Ithaca, N.Y. — Mark McDonough, Ithaca College’s assistant football coach, was chosen to be part of the coaching staff of the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football. 

From July 7 to 16, he will head to Kuwait City, Kuwait, where the team will compete in the 2014 International Federation of American Football Under-19 World Championship, an eight-nation tournament.

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ITHACA, N.Y. – Ithaca College football assistant coach Mark McDonough has been selected to participate as a member of the coaching staff with the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football. The team will compete in the 2014 International Federation of American Football Under-19 World Championship, an eight-nation tournament July 7-16 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. IFAF is composed of 64 nations spanning six continents that possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.

The American roster is comprised of 44 U.S. high school and college football players. The team includes athletes representing 20 states and will compete in a field against national teams from Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Kuwait and Mexico. The United States won the inaugural IFAF Under-19 World Championship in 2009 in Canton, Ohio. Canada claimed the 2012 gold medal in Austin, Texas.

Team preparation will take place at a training camp June 25 to July 1 at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. The team departs for Kuwait on July 2, and has three games scheduled in pool play. The team’s first game is July 7 against Mexico, followed by a July 10 game against Germany and a July 13 game against Japan. Winners of the two groups will play in the gold-medal game July 16.

An all-American linebacker at Ithaca who spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Holy Cross,Mark McDonough completed his third season as Ithaca’s defensive coordinator in 2013. McDonough coached a unit that led the Empire 8 in scoring defense and red-zone defense and held six opponents to 20 points or fewer in 2011. During the 2012 season, McDonough served as acting head coach of the Bombers while Mike Welch was on medical leave. Ithaca went 2-2 in those four games, including a win over nationally-ranked Salisbury. In 2013, Ithaca’s defense ranked 22nd of 242 NCAA Division III teams in scoring defense, allowing just 15.9 points per game.  

McDonough is part of a 10-person coaching staff, led by head coach Aaron Brady of Malvern Prep in Malvern, Pa.

Kelsey O'Connor

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