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Vipers See First Departure from Organization in Himebauch


The Tampa Bay Vipers organization has seen it’s first member of the staff from the 2020 season move on to another job as Jonathan Himebauch, the team’s offensive line coach has agreed to a contract with the Air Force Academy to be the tight end coach.

The offensive line was one of the bright spots on the Vipers in 2020. A unit that was almost never fully healthy, but still played some of the most consistent football during the league’s abbreviated season.

“Jonathan, Jessica and their family are such a natural fit for our football program and Academy. Both the depth and the breadth of his playing and coaching experiences along with his very sturdy leadership qualities are perfect for the Falcons.”

Air Force Head Coach Troy Calhoun on Himebauch

Air Force plays a run heavy style on offense. So adding Himebauch, a center during his playing days turned offensive line coach will fit in perfectly coaching tight ends in the Falcons’ offense. Air Force tight ends made five receptions during the 2019 season.

As a team, the Falcons only attempted 126 throws last season (68 completions). In comparison, the team ran the ball 755 times for 3,881 yards. The team scored 14 touchdowns through the air, and 41 on the ground.

Air Force finished 2019 ranked No. 22 in the nation with an 11-2 record and won the Cheez-It bowl against Washington State. The addition of Himebauch to help blocking in the run game is a highly intelligent football move.

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