Monmouth County, NJ - Small ongoing positive changes can reap major improvements, Kaizen. That's the mantra for our newest addition to this growing family. The Garden State Herd football program has decided to make the leap off the porch and join the Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL).
Still a young program as they enter their third year in existence, The Herd looks forward to the competition on a national scale. With a combined record of 10-7 in the regular season with one playoff appearance, that also featured the league's leading rusher, a top 10 passing attack and 12 all stars.
"We needed to put our players first and make sure they could get the exposure deserved, they"re the reasons we got into this in the first place. The league's national exposure and professional reach will give our future and current players the opportunity to gain national attention to achieve all of their endeavors." Said Tysef Meacham, Co Owner of The Herd.
The Herd is under the guise of Head Coach Wayne Dabney Jr. Dabney has been coaching for 19 years on the youth, high school and Developmental level. With a combined record of 75-48 with 10 playoff appearances that included 5 playoff wins and 2 Conference Finals appearances. Dabney has always been known as a program builder.
"My staff is my strength, they make my job the easiest it could be. The only way we can get anywhere is by working together, and we do a great job of that. Everyone who coaches here works there a--es off to make the machine work. Everybody can't party in the kennel, that's reserved for Dawgs. I look forward to the challenge. " Said Dabney when asked about his staff.
The Herd staff includes: Defensive coordinator, Juan DePena, defensive backs coach Josh Belle, defensive line coach Dominck Barbetta, linebackers coach Trevor Jackson, and defensive assistant A.J Clark on the defensive side of the ball.
Offensively: Wide receivers/pass game coordinator Darell Linton, running backs/run game coordinator Tysef Meacham, offensive line coach Ryan Snyder, tight ends/Spt Coordinator Malcolm Boatwright, and offensive assistant Paul Quinones.
2024 looks to be a great year for this organization. The sacrifice to showcase their players' talent is humbling. Their main goal is to see the talent that walks through the front door leave better than they came in as they walk into their dreams.