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Middle School (7th-8th)

Middle School Program

7th & 8th Grades

The Union Raider Middle School teams are designed to continue the great core beliefs being taught at the youth levels of the Union Raiders youth program, while also focusing on preparing kids for the step into the Ryle High School football program.  Our emphasis is always on the development of kids by continuing to teach the best fundamentals and by allowing Ryle bound kids to form lasting friendships and camaraderie that is unmatched in any other organization.  We have unique ties with Ryle coaches and players as well as the facilities that really allow our kids to be “on the door step“ of the program.  By having a separate schedule for both 7th and 8th grade, players are given a great opportunity for growth through better hands on coaching and by more actual game time.  We pride ourselves on scheduling great competition for our middle school program and giving our kids great game time experience.


Coach Engler (Ryle Varsity Head Coach) is very excited about our program and is confident in our direction.  He highly recommends that all of his Ryle future players to be involved in our program.




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Coaches Statement

Our coaches are dedicated to promoting the core values of the Union Raider Football Organization.  Wins and losses are not the main priority for coaches; developing life skills and individual character is what guides our coaching decisions and actions.  While we do not emphasize records to our players, we have been very successful at the middle school levels.  In seven seasons of play, we have played some of the best competition throughout the state as well as played teams from Ohio and Indiana.  We have competed in 4 state semi finals, and for a state middle school championship.  Furthermore, our coaches are expected to lead by example in both words and actions on and off the field.  As with all levels of our program, our coaches are USA football certified.  




My name is Doug Ashley and I am a Head Coach for the Middle School program (7th/8th grade).  I have been with the organization since 2014.  I have coached for many of the youth organizations in the area including the Spartans of the NKYFL and the Boone County Steelers.  I have also coached at the Varsity level as well as freshman football.  All together, I have over 25 years of coaching experience.  While my kids have grown and are not in the Union Raiders program, I feel as a parent that the Union Raiders are unmatched as an organization.  We have coaches that truly care about the kids development and do the right things on a daily basis for the kids in the community.  This is by far the best organization that I have coached in.  The Ryle Raiders future is bright because of the great players, coaches, and the families that work so hard for this organization.



Middle School Coaching Staff

8th Grade Head Coach - Matt Rabe

7th Grade Head Coach - Doug Ashley

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