The BAFA NL Premiership South’s Bristol Aztecs made a surprise announcement this week with the stepping down of longterm Head Coach, Chris Powles.
The move was unexpected outside the organisation itself, with Coach Powles having consistently led the Aztecs to be highly competitive in what has long been considered the most dominant conference in British American Football.
Announced alongside Coach Powles departure however was also the appointment of new Head Coach, Benjamin Herod of the hugely successful Bristol Academy Pride.
The move not only ensures the Aztecs will continue with great leadership at the top, but with the exceptionally strong links between Coach Herod and other local programmes, including the UWE Bullets who announced a strong class of Scholarship players coming into the 2018/19 BUCS season, the Aztecs will have access to even more incredible talent in upcoming seasons.
Per the Bristol Aztecs Facebook Page:
After 7 years in the post Coach Chris Powles has decided to step aside as HC.
He will still remain active in the club as chairman taking that role over from Pete Jones. He has done an exceptional job during this time, compiling a record of 33-30-1 with 2 playoff appearances despite one of the largest player turnovers in the Prem.
The team will also retain Pete Jones on the committee but no longer the chair.
Keen to keep the Aztecs coached by those that understand its proud history the committee have turned to former adult and junior player for the team, Ben Herod, to be the new HC.
Ben started at the team in 1994 as a junior and has been involved ever since. As a coach Ben has worked with Football University, Pro Football Hall of Fame and of course is the Head Coach at the PRIDE. Ben is looking to retain as many existing players and staff as possible.