From Coach's Desk...

 

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FROM THE HEART OF THE STEEL…

Our 2019 Spring season has closed. Looking back I am so excited and proud of our first season back. It definitely did not end on the high note that we had anticipated. We have taken L's before but this one stung a bit more. Not because we are sore at the outcome but rather reflecting on our own performance. We just did not compete to the potential or capacity that we have come to expect of ourselves. We want to congratulate Ty Barnes and the entire Metro Atlanta Horsemen organization on being great hosts and their performance in Round 2 of the AL/GA Divisional Playoff with a 61-6 win. They capitalized every opportunity and did not stop handing it out until the very end. I believe that on a personal level my favorite part of the evening though it was bittersweet, was seeing our players mingling together amongst one another in the moments after the game extending beyond the traditional handshake, to smiles and laughter on both sidelines with a host of well wishes.
To our Steel family....thank you so much for all your love, support and encouragement whether we won or lost. We would not be able to come out every week be it not for your support.
To the Steel Players....we love you. Love, love, love you and we are so proud of your performance, fight and dedication this season, as we have overcome both hills and mountains together. This is just the beginning. Though the season didn't end with the momentum you began with...do not for a moment take this loss with any other perspective....than we have lessons to learn and opportunities to grow. Embrace the missteps we have taken for they will make us stronger, wiser and a force to be reckoned with in the seasons to come. No one anticipated us coming this far. But we did. Hold your chin up. Hug your brother. Take a day or two to recoup and let's put our nose to the grindstone and begin again.
Love you Steel Nation. It has been an honor forging this path with you.
Congratulations to the Horsemen! Good luck on your Road to Finley Stadium.

Registration is opened on the website too for 2020 if you are looking to be a part of an organization as a player, coach or volunteer who loves people and loves football.

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Jeffrey Eiland -

Owner, Founder, Coach

March 9, 2019, Birmingham AL  Steel v. Alabama Sabers, IAFL 2019 Spring Division Game matchup.  Steel scores winning touchdown over the Sabers with 1:20 left in the 4th    Photo Credit: Ron Potts

March 9, 2019, Birmingham AL Steel v. Alabama Sabers, IAFL 2019 Spring Division Game matchup. Steel scores winning touchdown over the Sabers with 1:20 left in the 4th

Photo Credit: Ron Potts

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Le’Von Pears -

Defensive Coordinator

The Alabama Steel Semi Pro Football Organization is proud to announce that Le'Von Pears has accepted the position as defensive coordinator. Coach Von, a Mobile, Alabama native is a Southern Mississippi alumni with a degree in Sports Administration and a minor in Business. Certified in both Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning, Coach Von has also founded F.A.S.T. (Fitness and Sports Training). He has a great passion to bring opportunity to the Tuscaloosa area, helping men and women of all ages and experience levels reach beyond their goals. He looks to host combines and scouting events in the area as well as working one on one with athletes to exceed their expectations. Coach Von also looks to the future with great expectation to found a league; bringing 7 on 7 and 3 on 3 tournaments in both football and basketball as to keep his athletes and the community in shape year round. Having a passion for sports at a young age, Coach Von began his football career at the tender age of 6. He went on to play throughout his youth, adolescence and eventually playing and earning a degree from his alma mater Southern Mississippi 2000-2004. After graduation, he later accepted a coaching position in Tuscaloosa at Holy Spirit High School before going on to Coach in for 3 years in developmental leagues as Defensive Coordinator and Coach. We are excited to have Coach Von lead the Steel Nation and the IAFL, with his heart right into the great community of Tuscaloosa. He is definitely a valuable and great addition to our family here at the Steel.

March 23rd, 2019, West Blocton High School, Steel v. Metro Atlanta Horsemen,  Coach Le’Von Pears,  IAFL 2019 Spring Regular Season.  Photo Credit: Ron Potts

March 23rd, 2019, West Blocton High School, Steel v. Metro Atlanta Horsemen, Coach Le’Von Pears, IAFL 2019 Spring Regular Season. Photo Credit: Ron Potts

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Joseph Taylor-

Special Teams Coordinator

The Alabama Steel is honored to announce Joseph Taylor has accepted the position as Special Teams Coordinator for the upcoming 2019 Spring Season. Coach Taylor is an Alabama native. As a self proclaimed good ‘ole southern Christian country boy, Coach Taylor is from the little city of Bankston, AL in Fayette County. Coach Taylor’s upbringing, day to day, was immersed in sports. As a triathlete, participating in Baseball, Football and Basketball from the early age of just 5 years old; he graduated from Berry High, in Berry, AL. Coach Taylor went on to study Telecommunications and Film at the University of Alabama. With a passion for football, he went from playing with the Tide to the Scout Team with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After a tragic accident ended his hopes of continuing playing the game he loved most, he returned to Tuscaloosa. Coach Taylor has invested in the lives of the youth here in Tuscaloosa, coaching locally at Central High School for 7 years from 2010-2017 as the Special Teams Coordinator. Coach Taylor aspires to lead a Division 1 Program to victory as a Head Coach in College Football. Look for Coach Taylor with his best buddy Mac, the English bulldog by his side on the sidelines at the Steel Games this season. We are so excited to have Coach Taylor, and what the coaches around him coined as his “Little Spurrier” coaching style, heading up the Steel Special Teams this season.

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DeVante Brown- Offensive Coordinator

March 23, 2019, West Blocton High School,   Steel v. Metro Atlanta Horsemen, DeVante Brown  and Coach Joseph Taylor on the sideline

March 23, 2019, West Blocton High School, Steel v. Metro Atlanta Horsemen, DeVante Brown and Coach Joseph Taylor on the sideline

March 9, 2019, Birmingham, AL, Steel v. Sabers, Coach Jeff in the Huddle.   Photo Credit: Ron Potts

March 9, 2019, Birmingham, AL, Steel v. Sabers, Coach Jeff in the Huddle. Photo Credit: Ron Potts