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July 26, 2019
HIALEAH, FL – As the summer continues to wane and fall quickly approaches, the excitement around the ASA College-Miami football program grows by the day.
There was a crescendo in the excitement level this week as Director of Athletics Kenney Wilcox and new head coach Roosevelt Williams announced the Silver Storm's 2019-20 football schedule Friday.
"We're excited about the 2019 season – for a multitude of reasons," Wilcox said. "Coach Williams and his staff have put in hours and hours of work to take the program to a new level and I cannot wait to see their work – and the work of the student-athletes – pay dividends this fall. This is a very competitive schedule that will test our program in a very good way and a schedule that will perhaps us in position to clinch our first-ever bowl game berth."
"Silver Storm football is headed in the right direction," Wilcox added.
That new direction is under the leadership of Williams, who was promoted to the position of head coach in April. Having served as the team's defensive coordinator in 2018, Williams – a former collegiate All-American and 5-year NFL veteran – will be able to put his fingerprints on the entire program.
Per usual, ASA Miami will play a 10-game schedule.
Of the 10, six of those games will be played on the field turf of Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park in Hialeah, Florida – the Silver Storm's home field since the program's inception five years ago.
The team will kick off its regular season at home on August 24th, when it hosts Advance Prep Postgraduate Academy. ASA Miami holds a perfect 5-0 record against the Panthers and has outscored APA 231-6 in those meetings.
Following the home opener, ASA Miami will spend two of the next three weeks on the road. For the second straight year, the Silver Storm will travel to a halfway point to take on Lackawanna College (Pa.) on a neutral field. Last season, the two teams met in North Carolina and played at Jerry Richardson Stadium on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, which Lackawanna won 30-7. This year they will meet in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and play at Coastal Carolina University's Brooks Stadium on September 1st.
The game against Lackawanna, which had an undefeated season in 2018, won't only a monumental early-season test for the Silver Storm, it will also be Coach Williams' first game against another junior college program as a head coach.
ASA has an open date after its trip to The Palmetto State and will use that extra time to recoup and prepare for another road trip, as the team will travel to Little Rock, Arkansas to take on Arkansas Baptist College on September 7.
After the two road trips, the Silver Storm will spend five of the following six weeks in the friendly confines of Ted Hendricks Stadium. ASA Miami will host Goode Elite Prep Postgraduate Academy (AL) on September 21 followed by its annual home game against rival Georgia Military Academy on September 28.
The matchup against GMC will be the first of a "murderous row" of games for ASA. After the Bulldogs, the Silver Storm will then travel to face Louisburg College (Oct. 12), then return home to host Snow College (UT).
Snow College will be making the trip to South Florida from Ephraim, Utah to complete the second half of a home-and-home series with ASA Miami. The Silver Storm made the trek out west in 2018 and ultimately suffered the toughest loss of their season. Perhaps the lengthy journey (2,548 miles) could prove to be the advantage for the Silver Storm in 2019.
ASA Miami will host Community Christian (Oct. 26) for its final home game of 2019 before closing its regular season in Milledgeville, Georgia to take on Georgia Military.
Williams Adds Two New Coaches
Williams also announced Friday the addition of two new assistant coaches to the team's coaching staff.
Tyler Swindle was hired to be the team's new tight ends coach and Nick Mendelsberg was brought in to serve as wide receivers coach. Mendelsberg and Swindle will work under offensive coordinator Eddie "Rabbit" Brown this season.
Swindle played collegiately at Jacksonville State University before beginning his coaching career while Mendelsberg – a Miami native and former wide receiver at Ave Maria University – recently spent time at the University of Miami as a video assistant before joining ASA Miami.