The Port Arthur News
Port Neches-Groves (Texas) High School head coach BRANDON FAIRCLOTH and assistant head coach and offensive coordinator JOE DALE CARY both have been named assistant coaches for the 2013 Under-19 U.S. National Team, assembled by USA Football.
Faircloth will serve as the National Team’s offensive coordinator. Cary will coach the offensive line.
Team USA is led by head coach AARON BRADY of Washington, D.C., Gonzaga College High School. The U-19 National Team will compete in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 5 in the fourth International Bowl. The International Bowl is an annual competition that unites the 64 nations spanning six continents that are part of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). The IFAF World Team is comprised of players age 19-and-under from outside the United States.
Faircloth has a 28-18 overall record in the four years since being named the head coach of the Indians. In his first year, Faircloth helped Port Neches-Groves record its first undefeated season since 1977, becoming only the third coach in team history to achieve that mark.
The Indians won a district championship, two bi-district championships and captured their first area championship since 1999 during Faircloth’s first three years. He has been selected as Dave Campbell’s 4A Coach of the Year, Beaumont Enterprise Super Gold Coach of the Year, PA News Coach of the Year and District 20-4A Coach of the Year. Faircloth also was the offensive coordinator for Team USA in 2010.
“Wearing the ‘USA’ logo across my chest and representing my country through the game of football will always be a highlight of my career,” Faircloth said.”We had a great experience in 2011. We did some work with Aaron Brady at Gonzaga College High School last summer. We went up there and did a coaching clinic with them. He invited us to be part of this staff and we were glad to be a part of it again.”
Fairlcoth said working with coaches from around the nation was a great experience and gave him ideas not just for his football team, but also to help all parts of the Indians program.
“It is a huge, huge help,” Fairlcoth said. ” We got a chance to work with guys from Colorado, California, DC and Florida. We met some really incredible coaches. It was a great opportunity to share ideas , but not just about football. It was in all aspects of the program from the offseason to grade checks, just everything with your program.”
Cary has spent the last four seasons at Port Neches-Groves. Since his coaching debut in 2000 at Harker Heights High School in Killeen, Texas, Cary has spent extensive time teaching offensive lineman at various stops throughout his career, including Aledo (Texas) High School, where he helped the Bearcats win two district championships and advance to the state semifinals in 2006 and 2007.
“Coaching for Team USA is an opportunity of a lifetime for a high school coach,” Cary said. “I have the opportunity to not only work with some of the best athletes and coaches in the country but also to represent this great nation playing a sport it loves. I am extremely honored to have ‘USA’ across my chest as a coach.”
The other special part of working with this team is developing relationships with players from across the nation. Two of the players from the 2011 team are current Stanford starting quarterback Kevin Hogan, who played for Brady at Gonzaga College HS, and Texas running back Joe Bergeron, who played at North Mesquite.
“The QB on that team in 2011 is at Stanford,” Faircloth said. “And the RB is Joe Bergeron. I talked with (Hogan) all year, texted him to congratulate him on stuff. With opportunities like this, you make friends for life with both coaches and the players. You become a pretty good family during that week of preparation.”
2013 Under-19 U.S. National Team coaching staff:
AARON BRADY, Washington, D.C., Gonzaga College High School, head coach
BRANDON FAIRCLOTH, Port Neches-Groves (Texas) High School, offensive
DANNY COWGILL, Foley (Ala.) High School, defensive coordinator
MARC BEACH, Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze High School, defensive assistant
JOE DALE CARY, Port Neches-Groves (Texas) High School, offensive line
DOUG COSBIE, Former Dallas Cowboys tight end, tight ends
CLAUDE MATHIS, DeSoto (Texas) High School, offensive assistant
RON RICE, Former Detroit Lions safety, secondary
Forty-five U.S. high school seniors will take the field for Team USA. The International Bowl is recognized as a U.S. National Team competition by the NCAA and is not an all-star game. International Bowl participation does not count toward a high school senior football player’s limit of two postseason competitions.
USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States and is the official football development partner of the NFL, the NFL Players Association, each of the NFL’s 32 teams and college football’s Atlantic Coast Conference.
The IFAF World Team is led by head coach TUOMAS HEIKKINEN of Finland. Heikkinen was the World Team’s defensive backs coach in 2011 and 2012, and the five-time Coach of the Year in Finland was inducted into the Finnish American Football Federation Hall of Fame in 2008.
USA Football’s national team program is supported by corporate partners Cutters Gloves, Gatorade, Marriott, Rawlings, Riddell, St. Vincent Sports Performance, Shock Doctor, Sports Authority and Upper Deck.
U.S. Under-19 National Team roster:
No Name Pos Ht Wt High school Hometown College verbal
1 Jourdan Lewis DB 5-10 159 Cass Tech Detroit, Mich. Michigan
2 Shane Cockerille QB 6-2 205 Gilman School Baltimore, Md. Maryland
3 Devin Butler DB 6-1 179 Gonzaga College Washington, D.C. Notre Dame
4 Justin Bridges-Thompson LB 6-2 195 Spartanburg Spartanburg,
5 Ryan Jenkins WR 5-10 179 Lassiter Marietta, Ga. Clemson
6 Ishmael Hyman WR 6-0 170 St. John Vianney Holmdel, N.J. Kansas
7 Rodney Adams WR 6-1 166 Lakewood St. Petersburg, Fla. Undecided
8 Fred Ross WR 6-1 200 John Tyler Tyler, Texas Oklahoma State
9 Deric Robertson DB 6-2 195 Killeen Killeen, Texas Oklahoma State
10 Shaquem Griffin DB 6-1 183 Lakewood St. Petersburg, Fla. Central Florida
11 Taurean Ferguson DB 5-9 170 Jonesboro Jonesboro, Ga. Vanderbilt
12 Anu Solomon QB 6-1 202 Bishop Gorman Las Vegas, Nev. Arizona
13 Delando Johnson LB 6-2 180 Calvert Hall Towson, Md. Undecided
14 Chevoski Collins WR 6-0 190 Livingston Livingston, Texas Texas
15 Matthew McCrane K/P 5-11 165 Brownwood Brownwood, Texas Kansas State
17 Doug Randolph LB 6-3 237 Woodberry Forest Richmond, Va. Notre Dame
18 Lewis Neal DL 6-1 232 Hunt Wilson, N.C. LSU
20 Marco DelVecchio DB 5-11 185 Bishop Hendricken Warwick, R.I. Undecided
21 Tere Calloway DB 5-11 185 Seattle Prep Seattle, Wash. Undecided
22 Chase Abbington RB 6-4 210 Fort Zumwalt South St. Peters, Mo. Missouri
23 Damien Haskins RB 5-9 213 New Boston New Boston, Texas Oregon State
24 Shaquill Griffin DB 6-0 184 Lakewood St. Petersburg, Fla. Central Florida
30 Samuel Douglas LB 6-2 185 Arlington Arlington, Texas TCU
32 Khalid Hill TE 6-2 230 East English Village Prep Detroit, Mich. Michigan
34 Terrell Newby RB 5-10 180 Chaminade College West Hills, Calif. Undecided
40 Ben Gedeon LB 6-3 215 Hudson Hudson, Ohio Michigan
50 Donovan Munger OL 6-4 290 Shaker Heights Shaker Heights, Ohio Ohio State
51 David Dawson OL 6-4 282 Cass Tech Detroit, Mich. Undecided
54 Cory Jasudowich LB 6-2 235 Cheshire Academy Cheshire, Conn. Connecticut
56 Matthew Miller OL 6-5 260 St. Johnís Jesuit Maumee, Ohio Wisconsin
57 Wyatt Teller DL 6-4 264 Liberty Bealeton, Va. Virginia Tech
58 Joshua Outlaw OL 6-4 290 Martin Luther King Decatur, Ga. Undecided
60 Austin Droogsma OL 6-4 305 Gulf Breeze Gulf Breeze, Fla. Undecided
61 Aubry Beal OL 6-1 285 DeSoto DeSoto, Texas Undecided
66 Jacob Hyde DL 6-2 313 Clay County Manchester, Ky. Kentucky
70 Ben Hughes DL 6-2 310 University Waco, Texas Oklahoma State
72 Jake Campos OL 6-7 250 Valley West Des Moines, Iowa Iowa State
75 Andrew Billings DL 6-1 305 Waco Waco, Texas Undecided
78 Jake Thomas OL 6-6 305 Columbus Columbus, Miss. Mississippi State
79 Jack Kurzu OL 6-4 313 Mary Institute Country Day St. Louis, Mo. Oklahoma
81 Derrick Willies WR 6-3 190 Rock Island Rock Island, Ill. Iowa
88 Quincy Adeboyejo WR 6-3 175 Cedar Hill Cedar Hill, Texas Texas A&M
92 Vincent Taylor DL 6-3 277 Madison San Antonio, Texas Oklahoma State
99 Tevin Montgomery DL 6-5 295 Tabor Academy Marion, Mass. Boston College