Vienna Vikings announce defensive and offensive coordinator for 2023
The defending champion of the European League of Football has extended their 2022 defensive coordinator Daniel Auböck.
“For me personally moving on from the Vienna Vikings hasn’t even crossed my mind,” the 33-year-old coach commented, via the team’s press release. “The 2022 European League of Football season was the greatest football experience of my life and I am excited for the adventures that lie ahead in 2023.”
A defense to build on
With Auböck leading the way on the defensive side, the Vikings finished their first season in the European League of Football with admirable numbers. They have allowed the second-fewest point (209) and the third-fewest rushing yards (1,041) in twelve regular season games combined. However, they have allowed 2,769 passing yards which ranks only seventh in the league.
In 2023, Auböck wants to keep developing his players towards another run at a championship. “I can ́t wait to see their development in 2023. […] We are returning almost our entire roster on defense, and we are even adding further talent in the process. The luxury of working with the same group for multiple years can ́t be overlooked and will help us tremendously preparing for another tough season in the European League of football.” Auböck added that the entire defensive coaching staff of the Vikings will return for the 2023 season as well.
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New face at offensive coordinator for the Vikings
The Vienna Vikings offense has had tremendous plays in every game in all of 2022. However, the Vikings and their former offensive coordinator mutually agreed to part ways as Danny Mitchell has pursued a new job as a coach in the United States.
To replace him, the Vikings have hired former Division I offensive coordinator John Shannon.
“I signed with the Vienna Vikings because this is an impressive organization, with strong owners and great leadership with head coach Chris Calaycay. We expect to compete for the European League of Football Championship each and every year,” Shannon explained his intention to sign with the Vikings.
Vikings head coach Chris Calaycay explained his decision to hire Shannon with their great talks during the interview process. "For the Vikings, it is all about personality and culture for our family. More important than Coach [John] Shannon‘s great success as a Division I play caller was the fact that I just loved our conversations and it felt like the right fit for this group of men here in Vienna,” Calaycay commented via the team’s press release. “I can't wait for the guys to start working with him and having him part of our family over here."
Shannon is one of the most experienced coaches in the European League of Football as he has called plays for numerous Division I colleges in the United States, like Troy State University, University of Toledo, Marshall University, and Texas Southern University.
With Chris Helbig as the Vikings new starting quarterback under center, it will be interesting to see what Shannon can get out of a revamped Vikings offense in 2023.