Southeastern Louisiana University defensive coordinator Matt Webb has been selected to serve as the defensive line coach for the 2011 U.S. Men’s National Team, assembled by USA Football. The team will compete July 8-16 in Austria among a field of eight national teams spanning four continents at the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Senior World Championship.
Webb, who will enter his seventh season overall and fifth as defensive coordinator at Southeastern, is one of 10 members of Team USA’s coaching staff led by former Northwest Missouri State University head coach and three-time NCAA Division II national champion Mel Tjeerdsma.
Webb has helped guide a defensive unit that ranked tied for eighth overall in interceptions (18) among FCS schools in 2010 and led the country in fumble recoveries in 2008. The Maryville, Mo., native also has served as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri and Southwest Baptist University.
“It’s a unique opportunity,” Webb said. “As you go through your career, to have a chance to coach the U.S. National Team in football is something that is very rare.
“Being on a staff with Coach Tjeerdsma as the head coach and Coach (Lou) Tepper on defense is a wonderful learning experience for me, and I am looking forward to everything that is coming up.”
Tjeerdsma led Northwest Missouri State to a 183-43 (.810) record in 17 seasons at Northwest Missouri State. He was among the first three coaches inducted into the NCAA Division II College Football Hall of Fame before retiring in 2010.
Forty-five (45) U.S. players will take part in a training camp June 28 to July 4 before departing for Austria. As the sport’s national governing body, participation in USA Football’s national team program does not affect NCAA eligibility.
The United States is part of Group A along with Australia, Germany and Mexico. Group B includes Austria, Canada, France and Japan. A round robin schedule in group play determines who will compete for gold and bronze medals.
Fifty-nine (59) countries across five continents possess national football federations dedicated solely to football.
USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States and is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams.
About USA Football
USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players. The independent non-profit hosts more than 80 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football’s chairman.