OUR 2023 TEAMS & GETTING INVOLVED
We're planning on 2023 be our biggest year yet as we expand both our Junior and Senior programs. To learn more about the 2023 season click below:
Our Senior Men's program is one of the premier programs in the country, and has played since 1984, making it one of the oldest clubs and teams in the country.
The Men's program are five time state champions, and will enter 2023 looking to go one better after finishing runner up in 2022.
Our Men's program designed to provide a competitive and challenging environment for players of all levels. Coaches focus on refining players' skills, introducing advanced techniques and strategies, and helping players to develop a deeper understanding of the game.
In addition to skill development, the Men's teams emphasize the importance of teamwork, discipline, and dedication. Players are expected to hold themselves and their teammates to a high standard, and to lead by example both on and off the field. By emphasizing these core values, open age men's teams create a competitive and supportive environment that encourages personal growth and development.
One of the key objectives of the team is to provide players with the opportunity to compete at the highest level they wish to. Whether players are aspiring to play at local club level, state, national or professional level, we offer a challenging and rewarding environment where players can test themselves against the best competition.
Our Men's team is overseen by our Head Coach John Leijten.
Coach Leijten joined the Rangers in 2021 from a decorated American Football career internationally.
Coach Leijten’s coaching career started in 1991 when as defensive coordinator for the Tilburg Steelers, in Holland he helped the club win the Dutch national championships in both 1991 and 1992 while reaching the playoff finals in 1994. From 1994 to 1999 he was head coach of the Vught Black Rhinos before moving to the Cologne Crocodiles in the German league in 2000 as defensive coordinator. The Crocodiles won the German Bowl that year and Leijten’s coaching skills were noticed by Jeff Reinebold, then defensive backs and special teams coach for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe. Leijten joined Amsterdam in 2001 as running backs coach. He switched to linebackers with the Admirals teams that won the 2005 World Bowl championship, and made the championship final in 2006.
In 2009 Leijten acted as an interim defensive coach to prepare the Aix-En-Provence Argonauts for the 2009 French playoffs. The Argonauts reached the French semi final that year, where they were knocked out by the La Courneuve Flash.
Prior to signing with Dresden in 2013, Leijten was coaching in Australia, and as head coach of the Australian national team – The Outback – in 2011, surprised the world in the 2011 IFAF World Championships with the team’s performances against the top teams in the tournament.
Coach Leijten spent the 2019 season with the Dusseldorf Panthers (German Football league). Prior to that in his four seasons with the Dresden Monarchs (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Leijten compiled a 38-12-2 record reaching the GFL semifinals four times and the quarterfinals once. While he was head coach in Dresden, the team was constantly ranked among the top six teams in Europe.