With a revamped constitution already benefitting the ongoing off-field development of the Tamworth Phoenix program, the innovative structure is now also seeing benefit in supporting on-field development.
After playing key roles in leading Phoenix teams to success on the field in 2015, coaches David Lockwood and Jonny Flowers are stepping up to take roles with the recently reestablished Phoenix under-19 Junior team.
Phoenix Director of Performance Jason Scott was delighted to announce that David Lockwood will be taking on the head coach role, with Jonny Flowers being named as defensive coordinator.
“I think they both have a great grounding in the fundamentals of the game and they just need an opportunity to showcase their abilities,” Scott said. “By giving them the responsibility of the under-19 team, mentoring and supporting them, I think that they’ll really flourish and succeed as coaches.”
Lockwood, who has three years of experience coaching with the Phoenix under-17 Youth team, excelled in the role of offensive coordinator through the 2015 season. After his role in the under-17 team’s best year so far, Lockwood is keen to improve through the opportunity to step up to the Phoenix’s program’s older age-group team.
“I think you’re always learning as a coach and you can pass that onto your guys that are graduating as well,” Lockwood said. “It’s going to strengthen the program as a whole. I’m looking forward to getting our terminology and playbooks in sync, starting at the youth and building right up.”
Flowers has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with a Tamworth Phoenix adult team defense that conceded a BAFANL NFC Premier-low 99 points in 2015. This also comes with experience at the highest level of BUCS American Football, as a coach with the Premiership North-division Loughborough Students.
“Phoenix had a relaunch for the senior team, essentially, last year and the junior team relaunching is the next thing,” Flowers said. “They are the future and I can’t wait to share my knowledge and teach the next generation of players.”
With Lockwood and Flowers gaining an opportunity to develop as coaches and play a key part in the rise of a shared vision between all Phoenix teams, the pair represent the continued evolution of an organisational commitment to supporting a comprehensive development of excellence. With the programme’s re-constitution following the 2015 season, coaching development is now led by the Director of Performance.
“The Director of Performance is responsible for looking after the coaching development of Phoenix coaches, making sure that the quality of delivery is the best it can be,” said Scott. “I have been hugely lucky to work at a Division I school, to work at a Division III school and work with guys that have gone on to play in the NFL. I want to give back and mentor other coaches and players the same way that I have been.”
With Scott entering a second season back with the Phoenix coaching staff and his first as Director of Performance since coaching with the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Endicott Gulls in U.S. NCAA College Football, the Phoenix Director of Performance is keen to create greater opportunity for ambitious coaches to be a part of the #R1SE. To make enquiries, contact email@example.com.
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