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Updated: 07/10/2014 02:43:04PM

Warner University announces first football team

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PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD


Warner University welcomes Coach Jeff Schaum, the head coach of Warner's new football team. From left: James Moyer, Greg Hall, Dawn Rafool, Kevin Jones, Jeff Schaum.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD


New Warner Football Coach Jeff Schaum and Warner Athletic Director Kevin Jones visit before Tuesday's press conference at which the announcement was to be made that Warner University now has its first ever football team.

By ROBERT BLANCHARD

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Play ball.

That’s what Warner University is going to be saying, as they have announced their very first football team in WU history. And that’s not all.

The head football coach used to be FSU Bobby Bowden’s assistant coach.

As Warner University Athletic Director Kevin Jones said of Jeff Schaum, “He had all the Xs and O’s we were looking for.”

The news became public at a Tuesday afternoon press conference at the school.

Coach Schaum will be in charge of building and directing the team. Schaum is the former athletic director and head football coach at Victory Christian Academy in Lakeland, Florida. His 14-year coaching career includes being an assistant under head coach legend Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and head coach of Cisco Junior College. He was also an assistant coach at McMurray University in Texas.

Schaum moved to Florida years ago to be closer to his father.

“I always wanted to get back into college (football) for some time” Schaum said.

“The opportunity to do it without moving in the state of Florida was something I couldn’t pass up.”

The new WU coach also said that Warner would be competitive quickly with the local
talent available in Central Florida. Having coached in both Texas and Florida, Schaum noted that “Texas has more players, but Florida has better players.”

Game play is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013. Also there was mention of an on-campus football stadium in the future.


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