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Les Black Panthers de Thonon les Bains

Country: France

Founded: 1987


Homepage of the Les Black Panthers de Thonon les Bains
(http://www.les-black-panthers.org/)

Link to Roster Thonon Black Panthers 2017


BLACK PANTHERS FOOTBALL
CHAMPION D’EUROPE EFAF - 2013
CHAMPION DE FRANCE D1 - 2013, 2014
CHAMPIONS de FRANCE U19 - 2004, 2011, 2012
CHAMPIONS de FRANCE U16 - 2014
Membre de l’Office Municipale des Sports de Thonon & Affilié à la Fédération Française de Football Américain N° 070 depuis 1987
Membre de la LiRRAFA - Membre du CD 74 FA - Agrément Jeunesse & Sport N° 74 S 95 39 - N° Siret 404 392 037 00010 - Code NAF 926C
Black Panthers Football - 56 Avenue du Général De Gaulle - F-74200 THONON LES BAINS
Tél : 04 50 70 21 87
Courriel : contact@les-black-panthers.org
Site web : www.les-black-panthers.org
A Brief History…
The Thonon les Bains " Black Panthers " were founded in 1987 by current club president
Benoit Sirouet and his predecessor Jérôme Garnier. Since its creation, the club has grown
from a small band of football enthusiasts to an organization that features both flag and
tackle teams in several age categories. The senior team currently co mpetes in France’s
first national division or the “Casque de Diamant” – literally translated as the “Diamond
Helmet”. The season runs from February until June and features a 10 game schedule, a
national semi-final, and a championship game, all played under NCAA rules. In 2007, both
the junior and senior squads reached their respective finals for the second time in club
history.
About the city…
Thonon les Bains is nestled between Lake Geneva (the largest lake of western Europe) and
the northern Alps. With 35000 residents, it is the largest of the French cities on the
shores of the lake. Its central location provides an ideal springboard for brief sightseeing
excursions: Thonon is only a 20 minute drive from Switzerland and a one hour drive from
northern Italy. Geneva’s international airport (50 minutes) offers several low cost flights
to major destinations across the continent.
Our infrastructures…
Today, with the support of the city of Thonon, the club benefits from some of the finest
facilities of any American football squad in all of Europe. While field-time is at a premium
throughout Europe, our squad benefits from exclusive use of a beautiful grass field (3500
seats) and a new turf field for practice with an adjacent locker room. Over the years, the
club has made solid investments in field equipment and now boasts of three sleds in
addition to all the requisite light practice material (shields, bags, ropes, etc). Only a
stone’s throw from the field are the club’s office, clubhouse and bar, a small video room,
and the equipment room.
The North-American connection…
Over the years, a number of North-American players and coaches have brought their skills
and love of the game to Thonon-les-Bains. Indeed, since the early 1990s, the Black
Panthers have yearly recruited import players to bolster their senior roster. Here is a
quick at our North-American alums:
1993: The Black Panthers hire their first-ever North American coach, former all-canadian
wide receiver Patrick Gregory of Bishop’s University. Patrick is currently offensive
coordinator at the Université de Montréal.
1994: Claude Cyrenne, also from Bishop’s University, succeeds Patrick as Head Coach.
Eric Guilbeault ( ) bolsters the lines.
1995: Claude Cyrenne returns for a second season as head coach while Sébastien Moreau
(Mount Allison University) anchors the linebacking crew and Sundee Jones (also of Mount
Allison University) adds explosiveness to the offensive backfield.
1996: Sundee Jones is back for a second campaign and is joined by Luc Pelland (Concordia
University) who takes over the reigns as head coach. Guillaume Couture (McGill
University) plays on both lines while Rob Taylor (Concordia University) plays linebacker.
BLACK PANTHERS FOOTBALL
CHAMPION D’EUROPE EFAF - 2013
CHAMPION DE FRANCE D1 - 2013, 2014
CHAMPIONS de FRANCE U19 - 2004, 2011, 2012
CHAMPIONS de FRANCE U16 - 2014
Membre de l’Office Municipale des Sports de Thonon & Affilié à la Fédération Française de Football Américain N° 070 depuis 1987
Membre de la LiRRAFA - Membre du CD 74 FA - Agrément Jeunesse & Sport N° 74 S 95 39 - N° Siret 404 392 037 00010 - Code NAF 926C
Black Panthers Football - 56 Avenue du Général De Gaulle - F-74200 THONON LES BAINS
Tél : 04 50 70 21 87
Courriel : contact@les-black-panthers.org
Site web : www.les-black-panthers.org
1997: Luc Pelland continues as head coach; Sundee Jones racks up over 1000 yards
rushing; Stephane Gallibois (McGill Univetsity) steps in at middle linebacker.
1998: The team’s first season in the «Casque de Diamant ». Sundee Jones returns as
player-coach and walks away with the MVP award of the southern conference. Chris Dolan
(Maryland University) anchors the offensive line and John Allanach (Mount Allison
University) jumps in at middle linebacker.
1999: Three new import players join the team : Martin Denault (McGill University) plays
offensive line; Dana Toering (McGill University) plays quarterback; and Damon Clare
(River Falls University) plays linebacker.
2000: Eric Bolduc, from Bishop’s University takes over as head coach while Blaine
Scatchard (Acadia University) wins the league MVP while quarterbacking the Panthers.
Martin Bédard (Université Laval) bolsters the linebacking crew.
2001: The club hires Ryan Dean Ruschhaupt (Cal State Fresno) as head coach. Blaine
Scatchard returns as quarterback and Martin Arsenault (Ottawa University, CFL Hamilton
Tiger Cats) plays offensive line.
2002: Ryan Dean Ruschhaupt is back as head coach and is assisted by Larry Haney, also
from Cal State Fresno. Damon Thomas (Wayne State University) brings his NFL -playing
experience (WR, Buffalo Bills) to Thonon.
2003: After a five-year hiatus, Sundee Jones returns as head coach. Damon Thomas and
Ian Sinclair (linebacker, Mount Allison University) contribute on the field.
2004: Sylvain Desrochers (quarterback, Bishop’s University) and Jean-François Turgeon
(wide receiver, Université Laval) help the Black Panthers capture the DII title and insure a
move back to DI.
2005: Larry Legault (Bishop’s University) takes over as head coach. Sylvain Desrochers
returns as quarterback and is joined by Marc Marie (WR/DB Kenyon College) and Andre
Bynoe (runningback, Bishop’s University).
2006: Larry Legault returns as head coach. Kevin Adam (Guelph University) handles the
quarterbacking chores and is shouldered by Derek Belvedere (runningback, Ottawa
University) and Martin Vanalderwerelt (runningback, Montreal Monarchs).
2007: Larry Legault’s third year at the helm sees the arrival of Aaron James (Dakota
Wesleyan) at quarterback and Brandon Cade (Benedictine College) at runningback. Martin
Vanalderwerelt returns to play tight-end. The team finishes 9 – 1 and makes it all the way
to the championship game before dropping a 21-6 decision to the Flash of La Courneuve.
2008 : Larry Legault's fourth year at the head of the Elite team. Black Panthers sees the
arrival of Mike Dvoracek (RB, Sioux Fall Universty NAIA) , Sean Pfalzer (QB - Grinnel
College, DIII NCAA) and the French Dimitri Kiernan (RB, Montreal Carabins University).
The team finishes 7 -1 in the French championship and participate for the fist time in the
Eurobowl competition with two close defeats against Barcelona Pionners and Bergamo
Lions.
2009 : For the first time in several years the quarterbacking duties were handled by an
athlete entirely developed in the club’s youth program. Nineteen year-old Maxime
Sprauel, who had already gathered high-level experience as quarterback of France’s junior
national team, led the nation’s most explosive offense as Thonon averaged an impressive
BLACK PANTHERS FOOTBALL
CHAMPION D’EUROPE EFAF - 2013
CHAMPION DE FRANCE D1 - 2013, 2014
CHAMPIONS de FRANCE U19 - 2004, 2011, 2012
CHAMPIONS de FRANCE U16 - 2014
Membre de l’Office Municipale des Sports de Thonon & Affilié à la Fédération Française de Football Américain N° 070 depuis 1987
Membre de la LiRRAFA - Membre du CD 74 FA - Agrément Jeunesse & Sport N° 74 S 95 39 - N° Siret 404 392 037 00010 - Code NAF 926C
Black Panthers Football - 56 Avenue du Général De Gaulle - F-74200 THONON LES BAINS
Tél : 04 50 70 21 87
Courriel : contact@les-black-panthers.org
Site web : www.les-black-panthers.org
38 points per game en route to a 7 and 3 regular season record. Imports Jason Jackson
(Wingback/DB, Morgan State,) and Tory Cooper (RB/WR/DB, The Citadel) made great
contributions on both sides of the football throughout the campaign. Tony LeZotte (FS,
James Madison) solidified the team’s secondary as the third import during the EFAF Cup
competition. The 2009 campaign saw the Black Panthers participate in an historical two
championship games: the French national final in Paris and the EFAF Cup final in Prague.
2010 : Despite the retirement of several key players the 2010 squad performed brilliantly
under the leadership of new head coach John Allanach. Imports Jimmie Russell (QB,
Bethune-Cookman) and Fred Wells (WR, Northern Michigan) were impressive throughout
the season and Brandon Minch (DL/RB, Nebraska Wesleyan) solidified the defensive front
during the two Eurobowl contests. Season high-lites included two wins over the Paris
Flash and a remarkable come from behind 39-36 (14-33 at the half) win over the
eventual French champion Amiens Spartiates.
2011 : Fred Wells (WR, Northern Michigan) returned and played briliantly at several
positions : WR, RB, CB, KR and PR. Fred was joined by Chris Bergeski (WR, Southern
Connecticut State University) who also contributed in numerous capacities : Wingback,
OLB and Punter. Despite a rash of injuries, the squad rebounded for a solid second half of
the season, posting home wins over the Cougars, Argonautes and Dauphins while reaching
the EFAF Cup semi-finals by defeating the Prague Lions and the Milan Rhinos.
2012 : Import players Baylen Laury (RB, Southeastern Oaklahoma) and Patrick Hall (RB,
Gardner-Webb) contributed 2000 yards of total offense and 25 TDs ; together with Dimitri
Kiernan, the trio established the Black Panthers’ offense as the most potent in France’s
first division. Quarterback Max Sprauel handled virtually every snap in the course of the
team’s 12 games and didn’t throw one interception – a league record. The défense
improved steadily throughout the year as many newcomers gained precious game
experience. An outstanding run of 9 straight wins came to an end with a heartbreaking 3
point loss to the Amiens Spartiates in the championship game (L 7-10).
2013 : After a 1-4 start, the Black Panthers fired off 12 consecutive wins on their way to
two titles : France’s National Championship and the EFAF Cup. Stephen Neville (Stonehill
College) was outstanding on both sides of the ball (CB and WB) and on special teams as
well (PR & KR). Alex Thomas (RB, Yale) overcame some early season injuries to become a
dominant force on the offensive side of the ball; often providing a big touchdown run when
the team most needed it. Jamarius Robinson (North Greenville University) stepped in as
the third import player during the EFAF Cup games and managed two interceptions in just
a handful of games at the Strong Safety position. Once again, the Black Panthers’ offense
finished first in offensive production, averaging 27 points per game over the 10 game
schedule.
2014 : The Black Panthers completed their first undefeated season in D1, positing a 7-0-1
record in the French championship. After a resounding 38-0 win at home in the national
semi-finals, the team successfully repeated as national champions with a nail-biting 35-34
victory over the Asnières Molosses in Paris. Imports Thomas Addison (RB, Shepherd
University) and Marcus Bratton (CB, Virginia Wise) made solid contributions to the team's
efforts.
2015 : The 2015 season promised to be a challenging one after the departure (retirement)
of 13 starters from the 2014 edition. A young and mostly inexperienced squad struggled
with inconsistent play throughout the season but progressed well enough to capture a
berth in the championship game for the fourth consecutive year. The team also qualified
for the Champions' League Final Four with victories over the Milano Seamen and
BLACK PANTHERS FOOTBALL
CHAMPION D’EUROPE EFAF - 2013
CHAMPION DE FRANCE D1 - 2013, 2014
CHAMPIONS de FRANCE U19 - 2004, 2011, 2012
CHAMPIONS de FRANCE U16 - 2014
Membre de l’Office Municipale des Sports de Thonon & Affilié à la Fédération Française de Football Américain N° 070 depuis 1987
Membre de la LiRRAFA - Membre du CD 74 FA - Agrément Jeunesse & Sport N° 74 S 95 39 - N° Siret 404 392 037 00010 - Code NAF 926C
Black Panthers Football - 56 Avenue du Général De Gaulle - F-74200 THONON LES BAINS
Tél : 04 50 70 21 87
Courriel : contact@les-black-panthers.org
Site web : www.les-black-panthers.org
l'Hospitalet Pioners. For the first time since 2010, the quarterbacking duties were handled
by an import player; Billy Greene (UBC) did an outstanding job at the helm of the offense.
Milton Knox Jr. (UCLA, Fresno State) contributed heavily on both sides of the ball in
addition to being the team's main returner.


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PR Releases Thonon Black Panthers
08.04.2008Thonon-les-Bains 27 - Bergamo 39



Games of Thonon Black Panthers
EFL10.06.1718:00hThonon Black Panthers vs. Milano RhinosStade Joseph Moynat
EFL06.05.1716:00hBerlin Adler vs. Thonon Black Panthers13:14(6:0/0:7/7:0/0:7)
EFL22.04.1718:00hThonon Black Panthers vs. Prague Black Panthers41:34(7:0/7:14/7:7/20:13)
EFL07.05.1618:00hThonon Black Panthers vs. Frankfurt Universe0:48 
EFL19.03.1617:00hBadalona Dracs vs. Thonon Black Panthers46:41(18:0/6:7/15:15/7:19)
EFAF13.07.1318:00hL´Hospitalet Pioners vs. Thonon Black Panthers6:66(6:16/0:24/0:19/0:7)
EFAF15.06.1318:00hThonon Black Panthers vs. Copenhagen Towers19:7(0:0/0:0/6:7/13:0)
EFAF11.05.1319:30hAlphen Eagles vs. Thonon Black Panthers0:46(0:14/0:19/0:6/0:7)
EFAF27.04.1318:00hThonon Black Panthers vs. L´Hospitalet Pioners56:14(7:6/22:8/14:0/13:0)
EFAF28.05.1118:00hThonon Black Panthers vs. Kragujevac Wild Boars22:35(6:13/0:15/0:0/16:7)
EFAF07.05.1118:00hMilano Rhinos vs. Thonon Black Panthers18:28(0:6/0:6/10:0/8:16)
EFAF09.04.1118:00hThonon Black Panthers vs. Prague Black Hawks13:16(7:7/6:7/0:2/0:0)
EFL17.04.1018:00hDanube Dragons vs. Thonon Black Panthers50:21(14:7/14:0/15:7/7:7)
EFL03.04.1018:00hThonon Black Panthers vs. Belgrado Blue Dragons55:0(14:0/14:0/13:0/14:0)
EFAF04.07.0916:45hPrague Panthers vs. Thonon Black Panthers35:12(14:0/7:0/7:0/7:12)
EFAF06.06.0918:00hThonon Black Panthers vs. Bologna Doves43:7(7:0/7:7/7:0/22:0)
EFAF25.04.0918:00hThonon Black Panthers vs. Calanda Broncos41:20(13:0/14:13/7:7/7:0)
EFAF18.04.0921:00hParma Panthers vs. Thonon Black Panthers14:40(0:6/6:22/8:6/0:6)
EFL05.04.0818:00hThonon Black Panthers vs. Bergamo Lions27:39(14:7/7:12/0:14/6:6)
EFL08.03.0817:00hL´Hospitalet Pioners vs. Thonon Black Panthers37:35(7:14/14:7/7:7/9:7)



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