Greeting and welcome to
the MVAA football website. On behalf of myself and the
MVAA Football Director – Tom Evich, we’d like to take
the opportunity to explain what MVAA football is all
about. Coach Evich and I are extremely passionate about
the game of football. Our passion stems not from winning
or losing, but from the real-life lessons competitive
athletics teaches young athletes like you. As I allude
to in my “President’s Message” on the first page of our
website, it is my sincere goal to create an atmosphere
where all our young athletes are afforded an opportunity
to participate in instructional, recreational, and
competitive athletics. Moreover, the MVAA’s primary
vision is to produce young athletes who understand and
display the meaning of leadership, discipline,
integrity, hard work, and personal courage. These
attributes that I’ve just mentioned come only when an
athlete makes the necessary commitment to excellence and
takes the initiative to play the highest caliber of
football anywhere in Maryland. The Middletown
community has supported the MVAA football program for
Families and players choose to
compete in MVAA football because it is the official
"feeder" to the Middletown High School football program.
The coaches of the MVAA adhere to the philosophical and
physical demands expected from Head Varsity Football
Coach – Kevin Lynott. The MVAA football program
provides a seamless transition for its players into the
MHS football program where former MVAA players have
thrived and helped to make MHS football one of the most
successful programs in our area.
How do you as an MVAA athlete
fit into this picture? Simply stated, you must
constantly look for venues to challenge yourself daily,
for this is the only way you will grow as a person and
athlete. Words like leadership, discipline, integrity,
hard work, and personal courage are used very loosely in
today’s society, but how many people that you know
actually live this credo? MVAA football will teach you
not only what these words mean, but will teach you how
to emulate these words in every day life. Again, MVAA
coaches teach football not with the intent of winning
every game, but producing young men who are mentally
tough and disciplined in every aspect of life.
MVAA football challenges you to
become the best athlete possible. If you want to be
prepared for high school football, you must have the
essential tool to succeed. The MVAA football program
will mold you into the football player you desire by
emphasizing individual humility and being part of a
team. Our football coaching staff has a tremendous
amount of experience and knowledge of the game and an
intense dedication to Middletown High School football.
Again, thank you for your
time and we hope to see you on the football field in
August, and remember…, Knight Pride!
Coach Tom Evich
Coach Brian Moore
MVAA Football Sports Director
2011 There are New Weight Limits for all Divisions
See our Divisions Page for Information on
specific weights, ages and grade
MOUNTAIN VALLEY YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE (MVYFL)
Mountain Valley Youth Football League is the premier
youth league in the area. Teams in the league
include Boonsboro, Brunswick, Catoctin,
Francis Scott Key, Frederick,
Gamber-Smallwood, Mt. Airy, North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown, Tuscarora and Walkersville.
Middletown Football is all about Commitment, Teamwork,
and Discipline. Throughout the season the players
learn what that all means on a football field and
hopefully can translate that lesson into the rest of
Directions to all MVYFL field locations can be found
MVAA football and the MHS
football program continue to work together.
Additional information for the High School program can
be found at the following link:
MIDDLETOWN KNIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL
Flag Head Coach
- Todd King
This level is for all players 5 and 6 years old. The program has set realistic expectations for
the 5 and 6 year olds that revolve around learning some
of the basics of football while stressing teamwork and
sportsmanship. At this age, the goal is to get the boys
Practice will be split between instructional drills and
scrimmage conditions. Our metric for success this year
will be the amount of fun the boys had while being
introduced to football fundamentals.
|Offense vs Defense
|Ball Control (handing-off and
|Converging on the ball carrier
Coach - Steve Banovic
Coach Banovic is entering his
3nd season as an MVAA coach and will be the head coach
for MVAA Mini-Pony football. His primary focus is in
the development of young athletes providing them with
the tools necessary to excel at the next level. One of
Coach Poffenbarger’s immediate goals is to develop a
coaching staff that remains at the mini-pony level in an
effort to continuously strengthen the quality and
consistency of the Middletown program through the
teachings of sound fundamentals and the development of
young athletes leaving self and agenda behind. Poffenbarger’s focus is on
overall consistency of the mini-pony program and
coordination of the multiple D1/D2 teams we work with at
this level. The Mini-Pony coaching staff is very much
an instructional level aimed exclusively at peaking the
interests of young athletes and providing them with the
tools to succeed. To achieve this, we require from both
the young athlete and the parents, dedication,
discipline, and hard work from each player.
Pony Head Coach - Bill Poffenbarger
Head Coach - Brian Moore
Coach Moore is in his fifth year with
the MVAA Football Program and fourth year as the head
coach at the junior varsity (J.V.) level. Coach Moore
brings a wealth of football knowledge to our program.
His experience as a collegiate football player (Cal
Poly-1980-85) and professional football player (S.F.
49ers-1985) has added in-depth knowledge of offensive
and defensive linemen techniques. Coach Moore's
philosophy in coaching youth athletes is not necessarily
measured by wins and losses, but rather producing young
leaders who exhibit discipline, commitment, respect, and
show the initiative to excel, both on and off the field.
Coach Moore is fortunate to have two well-seasoned,
knowledgeable football coaches in Dan Coleman, as the
offensive coordinator, and Scott Farrow, as the
defensive coordinator. Coaches Coleman and Farrow
have numerous years coaching MVAA football.
Varsity Head Coach - Tom Evich
Assistant Head Coach - Scott
Coach Evich returns for his 11th
consecutive year as varsity head coach. His coaching
experience with the varsity dates back to 1993 when he
served as an assistant coach to his current offensive
coordinator—Scott Stottlemyer. Coaches Evich and
Stottlemyer have over 25 years combined MVAA coaching
experience working with 7th and 8th graders to prepare
for the Middletown High School Football Program. They
head up a coaching staff that believes in setting high
standards and inspiring players to live up to them.
This applies both on and off the field. The Varsity
staff will dedicate themselves to provide each player
the instruction and tools to help make them the best
football player he can be and more importantly a more
successful person in life. In addition, an
environment that constantly emphasizes the value of team
and individual humility is what has inspired hundreds of
former MVAA players over the years to graduate into the
ranks of the MHS Football Program and thrive.
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DID YOU KNOW?
The MVAA players
have continued their success at the high school level.
The philosophies and nomenclature utilized in the MVAA
program allow for the gradual and successful succession
to the Middletown High School football program.
Every player in the MVAA program develops the skills and
techniques to help them reach their full potential.
The MVAA competes
in the Mountain Valley Youth Football League (MVYFL).
Our league does not condone unsportsmanlike acts from
coaches or players. We are proud of the fact that
none of the Middletown MVAA football coaches or players
(40 seasons) has ever been cited with an infraction to
the league. We respect the job of the officials
and demand the same of our players. The same
officials employed in MVYFL officiate at the high school
Our primary coaching
positions are filled by those who believe that
success is bred by continuity and consistency. Coaches
are assigned to teams based on the needs of the overall
program, not neccessarily where their son plays.
This in itself inherently provides us an unbiased
evaluation of the talent. The potential of every
player in our program can be tapped to the fullest, void
of personal bias.
Our approach has
been successful. In the 7 years we have
fully implemented the continuity approach to coaching,
the three competitive levels of our program have a
combined record of 181-52-2. We have two MVYFL
Superbowl victories, eight Superbowl runner-ups and 9
Valley Divisional titles.
MHS head varsity
football coach - Coach Lynott has coached within the
MVAA program for the last 5 seasons. Coach Lynott
was also our game time PA announcer. It was not
uncommon to hear our fans praise the excellent job and
commentary provided by Coach Lynott. His guidance
and assistance helps reinforce the MVAA efforts in
preparing our players for high school.
Many of the present MHS
football coaches were former MVAA coaches and/or
First year players
have always contributed to our program's success and
have earned starting positions. Part of the
excitement each year for our coaching staff is not
knowing the potential attributes of a new player.
Time after time, the new players serve a vital role on
all of our teams. It is never too late to start
playing football with the MVAA.
The MVYFL is
comprised of a DI and DII level. The same coaches
coach both the DI and DII teams. Both divisions
practice together and only separate on game day.
The DII Middletown squads adhere to a "must-play"
policy. Playing time at the DII level is afforded
to all of the athletes that practice. MVAA
understands there are commitments that take precedence
over football, including but not limited to family,
scholastic and religious events. These situations
can be handled one on one with the head coach.
We have an 85%
retention rate with MVAA football players.
Year after year, players return to our program with the
desire to become a better player and contributor to
their team. We have found that our program offers
an appealing venue for those wanting to commit to a team
and continue to build the Middletown football
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First Practice August 1st, 6PM
MVAA Football typically
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights during
the season. This provides our players the
opportunity to watch the high school football teams.
Freshman and JV High School games are typically played
on Wednesdays with Varsity games typically on Friday
MVAA Football History
MVAA football program was formed in 1971 to provide a
feeder program to Middletown High School (MHS). We
would like to thank our parents for their continued
support of the program. The youth football league
existed before there was a high school team. The
premise behind the program was to develop football
players through fundamentals, dedication, confidence and
commitment to their team to prepare them for high school
football. After the start-up of the high school
football program, graduates of the program began giving
back to the community where many grew up. Today,
there are many coaches within the MVAA program who
played MVAA football as well as MHS football.
There are also just as many coaches involved in the MVAA
program that have played and coached for other programs
from other areas of the county and country. Our
program models the high school program and is
coordinating our efforts with the new head coach - Coach
By virtue of the fact that
our practices and program philosophy are nearly
identical to what is expected at the MHS Program, MVAA
football players have a seamless transition from the
MVAA Program to the MHS Program. Not only are they
well schooled in the same techniques and terminology
used at the next level but most importantly they become
immersed in the mental attitude that is distinctly
MVAA Present Day
region has continued to grow, so has the MVAA and MVYFL.
Within our league there are two division levels.
DI is the competitive division and the DII level is
where the players hone the football skills in a
game-like atmosphere. We will be entering
our fourth year with DII representation. The DII teams
are coached by the DI staff making it possible for your
son to advance and benefit from competing with DI
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