Doren James

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 nationals programs including 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. 

Doren 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 before becoming USAFL Tournament Director in 2010 and Executive Director in 2017. He currently resides in Memphis, TN.


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YearUSAFL RolePositionResignedGrade
2010 to 2017
Operations Manager
2013 to 2022
National Tournament Director
2018 to 2022
Executive Director
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