Polynesian Bowl announces Doug Williams, Trent Dilfer as coaches

… Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council, Hawaii News Now, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel …

(October 14, 2020) – The Polynesian Bowl announced today that two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, Doug Williams and Trent Dilfer have been selected as head coaches for the 2021 Polynesian Bowl.

The Polynesian Bowl is an annual all-star game featuring 100 of the nation’s top senior high school football players. This year’s game will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 (6:30 p.m. HST) at Aloha Stadium on O’ahu, Hawaii and will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

Doug Williams will serve as Head Coach for Team Mauka (Mountain). Doug was named Super Bowl XXII MVP, making him the first black QB to both start and win (Washington) a Super Bowl. Following his playing career, Williams began coaching, most notably serving as the head coach of the Grambling State Tigers. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Player Development for the NFL’s Washington Football Team. Doug is only one of a handful of players honored in two NFL Stadium “Ring of Honors” (Washington and Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

“The Polynesian Bowl is going to be an incredible cultural experience,” said Doug Williams. “I’m looking forward to coaching the nation’s best high school players in paradise.”

Trent Dilfer will serve as Head Coach for Team Makai (Ocean). Trent played 14 seasons in the NFL including starting QB for the Baltimore Ravens during their Super Bowl XXXV championship. After his NFL playing career, Trent was hired by ESPN as an NFL analyst, a position he held until 2017. He currently serves as head coach of the Elite 11, a quarterback camp featuring the nation’s best high school quarterbacks and at Lipscomb Academy.

“I’m excited to be part of the 2021 Polynesian Bowl,” said Trent Dilfer. “The talent is off the charts. It’s going to be a lot of fun coaching these elite athletes.”

Past Polynesian Bowl head coaches include: Dick Tomey & June Jones (2017), Dick Vermeil & Terry Donahue (2018), Mike Bellotti & Jim Zorn (2019) and Frank Beamer & Steve Spurrier (2020).

About the Polynesian Bowl: The world’s top high school football players gather in Hawaii to celebrate culture & play the game they love. It is televised live on CBS Sports Network, presented annually by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. Major partners include adidas, BodyArmor, CrossCountry Mortgage, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council, Hawaii News Now, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel and Riddell.

For more information, visit www.PolynesianBowl.com and www.PolynesianFootballHOF.org.

The Polynesian Bowl began in 2017 with current Stanford running backConnor Wedingtonthe inaugural Offensive MVP and Iowa defensive lineman A.J. Epenesa the Defensive MVP. The 2018 game was the second year and Washington cornerbackKyler Gordonand Stanford quarterback signeeTanner McKeewere named Co-MVP’s. The 2019 game saw linebackerDaniel Heimuliand receiverPuka Nacua, both now at Washington, earn co-MVP honors. The 2020 game saw BYU signeeSol-Jay Maiavaand Washington preferred walk-onMeki Peiwin co-MVP.

The fifth Polynesian Bowl is set for January 23, 2021 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, with nearly 40 players already selected to the 2021 game.

For a look at the 2021 Polynesian Bowl roster,go here.

R9B Names Doug Williams Executive Vice President of Product Development

He led an advanced research team in IBM’s Watson Research Division, and for the past decade has been a key leader in IBM’s corporate-wide adoption of Agile development practices. His more recent advanced security project explored applying machine learning algorithms to data loss prevention …

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — R9B (root9B, LLC), a leading provider of advanced cybersecurity managed services, technology and training for commercial and government clients, announced today Doug Williams is joining the company as executive vice president of product development. Doug will lead product development, quality assurance, and technical customer support activities. He joins R9B after a distinguished 33-year career with IBM research and development, where he was most recently a senior data scientist in IBM’s CISO organization. Doug also served as the technical leader in IBM’s advanced security development organization while leading a global team of engineers, security experts, and Cloud operations professionals.

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Doug brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to R9B, having worked in a variety of technology areas throughout his career to include data science, networking, data storage, cloud, and software development technologies. He led an advanced research team in IBM’s Watson Research Division, and for the past decade has been a key leader in IBM’s corporate-wide adoption of Agile development practices. His more recent advanced security project explored applying machine learning algorithms to data loss prevention problems.

“R9B’s active adversary pursuit methodology is the missing element in many security strategies,” said Mr. Williams. “The greatest challenge for security professionals is wringing the full value out of their existing security investments. R9B’s focus on ‘human-led, technology-accelerated’ Manned Information Security is a key component part of a larger solution.”

“Doug brings deep and diverse experience as an innovator, technical leader and scientist across product development, research and the commercial cyber arena,” said R9B CEO Eric Hipkins. “Having Doug Williams join us is proof that our focus and unique approach to solving the toughest security challenges continues to attract distinguished talent from the public and private sectors. We are very pleased to have Doug join the R9B team.”

About R9B

R9B (root9B, LLC) is the leader in advanced cybersecurity solutions, enhancing the way global organizations detect, pursue, isolate and eliminate threats to enterprise infrastructure. As the company that introduced HUNT to commercial markets in 2013, R9B products and services are trusted by both governments and Fortune 500 brands to achieve tangible results. Founded by professionals with backgrounds in the Defense, Intelligence and commercial communities, R9B delivers expert knowledge, next-generation technology and in-depth training through a security-as-a-service model. For more information, visit www.root9b.com.

Contact: Erika Hipkins 719-534-3994

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