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English: Multiple award winner Norm Chow to become head coach of Helvetic Guards

The European League of Football is currently in the hot phase of the 2022 season and while some teams expect top duels in the fight for the playoffs in Week 13, other teams are already preparing for next year. Thus, the Zurich franchise moved into the headlines today.

The new team named Norman Yew Heen Chow as head coach for the 2023 ELF season. Chow served as an assistant coach and coordinator at BYU, NC State, USC, UCLA and Utah, as well as a brief stint as offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans in the National Football League (NFL) before returning to his native Hawaii in 2012 to become head coach for the first time at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Most recently, he served as OC of the Los Angeles Wildcats in the XFL in 2020. At 76, he will be the oldest active head coach in the European League of Football.

„We wanted to sign a Head Coach who brings experience from the NFL and NCAA, the American College Football League, to the table.“
CEO Toni Zöller

The Chinese-American, who was born in Hawaiʻi, achieved particular success as a coach of some well-known quarterbacks. Chow has coached athletes such as Jim McMahon, Steve Young and Philip Rivers, as well as Heisman Trophy winners like Ty Detmer, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. Chow has also won several awards himself. The Broyles Award and the 2002 NCAA Division I-A Offensive Coordinator of the Year designation stand out in particular.

„We have a tremendous opportunity to assemble a team that all of Switzerland can be proud of. A team built on hard work, relentless effort, passion and execution. Go Guards.“
HC Norm Chow

At the Helvetic Guards, Chow will coach a team outside of the United States for the first time. Given his qualities as a QB coach, it will be especially exciting to see which quarterback the Swiss franchise will present.

Position Name
Head Coach Norm Chow
Athletic/Coaching Consultant Don Clemons
Athletic Director J.C. Williams
Athletic Director Matt Hammer
Head of Football Operations Zeki Öztürk
Head of Communications Toni Zöller
Head of Administration Ferhat Kahraman

Sarah Philipp

Trotz der bevorstehenden Topspiele der Woche 13, rückte sich am heutigen Donnerstag das Züricher Franchise in die Schlagzeilen. Das neue Team benannte Norman Yew Heen Chow als Head Coach für die ELF-Saison 2023. Chow war Assistenz Coach und Coordinator bei BYU, NC State, USC, UCLA und Utah sowie für kurze Zeit als Offensive Coordinator der Tennessee Titans in der National Football League (NFL) tätig, ehe er 2012 in seine Heimat Hawaii zurückkehrte und erstmals Head Coach der University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa wurde. Zuletzt war er 2020 als OC der Los Angeles Wildcats in der XFL tätig. Mit 76 Jahren wird er der älteste aktive Cheftrainer in der European League of Football sein.

„Wir wollten einen Head Coach verpflichten, der Erfahrungen aus der NFL und NCAA, der amerikanischen College Football-Liga, mitbringt.“

Geschäftsführer Toni Zöller

Besondere Erfolge erzielte der Chinese-American, der in Hawaiʻi geboren wurde, als Coach einiger namhaften Quarterbacks. So trainierte Chow bereits Athleten wie Jim McMahon, Steve Young und Philip Rivers, sowie Heisman Trophy Gewinner wie Ty Detmer, Carson Palmer und Matt Leinart. Auch Chow wurde selbst mehrfach ausgezeichnet. Besonders der Broyles Award und die Ernennung zum NCAA Division I-A Offensive Coordinator of the Year aus dem Jahr 2002 stechen hervor.

„We have a tremendous opportunity to assemble a team that all of Switzerland can be proud of. A team built on hard work, relentless effort, passion and execution. Go Guards.“

HC Norm Chow

Bei den Guards wird Chow erstmals ein Team außerhalb der Vereinigten Staaten coachen. Vor dem Hintergrund seiner Qualitäten als QB Coach wird es besonders spannend sein, welchen Quarterback das Schweizer Franchise präsentieren wird.

Der Staff der Helvetic Guards

Head CoachNorm Chow
Athletic/Coaching ConsultantDon Clemons
Athletic DirectorJ.C. Williams
Athletic DirectorMatt Hammer
Head of Football OperationsZeki Öztürk
Head of CommunicationsToni Zöller
Head of AdministrationFerhat Kahraman

Die Karriere Chows

1965–1967Offensive GuardUniversity of Utah Utes
1970–1972Head CoachWaialua High School
1973–1976Graduate Assistant, FreshmanBYU Cougars
1977–1999Vom WR Coach zum OC und A-HCBYU Cougars
2000Offensive Coordinator & QB CoachNC State Wolfpack
2001–2004Offensive CoordinatorUSC Trojans
2005–2007Offensive CoordinatorTennessee Titans
2008–2010Offensive CoordinatorUCLA Bruins
2011Offensive CoordinatorUniversity of Utah Utes
2012–2015Head CoachHawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors
2016AssistantMira Costa High School
2020Offensive CoordinatorLos Angeles Wildcats
Elias Hoffmann

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