Monday, November 28, 2016
Dave Ladd has joined the St. Paul Pioneers coaching staff for the 2017 season. An experienced high school and semi-pro coach, Dave will be the Pioneers linebackers coach, helping the St. Paul defense continue its tradition of excellence. Prior to joining the Pioneers, Dave was the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for the South Metro Patriots of the Northern States Football League. In 2014, Dave was the defensive line coach for the Mid-America Fighting Orioles team that won the NSFL championship. Dave also has coached with the North Bank Bulls of the Northern Elite Football League and the Minnesota Vixen of the Independent Women’s Football League. Dave has coached extensively at the high school level, previously coaching at Bloomington Kennedy High School, St. Louis Park High School and Academy of Holy Angels High School in Richfield. He also serves on the board of directors for the Valley Athletic Association in Apple Valley, MN. In his playing days, he was a member of back-to-back undefeated state championship teams in Hutchinson, MN. His says his coaching philosophy is centered upon “developing better football players, attention to detail, personal responsibility and the value of teamwork.” When he is not coaching, Dave runs a government relations and strategic communications consulting firm, RDL & Associates. He is an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and loves spending every spare moment he can with his 6-year-old son, Ryan. Welcome to the Pioneers, Dave!
Monday, October 3, 2016
Once again, the St. Paul Pioneers -- winners of seven consevutive NEFL crowns -- are searching for players with the talent, the drive and the character to be champions. We are looking for outstanding players at ALL position groups. We are one of the best amateur football teams in the nation because each year we are joined by new players whose talents and contributions make us stronger. Will that be you this year? Join us under the bubble at Concordia University-St. Paul's Sea Foam Stadium. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. Cost to try out for new players is $20. Players who finished the 2016 season on the Pioneers roster will be admitted free. Wear workout clothes and football shoes. You will be tested in a number of football specific drills. We hope to see you there!
The seven-time NEFL Champion St. Paul Pioneers held their 2016 Celebration Banquet Sunday at O'Gara's Bar and Grill in St. Paul. It was a great night. Team Mom Marla Collins and Team Heartbeat George "Juice" Hall pulled together a terrific program, filled with an awesome highlight video, fantastic photos and a whole vault full of memories. Honored for their outstanding contributions and performances were:
Friday, September 30, 2016
The seven-time NEFL Champion St. Paul Pioneers were invited by the Minnesota History Center to help conduct their Gridiron Glory weekend Sept. 24, as the Pioneers joined Minnesota Vikings greats Mick Tinglehoff, Carl Eller and Paul Krause in celebrating Minnesota's place among football immortality. Pioneers players and coaches conducted drills for young people on the History Center lawn on a cool, football-weather day. Here are some of Marla Collins' awesome photos of a great day.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Thanks to a 28-point first-half scoring barrage and a defense that harassed, hounded and abused Chippewa Valley quarterbacks all night, the St. Paul Pioneers are Champs! Again! St. Paul won its 7th straight NEFL crown, and 8th straight league championship overall, with a 28-10 victory over the Chippewa Valley Predators in Eau Claire, Wis. League MVP Ronald Zollicoffer got the scoring started with a first-half scamper, and would wind up scoring three touchdowns on the night. But bruising running back Ernest Tucker would capture offensive player of the game honors with several critical fourth quarter runs when the Pioneers were trying to keep the ball away from the Preds and run out the clock. Defensive back Donte Pettis also had a big impact on the outcome, playing tight coverage all night and scoring the Pioneers second touchdown after picking off a Keldric Stokes pass and returning it to paydirt. Stokes would later be knocked out of the game after a punishing hit by defensive tackle Jeff McGaster. Before he was hurt in the second quarter, Stokes completed only 3 of 11 passes for 25 yards and an interception. Stokes' replacement, receiver Jauhem Byrd, didn't fare much better. He finished 6 of 20 passing, for 61 yards and an interception by Pioneers defensive back Brock Keaton, which helped snuff out another Chippewa Valley drive. The Pioneers finish the season 10-3 overall and 9-1 in the NEFL. The Predators were 12-0 before running into the Pioneers buzz saw. St. Paul led 28-0 at halftime. The win is the 102nd victory by Pioneers Head Coach Mark Heiser, as well as his and the team's eighth straight league championship to go along with three national titles. Players of the game: Offense - Ernest Tucker. Defense - Donte Pettis and Brock Keaton. Special teams - Jamal McNutt.