Porter Wilson Award
Eduardo Gonzalez - Melbourne, FL. USA
is an avid football player and coach. In Puerto Rico, as he grew up, he worked his way up the different football divisions: pop warner, highschool and later semi-pro. In 1998, he was accepted in the Ocean Engineering program of the Florida Institute of Technology.
While pursuing his degree, he got involved with flag football as an intramural sport.
In 2002, a year before graduating, he was challenged by a sorority to come up with a football team to beat them. The Blue Wave Flag Football Club was the the result of this challenge. Fast forward three years and he was still in college, still coaching and his team was domianting the intramural league. In 2005, he decided that in able for the team to improve, they should find competition elsewhere. That is when he first got involved with the IWFFA and the first time Blue Wave competed in a tournament (Division 3 Champs). Finally graduated from college with a Masters degree in Engineering in 2008, he still coaches the intramural team at FIT, the women's IWFFA team, and a job in another state.
In 2009, he was honored with the Porter Wilson Award for his contributions to the IWFFA and women's flag football. He is now employed as a strucutral/mechanical engineer in New Orleans, La and lives in Melbourne, Fl and somehow manages to maintain the Blue Wave Flag Football Club going. His future football plan include bringing a third team to the Kelly McGillis Classic of 2011, participate in other IWFFA tournament and assisting in developing the Orlando Women's Flag Football League.
Blue Wave in Key West 2005 Kelly McGillis Classic
Ed's greatest asset to the IWFFA has been his calculating mind.
Eduardo is able to to take subjective situations, quantify with numbers to make decision making easy and objective.
Our IWFFA tournaments offer several divisions for teams, and to divide teams according to their level of skill as a team is crucial to offer fair competition.
Eduardo has created the IWFFA's very own tournament pre-seeding computer program which factors a varitey of variables such as: Using each team roster - number of players, age of each player, awards received, years played, divisions played in, tackle experience, etc. we simoply plug in the info to pre-seed teams and then place into the first level of tournament format.
Over the year's, Ed has turned duties over to his team, allowing the wome to take charge.
Their efforts has developed the first Orlando Women's Flag Football League which is still growing.
The commitment , dedication and genious of this man has made a difference in womens' flag football