Press Box,National Teams

USA Football announces U.S. Under-18 assistants

Steve Alic, Director of Communications Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:05am


Staff will work under Chris Metzger of Pinehurst (N.C.) Pinecrest High School in game against Team Canada

Seven men representing five states have been selected to serve as assistant coaches for the 2013 U.S. Under-18 National team, assembled by USA Football.

Team USA is led by CHRIS METZGER of Pinehurst (N.C.) Pinecrest High School. The U-18 National Team will compete Feb. 6 in Austin, Texas, as part of the fourth annual International Bowl festivities. The International Bowl is an annual competition that unites 64 countries spanning six continents that are part of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF).

Members of Metzger’s U.S. National Team coaching staff include:

  • PAUL HOGGARD, Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond High School
  • MIKE JINKS, Cibolo (Texas) Steele High School
  • JARED JOHNSON, Schertz (Texas) Samuel Clemens High School
  • DAVE MENCARINI, Rockville (Md.) Quince Orchard High School
  • ANTWON MURCHISON, Pinecrest High School
  • CHRIS SLADE, Pace Academy in Atlanta
  • JASON SPARKS, Portsmouth (Ohio) High School
  • MIKE VOGT, Pinecrest High School High School

The Metzger-led U.S. Under-18 National Team, composed of top high school juniors from across the nation, will face Team Canada. Team USA U-19 and U-16 teams also will compete that week. The U.S. Under-19 National Team will take on an IFAF World Team that represents IFAF’s 63 member federations outside the United States.Team USA players and coaches are selected by USA Football. A full roster will be announced in the following days.

Metzger is 33-19 since taking over in 2007 at Pinecrest, leading the team to the playoffs each season. Metzger took over a program that had won just 12 games in the previous 10 seasons. He also was the head coach at Lely High School in Naples, Fla., and was an assistant at schools in Florida, Maryland and Kentucky. Metzger has served as the U.S. defensive coordinator at Under-19 National Trials and as a head coach for the U.S. Under-15 National Team last June in Austin.

International Bowl games are recognized as a U.S. National Team competition by the NCAA and state high school associations. They are not all-star games. International Bowl participation does not count toward a high school senior football player’s limit of two postseason events. Visit the event’s website at

USA Football’s national team program is supported by corporate partners Marriott, Riddell, Sports Authority, Rawlings, Gatorade, Upper Deck, Shock Doctor, Cutters and St. Vincent Sports Performance.

About USA Football: USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, hosts dozens of football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent non-profit is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams, the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Mid-American Conference and the Patriot League. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and awards $1 million annually in equipment grants to youth and high school football programs based on merit and need. Endowed by the NFL and the NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.