Under 23 Revolution

LeHigh Valley Crocs' Head Coach, Rob Giabardo, has been named Head Coach of the U23 Revolution team to attend the Arafura Games in Darwin next May. The selection committee of Denis Ryan (Revolution Head Coach), Scott Nicholas (Revolution Assistant Coach) and Seth McElvaney (SEAFL President), had a very difficult choice, with four qualified nominees, 3 of whom are current USAFL head coaches. However, the committee felt Rob was the best person for the job. Paul OKeeffe stepped down from the committee because Milwaukees Head Coach, Colin Langley, was one of the applicants. Chris Adams stepped down for personal reasons.

Rob's coaching experience includes head coach of the Crocs and the New York Magpies, as well as track and field and varsity soccer coach in the Nazareth Area School District. Rob has coached four current Revolution players. Revolution player and AFL Scholarship player, Dustin Jones, described Rob has being one of the most important influences on his footy career. As a player, Rob made the St. Kilda development squad before breaking a shoulder. He also played with the Hampton Rovers and was a player/coach for the South Mildura reserves. Rob holds a Masters of Science degree and is a trained high school, elementary school and special education teacher.

The player application deadline has been EXTENDED to OCTOBER 11TH. A panel consisting of the U23 Revolution Head Coach, the U23 Revolution Assistant Coach, the USAFL Coach/Player Development Officer, and the USAFL Junior Strategy Officer will be reviewing applicants and making a recommendation to the USAFL Board. Selections to the squad will be announced Monday, October 21. All players must have registered by midnight October 11th, by applying on the usfooty website:

The cost of the tour package is estimated to be $2698. (Deposit of $500 due on November 1.) Included in this package is: roundtrip airfare from a US "Gateway
City" (New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles), 2 meals per day in Australia, 9 nights backpacker accommodations in Darwin, end of Games trip to Cairns (2 nights backpacker accommodations) and the Great Barrier Reef (all snorkeling equipment provided). Fund raising opportunities will be provided.

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