Cambridge Pythons Inviting Head Coach Applications

The Cambridge Pythons would like to invite applications for the position of Head Coach for the 2018/19 season. It is hoped to select and appoint the successful candidate during August/September of 2018 to allow for a full pre-season preparation. Please note that this is an unpaid volunteer role.

About The Pythons

The Pythons are the American football team for Cambridge University, competing in the BUCSAmerican Football League. At the time of writing the club is run by a student-elected committee assisted by two non-student managers with prior GM experience in BAFANL and BUCS. Our players vary greatly in experience – ranging from in the past six seasons from a handful of players with experience of NCAA, very strong US high schools, and BAFANL to many more players with no prior kitted playing experience before joining us.

All our players are current students at Cambridge University, with all the demands that entails. Being full-time students at the best university in the world, the one thing all our players do have in common is the ability to learn quickly and proficiently. Our home venue is the award-winning Coldham’s Common field at the Abbey Sports Complex

The Role

The Head Coach will be responsible for all football preparation, development and outcomes. This will include, but is not limited to:

  • The development and implementation of the pre-season programme
  • The appointment of coordinators and positional coaches including from the existing coaching group
  • Practices scheduling, frequency and format
  • Player evaluation, retention and recruitment
  • Player coaching and development
  • Playbooks
  • Off field activities e.g. game film evaluation, team film study, gym, workouts
  • Gameday coaching
  • Liaison with the Team President and Committee
Requirements
  • Proof of Level 1 BAFCA Coaching Qualification in American Football – essential
  • Proof of Level 2 BAFCA Coaching Qualification in American Football – preferable
  • Previous experience as a Head Coach or Coordinator
  • Presence for practice and games. Geographic proximity to Cambridge and availability to commit fully to our 2018/19 season – essential
Selection Process

A shortlist will be created. An interview panel will be convened for those candidates shortlisted. We would like any interview to be a free-form discussion about football and your approach. Please be prepared to talk about:

  • Your football philosophy
  • How you would improve the team, on and off the field
  • How you structure your approach to games, practices
  • Your expectations of the players in terms of capability, effort, work/life balance
  • Expectations of remit, autonomy and committee support
  • Your football experience and network
  • How you work with and develop players
  • How you run gameday
  • Thoughts about recruiting, developing players
  • Year 1 programme plan
  • 3-year development plan
Application Process

To apply or to inquire further please contact Pythons Director of Football Operations, Steve Guy: steve@pythons.org.uk (all enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence)

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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