We've been around


We are not going to add up to brag all of the years our contributors to this project have been involved in Aussie Rules Football in the USA and elsewhere, but it is considerable to put it mildly. Their experience and their own professional knowledge ensures we have just about every conceivable footy scenario covered.

Our volunteers also are not only award recipients in USA footy, but they are professional, genuine, passionate, family people, mates on the field and off and willing to invest in you, and the growth of Aussie Rules Football in the USA like never before.

Notice of Non-Affiliation and Disclaimer

Footy 5000 is here specifically to grow local grassroots Aussie Rules Football which we believe in turn will only bolster the USAFL league and it's member teams.

Footy 5000 is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the United States Australian Football League (“USAFL”) or any other related organization in the USA.  The official website of the USAFL can be found at www.usafl.com.

The name Footy 5000 as well as related names, marks, emblems and images are common law trademarks of their respective owners.

Kyle Strenski

Work - Director Global Business Development, UPM Raflatac

Current Residence - Greenville, SC

Footy Background - Head Coach USA Development Team, 15 years Head Coach Cincinnati Dockers, USA National Team representative, All-American Team of the Decade, Dockers 20th Anniversary Team, 7 National Championships wins with the Cincinnati Dockers

First Year of USA Footy - 1999

Career Games Played - 300+

Joel Dixon

Work - Beer & Wine Sales Rep

Residence - Birmingham, AL

Footy Background -  Brighton Grammar School, Wodonga Raiders, Beaumaris Sharks, Morningside Panthers. 2 Premierships, 2 B & Fs.

First Year of USA footy - 2020

Career Games - 400+

Sara Rohner

Work - Writer, Editor, Photographer, Mom

Current Residence - Centennial, CO

Footy Background - Founder of the Centennial Tigers, Denver Bulldogs 2013-2019 (rookie of the year 2013, clubman of the year 2018, BOG 2018); Centennial Tigers 2019-present; USA Freedom 2014; AFL IC All-World Team 2014; played one game with Gold Coast Suns developmental squad; earned a spot on Williamstown VFLW; trained with Collingwood, Western Bulldogs and Williamstown VLFW teams

First Year of USA Footy - 2013

Career Games Played - 50+

Wayne Kraska

Work - Website Developer, Play Aussie USA owner, Book Seller

Current Residence - Rome, GA

Footy Background - USAFL & ATL Kookaburras Life Member, Inaugural USA Freedom Coach, Outgoing President Atlanta Kookaburras, Founder Rome Redbacks FC GA, Centenary Year Premiership Playing Coach Korumburra, Sth Gippsland, Vic. League B&F VAFA. 3 Premierships, 8 Club B & Fs.

First Year of USA Footy - 2001

Career Games Played - 450+

Ryan 'Rhyno' Russell

Work - Creative Director, Head Copywriter - Rhyno Production and Design

Current Residence - West Allis, WI

Footy Background -Player - Milwaukee Bombers, 2002 National runners-up/2003 National Champs, 2002-2003 Social Director, 2005-2008 Metro. Umpire - USAFL 2005-2008. Youth Footy presenter 2003-2009.

First Year of USA Footy - 2001

Career Games Played - 50+

Justin Ward

Work - Patent Attorney

Current Residence - Savannah, GA

Footy Background - Player - Atlanta Kookaburras, 2009-2013; Player/President - Savannah Hurricane 2019- current.

First Year of USA Footy - 2009

Career Games Played - 30+

Rick Shaibani

Work - Film Crew & Production

Current Residence - Los Angeles, CA

Footy Background - Player - LA Dragons 2016-18, 2020-present, Caroline Springs FC Melbourne, 2019, Arizona Hawks 2015. Board Member LA Dragons 2018 & 2020.

First Year of USA Footy - 2015

Career Games Played - 50+

Drea Casillas

Work - Business and Finance Attorney, Intellectual Property Attorney

Current Residence - Brooklyn, NY

Footy Background - President, NY Magpies, Co-founder of the NY Magpies women's team, Founder of the USAFL Women's Association, (former) USAFL Women's Director, (former) USAFL Secretary, USA Freedom Representative, Magpies Life Member, USAFL Pioneer Recipient, Magpies Player of the Year, Magpies Captain (women's)

First Year of USA Footy - 2005

Career Games Played - ? (I need to figure this out)

Darren Green

Work - Administrator (finance), formerly hotel/hospitality management, & sales management

Current Residence - Richmond, VA

Footy Background - Club Founder, President & player – RVA Lions (Sporting Community & Supporters) Club, Level 1 Coach, Member (2019) of USAFL’s development & sponsorship committees.

First Year of USA Footy - 2019 … Brisbane born & raised now “Ausmerican” (AUS+USA dual-citizen), lifelong footy fan & sports enthusiast

Career Games Played - 15 (US)