Location: Geneva, IL
Reece Attard is a native of Australia, hailing from the city of Melbourne, Victoria. Coming from a very athletic family, Reece grew up playing a wide array of sports, with his most favored being Australian Rules Football. After graduating from high school, Attard played semi-professional Australian football for several clubs prior to chasing his American dream. In 2012 Reece decided to hang up the Aussie boots and try his luck at American Football.
Attard’s first two seasons of college football were played at Husson University, a small division 3 school in Bangor, Maine. Serving as the school’s primary punter and kicker as a true freshman and sophomore, Reece accomplished some accolades that would help advance his career.
With further ambition, Reece decided to market himself to numerous schools across the country in an attempt to play at the highest college level. After several offers from big name schools, Attard chose to transfer to Illinois State University, an FCS Division 1 school. Reece was attracted to the school as he would be able to redshirt for a season whilst training with a fellow Australian Sr. Punter, CJ Laros. After his redshirt year of 2014, Attard became the Redbirds starting punter for the 2015 & 16’ seasons.
Reece has many memorable games and highlights. But his favorite game of all was in his senior year at Ryan Field in Evanston, IL. On this day, Attard had his most impressive performance of his career, as did Illinois State University. In a Big 10 win over the Northwestern Wildcats, Attard punted 10 times for an average of 48.5 yards, with a total of only 15 return yards and 3 plus 50 yarders.
Reece pulls inspiration from many close people in his life such as his parents, friends, coaches, and professional athletes. None more impactful though than his sister Laura Attard, who is a current professional Australian Football player in the AFLW. His heroes include the Chargers legend Darren Bennet, and ex Eagles punter Savario Rocca, both native Australians.
Attard is excited to be on the 3 Step Kicking team as a punting specialist coach, bringing a personal training background, versatile Australian skillset, coaching professionalism, and a high level of career experience.
- Illinois State University’s 2016 special team’s player of the year
- 2 MVFC Conference Championships and 2 National Playoff appearances, 2015 & 2016
- Big 10 win over the Northwestern Wildcats, punting 10 times for an average of 48.5 yards, with a total of only 15 return yards and 3 plus 50 yarders
- MVFC honor roll 2015 & 2016
- Career long 73 yard punt
- Named the nations #1 Division 3 punter for over 6 weeks in 2013
- Broke a number of New England Division 3 and school records such as longest field goal (50 yards), extra point % (100%), season punting yards total, and longest punt (70 yards)
- Named first team ECFC special team’s player in 2012 & 2013
- Coached youth, intermediate, and senior football camps, 2014 – 2016
- Ran Special Teams program at Illinois State University, coaching individual and group sessions, 2016
- Intern at Brock Spack Coaching School, 2015
- Special Olympics volunteer, 2014 – 2016
- Coached Australian Rules under 16 football team for 2 years
- Attained Master Personal Training Certification in Australia, part-time personal trainer