee member. She is the original founder of the Sacramento Australian Football Club (SAFC), formed in 2009.

In it's second year the SAFC club had more than 80 people playing in its inaugural recreational football league. She has also a member of the USA Freedom women's National team since 2010.

Prior to moving to Sacramento, California, Amy and her husband Matt lived in Washington, DC where she was involved with the Baltimore-Washington Eagles as a committee member, secretary and player. She played her first ever game of footy at the USAFL Nationals in 2005 and has played at every Nationals since.

A Queenslander, growing up just outside of Brisbane. She first became involved with footy in Sydney with the Manly-Warringah Wolves AFC during the 4 years she lived there prior to moving to the US.

Chet held the position of VP Central during 2011.

Chet grew up originally in South Dakota and has backpacked big swaths of the globe on several walkabouts including 5 weeks in Australia. He began his footy career with the Cincinnati Dockers late in 2007, and was called up to play with the Revolution vs the traveling Aussie Convicts at the end of the 2007 tournament.

The next year he earned Most Consistent honors and a National Championship in Colorado Springs with Ohio Valley. He lead the successful start-up of the Columbus Jackaroos in the second half of 2008, then helped bring the women's Columbus Jillaroos on board as their Head Coach in 2010 before joining the USAFL Board for 2011.

Andy joined the league in 2006 as a member of the Boston Demons. After one season with the Demons, he moved to Milwaukee where he served two seasons as club president. He currently lives in Avon, Colorado (near Vail and Beaver Creek) and is a member of the Denver Bulldogs.

He has also been a USA Revolution player since 2007 and competed at the AFL International Cup in both 2008 and 2011.

Andy currently works as a Sales Executive for Micros point-of-sale systems in Western Colorado and also as a part-time ski instructor at Beaver Creek.

Mike grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and has been involved with Aussie Rules since 2005 with Latrobe University and the Boston Demons in both a player and an administrative capacity. Serving most recently as club president for the Demons. Mike works for Everbridge and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Jeff has been a member of the USAFL since 2000. He has been a member of the Nashville Kangaroos and been with their board for 9 years (2001, 2003-2010), President - 4 years (2007-2010) and Secretary/Treasurer - 1 Year (2001). Jeff has Played 100+ Games for Nashville Kangaroos with 3 MAAFL Championships and he played for the USA Revolution in 2008. Jeff's Field umpiring experience includes nearly 200 games, 2007 USAFL Umpire of the Decade Award, 2005 and 2011 International Cup Grand Final - Field Umpire, First non-Australian to be Accredited at Level 2 and 2002 USAFL Scholarship Umpire.

Brandon is a player and the current President of the San Diego Lions Football Club in California. He has been playing Australian Football since 2003 and has been a part of the USA Revolution since 2005, competing in all three AFL International Cups to date.

Daniel Sarbacker has been playing Australian Football since 2002 and has represented the USA more than 30 times in his playing career.

"Sars" captained the USA Revolution at the 2011 International Cup proving his leadership qualities and leading the team to a 4th place finish. He has also won numerous awards for his outstanding efforts on and off the field.  Dan began his footy career with the St. Louis Blues, and has spent seasons with the Milwaukee Bombers, Mansfield Eagles (Goulburn Valley Football League), and Chicago United.  He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dan's previous experience in coaching and committee work include seven years with his National US Soccer Coaching License which he used at a premier level youth club team, and over ten years as President/Alumni Adviser/board member with the Thurtene Honorary at Washington University in St. Louis.

Kathryn (Kat) was born in Adelaide, Australia to non-Australian parents but grew up in the USA after living in 4 countries before the age of 7.  She was first introduced to footy when ESPN launched in 1980 and was a founding member of the Minnesota Freeze in 2004.

She was the leading driver behind the current day women's competition in the USAFL and was responsible for making the women's division a part of the USAFL Nationals.

Kat has represented the USA Freedom at all events throught the 2011 International Cup and has played more than 100 games in her footy career.  In 2014 she joined the USA National Team coaching staff as USA Liberty Forwards Coach.

Read more about her journey: http://womensfooty.com/blogs/kjh/pasture-way

Keith assumed the role of Treasurer in June 2012. A relative newcomer to the USAFL, Keith is focused on overseeing the fiscal health of the USAFL.

Originally from Ohio, Keith currently works as the Portfolio Manager for the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer in the Retirement Systems Division. He was a competitive swimmer at Davidson College and in the last few years has become an active triathlete.  He studied economics as an undergraduate and business at the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University).

Keith is married to Dr. Kelly Nelson. They live in Raleigh, North Carolina with their dog Bucky. 

Andrew Werner began playing with the Minnesota Freeze in 2008. In 2009, he completed a season of country football in Western Australia for the Mt. Barker Bulls.

Since, then Andrew has been the captain of the Minnesota Freeze. Andrew has also been part of the US Revolution since 2009, taking up the Vice-Captain role since 2010, and competing in the 2011 International Cup.

Paul ”Plugger” O’Keeffe recognized over ten years ago there was an opportunity and need to begin something great here in the US. An opportunity to introduce Americans to the national game of Australia and a need to give his fellow expatriates the chance to play that game as is it was back home in Australia. There are those that may have characterized Paul O’Keeffe as a modern day “visionary”.

While it is true O’Keeffe had a vision in the early days of the USAFL of what the league could potentially become, his most significant contribution was to allow Australian Football to evolve in the US on it’s own terms. Though the USAFL was Paul’s vision, the success of the league was more due to his unmatched talent for organization, unyielding determination and unquestionable love of the sport.

There were only a handful of clubs in 1997, the year of the first National Championship Tournament in staged in Cincinnati. By 1998 nearly 25 clubs were actively participating in organized competition the number or games played went from fifteen in 1997 to 118 in 1999. Paul O’Keeffe held the reins of the league as USAFL President for the first two years of existence struggling mightily with a small cadre of ardent colleagues striving to keep up with the exponential growth of Australian Football in the US. Though elected to serve a second term as USAFL President at the 1998 AGM it is ironic O’Keeffe was unable to even raise his hand to accept the nomination as it was in a sling due to being broken in a match earlier in the day.

At the 1999 AGM Paul stepped down as President, turning to his talents for organization as a background contributor to the continued growth and success of the USAFL. O’Keeffe knew that continued the continued healthy growth and development of Australian Football in the US would only take place with direct involvement of new people, ideas and passion. A largely overlooked but crowning achievement for O’Keeffe and the USAFL was the ratification of the USAFL Constitution at the 2001 Administrator’s Conference. With the implementation of this document, the League had attained the legitimacy of organization wherein the development of Australian Football in the US would be recognized at the international level.

Without question, the state of Australian Football in the US would not be where it is today without the tireless efforts, personal contributions and sacrifice of Paul ”Plugger” O’Keeffe. It is only fitting that Paul be the inaugural inductee to the United States Australian Football League Hall of Fame.

Rich Mann was  a founding member of the Cincinnati Dockers and the USAFL. He served as a committee member and as the League’s President for 7 years. Rich also served as Australian Liaison and was on the organizing committee for the inaugural International Cup in 2002. Rich has been involved in organizing the USAFL National Tournament since 1997. He has played in numerous USAFL Premiership teams, first with the Cincinnati Dockers and more recently with the Denver Bulldogs. He has been named the National Tournament MVP twice. Rich has played over 500 games in his career and served on numerous club and league committees.

Rich has served the League in many forms throughout our first Decade. Rich was the first Vice President of the USAFL and then became the second President at the end of 1999. He was instrumental in running the 1997 through 2001 Nationals, and has been the driving force behind the 2007 Nationals upon his return to the USA. When Rich returned home in 2001 the league took a huge hit, but Rich continued to work tirelessly for the League. He was the Australian Liaison for the USAFL while he was in Australia. The USAFL was excited to have him back in 2006 and look forward to his second round as President starting right after these Nationals are concluded. In addition, Rich has been the runner for the Revolution throughout its entire history and sat on the organizing committee for the inaugural International Cup in Melbourne in 2002. As a player he has won many awards, including being a two-time MVP at Nationals and MVP of the first USA vs Canada game in 1999. He is also being recognized as a player on the USAFL All-Star team of the Decade.

Kevin joined the USAFL in 2006 as a member of the Baltimore-Washington Eagles, when they won the Division 2 Championship.  After several seasons with the Eagle he moved to Seattle where he first played for the Grizzlies in 2013.  Kevin has also been a member of the USA Revolution since 2012.

Kevin works in Seattle as a management consultant, and he spends most of his free time drinking delicious coffee and enjoying life with his wife and infant son.

Brenn has played for the Dallas Magpies since 2006, and has held various roles within that organization from Director of Recruiting to President.  He currently works as an entrepreneur, but has a background in finance, accounting, and sales with various Fortune 500 companies.  

He currently lives in Dallas, TX, and enjoys boxing, mountain biking, and downhill skiing when he's not playing footy.  He is also a proud husband, father of two children, and one Belgian Malinois.

Scott was a founding member of the Columbus Jackaroos back in 2008.  "Scoota" as he is affectionately known, has held various roles within the Jackaroos club including Head Coach, Vice-President and Member-at-Large.  He played junior footy for Jeparit-Rainbow in northwestern Victoria and was a part of the Jackaroos Division Two Championship team in 2013.

Scott currently resides in lovely Columbus, Ohio and works as a Corporate Account Manager for Avnet and moonlights as a DJ.  He enjoys Buckeye sports, sampling Columbus' nightlife and talking walks with his faithful canine companion, Odie.

Karen, a graduate of Fordham University School of Law, has been a player with the New York Lady Magpies since 2009 and currently serves on the board of the New York Magpies.

Jonathan, or “Millsy” as he is known on the field, has been a member of the USAFL since 2002 and currently serves as the first elected President of the United States Australian Football League Umpires Association. 

In 2012, Millsy became just the third non-Australian Field Umpire to be accredited at Level 2.  He was the recipient of the 2011 USAFL Umpire Scholarship and traveled to Australia for the 2011 International Cup.  Career highlights include working as the 4th umpire for the Men’s International Cup 2011 Grand Final at the MCG, field umpire for 2011 International Cup Women’s Grand Final, and field umpire for the Men’s and Women’s 2012 and 2013 49th Parallel Cup Tournaments.  

Millsy is also entering his 34th year as a referee for amateur, high school and college soccer.  He lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife Shelly, and daughter Audrey and works for National General Insurance as a Telecommunication Analyst.

Jess Whisney hails from Minnesota and plays for the Freeze women's team.  She became a member of the Minnesota Freeze in 2011 when she started participating in their highly successful Fitness through Footy program.  Before joining the Freeze, she had learned about Australian Football during a trip to Australia but never dreamed she would one day be playing the game.  She credits the Minnesota Freeze's pathway from Fitness through Footy to Women's Rec Footy and then to the Freeze club team as getting her hooked on footy.  Since joining the Freeze she has become a regular on the back line and in March of 2013 she also took on a leadership role to help the women's team keep on track.  In order to support her footy habit, Jess is employed in the printed electronics business where she is an Office Manager. 

Dustin began playing footy in 2001 with the Dallas Magpies. During his time in Dallas, he held various positions within the club. In 2010 he returned to his hometown of Tulsa, OK and founded the Tulsa Buffaloes and, until this year, was their President. His current efforts with the Buffaloes are focused on recruiting, sponsorships and the creation of a women’s team. Dustin remains committed to growing the sport for men and women in the Central region.

Dustin is the President of Brasel Consulting, a sales and marketing firm, and resides in Tulsa with his wife, Heather.

Andrew has been involved in USA footy since 2007 when he was encouraged to come and have a kick with a few Aussie blokes at the Portland Power (now Steelheads). Feeding off the commerarderie around the club he has participated on the Steelheads board since 2008. In 2009 Andrew pulled out a whistle at Nationals and has since become a USAFL level two umpire and is also treasurer of the USAFL Umpires Association. Professionally, Andrew is a forensic accountant and concentrates his practice on providing expert witness testimony and consulting in the retail securities litigation arena. Andrew grew up in Melbourne, Australia and relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1999.
 

Matt Muller was a founding member of Seattle Grizzlies in 1998, he served more than 13 years as President and is a club co-founder and hall-of‐fame member. In addition to helping found the club, Matt has worked tirelessly for more than a decade turning it from a small group of ex‐pats "having a kick", into one of the top competitive clubs in the USAFL. All the while maintaining focus on it remaining not just a football club, but also an active social organization, raising funds for special needs (helped raise over $12,000 for the 2009 bushfire relief), and ensuring the Grizzlies always remained a club open to all‐ comers. During his tenure, Matt led the Grizzlies to a 2008 USAFL Div II National Championship, a 2nd place 2009 USAFL Div I finish, as well as three regional tournament and six Pacific Northwest conference championships to include the 2011 Portland Stumptown Throwdown. Matt also worked for many years voluntarily building and mantaining the initial US Footy website for which the league is forever grateful.

Steve has volunteered as the trainer to the USA National Teams since 2002. He has supported both the USA Revolution and more recently the USA Freedom at all AFL International Cups and the past four 49th Parallel Cup tournaments. Steve was awarded his Life Time membership during the 2011 International Cup in Melbourne.

Steve has been one of the premier umpires in the league despite coming from Sydney.  Steve started umpiring in 1999. In those early days his city, St Paul, Minnesota, did not have a team so he traveled extensively to umpire. He served as the first Umpires Coordinator and then as the Umpires Coach for 5 years. He has been critical in building the fraternity of umpires – as he is often quoted the “esprit de corps” of umpires.

Mike has the distinguished honor of starting two clubs in the USA. He started Nashville prior to the forming of the USAFL and then when moving to Atlanta in the late 90’s took it upon himself to kick-start the Atlanta Club. Mike is the current coach of the Atlanta Kookaburras Club. Mike was one of the people involved in the famous meeting behind “the barn” that started the USAFL. He is also one of only two people to play in every National Championships. Mike represents everything that is right about a club based organization.

Jim Baldwin starting playing footy as a founding member of the Denver Bulldogs.  Some of his career highlights include

  • Playing 125 consecutive games for Denver
  • Denver Bulldogs Life Member and Ruckman for their Team of the Decade (1998 to 2008)
  • Six time premiership player
  • Member of the American Revolution in 1999, 2000 and 2001, He made the trip to London as part of the team than competed in the Atlantic Alliance Cup.
  • Represented the West in the USAFL East/West All Star Games in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Jim is a testament of the passion that Americans feel for game.

Alan has been one of the premier coaches within the USAFL through its first ten years. He coached and played with Boston for many years, before his work moved him to Houston. Alan was also the American Revolution coach for the 2005 International Cup. Alan was a galvanizing force for the Revolution and brought the players together to create a great Revo team. He took the team to third at that Cup. Alan has also been recognized as the Revolution Coach of the Decade. Alan is an exceptional player and also made the starting 18 of the USAFL All-Star team of the Decade.

Paul was the first Secretary of the USAFL and is an unsung hero of the early years. Without Paul’s effort the League would not have been able to grow during those first few crucial years. During the first full AGM on the burgeoning League, in 1998, Paul was the first to step forward to help. Paul’s sporting background was surfing and he had been involved with the administration of many surf clubs in Australia. He knew what it took to make a volunteer organization work. He translated his administration skills perfectly to footy. Paul represents all the people that were involved with the league in the very early years; the people that helped get footy established and did it without any fanfare.

John is one of the Founding Fathers of footy in America, another member of the barn boys. He was involved in launching the Louisville club back in 1996 and was instrumental in organizing and playing in the first game between Louisville and Cincinnati. John had a vision for footy in America that we are living today. Part of that vision has been fulfilled with the Nationals coming back to Louisville, celebrating a decade of Australian Rules Football in the USA. John has the distinction of being the person that was directly responsible for getting Plugger involved with footy in the USA. Unfortunately, John can not be with us tonight as he passed away well before his time.  His wife, Laura, is present tonight to accept this award on John’s behalf. In addition, the USAFL Division 1 Cup has been named the John Harrell Cup in John’s honor.

Tyler started playing footy in California with the Orange County Bombers while working in Hollywood on projects such as Game of Chance (2012), The Last House on the Left (2009) and Size Matters (2008).  When he relocated to his home state of Iowa, he co-founded the Des Moines Roosters.

Entering his 12th year in the USAFL, Seb has had the privilege to wear the Golden Gate Roos (2004-2005), the Dallas Magpies (2006-2008) and the Orange County Bombers (2009-2015) jumpers, competing in 100+ games and 10 National Championships. Seb eventually took on the OC Bombers President’s role in 2011 with emphasis on building a solid non-profit organization and recruiting sponsors to support the club for years to come.

Steve was born in Tasmania, Australia and has been playing Aussie Rules Football since the early 1980’s. During his 20 years of playing football in Australia he held various leadership and administrative positions. Steve played the 2015 season with the Tulsa Buffaloes, and is looking forward to promoting the growth of the game in the central region including Arkansas where he currently resides with his wife Carrie and their 3 children.

Steve has a degree as a Civil/Structural Engineer. He is currently the Executive Vice President of Prospect Steel Company, a structural steel fabricator located in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Brian Barrish discovered Australian Football as a teenager in 1995, when he found an AFL highlights show while channel surfing.  Though has followed the game religiously though the internet since then, it wasn’t until 2008 that he got involved with his local USAFL club, the Philadelphia Hawks.  He played a total of 61 games over seven seasons with the Hawks before retiring as a player in 2014.  He has served as secretary and media manager with Philadelphia since 2009, and helped grow the club’s online footprint with game reports and social media involvement.

Brian joined the USAFL as its media manager towards the end of the 2014 season. In this role, manages the league’s social media accounts and correspondence, and writes articles documenting the league’s activities.  His goal is to increase engagement between the league and its players and fans, and bring not only the USAFL but the game of Aussie Rules to a wider audience.  He also gets to occasionally live out his childhood dream of being a sports announcer by providing play-by-play commentary for USAFL matches at regional and national tournaments.

In addition to his duties with the USAFL, Brian also provides commentary and analysis for Stateside Footy TV, Girls Play Footy, and The Footy Gospel Podcast.  Previously, he was an editor, writer, and podcaster for The Soccer Desk, where he covered soccer and rugby.

Brian and his wife Chelsea live in suburban Philadelphia with their dog and some cats.

Jon hails from working-class Pennsylvania from a long line of stone masons known as cutters. Growing up, Jon was obsessed with competitive bicycle racing especially Italian racers.  This lead to him earning the nickname "Sergio" and shortly after graduating high school, he competed in a bike race that featured a guest professional Italian cycling team, However, the Italians become irked when Jon was able to keep up with them. One of them jammed a tire pump in his wheel, causing him to crash. Although disillusioned with cycling, Jon agrees to join a group of non-cycling friends in a 500 mile relay race at a local university.

Jon ws so much better than the other competitors in the Little 500 that, while the college teams switched cyclists every few laps, he rode without a break and built up a sizable lead. However, he is injured in a crash and had to stop. After some hesitation, his teammates take turns pedaling, but soon the Cutters' lead vanishes. Finally Jon had them tape his feet to the pedals and starts to make up lost ground; he overtakes the leader on the last lap and claiming victory for the Cutters.

After giving up competitive cycling, Jon turned to Australian Football at the urging of his friend Mac.  Jon is also a man of the arts and describes his true passion as serving as lighting director for a local production named "The Nightman Cometh".

Scott was born in Alabama and grew up in North Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University before beginning a career in Information Technology with IBM. He currently works as a Senior Technical Program Manager for NetApp in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Scott has been playing Australian Rules football since 2001 with the North Carolina Tigers and has held various organizational roles within the Tigers club. He certified for USAFL umpiring in 2009 and was part of the umpiring crew for the Women’s division Grand Final in that year.

Scott retired from playing club rugby in 2013 from the Eno River Rugby Football Club. He was also a USA Rugby certified coach and referee. 

Originally from Geelong, Australia, David has played Australian Rules Football on 3 continents over the past 30 years with the last 7 being in Houston, Texas. 

His football club administration experience includes member of the West London Wildcats AFC Committee in the UK from 2002-2003.  More recently he has served as president of the Houston Lonestars since 2014.  David received the Paul O'Keefe Administrators award in 2015 and 2016. 

He was elected to the USAFL executive board as Central Region Vice President for the 2018 season.  Within the Executive Board, David is chairman of the USAFL Development Committee.

Will currently works for Avery Dennison and lives in Portland, OR.  He started playing footy with the Milwaukee Bombers in 2002.  He then moved to Louisville, KY and played there until moving to Portland in 2009.  He has been on the board or a president of both Louisville and Portland.  Will holds a Master's in International Management from Portland State University.  He  teaches Materials Sourcing at Portland State University in the athletic, outdoor apparel and footwear division.

Dale or "Diesel" is originally from rural Victoria and played football for 15 seasons; for Daylesford in the Ballarat Football League, and Hepburn in the Central Highlands Football League. Dale moved to St Paul, Minnesota in 1998, is married with two children and works as a Senior Engineer for an aerospace manufacturing company. In 2005 he became one of the founding members of the Minnesota Freeze, and served that club as President, Assistant Coach, and player throughout two of its National Championships. Dale retired from playing in 2011 at the age of 46, but continued with his passion for footy as Head Coach of the Freeze Women's team.

John is a former Australian Rules footballer who played with the Sydney Swans and Fitzroy Lions in the VFL/AFL. He made his debut at East Perth in the Western Australian Football League as a 200cm ruckman in 1980 and won a Sandover Medal for his efforts in the 1983 season. The following year he was recruited by Sydney where he spent three seasons before joining Fitzroy. Injuries restricted his on-field time for Fitzroy but he managed 43 games to bring his league tally to 88 games. He also represented Western Australia at interstate football on four occasions during his career and New South Wales once.<

John now lives just outside Denver, Colorado, but while living in California in the late 1990's he helped found the Santa Cruz Roos, now known as ;the Golden Gate Australian Football League.

Toy is a native of Victoria. He has been playing and coaching at the Golden Gate Roos in San Francisco for a number of years.<

Troy has been a part of the USA Freedom coaching staff since 2011 and as a long time member of the Carlton Blues Football Club was able to arrange for the men's and women's US teams to train at the Blues training facility, Princes Park, during the 2011 International Cup in Melbourne.

Tara grew up in the Australian sporting town of Wagga Wagga and was an avid AFL and Sydney Swans supporter. It wasn’t until she moved to San Francisco 2010 that she joined the Golden Gate AFL league and started playing footy through the establishment of the San Francisco Iron Maidens women’s team in 2012. 

After a stint playing with both the local and USA Liberty squads, Tara turned her attention to coaching and has helped take the Iron Maidens to three USAFL Championship games as Assistant Coach – raising the cup as National winners in 2016. 

Tara focused on player selection and development for the Freedom and Liberty teams for the 2014 IC in Melbourne and has stepped into USA Freedom Assistant Coach role for the 2017 International Cup. Her day job is Director, Online Marketing at Aconex – but “footy coach” is more fun to say. 

Having played his youth football for Montmorency of the Northern Football League in suburban Melbourne, Seow was recruited as a teenager to play for Collingwood’s U19s.  In addition to playing for the senior side under legendary coach Leigh Matthews, he represented Victoria in the U17 Teal Cup and Australia’s U18 tour of Ireland.  After six seasons at Victoria Park, he spent a year at the University of North Carolina, attempting to make the gridiron team as a wide receiver, then as a strong safety, before returning home for a two-year stint with the Melbourne Demons.

After retiring from pro footy, Seow moved to Shanghai before heading to Washington, DC two years ago.  There, he joined the Baltimore-Washington Eagles in a player-coach role, and took over the head coaching position of the Lady Eagles team.  Last year, the Lady Eagles sent a record number of players to Nationals, as they combined with Boston to finish fourth in the Women’s Division 2 field.

Hailing from South Australia, Richard is a diehard Adelaide Crows fan who is still recovering from last year's (2017) tragic Grand Final result. He is currently based in Denver where we works in what can loosely be described as 'sales' and on occasion is permitted to run around for the Bulldogs B's accumulating 1%ers. Richard looks forward to seeing AFL continue to grow in US and other new markets.

Tegan was born in country Victoria, Australia and spent her formative years watching football and being involved in the local football club through netball. Tegan moved to Seattle in 2014. Discovering her love of playing the game with the Seattle Grizzlies, she eventually took up the position as Vice President of the club. Tegan is passionate about the international growth of AFL as well as women’s development.