BOONE — As the days continue to get closer to tryouts and the first ever High Country Grizzlies season, it took a lot of effort and hard work to make the indoor football dream come true.
A pair of guys that fell in love with what the High Country had to offer decided to form an ownership pairing to bring about the creation of the Grizzlies.
Donald Thompson is the majority owner of the club. Thompson played football and graduated from East Carolina University and has become a successful businessman away from academics and football. Thompson has been deeply involved in he technology world and has most recently developed a consulting practice.
Minority owner Bryan Bouboulis graduated from Appalachian State and played football under former head coach Jerry Moore. Bouboulis has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration that he completed in 1991 and followed that up with nine years of retail management experience for large corporations. Bouboulis came back to App State in 2000 to complete his Master of Business Administration and remained in the High Country. He is currently a full-time lecturer for the College of Business.
The first spot filled by the ownership group was deciding on a general manager to find the coaching staff and the players to build the team.
The Grizzlies turned to William Thompson (no relation to the owner) to become the GM/Director of Football Operations.
Thompson graduated from Fayetteville State and went on to coach football, track and women’s basketball at the high school level before coming to App State as the athletic equipment manager. He also worked for Riddell Sports and SpeedTracs America for 11 years providing sporting equipment to high school, college and professional sports teams.
The first hire made by Thompson was head coach Josh Resignalo. “Coach Res” has spent the previous six seasons coaching indoor football as well as the previous 10 seasons as an assistant coach of Green Hope High School.
During his coaching career, Resignalo has been both an offensive and defensive coordinator as well as head coach and quarterbacks coach. Off the field, Resignalo is a former United States Marine Corps combat veteran that finished two tours of duty in Iraq.
Another member of the coaching staff is former Mountaineer Josh Jeffries, who was a two-time All-American at defensive end and is the all-time sack leader at App State. Jeffries played for the Tennessee Titans in 2003 and played for the Los Angeles Avengers in the Arena Football League from 2004-08.
Bob Brewer, who spent time coaching at Winona State University and Springboro High School in Ohio, will take over as the offensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator. Brewer currently resides in Boone and is the owner of Anytime Fitness.
Steve White is a popular voice to many in the High Country. White graduated from App State in 1992 and got his broadcast career started with the Appalachian Sports Network as a play-by-play announcer and analyst until 1998.
After that, White went on to work at WFMY-TV in Greensboro as a sports anchor, reporter and photographer. He moved on to News 14 Carolina in Charlotte but decided it was time to come back to Boone in 2006. White worked as the ticket manager and public address announcer for football and basketball until 2015. Now, White works as a freelance voice talent that included narrating audio books as well.
A team would not be complete without some cheerleaders to keep the fans excited. Shauna Godwin was named as the head coach for the High Country Honeys dance team.
Godwin teaches and choreographs dances all across the region, including being the director of the stage show at Tweetsie Railroad and the outdoor drama “Horn in the West” in Boone. Godwin is also a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. She is a graduate of Appalachian State and the daughter of a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.
Next up for the Grizzlies will be putting together a team full of talented players to put on a show for the fans.
Tryouts for the team will take place on Oct. 15 at 9 a.m.
Those interested in trying out can find out more information on the High Country Grizzlies website at www.highcountrygrizzlies.com .
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.