Head Coach Don De Waard

57033722bb3c950c2d9c8eea5b811b58 copyFormer Central College defensive coordinator Don De Waard will pilot Teams Stars & Stripes for the sixth time as head coach in the annual Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) set for Zorros Stadium in Mexicali, Mexico, on Saturday, December 16.

De Waard is pictured here with Global Football President Patrick Steenberge (left) and Team Stars & Stripes Player Personnel Director John Roslien (right).

The Tazon de Estrellas international game organized by Global Football and its predecessor, the Aztec Bowl, have a combined 20-year history.  De Waard earlier served as an assistant coach for the U.S. team in the Aztec Bowl.

A member of the Dutch coaching staff for 34 years and a 1982 Central grad, De Waard retired from coaching following the 2015 season. De Waard moved his record in the game to 3-1 in 2015 after registering thrilling 15-14 victory with a two-point conversion on the game’s final possession, but the Americans lost 51-26 in 2016.  Team Stars & Stripes and the CONADEIP All-Stars are tied at 4-4 in the competitive series.

Central athletic training education program director John Roslien will join De Waard in Mexico as the Player Personnel Director for Team Stars and Stripes. He’s been involved with the game for 20 years. Roslien joined the Central staff in 1986 and has held his current title since 2003. He is a member of the Iowa Athletic Trainers Society Hall of Honor.