Parkview grad Sturdivant lands German coaching job

Former Parkview standout Joey Sturdivant may coach football in the U.S. one day, but good opportunities keep arising for him around the world.

The 26-year-old has been hired as head coach of the Marburg Mercenaries, one of the top teams in the German first division of football. He played for Marburg in 2010 and served as team captain, helping the team to an 11-2 record.

Sturdivant, who helped Parkview to three state football titles from 2000 to 2002, served as a player/coach this past season with the Catania Elephants of the Italian first division. He also played in this year's World Championships of American Football, helping Team USA to the title.

His first overseas playing experience came in Austria with the Cineplexx Blue Devils. He played college football at SMU, starting four seasons and earning all-conference honors.

Sturdivant has already turned to his past connections with his new job in Marburg, signing former Parkview and Vanderbilt standout Greg Billinger to the team. He also has hired his former Panther teammate Mike Hill, the son of Parkview assistant coach Robert Hill, as his assistant in Marburg.