Who are you and what’s your coaching background?
I’m Neil (Neo) Edwards. This is my first year as Head Coach of the London Olympians. I’m also Defensive Coordinator and Special Teams Coordinator, as well as DBs coach… I guess I wear quite a lot of hats, ha.
I’ve previously spent two years as DC at RHUL Bears and four years as Defensive Backs Coach here at the London Olympians.
How did you get into coaching American Football?
I’m a former player, I retired back in 2007 after being part of taking my third British team onto winning a National Championship.
After a break from football I was asked by then Olympians Head Coach, Riq Ayub, to come back and help.
Who’s your coaching hero?
My coaching hero is a former London Olympian and London Monarch Player and then Coach, Mike Taylor.
He coached a bunch of us as young men, all of whom went on to be excellent players. He was so precise in his teachings and took the time to explain all we needed to know, and the guys listened because we knew he had been there and done it.
What’s your coaching dream?
To be respected across the League for what I’m achieving, and trying to build at this programme.
What’s the single most important quality for a British American Football coach, in your opinion?
Belief!! Players have to believe in you as a coach, they gotta wanna invest their time and money, all because they believe in what you’re telling them they can achieve – so don’t BS them, tell them straight, manage their expectations and encourage them to strive to be better.
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!