Narrowly missing out on Playoff football in 2018, the Clyde Valley Blackhawks have shared the appointment of new Head Coach David Yates, following announcing that Head Coach Richard Orr will be stepping down at the end of the month.
Coach Yates will take on the lead role at the Blackhawks has they build towards what will be a transitional year in the NFC 2 North – currently down to just two teams after the promotion of the Aberdeen Roughnecks and the West Coast Trojans closing their doors earlier this summer.
Clyde Valley Blackhawks are delighted to announce the appointment of David Yates as head coach.
David will be at the helm as of the 1st of October when current coach Richard Orr steps aside to take a break from the game.
Coach Yates started his American football career at the age of 16 with Clyde valley hawks under coach Orr. He played there for 2 years before stepping up to senior level with Clyde valley Blackhawks.
His first coaching role was with UWS Pyros and from there he went on to coach offensive line and defensive line before achieving the role of defensive coordinator.
“I’m very honoured to be adding my name to a very distinguished list of men who have been head coach of the Blackhawks The likes of Davie Z, Gareth Cowie, Gordon Lockhart and of course my predecessor Richard Orr. I am really exited and looking forward to the challenges ahead of me and my staff
He then added
“I can only see positive things on the horizon for the Blackhawks we have a young squad full of talent and energy, and with the right guidance we look to be a very competitive and fun team to play with next year, a quick message to all of the old Blackhawks watching from afar it’s time to come home and help us grow, this is a club open to everyone so come along at let’s build something great that we can be proud of for years to come”