This will be Coach Naeole’s 2nd trip to Australia. On his visit down under last year, he discovered Max Hendrie, a rugby union player with Scots College. This year he is hoping to continue his recruiting success by finding some more “diamonds in the rough”.
Naeole was drafted tenth overall in the 1997 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He was highest selected guard since Eric Moore in 1988, and the first Colorado offensive lineman selected in the first round since Stan Brock in 1980. He served as Hawaii’s interim head coach for its final four games of the 2015 season and has coached the offensive line for the past three seasons.
Excitement is building in Australia as the NFL Draft starts tomorrow and this year there quite a few Australian’s in the mix, most notably, Adam Gotsis from Georgia Tech who was a 3 year starter as a Defensive Lineman and who has been noticed by NFL scouts. This, coupled with the success of Jarryd Hayne, and the fact that the University of Hawaii will be in Australia to play their season opener against University of Cal in Sydney on Saturday 27 August 2016 brings American Football to a new place in Australia and we feel there will be more and more Australian’s keen on trying to make it to the NFL.
Coach Naeole will be visiting Sydney from 5-7 May 2016.
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