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Football coach Keona Maki looking forward to first season at Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind

By Katie O’Keefe

coloradoKeona Maki bleeds purple.

Not the kind of purple Coloradoans bleed when it comes to the Rockies, but the purple of the Washington Huskies.

His grandfather, Bruce D. Maki, Jr., attended UW and the Maki family has loved the Huskies ever since, according to Keona. It was his grandpa who inspired Keona Maki to want to coach. Maki, who was hired by the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind at the beginning of July, will be serving as a head coach for the first time.

Read more: http://gazette.com/football-coach-keona-maki-looking-forward-to-first-season-at-colorado-school-for-the-deaf-and-blind/article/1609370

Source: The Gazette

Tennessee cancels football season

tennesseeTennessee School for the Deaf Athletic Director Luke Benson announced that the 8-man football season for 2017 has been cancelled due to not having enough players on the team. Benson assured that the football program will return for the 2018 season with the hopes of eventually fielding a 11-man team down the road.

*Video from Tennessee School for the Deaf Athletics Twitter account.

 

High school football preview: Class A at a glance

By Kyle Neddenriep

indianaIndiana Deaf (7-3): The Deaf Hoosiers have won at least seven games each of the past three seasons under Garrett Wooten. There are a lot of new faces in key positions. Junior receiver Kyle Jenkins had 11 catches for 287 yards and three touchdowns last year.

Read more: http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/high-school/2017/08/15/high-school-football-preview-class-glance/566778001/

Source: Indy Star

Leccese named Model football Head Coach

Model Secondary School for the Deaf Athletics is pleased to announce that Angelo Leccese has been hired as the new Interim Head Coach of the MSSD Football team.

Upon learning of previous Head Coach Michel Daze’s departure, Angelo Leccese was chosen to lead the MSSD football program onto the field. Angelo has been part of the MSSD Football program since 2015, as the Defensive Coordinator. On top of his coaching experience, Angelo is a proud team member of the 2010 – 2013 Gallaudet University Football team that went 9-1 and won the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Championship (ECFC). Football runs in his family, Angelo's brother, Peter Leccese is one of the football coaches at Indiana School for the Deaf.

Angelo shared few words with the MSSD community that he is extremely honored and proud to be named the Head Coach of MSSD Football. He is going to continue with the tradition of MSSD Football. He is looking forward to going to work and continuing to develop leaders and champions both on the football field and in the community.

MSSD Football players will report to the MSSD Football Training Camp which will begin on Monday, August 7th.

2017 Angelo Leccese MSSD FB HC
Model Football Head Coach Angelo Leccese. (Photo courtesy of MSSD Athletics)

Reprinted from MSSD Athletics - http://mssdathletics.com/main/adnews/id/43609042

Monsignor Donovan announces Shawn Self as new football coach

By Chris Starrs

Monsignor Donovan HSFor the fourth time in the last four seasons, the Monsignor Donovan football team will have a new head coach, but Athens native Shawn Self hopes to bring some degree of constancy to the program.

Self, 28, was officially named the Rams coach in an announcement to the team on Monday. He succeeds Jason Miller, who also served as the school’s athletic director but resigned after one season as head football coach. The Rams went 2-9 in 2016.

Read more: http://onlineathens.com/sports/prep/2017-07-31/monsignor-donovan-announces-shawn-self-new-football-coach

Source: Online Athens

Hearing-impaired Trevone Woods aims high entering senior year at Hampshire

By Kayla Wolf

Hampshire HSThe center snapped the ball, pads crashed with pads, players grunted from the line of scrimmage, coaches yelled directions in the heat of the moment.

Hampshire running back Trevone Woods could barely hear any of it.

After the play ended at a recent Whip-Purs summer practice, Woods walked back to the huddle. His teammates discussed the play from the sideline while the next unit ran onto the field. Laurie Eder, an interpreter of the deaf, signed every word his teammates said for Woods.

Read more: http://www.nwherald.com/2017/07/18/high-school-football-hearing-impaired-trevone-woods-aims-high-entering-senior-year-at-hampshire/ajby6mk/

Source: Northwest Hearald

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