Canadian Football League

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Former Canadian Football League player to coach NWFA team

Richmond's entry in the National Women's Football Association has acquired an identity, a coach and a shelf in the NWFA's Internet retail store.

The NWFA, the nation's largest full-contact tackle league for women, announced yesterday that the local club will be called the Richmond Spirit and will be coached by Wolf Williams, the director of football at the U-Turn Performance Academy.
Williams, a former Rutgers standout and two-year member of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, said he is impressed and encouraged by the enthusiasm of the 40 or so women who participated in three preliminary tryouts at Dorey Park in October.
"The hardest thing for me, to be honest, is holding them back," Williams said. "They want to start now. They think they're ready right now to put on pads and go out there and hit."
NWFA officials say Richmond probably will play a handful of exhibition games next season before joining the league on a full-time basis beginning in April 2007. Much remains to be done, Williams said. The Spirit must locate an owner, sponsors, another 20-25 athletes and venues at which to play and practice.
But judging from the response he has seen thus far, Williams said, "I don't think it's going to be a very hard sell."


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