Coach Tony Chaves, Head Coach, Orlando Anarchy - Women's Football Alliance

WFA Spotlight: Tony Chaves, Head Coach, Orlando Anarchy



Name: Tony Chaves
Nickname:  Coach
Position:  Head Coach
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Tony Chaves, Orlando Anarchy, Orlando Football,  #WFAplayoffs, WFA 2018 National Championship, Women's Football Alliance National Championship, Women's Football Alliance Playoffs, WFA 2018 Playoffs, Women's Football Alliance Playoff Brackets, american football, April Regas, BackseatCoach, Colorado Football, Colorado Freeze, Denver, Flag Football, Football, Football Women, girls tackle football, Knoxville Lightning, LA Football, LA Warriors, Los Angeles Warriors, Massey Ratings, NCAA football, NFL, NFL Women, pro football, tackle football, Tim Beasley, Title IX, Title IX Football, WFA, WFA Football, Women’s Pro Tackle Football, Womens Football, Womens Football Alliance, Womens Gridiron, Womens Pro Football, Womens Professional Football, womens sports, Womens Tackle Football, Womens World GamesAge: 56
Birthday: 11/7/62
Birthplace: Taddoussac, Canada
College: Valencia Community College
Experience: 25 year coaching, Pop Warner, High School (OLA), SSFL 2 years Orlando Panthers, PSFL 2 years Orlando Guardians, IWFL 5 years Orlando Mayhem, since 2010 WFA Orlando Anarchy.
High School: Winter Park High School, Orlando, FL
Profession: Commercial Plumbing Project Manager for 13 years at Tharp Plumbing in Orlando.  Been plumbing since 1984.  I am also the Plumbing Apprenticeship Coordinator for Tharp Plumbing and an NCCER Master Trainer.
Favorite Sports team: Orlando Anarchy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Hobbies: Football….Building model combat ships and aircraft.
Passions: My kids, my grandkids, and any opportunity that presents itself in which I can help someone improve.
Others sports played: Football, USN, AIMD Cecil Field
How/why you got into football: I was always considered too small to play in high school, joined the Navy in 1979 at a massive 5’6″, 92 lbs.  When I returned from my first cruise over a year and half later I was 5’10”, 170 lbs and could finally pad up.
I hung up the cleats until my son was old enough to play Pop Warner and got talked into assisting to coach…. it’s all history after that.  There was a time (much to my wife’s chagrin) when I was coaching Pop Warner, Women’s football, and high school football almost simultaneously.
Pets:  I have 2 dogs, a Shiba Inu named Loki and a Pit Bull named Chance.

Two Truths and a LIE:
—  I am a certified softy.
—  My players are my kids.
—  That which I love, I defend fiercely.

Brief Bio:
I have been blessed with a wonderful wife of 35 years who should be canonized for sainthood, as well as rewarded for not suffocating me in my sleep with a pillow whilst dealing with a mad man.  Three wonderful children who have filled my life with joy, pride, and amazement.  I always believed sports were the way to keep my kids focused, in shape, and as a forum to teach life lessons.  So my kids played every sport they wanted and I coached softball, baseball, football, lacrosse for them for over 15 years.

At about the same time I was first approached to coach women’s football my youngest daughter had signed up and played a short stint of Pop Warner football but was discouraged that there was not a “girls” team and then lost interest.  I thought, wouldn’t it be awesome if my granddaughter ever decided to play football that I could help bring that forum about for her, or any other little girl, or young woman that decided to pursue that dream?

That has been my mission for 13 years:  to make women’s football a legitimate sport, to bring credibility and recognition to these gridiron heroes who dare to dream, dare to reach.

The Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016 galvanized us as a team.  Out of chaos and destruction, we became ANARCHY……truly our finest moment is yet to come, I can say I have walked in the shadows of giants….and they wear Green, Silver, and Black.
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