2021 Football Coaches

Flag Coach: Austin Kruse

Starters Coach: Dan Tillet

Coach Dan Tillett grew up in Florence, Kentucky.  His love of the game of football began in first grade playing for the Blackhawks in the Boone County Pee Wee Football League in the early nineties.  In the BCPWFL, he also played for the Steelers and Wildacats/Kats.  He went on to play Linebacker and Fullback for the Boone County Rebels from 2001 to 2004 helping the Rebels make the Kentucky 6A state semi-finals in 2004. 

Coach Dan ended his football playing career as a Linebacker at Thomas More College from 2005 to 2007.  He graduated from Thomas More College in 2010 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Accountancy and Finance.  He is now a CPA and Tax Manager for Rudler, PSC in Ft. Wright.

Dan is married to his beautiful bride Krystal and has two sons; Maximus (Max) and Xander.  Dan considers himself to be blessed to have grown up playing for some amazing football coaches.  “Every football coach I have ever had from Robert Napier, to my dad (Dan Tillett), Kyle Niederman, and every other coach had a great impact on my life.  I fully attribute those guys and football as being a major influence on where I am and who I am today.  I can’t wait to share my passion for the game of football with these kids, and hopefully leave a last impression on their lives like my coaches have done on mine.”


Midgets Coach: Michael Siano


Coach Michael grew up in Independence, KY where he played Football and Basketball for Simon Kenton High School.  Michael attended Eastern Kentucky University and is now a Senior Account Executive for a Transportation Brokerage Company. He is an avid Notre Dame fan and continually supports the Bengals.

He is married to Gina Siano, who is the Team Mom for the Midget Youth.  They have 3 wonderful kids: Giovanni- Midget Youth , Mikaela – Starter Cheerleader and Dominic- Future Eagle.

Along with hanging out with friends and family, Michael enjoys staying active through sports (volleyball, basketball and golf) and going to the gym.

He is very excited for his 3rd year coaching with the Eagle organization. and  looks forward to instilling the passion and dedication he has for football along with teaching youth life skills.

“Your TALENT determines what you can do. Your MOTIVATION determines how much you are willing to do. Your ATTITUDE determines how well you do it.” -Lou Holtz


Juniors Coach: James Shaw

Coach James Shaw grew up in Nicholasville KY.  He has been a resident of Taylor Mill/ Independence for 22 years now. 

He is married to Lori Shaw and has 4 wonder children.  Courtney (28), Alan (26), Kaitlyn (17) who will be a senior at Scott High School this year, and Austin (13) who will be an 8th grader at Woodland middle school.  James also has 3 beautiful grandchildren.

James has been coaching for 8 years and has been a coach for the Taylor Mill Eagles for 7 of those. He was also apart of the first team that won the Taylor Mill Eagles Superbowl, 3 years ago.  He also remains a baseball coach as well. 


Football Director: Eric Siemer