Tim has been around football his whole life, playing 4 years at St. John’s University, signing a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints and coaching for 3 years at the Roseville, MN High School.
As a father of seven, he has also coached his three boys in over 10 seasons of youth football. This last season, Tim coached his son’s middle school team in the first season of TackleBar™ Football.
With a passion and love for the game, Tim has learned many life lessons and made lifelong friends on and around the field. Tim feels strongly the game offers the opportunity to build both virtue and character. Perseverance, teamwork, brotherhood, and both mental and physical toughness are just a few of the areas that players develop.
Prior to TackleBar, Tim owned a medical device distributorship representing Medtronic Spine and Biologics.
Tim’s interest in TackleBar is offering a safer game that can and will encourage greater participation.
Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Jeremy has spent his career leading the technology development initiatives of high tech medical device programs. He believes problem solving is a common ingredient in every innovation.
It’s that same deep-rooted problem solving methodology that led Jeremy to apply his engineering background to develop TackleBar™ football. With the increased awareness of injury risks surrounding tackle football, Jeremy and his wife found themselves with hesitation about letting their three sons play football at all. They saw how their local football programs were struggling to field teams, an indication that they were not alone in their hesitation. A football player himself, Jeremy believes in the competitive spirit, lessons, teamwork, camaraderie and inclusive nature embedded in and taught by the game. These virtues still continue to be so valuable to today’s youth. The injury concerns and declining participation trends are problems very worthy of solving. Thus, TackleBar football was born.
Jeremy’s goal is for TackleBar™ Football to dramatically reduce both head injuries and all other injuries related to tackling, while at the same time preserving the fundamentals and spirit of the game.
Founder and Vice President, Marketing
Brigid Ryan Ling boasts an extensive background in marketing and communications strategy. After working in account services at Fallon Advertising in Minneapolis, Brigid went on to serve as communications director for Horst Rechelbacher at Intelligent Nutrients. In 2006, Brigid founded Ryan-Ling, LLC, a communications consulting business that provides marketing, public relations, communications, website and branding services to small businesses.
As a mother of four football-loving children, Brigid saw firsthand the need for an innovative approach to the game that made it safer while still preserving the tradition and fundamentals. Combining her passion for business communications with her love of football, Brigid worked with husband, Jeremy, to found TackleBar™ in 2016.
Director of National Outreach
Former USC star and NFL wide receiver Mike Williams is TackleBar’s new National Outreach Director. Mike is currently the head football coach at Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles and will continue to serve in that role. He’s passionate about TackleBar as a teaching tool at the high school level and as a way to increase participation numbers amongst youth players.
Williams will be working to grow TackleBar’s presence across the country. He will work with teams and leagues to incorporate TackleBar Football into both practices and games.
Williams sees TackleBar as an outstanding teaching tool at all levels of amateur football. “I suffered injuries and concussions while I was playing, so I know the importance of taking the head out of the game and teaching proper fundamentals,” says Williams. “Now, I’m both a coach and father. I have a unique perspective and truly believe the future of football depends on making it safer for kids.”
TJ credits the game of football for largely molding who he is today and spent most of ages 7 – 24 just waiting for it to be football season again. He grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago, attended Marmion Academy and started 4 years at linebacker for South Dakota State University where he met his wife, Abbi.
After deciding not to pursue a career in the NFL, he spent a successful year in SDSU’s athletic administration working in ticket sales and fundraising before deciding to return to Chicago and work in the energy industry. However, he couldn’t stay away from the game for long, and is very excited to be part of the TackleBar team, dedicated to protecting young athletes from significant injury while still preserving the integrity and tradition of the game. TJ hopes to help ensure that every young athlete has the same opportunity to experience football’s irreplaceable, positive impact he enjoyed, without the same medical risks.
Area Sales Representative
Jack was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts. As a decades-long small business owner, he has experience in sales, territory development and building customer relationships. Jack also has a passion for making a difference in the lives of children through organized sports. He has coached youth level hockey, baseball, girls’ softball and Junior football for over 30 years. In addition to coaching, he has also participated within school district organizations and other educational foundations.
Jack believes in giving back to the community through his volunteer efforts. These include non-profit and volunteer organizations such as Elder Service agencies, local school fundraising, local preservation efforts, and the Three Saints organization. Jack has been married to his wife Joan for 28 years and is the proud father of Taylor and Austin. As a cancer survivor, Jack believes life is truly a gift and through positive attitude and perseverance, many of our challenges can be overcome.