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08.06.2004 EFAF

Bernhard Binstorfer and Olivier Moret selected as EFAF Youth Coach of the Year 2

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(atb). After receiving numerous nominations from different European federations, the jury consisting of EFAF and NFL officials decided to award Bernhard Binstorfer from Austria and Olivier Moret from France with the title of EFAF Youth Coach of the Year in 2004.

Like so many other coaches in Europe both Binstorfer and Moret started out as succesful players before moving on to coaching. Binstorfer who enjoyed playing various positions for the Vienna Vikings at the highest level of competition in Austria played tailback for most of his career after a short visit to the defensive side of the ball in his early days as a player. As a runningback he helped the Chrysler Vikings to several National Championships and himself to Offensive MVP Honors after the 1993 season. At the age of 30 he decided to leave the field for good but to stay in close contact with the sport he loves so much by starting a career in coaching. Only three years later Binstorfer was selected as the Head Coach for the Austrian Junior All-Star Team which he led to the European Championship that year. For the federation Binstorfer was the logical choice at the Head Coach position since he had won an unprecedented 16 Austrian National Junior Championships with Vienna prior to taking up on the job. Needless to say that his success continued on the National level as well. In his first major tournament Binstorfer led the Austrians to a third place only beaten by the Champions from Russia. Since then his winning record against European opponents is 8-1. In 2001 Binstorfer also became the Offensive Coordinator for the Senior National Team under Head Coach Tino v. Eckart while he coached the Baden Bruins in 2002.

Olivier Moret was a member of the French National Team from 1991 – 1993. In 1997 he started his first job as a Head Coach for the Spartiates d`Amiens Picardie where he won the First Divison of France while also installing a youth program for the club. One year later he became the Sport director for the same club, intensely working on his new project “Flag au Quartier” which received honors as one of the leading programs for social integration by the French government. In 1998 he was also an integral part of the Coaching Crew that helped the French National Youth team to a second place in the European Championships. Ever since 1999 Moret has worked as the director of the French Academy of American Football, the first academy of its kind on the continent which he founded. Besides this job, Moret also coaches the French Juniors National Team where he currently holds the positions as Special Teams Coordinator and Offensive Coordinator assistant. His passion for the sport of American Football also came through when the 35 year old Moret published a book named “Le football Americain”.

Both coaches were chosen for their dedication and hard work to promote the sport of American Football in Europe. They have spent endless hours to help develop football on the Youth level and are therefore very deserving of these awards.

European Federation of American Football