Colorado Venom announce coaching staff
Loveland, CO--The Colorado Venom of the National Indoor Football League are pleased to announce the hiring of its inaugural coaching staff as announced by head coach Ron Mondt Tuesday, Feb. 3.
Heading the list of coaches is local product Daryl Moe (Littleton, Colo.), being named to the staff as offensive coordinator. Moe, a 1992 graduate of Littleton High School, went on to play his collegiate ball at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., earning Small College All-American and three-time All-Conference honors during his collegiate career. In 1996, he began his coaching career as the offensive line coach at his alma mater. After receiving his B.A. in Sports Management from Tabor in 1997, Moe spent time with the Metropolitan Wolverines and Denver Titans before returning to Littleton HS for four years as the offensive line/linebackers coach. Moe accepted his first head coaching job at Academy Charter High School in 2001, and subsequently led the Wildcats to their first varsity football win. Before accepting the offensive coordinator position with the Venom, he was also the offensive coordinator at Regis Jesuit High School.
Garrett Williams, the squad's inaugural defensive coordinator, comes to the Venom from Fort Collins High School where he has been employed as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach since 2003. Prior to his time with Fort Collins HS, Williams coached linebackers and safeties at Eastern New Mexico University where he also received his M.S. in Sports Administration in 2003. During his playing days, Williams played linebacker on two Lone Star Conference Division Championship teams while earning All-Lone Star Conference honors in 2000.
Scott Darnell, a seven-year veteran of the high school and professional coaching ranks, has been acquired as the Venom's defensive line coach/director of football operations. Most recently as the head coach of the No. 6-ranked Denver Titans, a semiprofessional football club in Denver, Darnell led his teams to back-to-back Colorado Football Conference Championships, including a stellar 38-3 overall record during his tenure. Under his leadership, the Titans won their first national bowl game, the Battle on the Plains Bowl, blanking their opponent, 58-0. Darnell's previous coaching experience includes stints with Regis Jesuit High School, Adams City High School, the Colorado Bulldogs, Littleton High School and the Metropolitan Wolverines.
"I am extremely excited about the group of coaches that we are bringing in," said head coach Ron Mondt. "They are all local guys that have ties to the community and bring with them a wealth of playing and coaching experience. We'll be able to use their local resources to make the Venom successful both on and off the field."
The Venom will be holding open tryouts for the 2004 season Sunday, February 8 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Fort Collins High School gym, located at 3400 Lambkin Way in Fort Collins.
Registration for the tryouts will begin at 9 a.m. The fee for trying out is $50 (cash only), and participants will receive a free t-shirt as part of the process. Participants are asked to come ready to work out and please wear tennis shoes (no turf shoes); kicker tryouts will be held at a later date to be announced. Participants will be asked to do a variety of speed, strength and agility drills, which will be evaluated by team staff.
Venom season tickets are on sale now, with prices ranging from $70 to $245 for the complete 7-game home schedule.
For more information regarding season tickets, please call the Colorado Venom front office at 970-206-4889. For information about the NIFL, please visit the league Website at www.NationalIndoorFootballLeage.net.
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