The Menomonie Thunderhawks semi-pro football team has announced the top spots on its 2016 coaching staff. Taking over as Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator is Bob Brown while assuming the role as Defensive Coordinator is Jayme Schulner. Brown and Schulner replace last year’s Head Coach Matt Pope, Offensive Coordinator Donnie Kuehn, and Defensive Coordinator Ben Graese.
Head Coach Bob Brown is an example of the Thunderhawks continuing to appreciate “home cooking” as he returns to the Thunderhawks where he played running back two years ago. In addition to playing for the Thunderhawks, Brown also played a stint with the (now defunct) Eau Claire Crush. Brown played four years of college football at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and four years of high school football in Madison, Florida. He has been an assistant football coach at Thorp High School and Altoona High School. Brown is currently employed by the Altoona School District.
According to Brown, even though this year’s Thunderhawks are relatively young, there is quality talent and he expects that the Thunderhawks will challenge for the NEFL Eastern Division title and a spot in the Elite Bowl next August.
Schulner is excited to get going installing his new defensive schemes. He got his start playing football right here in the Chippewa Valley by playing four years at New Auburn High School. From there, Schulner went to Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota (just west of the Twin Cities), where he played fullback for two years before knee injuries ended his playing days. Following his knee injuries, Schulner became an intern defensive coordinator at Crown College. He later became the Defensive Line Coach and then General Manager for the Eau Claire Crush. He is currently employed with the Minnesota Department of Corrections
The Thunderhawks are currently filling out their 2016 roster as well as position coaches. Regular practices for the 2016 season will begin in February with the first pre-season game set for April 30 at Williams Stadium in Menomonie when the Thunderhawks take on the South Metro Patriots from Burnsville, Minnesota. Kick-off is set for noon.
|April 30||S. Metro Patriots||Williams Stadium||12:00|
|May 7||@ Fox Valley Force||Appleton, WI||12:00|
|May 14||CV Predators||Williams Stadiium||12:00|
|May 21||@ River City Rough Riders||Winona, MN||12:00|
|June 4||@ Rochester Bills||Rochester, MN||12:00|
|June 11||MN Valley Warriors||Williams Stadium||12:00|
|June 18||River City Rough Riders||Williams Stadium||12:00|
|July 4||@ CV Predators||Carson Park, Eau Claire||6:00|
|July 9||Fox Valley Force||Williams Stadium||12:00|
|July 16||Rochester Bills||Williams stadium||12:00|
|July 30||Playoffs||Wild Card||TBA|
|Aug 13||Elite Bowl||TBA||TBA|
Special thanks to Thunderhawks and supporters, Bob Brown, Ryan Casper, Bobby Ahlers, Derek Casper, Matt Sanders, Rick Olson, Old Peterson, Kyle Dye, and Samantha Criego for their help in providing security at the Chippewa Valley Roller Girls on Nov. 21st
We will be hosting our first combine/workout for the 2016 season at the Menomonie High School Field House on December 12th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
We are looking for talented athletes and experienced football players to help us build a championship caliber team.
Let us know you are interested in our Facebook event.