#Britbowl31 | Head Coach Interview – Martin Hilton, Tamworth Phoenix

Who are you and what’s your coaching background?

I started coaching at Loughborough University for Andy Sweeney after I finished my degree and wanted to stay involved. I’ve coached there ever since and am the new HC taking over from Paul “Cowboy” Sherratt.

I’ve always been a DBs coach as that was my playing position but I’ve also had time spent as a Defensive and Special Teams Coordinator throughout my career.

I’m lucky enough to have be part of multiple representative regional/national teams as a part of their coaching staff, including the current GB Lions Adult team as the DBs coach. It’s an honour to take those roles and I’ve met many friends throughout football in those times.

I’ve been involved with Tamworth Phoenix since 2008, their first year in the league. Tamworth’s very first HC, Jay Alexander was a friend and asked me to help and again I’ve been involved ever since. Tried to have a summer off a few years ago and still found myself at nearly every game. When the club was struggling three years ago, a few of us decided we weren’t going to let it end and I put myself forward to be HC.

I’m lucky to have help from some pretty amazing coaches. Jason Scott is one of the best coaches in the UK and having him build the defense that’s been our calling card has set the platform for what we do. You might not have heard of Dan Smith but he’s a very bright offensive mind and for the last few years he’s been racking up points as the OC. James Hossack and Adam Hope play for us but still help the others at their position improve their fundamentals. Gary Hodgen and Alan Steel were two new additions this year but they’ve proven their worth in helping us improve on the both sides of the line.

Who’s your coaching hero?

My Dad.

What’s your coaching dream?

I don’t have one. I love coaching, I get something out of it all the time and that’s why I do it.

What’s the single most important quality for a British American Football coach, in your opinion?

To be part of a team. You can’t do all of it on your own, there’s too much to do. All the best teams I’ve been involved with have that willingness to put the team first and I see that from so many of those of us at the Phoenix.

And now the quick fire round! Answer as quickly as possible, we trust you to be honest!
Please select one option or the other:

Red ☒ Blue ☐
Cats ☐ Dogs ☒
Offence ☐ Defence ☒
Bacon ☒  Cheese ☐
Blitz ☐ Coverage ☒
Star Wars ☒  Star Trek ☒
Punt ☐ Go for it ☒
Rachel ☒  Monica ☐
Run ☒  Pass ☐
Hot Dog ☐ Burger ☒
Brawn ☐ Brains ☒
Peyton ☒  Eli ☐
Dodge ‘em ☐ Truck ‘em ☒
Classless winner ☐ Classy loser ☒
1 point ☒  2 points ☐
Squat ☒  Bench ☐
Fast ☒  Strong ☐
Pirates ☐ Blitz ☐
Phoenix ☒  Blitz ☐
Caesars ☐ Lions ☐
Titans ☐ Olympians ☐

Thanks again, and best of luck on Sunday!




Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1