#Britball16’s SFC2West runners-up, who made it all the way to the playoff semi-finals before losing out for the third time this year to the eventual Division Two South champions, the Oxford Saints, have announced their new Head Coach, ready to continue the club’s fine run of form into Britball17.
Following player-Head-Coach stepping down at the end of the season, Running Back turned Running Backs Coach, turned Offensive Coordinator, Simon Staddon, has completed his Apache Evolution – assuming the mantle of Head Coach ahead of a season where the Apache will surely once against be favourites to take the SFC2West crown?
Bristol Apache shared with following announcement with DC:
New head coach announced after Coach Davies steps down
Bristol Academy Apache American Football would like to announce the appointment of a new Head Coach after Coach Adam Davies stepped down at the end of this past season.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Offensive Coordinator Simon Staddon has been appointed Head Coach by the Bristol Football Committee.
Simon has a long (Eds: loooooooong) history in American football which started with him playing flag football as a school boy in 1986. He then spent six years at Taunton Wyverns from 1988, playing WR, QB and RB. In 1994 he moved to Bristol Aztecs for one season as RB. A long spell away from football ended with a return in 2012 to the newly forming Exeter Tornado’s. After an unsuccessful affiliation season for Exeter he moved to Bristol Apache in 2014 as player before finishing the season with a knee injury in the last game of the year. He returned the following season as RB and Special Teams Coach and for the 2016 season he became Offensive Coordinator.
When asked to comment on his appointment Simon said,
“I’m Privileged to be asked to take up the HC position and looking forward to the challenge of the 2017 season and building on success brought by my predecessor Adam Davies”
We would like to wish the best of luck to Coach Staddon in the upcoming 2017 season and place on record our most sincere thanks to Adam Davies, who in his 2 years as HC led the team on and off the field to a first playoff win and first bowl appearance. He ends his tenure with an overall record of 17 wins, 6 defeats and is now looking to focus on playing once again.
DC would like to join the #ApacheTribe in wishing both Coaches Davies and Staddon the best moving forwards – we know at least one south-west-based elf here at DC who’s itching to strap on the knee brace once again if he has the time!