Yesterday the Birmingham Bulls, one of Britball’s longest-running senior programmes, announced that Head Coach Mark Pagett would be stepping down from his role due to personal commitments.
The news follows a highly disappointing season for the Birmingham side, who saw the departure of many players to other programmes during the previous off-season, losing out in a particularly cramped West Midlands where competition for players is becoming increasingly hard-fought.
With a reduced roster, Coach Pagett himself was forced to dust off the shoulder pads on a number of occasions this past season, but despite making some game-changing plays of his own was unable to stop the Bulls from rounding out the season bottom of the NFC 1 South, queuing up Division Two balling for the adult squad next season.
Coach Pagett shared:
“This has been my 25th Season in British American Football and all 25 years have been with the Birmingham Bulls. I had every intention of seeing the job completed, to continue building on the strong club ethical values I’ve grown here and to ultimately bring back the former glories of yesteryear. On the field we’ve played competitive hard hitting football and grown a team mentality from where there was none.
Unfortunately changes in my family life have made the commitment required for such a demanding role untenable for me to continue. It is with great regret that I must step down from the position of Head Coach and leave the job unfinished. I sincerely hope this opens the door for someone better to continue the job and to get the club back where it needs to be.
I can be assured that whoever comes in will inherit a dedicated hardworking, hard hitting team of marvellous young men of the very finest character. United We Stand.”