Press Box,National Teams

Seven assistant coaches added to U.S. Men's National Team coaching staff

Steve Alic, Director of Communication Wed, 04/20/2011 - 9:40am

Seven position coaches, all with college football coaching experience, have been selected to serve on the coaching staff of the 2011 U.S. Men’s National Team, assembled by USA Football. The team will compete July 8-16 in Austria among a field of eight national teams spanning four continents at the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Senior World Championship.

Team USA’s coaching staff is led by former Northwest Missouri State University head coach and three-time NCAA Division II national champion MEL TJEERDSMA (pronounced “CHURCH-ma”). University of Mount Union (Ohio) head coach LARRY KEHRES (pronounced “CARE-us”) is the offensive coordinator, and former University of Illinois head coach LOU TEPPER is the defensive coordinator.

USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States and is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams.

Fifty-nine (59) countries across five continents possess national football federations dedicated solely to football.

U.S. Men’s National Team Coaching Staff




Mel Tjeerdsma

Head coach

Former Northwest Missouri State head coach

Larry Kehres

Offensive coordinator

Mount Union (Ohio) head coach

Lou Tepper

Defensive coordinator

Former Illinois head coach

Steve Bernstein

Defensive backs

Former Virginia secondary coach

Derrick Williams

Defensive backs

Mary-Hardin Baylor (Texas) secondary coach

Matt Webb

Defensive line

Southeastern Louisiana defensive coordinator

Erik Raeburn

Offensive line

Wabash (Ind.) head coach

Mickey Joseph

Running backs

Langston (Okla.) offensive line coach

Adam Austin


Midwestern State (Texas) quarterbacks coach

Jordan Brown

Tight ends/Football Ops

Hastings (Neb.) defensive line coach

Tjeerdsma led Northwest Missouri State to a 183-43 (.810) record in 17 seasons at Northwest Missouri State. He was among the first three coaches inducted into the NCAA Division II College Football Hall of Fame before retiring in 2010.

“These men are excellent teachers and football coaches. Our players will enjoy playing for them and I look forward to working beside them,” Tjeerdsma said. “We will be well prepared to compete against the world’s best in football in Austria.”

Forty-five (45) U.S. players will take part in a training camp June 28 to July 4 before departing for Austria. As the sport’s national governing body, participation in USA Football’s national team program does not affect NCAA eligibility. U.S. Men’s National Team players must be at least 20 years old.

The United States is part of Group A along with Australia, Germany and Mexico. Group B includes Austria, Canada, France and Japan. A round robin schedule in group play determines who will compete for gold and bronze medals.

U.S. Men’s National Team Schedule:




July 8

United States vs. Australia

9:00 a.m. ET

July 10

Germany vs. United States

1:00 p.m. ET

July 12

United States vs. Mexico

1:00 p.m. ET

*Games above will be played in Innsbruck, Austria

2011 IFAF Senior World Championship Medal Round Schedule:




July 15

Bronze Medal Game

1:00 p.m. ET

July 16

Gold Medal Game

1:00 p.m. ET

*Games above will be played in Vienna, Austria

About USA Football

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players.The independent non-profit hosts more than 80 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football’s chairman.