Meet the first faces of the Pacific NW Hawks Football Team & Trade School

On March 16th In the heart of Tulalip, Washington, history is being forged as the first four football players of the Pacific NW Hawks Football Team & Trade School meet their new Head Coach and founder, Darin Andrews. This innovative venture not only heralds the dawn of a new era in sports but also presents a bold solution to tackle the looming labor shortage gripping the nation.

Coach Andrews, a visionary in his own right, seized the opportunity to combine the passion for football with the urgent need for skilled laborers. Thus, the Pacific NW Hawks Football Team & Trade School was conceived. It’s not merely a team but a gateway to a promising future for young men, bridging the worlds of sports and the workforce.

Among these trailblazers is Marcus Saunders, a towering Defensive Tackle hailing from Alabama, standing at an imposing 6 feet 3 inches and weighing 265 pounds. With a relentless drive and strength to match, Marcus embodies the spirit of perseverance, ready to dominate on the field and in his chosen trade.

Marcus Saunders stands as the true pioneer of this transformative journey, embodying the ethos of dedication and determination. As the first student to commit to the Pacific NW Trade School, Marcus’s decision to relocate to the Pacific Northwest symbolizes a bold leap into the unknown, driven by his unwavering ambition to excel both athletically and academically. Leaving behind the familiar sights and sounds of Alabama, Marcus embraces this opportunity with open arms, eager to immerse himself in a new community and forge a path toward success. With his commitment to the Pacific NW Trade School, Marcus paves the way for future generations of aspiring athletes and tradesmen, proving that with perseverance and resilience, the sky’s the limit in achieving one’s dreams.

Joining Marcus is Josiah Pesterkoff, a dynamic Running Back standing at 5 feet 10 inches and weighing in at 210 pounds, hailing from Arlington, Washington. Josiah brings agility and determination, fueled by his passion for the game and the prospect of building a successful career beyond the gridiron.

Adding to the formidable lineup is Jaden Bridgers, an Offensive Tackle towering at 6 feet 5 inches, originating from Bellevue, Washington. Jaden’s size and skill make him a formidable force on the field, while his ambition extends beyond the game as he looks to carve out a future in the trades.

Completing this quartet of pioneers is Vante Brown, a versatile Running Back standing at 5 feet 11 inches, representing Redmond, Washington. Despite his stature, Vante possesses lightning speed and agility, coupled with a determination to excel both in football and in the world of trades. Vante is also the first player to reach out to Coach Andrews 4 years ago in 2020, just after the start of the pandemic. His ambition is what gave Coach Andrews the vision of bringing sports and trades together. Vante is also leading the company as events manager and is currently working on our first game in August.

Under the mentorship of Coach Andrews, these four young athletes are poised to become the vanguards of a movement set to redefine the concept of student-athlete. With a focus on athletic prowess and vocational training, the Pacific NW Hawks Football Team & Trade School aims to mold well-rounded individuals equipped to meet the demands of the modern workforce.

But the aspirations of Coach Andrews and his team extend beyond the field. With aspirations to ascend to Division III NCAA status, the Pacific NW Hawks aspire to compete at the highest level while nurturing the next generation of skilled tradesmen.

At the helm of this groundbreaking endeavor is Reese Bliek,

the owner of Coppertop Construction, a respected figure in the Oak Harbor & Coupeville, Washington community. Reese, a dedicated physician assistant (PA), brings not only his expertise in healthcare but also his passion for empowering young individuals to pursue their dreams. Recognizing the symbiotic relationship between sports and trades, Reese has taken on the responsibility of employing the first group of athletes, providing them with the opportunity to play football while honing their skills in the trades under his guidance.

Through Coppertop Construction, Reese is not only offering these athletes a chance to excel on the field but also setting them on a path toward a fulfilling career in the trades. His commitment to their development both as athletes and as skilled laborers embodies the spirit of community and opportunity that defines the Pacific NW Hawks Football Team & Trade School initiative. With Reese Bliek’s unwavering support, these young men are not only chasing their football dreams but also laying the foundation for a prosperous future in the trades, ensuring their success both on and off the field.

The journey commences on August 9th, under the radiant glow of Friday night lights, as the Pacific NW Hawks take to the field for their inaugural game. However, this is more than just a game; it’s a celebration of innovation and opportunity. Prior to kickoff, the public is invited to explore a Trade Show featuring top regional employers, showcasing the diverse career pathways available through the Pacific NW Hawks Football Team & Trade School.

As the sun dips below the horizon, and the cheers of the crowd reverberate through Tulalip, it’s evident that something extraordinary is unfolding. The Pacific NW Hawks Football Team & Trade School isn’t just a team; it’s a revolution. With Marcus, Josiah, Jaden, and Vante leading the charge, the future has never looked brighter.


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