We have an amazing coaching squad who are the backbone of the team. They lead all our training sessions and ensure that we are prepared for our games.
Head Coach/ Defensive Co-ordinator/ Linebackers Coach
I joined the Wolves in 2011, playing for three seasons before graduating in 2014. I started as a defensive end but also played defensive tackle, and have since played linebacker in the premiership for local senior side Coventry Jets. After finding a job in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon I was invited to return to the team in a coaching capacity for the 2014/15 season. Initially I joined as an assistant to Coach McMahon on the defensive line, but following the departure of Wolves legend Alex Marsden at the end of the year I was honored to be asked to take over as linebackers coach, and jumped at the opportunity to do so.
It means a lot to be able to give back to a team, and to a sport, that gave so much to me. I thoroughly enjoyed my first full season as a positional coach but I’m hoping for bigger things this time around – I won’t be satisfied with anything less than multiple linebacker touchdowns and that elusive first playoff win!
Defensive Line Coach
Offensive Co-ordinator/ Wide Receivers Coach
My involvement with the club began in 2009, when as a fresher I approached the team at the sports fair. From the taster sessions I realised that due to the nature of the roles available I could find a niche as a wide receiver. From then, I played for all 5 years of my student life. After graduating, I then switched from playing as a receiver to coaching them. This season, I have also taken on the role of special teams coordinator. Having spent so much of my life with the club, the club means a lot to me. I look forward to training sessions and games all the time, even if it’s raining or snowing. I’m looking forward to this season as I feel that with hard work, good organisation and a bit of determination we can have a very successful season.
Defensive Backs Coach
It all started with the NFL on Channel 4 in 1982 and a bunch of friends Sunday mornings at Solihull 6th form…
Fast forward about 12 months from sixth form, while some of us were watching the Birmingham Bulls, it was mentioned that there was a team starting up local to us – the Redditch Arrows.
Add two years of playing safety and corner for the Arrows, including the playoffs in ’88, and a mate said there was a new team in Sutton Coldfield that looked good. I played CB and QB for the Royals. After two years, I tried out for the Bulls.
If someone had told me in 1982 I’d be playing for the Bulls, and that I’d be in the team competing for the Coca Cola national championship in front of all those fans at Alexander Stadium, I’d have laughed. But there I was and we won the ’91 championship with a late FG over the London Olympians. We were ecstatic and I was part of the defensive backs unit that stopped the hail mary heaves in the final seconds. In 2000 we made the national final again, at Don Valley Stadium, alas coming up short against the Olympians this time.
After another couple of years I realised my body wasn’t taking the beating it used to and soon turning 40, I had to give up playing. So I said bye to the Bulls and ‘retired’. And 2 years later I was back. But this time coaching. Having been OC at the Royals and not being too bad at it, I signed on with the Bulls youth team as OC and QB coach.
Politics and a constant shift of coaching staff (I went from OC to HC in the space of 2 games), as well as a generally ungrateful set of players prompted me to have a change of scenery. I’d decided to try out uni coaching and had picked up with a team that had just gone through a wholesale coaching unit change. I’d called a number from the uni website and spoke to the HC Phil Rodger who was very enthusiastic that I come along as QB coach. He’d recruited a new OC he kept calling ‘Red’ and was keen for us to meet. So I came along and met the coaches, attended the first rookie taster and the rest is history. This is my eighth year as a Wolves coach, and I currently coach the DB’s.
My Wolves career started back in 2013 as a fresh faced first year at the taster session. I started playing receiver before switching to defensive back in January of the same season. 3 seasons starting, many pints, multiple down interceptions, 2 years on the exec and a year as captain later and it was time to graduate.
I managed to get a job local to Uni and enquired to Coach Williams about becoming a coach which I have been interested in doing for a few years. Fast forward to the end of the 17/18 year and I have completed my first-year coaching as DB assistant coach and ST co-ordinator (Ironic for anyone that played with me).
As you can see the Wolves has been a huge part of my life for the last 5 years and I’ve been involved in all aspects of the club, made some great friends, created awesome memories and I hope to coach this team to the elusive playoff win that avoided being a part of my playing career!