Graphic: Igor Lazarevic
Long-time Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns coach Jordan Neuman has accepted the position of Head Coach for the Stuttgart Surge of the European League of Football. The Stuttgart Surge, located just over an hour south of Schwäbisch Hall, recently finished their second-ever season winless.
The record-breaking and three-time German Bowl-winning coach is eager to take on the new challenge of building up the struggling ELF franchise.
“I will always remain a Unicorn and am so thankful for my time in Schwäbisch Hall. But it’s time for a new challenge and a new era of Surge football begins now!”
The 39-year-old Neumana graduate of McMurry University in Texas and a native of Fort Worth, Texas has been one of the most successful head coaches in the German Football League in recent years. Since taking over as head coach of the Unicorns in late 2016, after spending three seasons (2014-2016) as offensive coordinator, he has won three German Bowl championships and finished second once, including pulling off a perfect season this season winning both the German Football League and CEFL. Last year, Neuman was also named head coach of the German National team.
As offensive coordinator, he helped the Unicorns reach three straight German Bowl finals (2014-2016) and also the Eurobowl final in 2015. He was also the quarterback’s coach for Team Germany when the team won the European title in 2014, beating Austria in a double overtime thriller. Prior to that, he had served as the Vienna Vikings offensive coordinator (2011-2013) helping the Vikings win back-to-back Austrian championships in 2012 and 2013 while also capturing the Eurobowl title in 2013.
Neuman first arrived in Europe in 2005 as the quarterback for Schwäbisch Hall. He also is the current head coach of the Unicorns Academy Schwäbisch Hall’s youth football academy.
The accomplished international coach now takes over as the head man in nearby Stuttgartas he will look to build the Surge into contenders. Last season the Surge went 0-12 posting the league offense averaging a mere nine points a game, while allowing an average of 37 points a game.