Appointment of New Head Coach

Following the Tamworth Phoenix AGM last week, the team are pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Scott to the position of Head Coach for the 2018 season.

After former Head Coach Martin Hilton stepped down, following an undefeated season, the committee knew that the position would need to be someone with the ambition and ability to continue to lead the Phoenix and retain the National Title. Club President, James Hossack explains “Obviously, Martin Hilton is a massive loss as Head Coach, considering the success he has brought to the team. But, with Jason’s infectious enthusiasm, desire to win and deep knowledge of the game, I have no doubt he is the best possible replacement. I am sure he will continue to lead the seniors to even greater heights.”

 

Coach Scott – Adelie Hernandez Photography

With Coach Scott’s fourteen years of coaching experience, including six years as the Head Coach for Loughborough University, and currently Head Coach of University of Nottingham, he has also had the opportunity to coach ‘across the pond’ at Endicott College and Mississippi State. Coach Scott has also spent two years on the BAFA board as Vice President. As an experienced Phoenix coach, he lives and breathes the Phamily ethos and was the prime candidate for the Head Coach role.

Coach Scott is excited and ready for the challenge, he comments “It’s a great privilege and honour to be asked to become head coach of the Tamworth Phoenix. I’ve been at Tamworth from the very beginning, and have seen the program grow to the team it is today. I’ve been there at the highlights, but I’ve also been there at the low points. I know what it takes to succeed at Tamworth, and I don’t want to let the PHAMILY down. Following coach Hilton is going to be a tough act, he’s transformed the program, and turned the Nix into National Champions. Every team will be gunning for us, as we attack a second consecutive National championship. I’m confident that – with the family first ethos, we’ve installed – we will go from strength to strength, as we look to build on our strengths and develop our weaknesses. I’m excited to get going and am ready for the challenge.”

The Tamworth Phoenix are ready and preparing for their next chapter, check out the Tamworth Facebook page for latest updates and events.

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HC Martin Hilton in action.

Head Coach Martin Hilton Steps Down

After a season for the record books Head Coach Martin Hilton has announced that he will be stepping down. At the team’s end of season awards, Coach Hilton made the announcement to the players and Phamily.

Martin’s reputation speaks for itself, defensive coordinator (now HC) for the Loughborough Students, GB Lions Seniors & Students DBs coach and last but no means least a 30-4 record as HC for the Phoenix over 3 seasons, with a final season finishing undefeated and Britbowl XXXI winners. Upon stepping down Martin told the team that although he’s stepping down as HC, he will still be around, stating that “I love this team, being part of this phamily, its special and I want to help it continue to grow and improve.”

Martin took the reins for the ‘Nix at a point where many around the league thought their days were numbered. Since then, alongside a hardworking coaching staff and committee the team has gone from strength to strength.

Coach Hilton with coordinators Dan Smith & Jason Scott

Coach Hilton with coordinators Dan Smith & Jason Scott

“Coach Hilton is one of the most genuine, dedicated and humble coaches in the country.” Club President James Hossack said, “He came on board when the club needed him most and he has been obviously integral to our success. The players, team, club and sport owes Martin a huge amount and we’re grateful for his commitment during his tenure. He’ll be sorely missed but we’re glad he’ll still be a part of the team in a new capacity.”

The Phoenix will look to have a new HC in place by the teams AGM in October. OTAs for returning and new players will be announced shortly after.

Once again, the Phoenix would like to thank coach Hilton for his dedication and the success he has brought the club.

Britbowl XXXI Champions

Tamworth Phoenix – Britbowl XXXI National Champions

On Saturday 26th August 2017 at Sixways Stadium, Worcester Britball history was made. The Tamworth Phoenix, celebrating their ten year anniversary, saw off the heavily favoured London Blitz in a stunning 33-28 victory.

In front of a record breaking crowd and viewed by thousands online via live stream, the Phoenix came from behind in the fourth quarter to secure their first Britbowl Championship. You can watch the whole game below or the highlights here.

The victory also completed a perfect season for the ‘Nix – 12 wins, 0 losses.

Quarterback Patrick Daley took home the games MVP away and Ben Davies who scored a pick-6 to put the Phoenix in front won Defensive MVP.

The hard work doesn’t stop for the Phoenix organisation though with 3 under 17 taster sessions planned for Saturday 16th September, Saturday 23rd September and Saturday 30th September. All held at Atherstone Sports Hub, Ratcliffe Road, Atherstone, CV9 1LX 10.00am-12.00pm.