Joliet- As the professionals of the NFL close down the 2012 season, and put a stamp of approval on another exciting and climactic year, the 2013 season for the Joliet Buccaneers Minor League Football Organizations has officially kicked off. Wednesday evening practices have now begun with the sounds of whistles and heavy breathing from the players; working to get into shape for the long grueling season that awaits the team this upcoming June.
Newly Head Coach Vernon E. McCants is ready to get this season off and roaring, as he’s excited about what he brings to the table being a Head Coach for the first time in his coaching career. “I’m going to be a coach, that these young men and older men will be able to talk too” said McCants. My philosophy is a simple one, the best eleven will play on each side of the ball; I don’t care if you are a veteran or rookie, you will have to earn your stripes to play here, said McCants." In Coach McCants ‘s off-season work outs that he’s running at the Quarry Field House in Romeoville, his coaching staff also share in that same philosophy, as they have the tough task of evaluating talent, and teaching talent. "All these players have come from different programs, and have been taught different things in their football up-bringing," said Defensive Line Coach Sammie McCaskil. "Our coaching staff’s job is to tweak what they learned and help mold them to what we (Buccaneers) want to see them do for us every Saturday night during the season."
The Buccaneers team is coming off their best record in the last 4 seasons going 3-5 in league play and making the Mid-State Football League playoffs for the first time since 2008. “Our record was not what we had expected last year with all the tools that we had on the field” said Assistant Head Coach Andre Ward. "This is my third season with the organization, and I want to see us start to gradually move forward," said Ward.
This will mark the 10th year that the Buccaneers Organization has been calling the local community home. "This community has rich and deep tradition of football and we want to keep that rich deep tradition going," said General Manager Sandra J. Geib-Ingram, who grew up in Romeoville, and attended Romeoville High School. "I am way too familiar with the games against Bolingbrook High School and Joliet Township, and now I currently get the opportunity to watch my son at Plainfield Central High School playing the game football. This is a football community and we want to help our young men in the community continue to keep playing this game after high school and or their college career."
As the Buccaneers prepare for their first pre-season game on June 1, they also prepare for a long regular season which starts on July 13. “ We just can’t be happy with the fact that we made the playoffs last year, with have to gear up for the thought that we need to go further this year, that’s the new Buccaneers way” , said McCants.
The organization is looking for offensive and defensive line men interested in playing full-contact football, with the longest running minor league football organization in the Will County area. Please contact us at www.jolietbuccaneers.com or call 815 302-8700