Coach Dan Levy’s Latest Football Conquest: Taking on Conquistador Bowl

Vila Velha`s Levy adds Conquistador Bowl to growing list of accomplishments

 

From Louisiana, to Texas, to Ireland, from Norway to Poland to Brasil, journeyman Coach, Dan Levy, has found success wherever the world of American football has taken him. In an August 24th ceremony prior to Levy`s Vila Velhoe Tritoes’ victory over Rio de Janeiro`s Botafogo Reptiles in Brasil`s Tourneio Touchdown Tournament, Levy confirmed his next stop – The Conquistador Bowl, in Cancun, Mexico.

While Levy`s coaching career is full of notable moments, an invite to the Conquistador Bowl marks a high point. The Conquistador Bowl, which will be held on January 31, 2015, is week-long event that will showcase draft-eligible players from the United States in 1AA (FCS) and lower divisions, Canada, Japan and Mexico, as they participate in a series of professionally run practices, which will conclude in the Conquistador Bowl game. The selected athletes will have the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their skills before the watchful eyes of professional team scouts and personnel from all major football leagues, including NFL, CFL and AFL.

Levy fired up about American Football in Brazil!

Levy fired up about American Football in Brazil!

“It’s a little surreal,” said Levy of the invite. “To have the opportunity to be in meetings and practices with former NFL players and coaches, including a handful of Super Bowl champions; the opportunity to coach bonafide draft prospects and the best international talent from 4 different continents. I’m humbled and honored,” he said.

“Coach Levy is a well respected coach on the international level and will be a perfect complement to the game,” said Conquistador Bowl founder and Director of Football Operations, Mark Daniel. “He also will bring a sense of comfort to Gerson during the week,” added Daniel, referring to Sao Jose Istepos linebacker, Gerson Santos, the only Brasilian player selected for the game.

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Levy’s Vila Velha Tritoes featuring new QB Alvaro Siquera

Between now and the time coaches report to Conquistador Bowl camp, Levy is working to add one more piece to his resume – a Torneio Touchdown Tournament national championship. Since arriving in the seaside town of Vila Velha, Espirito Santo, Brazil, Levy has been making waves. His first big splash was to make his team, the Tritoes, the first team in Brasilian history to sign a former NFL player, by contracting Levy`s former high school teammate and former Buffalo Bill, Nic Harris. He also brought Pro Bowl center, Alex Mack, to town to work with his offensive line, and recently signed European import star running back, Charles McCrea.

Of all of Levy`s moves this season in Vila Velha, perhaps the biggest ones have been those that he has made with his players. Out of 22 Vila Velha starters, 10 of them are playing a new position in their first season under Levy. The most notable switch, by far, has led to what many consider to be Brasil`s breakout superstar of 2014, TE/WR-turned-QB, Alvaro Siquera. Siquera, a former TE and WR, was more than a little hesitant to make the switch to QB at first. “I mean, he really didn`t want to do it,” said Levy. “But he has brought it every day in practice, as well as in individual training sessions,” he added. Levy`s training methods with his new QB range from traditional, to what could be described as Mr. Miyagi-esque, as Levy regularly meets with Siquera in the ocean to run him through a battery of drills and exercises.

Coach Levy & Alvaro Siquera

Since committing to the position (and Levy`s ocean-training seen below) in February, Siquera can only be described as sensational. In 4 games at his new position, the unanimously-voted team captain has accounted for 13 TDs, with 720 yards passing, while adding another 234 on the ground. He has also been clutch, leading a game winning drive (set up by an interception by receiver-come-CB, Victor Miranda, another one of Levy`s Position Change All Stars) with under two minutes to play against Division rival, Botafogo. A win that, for now, puts Vila Velha in the drivers seat for a division title.

 

In what is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year in Brazilian American Football, Levy and the Tritoes, currently ranked 3rd in the Torneio Touchdown Power Rankings, travel to Timbo, Santa Catarina, this Saturday, to take on the number 2 Timbo T-Rex, and while Levy has never stayed in one place for very long, for now, at least, he seems happy building a juggernaut in a country that is quickly becoming American Football-crazed.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s kind of a force of nature unto itself. The speed at which it is growing in concert with what I can only describe as ‘viral’ interest among fans and players alike, all of this makes for a very bright future for American football in Brazil. And I am happy to be a part of that.”

Check out Levy’s Tritoes in action below!

Vila Velha highlights against the Botafogo Reptiles:

To learn more about the Conquistador Bowl check out the links below!

Website: http://www.theconquistadorbowl.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TCBallstargame
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Conquistador-Bowl/724395210951236
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/conquistador-bowl

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Dan Levy Facebook:
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Clayton Lovett
Clayton Lovett has served football in Brasil in a variety of roles, including as the member of the coaching staff of two CBFA national champions (Cuiaba Arsenal 2010, 2012). Football is his hobby. Professionally, he is the founder of CS Educacional, which provides educational and competitive opportunities abroad for student-athletes.
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