BUCS Finals 15/16: Head Coach Interviews – Victor Peredo, Stirling Clansmen

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!

The rise of Stirling to the pinnacle of BUCSball greatness was in no small part due to the great endeavours a true pillar of Britball – Coach Rob Orr headed up the Stirling Clansmen for season after season, guiding the at the time ailing club from the bottom of the Scottish divisions, to back to back National Championships. There were therefore some big shoes to fill when Coach Orr decided to end his tenure with the Clansmen on a high, departing following their second straight National Championship victory last season. Incumbent Defensive Coordinator Victor Peredo stepped up to the plate this season, and the Clansmen don’t look to have skipped a beat – looking favourites for a threepeat in 2016.

Let’s meet the new Head Coach of BUCSball’s number one programme:

Coach Peredo has already led the Clansmen's defence to two National Championships - will his winning formula work this year as well?
Coach Peredo has already led the Clansmen’s defence to two National Championships – will his winning formula work this year as well?

Hi Coach! Who are you and what’s your coaching background?

I’m Victor Peredo I’ve been the defensive coordinator of the Stirling Clansmen for the past seven years, coaching for Rob Orr. I am now on my first year as a Head Coach.

I coached the defensive line for four years and at the moment I am coaching the Linebackers, as well as continuing my role as a defensive coordinator.

How did you get into coaching American Football?

My last two years as an active player I played for Rob Orr. He was starting a new programme and had the vision to turn our team around and bring it back to the National Championship. After my last year as a player he invited me to be his defensive coordinator. It was a tough first year with a lot of experiences to learn from. That hasn’t changed much, but we are very proud of the programme we built. We continue Rob’s legacy, keeping the programme running with the same work ethics.

Who’s your coaching hero?

I don’t have one. I admire many coaches, from different sports and disciplines but can’t say I have a hero. My High School coach Jorge Irigoyen is the one that comes to mind, for first teaching me the game many years ago back in Mexico.

Victor Peredo, Stirling Clansmen

What’s your coaching dream?

Not really a coaching dream, but a personal one is to be as prepared as I can for my players. And to represent myself, my Clansmen Team and the University of Stirling the best way I can, all the time.

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

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Commitment. Commitment to the players on and off the field. Commitment to our sport. Commitment to studying the game and continue updating and improving yourself.

 

And now our quickfire round!

Answer as quickly as possible – we trust you to be honest!

Red or Blue?

GREEN!

Cats or Dogs?

Dogs

Offence or Defence?

Defence

Bacon or Cheese?

Cheese

Blitz or Coverage?

Blitz

Star Wars or Star Trek

Star Trek

Punt or Go for it?

Go for it

Rachel or Monica?

Rachel

Run or Pass?

Run

Ice him or Let him kick?

Let him kick 😉

Hot dog or Burger?

Burger

Brawn or Brains?

Brains

Peyton or Eli?

Peyton

Dodge ’em or Truck ’em?

Truck ’em

Classless winner or Classy loser?

Classy loser

1 point or 2 points?

1 point

Squat or Bench?

Squat

Fast or Strong?

Strong

Titans or Renegades?

100% Titans

Clansmen or Lions?

100% Clansmen

 

Uh Oh! We have ourselves a Trekkie!

To watch Coach Peredo and the Clansmen defend their National Championship, head to Leeds and watch the National Finals games yourself!

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Nick

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