Jeff Scurran is new in town and is here on a mission. As the new coach of Guelfi Firenze, Florence's American football team (www.guelfifirenze.it), he has travelled across the Atlantic from Tucson, Arizona, to get the team ready for the start of an exciting new season. The first match is on Sunday, March 18, in the new stadium of San Bartolo a Cintoia. Having visited Florence both as a tourist and to lead clinics for the Italian National Federation of American Football, Scurran is already familiar with the city. As a former teacher of history and Western civilization, his previous job in the United States, he feels a great sense of affinity and respect for all that Florence and its past represents. He finds Tuscany one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and he claims, with a laugh, that bearing a resemblance to Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius is an additional bonus: taken for a native, he is treated like a local.