Executive Board Transitions

Two long-time members step down; four new members join

Updated Saturday February 18, 2017 by Ken Alberti.

Guilford Youth Football and Cheerleading Executive Board Transitions

At the Guilford Youth Football and Cheerleading board meeting on Monday, February 13th, the league said farewell to two long-time board members. Mark Chapman and Jon Root have both served the league as board members for the past several years. Mark as the league's Treasurer and Jon as the board Secretary. Under their guidance, the league has experienced increased participation along with a strengthening of the organization's financial sustainability and numerous enhancements to equipment, player safety, increased training and certifications for coaches and overall elevation of the Guilford Youth Football program in the community.

Additionally, both men coached multiple teams during their tenure on the board. Chapman just completed his final season as a youth coach serving as the defensive coordinator of the 8th grade squad that advanced to the semifinal round of the Shoreline Youth Football Conference championship playoff bracket. He looks forward supporting a smooth transition to the next treasurer and will not stray far from Guilford football as his son moves up to the high school program next season.

Root took on double duty this past season as the head coach of the 7th and 3rd grade teams. Both groups enjoyed success on the field. We will continue to see Root on the sidelines this fall as he serves as head coach for the incoming 4th grade team.

“It has been an honor to serve alongside both Mark and Jon”, said Rance Hillier, president, following the recent board meeting. “Guilford Youth Football has grown due to the leadership, dedication, and efforts of these gentlemen.  I look forward to seeing Jon between the lines this coming season as he prepares the 4th grade team for another successful year.  At the same time, I know Mark will be just outside the lines, cheering for his son as he enters the high school program.  A sincere and heartfelt thank you to both Mark and Jon.”

Joining the executive board to fill open positions were the following new members:

Ken Alberti, Vice President, League Development

Karen Chiaia, Vice President, Cheerleading

Jason Deshefy, Secretary

Kevin Smith, Treasurer

The new members join the existing board group led by Rance Hillier (President), Mike Burrell (Vice President, Field/Game Day Coordinator) and Bob Swan (Vice President, Safety Coordinator) to complete the full Guilford Youth Football and Cheerleading executive board.

All league members and interested members of the community are welcome to attend monthly board meetings to learn more about league activities and initiatives.  The board generally meets on the second Monday of each month. See the league website for specific dates, times and location.

Registration for the 2017 season will open March 1st with early bird rates for individual and multi-player registrations. Football teams are forming in all elementary and middle school grades: Kindergarten - 2nd grade (flag), 3rd - 8th grade (tackle). Cheerleading will accept registrations for interested athletes in 2nd - 8th grade. To register players and learn more visit www.guilfordyouthfootball.com