5 Year Club
The 5 Year Club
The Evansville Junior Football League is proud of its unpaid staff and volunteers. Through the years, many have come and many have gone but there are those that stayed to give beyond the call of duty. It is that team spirit that you learn in a good football program and it is a good influence to have in everyone's lives. We stop to commemorate those who have given their time and talents to make the Evansville Junior Football League the best junior football league program ever!
As an adolescent, I played at the Evansville Junior Football League during the years of 1983-1984 under then Lions Coach Randy Babb. When I left the EJFL for Reitz Cub, I never turned to look back for another 30 years. Returning 30 years later to Johnson Field with my now step-son by my side was quite nostalgic to me. Especially when I discovered that my old coach, Randy Babb was still in full swing with the EJFL league. And so much had changed. Two playing fields, 2 divisions, 20 teams, and a full schedule of football games every Saturday for 10 weeks straight! It is a football dads dream Saturday come true!
Add that I got to see a bunch of my high school friends and family with their kids in the football league was also quite rewarding. I have rekindled some old relationships and made some new ones. And I just love what this league does for our kids and the City of Evansville.
And with all of this going on, I was amazed that they had not put their schedule, their rules, their forms, on a website somewhere where everybody could enjoy the most of what this league was doing. I am not one to complain...and not volunteer as well. And one of my complaints was that this league was TOO BIG not to have a web presence. And that is how I became involved. Today, I perform all of the web management duties and participate in a few of the Board meetings through the year to help organize and administer the will of the league.
As many of you know, this is my 6th and last year at Evansville Jr. Football League. During my time at EJFL, I’ve come into contact with many wonderful people. I truly believe that this is what sets this organization apart from any that attempt to be like it. While there are many that come into this program and try to help for a short period of time, as I have, there is still a hand full that have been here for much longer. A few, even from the very beginning of its existence. It’s hard to find an organization that still holds some of its founding members after 42 years.
This organization is modern enough to accept changes when they are necessary, and yet old fashioned enough to hold the core values it began with over 42 years ago. I’ve met many coaches, commissioners and Board Members during my time here. It would be impossible to name them all, but I learned something from every one of them. It may have even been about myself, but nonetheless a lesson. I want to thank all of the EJFL Board members, Commissioners, Coaches, Parents and of course the players, for your patients and attentiveness. My only goal was to at least keep this organization headed into a progressive direction and hopefully have a positive effect on it. I truly consider my time here to have been an Honor & a Privilege to serve such a group, and can tell you, that I have many fun EJFL memories and friends that will last forever. I leave knowing that EJFL will be in great hands for the future with some super people that are ready and willing to keep it moving in the right direction. Thank you again to a wonderful group of people that make this such a special organization.
I decided to coach at EJFL because I wanted stay involved with football after I was done playing. I played at EJFL when I was in the 6th/7th grade. I also played in high school and college, and felt that I, along with my assistant coaches, could pass along to these young men how to play football with fundamentals and passion for the game.
I have coached the Colts for the last 5 years. My first year coaching was as an assistant, and the last four years as a head coach. All of our coaches strive to teach the basic fundamentals of football. I preach to my kids every day that we must Think, Block, and Tackle. When we complete these three tasks every day, and every game, we will be competitive.
The league continues to focus on improvement to make sure we are achieving the most benefit for each and every child that participates.