The Islanders management
is pleased to announce two new major coaching staff
Rick Rivers-special correspondent
Jan. 8, 2009
Islander's new coaches
planning strategy at practice, left to right Jason
Piccolotti and Dave Hanson
Pacifica, Calif. – The 2009
Pacifica Islanders coaching staff will be led by new Head
Coach Dave Hanson and Assistant Head Coach Jason Piccolotti.
These two men have an incredible football history dating
back to their high school and college careers.
Both Dave and Jason have storied careers at this level of
ball. These two legends have been the backbone of this
organization since it's inception in 2003. Dave
quarterbacked the team to it's first championship while
Jason led them to their next three National titles.
The team was previously coached by longtime head coach Jack
Burgett. Jack recently retired from football due to health
concerns and to spend more time with his family. "Although
we will miss Jack and his knowledge immensely, the Islanders
staff feels that these two gentlemen have what it takes to
continue the championship tradition the team has become
accustomed to." said Islander president Brian Martinez.
Mr. Hanson boast a 209-9 win/loss record in minor league
football between his playing and coaching experience. He has
won 16 different championships throughout his career in
minor league ball, with 3 coming in 2008. Dave shattered the
rushing and touchdown records at his
alma mater South San Francisco
High. Dave also led the state and set the California record
for most touchdowns in a season with 38 in his senior year.
His jersey was retired and still hangs from the ceiling in
the gym at So. City.
Dave then continued his career by breaking just about every
record in the College of San Mateo's history, followed by
playing for Sonoma State University. There he was able to
run behind legendary NFL lineman and ex Dallas Cowboy and
San Francisco 49er Larry Allen.
"I am excited about the upcoming season and intend to keep
the wins rolling in and the tradition alive" stated Dave. "I
appreciate the opportunity the team has provided me and I
will not let them down" concluded Mr. Hanson
Jason Piccolotti who is moving from the team's starting
quarterback into his new role as the assistant Head Coach is
also extremely motivated by the possibilities that his new
position will provide. "I am looking forward to the
transition and feel it will be an easy one, especially given
the fact that I have played with many of these men at both
the college and minor league level." "Developing players
and helping them get to the next level is what I plan to
do." said Jason, fondly known as J-Pic to his team mates.
Jason's football career started in Pacifica playing youth
ball with the Pacifica Dolphins and then moving on to Oceana
High School. In 1994 while playing quarterback for Community
College of San Francisco Jason won a National Championship
and still remains in the record books for single season
passing and career passing.
Jason then received a scholarship and attended the
University of South Dakota. After college Jason has been
involved with minor league football and has played or
coached for several northern California teams including the
Pacifica Outlaws, Daly City Renegades
and the Nor-Cal Lawmen besides his experience with the
General manager Tom Piccolotti believes this will be a very
successful season at Terra Nova and is confident these two
will bring home another title.
"The Islanders front office knows that the players have
tremendous respect for both of these gentlemen and will
respond positively toward the moves." stated