PRESS RELEASE: Iowa continues to grow Women’s Tackle Football

Women’s Tackle Football welcomes the addition of the Iowa Phoenix to Central Iowa

“And just as the Phoenix rose from the ashes, she too will rise. Returning from the flames, clothed in nothing but her strength, more beautiful than ever before” - Shannen Heartzs

WEST DES MOINES–Iowa area residents will soon have a new women’s tackle football team in Des Moines.  The Iowa Phoenix have announced the addition of their team to the forefront of football.  This team was founded by Jennifer Trevillian, Nancy Javaux, and Shannon Christensen, a JENASH Partnership.  Together these individuals bring a combined 16 years of experience in Women’s Tackle Football.

“A new beginning for the women of Iowa to learn about the sport of football while gaining the confidence and strength it brings to all aspects of your everyday life” – JENASH Partnership

About the Iowa Phoenix

The head coach of the Iowa Phoenix will be longtime spokesperson and advocate of women’s athletics, Nancy Javaux.  Nancy is an Iowa native and has been involved in women’s tackle football for the past decade while holding a Master Trainer position with USA Football for the past 3 years.  Nancy brings perspective to the field from both her experiences as a player and coach.  She combines hard work and dedication with her love of the sport as a cornerstone of the team’s foundation.  Nancy has a knack and unique ability to build the skillset of her players, regardless of their level of experience.

Daily operations of the Iowa Phoenix will be headed by Jennifer Trevillian and Shannon Christensen.

Jennifer Trevillian is a Colorado native who migrated to Iowa.  She grew up with a love of football and was presented with the opportunity to play women’s tackle football here in Iowa. Jennifer demonstrates leadership on and off the field while her teammates hold her in the highest respect.  She has been playing women’s tackle football for the past 3 years.  Jennifer brings a new perspective to operations with a creative edge.  When Jennifer is not commanding the defense on the field, she commands a career within medical imaging.

Shannon Christensen is an Iowa native who grew up in a small town in northwest Iowa.  Unlike many, Shannon did not grow up with football, but her love of the Iowa Hawkeyes brought her to women’s tackle football. She brings her passion and determination in everything she does which has lead her teammates to believe she’s a superhero.  She has been playing women’s tackle football for the past 3 years.  Shannon brings 15 years of business and finance career experience to the daily operations.

The Iowa Phoenix will be a member of the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) league for the 2019 season.  Games for the 2019 season will occur from April to July with practices beginning in January.  The regular season will consist of 8 games, 4 home and 4 away.  The Iowa Phoenix are looking forward to opportunities to play teams from Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Minnesota during the regular season.

About WFA

The Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) started in 2009 and was designed to create the largest and most competitive women’s tackle football league in the world.  The WFA allows players and team to minimize travel all while continuing to maximize the exposure of women’s tackle football. This league consists of 66 teams across the US and Canada.  Women from all types of backgrounds join to bring a male dominant sport to the forefront.


“The Women’s Football Alliance continues to support the successful growth of women’s tackle football across the United States and around the world.”  - Lisa King, WFA Commissioner


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