As part of our build up to the National Finals games on Sunday, we’re getting to know the head honchos behind the four programmes that will be battling it out for glory this weekend!
We’re starting off with a diminutive red head from South Wales, who over the past four campaigns has led the Titans from slogging it out in the middle of the highly-competitive SWAC, to this year earning themselves a spot in the bright lights of premiership for next season!
Let’s meet him:
Hi Coach! Who are you and what’s your coaching background?
My name is Nick Keyse and this is my fourth year as Head Coach of the Swansea Titans. As a bit of background, I’m a graduate of Swansea Uni and joined the Titans as a player during their affiliation year in the league 6 years ago. I was then president of the team for its first 2 years in the league (think we won maybe 1 or 2 games..). I then had a year away from the team doing my post graduate before Frankie Pankhurst became President and invited me back as HC.
How did you get into coaching American Football?
I played flag football for various South Wales-based teams when I was 13. This was followed by joining the Titans when I went to uni and first started coaching in my second year when I started to get involved with coaching defense. By third year I was calling defensive plays and its just taken off from there really.
Who’s your coaching hero?
Bill Belichick – I know it’s a boring pick and I’d love to have some old school HC I can refer to, but id be lying if I went past Belichick. Completely doesn’t care what other teams think about him or his team. Players and coaches respect him. Has had so much success and the “patriot way” is something I’ve tried to emulate in my own way.
What’s your coaching dream?
Less a coaching dream for me and more a dream for the team, to win a national championship. Five years ago this team was in its first season in the league getting hammered by 50 points. Five years later and we’ve just been promoted to the premiership after back to back division titles. I’m proud of how far we’ve come and, while it’s going to take a lot of work and luck in order to achieve it, I remain optimistic that this team can keep doing the right things in order to push on to one day be considered on the same level as the Birminghams and Stirlings of this world.
What’s the single most important quality for a BUCSball coach, in your opinion?
Just the ability to deal with so many different personalities and individuals. Regardless of anything to do with football, you are dealing with guys at an age where they are normally 18-22 years old, likely away from home for the first time, and in many cases trying a new sport. As a BUCSball coach you have a significant impact on their university lives and that’s a responsibility we should all take seriously. Wins and losses is one thing, but being an authority figure for so many different types of people at such a memorable/important part in their lives is a responsibility that none of us should lose sight of.
And now our quickfire round!
Answer as quickly as possible – we trust you to be honest!
Red or Blue?
Cats or Dogs?
Offence or Defence?
Bacon or Cheese?
Blitz or Coverage?
Star Wars or Star Trek
Punt or Go for it?
Rachel or Monica?
Run or Pass?
Ice him or Let him kick?
Hot dog or Burger?
Brawn or Brains?
Peyton or Eli?
Eli (I’m offended that I have to pick one)
Dodge ’em or Truck ’em?
Classless winner or Classy loser?
1 point or 2 points?
Squat or Bench?
Fast or Strong?
Titans or Renegades?
Clansmen or Lions?
Whoa! Thanks coach. We don’t really know what that tells us all, but we’re sure it’s important and informative!!
Look out for Coach Keyse directing his Titans from the sideline on Sunday!