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Haymakers Hire Kerwin and Jones to Coaching Staff

August 2, 2013 - Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) - Lincoln Haymakers News Release

Lincoln, NE - The Haymakers continue to build their coaching staff this week by bringing James Kerwin and Bob Jones to Lincoln. Coach Kerwin will fill the Defensive Coordinator position while Coach Bob Jones will coach the Offensive and Defensive Lineman. Both coaches combined bring decades of experience to the organization with the hopes to elevate player production from the 4-8 record posted in 2013.

Defensive Coordinator James Kerwin joins the Haymakers after serving as the Co-Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator for the Omaha Beef of the CPIFL the last six seasons. Kerwin has an impressive indoor football resume holding positions for the Lincoln Lightning, Green Bay Blizzard, Evansville Bluecats, Tennessee Thundercats and Kansas Koyotes. While leading the Lightning and Thundercats Defenses, both teams finished with #1 ranked Defensive units in their respective leagues. In 2001, Kerwin's Defense led the Thundercats to a league championship over the Omaha Beef. Kerwin's experience also stretches into the college ranks where he held positions at Doane College, Midland University, Emporia State and Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Coach Kerwin played college football for the University of Nebraska and Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

History speaks for itself as Kerwin will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the Haymakers talented defensive unit in 2014. As a Lexington, Nebraska native, Bob Jones played high school football under current Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez giving him an impressive start to his football career. Coach Jones' playing career concluded at Kearney State University where he graduated with both his Bachelors and Masters degrees. Jones' coaching career started out as an assistant offensive line coach for the University of Nebraska. Jones enjoyed success at North Dakota State where he helped guide the Bison to a Division II National Championship. With his high school coaching experience in the state of Texas, Jones peaked talent levels at schools such as Converse Judson in San Antonio, where he helped win a Texas State Championship in 1995 and State Runner-up in 1996. Jones' other stops came at Fort Worth Dunbar, Aldine High and Sheperd High. In 2007, Jones received one of the highest honors a high school football coach can receive when he was asked to be an assistant coach for the Army All-American Bowl. In 2008 he returned as the head coach, coaching soon to be NFL standouts like Blaine Gabbert and Andrew Luck.

Lincoln's new coaching staff members join Head Coach Trever Whiting's unit looking to build a top caliber indoor football team for the 2014 season. Player recruitment and signings will begin in the next few weeks once CPIFL meetings conclude. For all your Lincoln Haymakers news check out

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