The Halton Spartans are one of the top young additions to the National Leagues – finding immediate success in only their first two seasons of competitive balling.
#Britball16 saw the Spartans miss out on #PlayoffBallin by narrowest of margins, their 6-4 record meaning they were only dropped out of a playoff berth on the final day of the regular season when the Staffordshire Surge held off the Humber Warhawks and dropped the Spartans into 9th seed with only eight berths to go around.
The Spartans are quickly developing a great reputation within their conference and nationally for their camaraderie on and off the field, as well as the excellent game day facilities they are able to provide considering they’re such a young programme.
Upon completion of their 2016 season, the Spartans released the following statement:
Following our successful 2016 winning season the Halton Spartans have moved quickly to confirm the 2017 season senior coaching team, and can confirm the following.
• Head Coach – Ian Beattie
• Defensive Coordinator – Simon Grice
• Offensive Coordinator– Jason Smith
General Manager Ian Derbyshire commented the following in regards to the coaching appointments.
“I was keen to ensure we didn’t lose any momentum following our successful 2016 season and wanted to begin 2017 planning with the senior coaching team as soon as possible. Ian and Simon have been with the Spartans since day one and I am extremely pleased they have committed to the Spartans for 2017, and I’m sure they will both continue to do a great job. I am also extremely pleased that Jason Smith, the HC of Staffordshire Surge, has committed himself to the Spartans for 2017. He has coached the Surge to the playoffs for the last two seasons, so he will be bringing a wealth of coaching experience to the Spartans coaching team.”
Head Coach Ian Beattie commented “Firstly, I would like to thank our 2016 offensive coordinator Chris Henry for his efforts, unfortunately he was unable to commit to 2017 due to work commitments. Secondly I would like to welcome Jason on board here at the Spartans. I feel he will enhance our senior coaching team massively and I look forward to working with him.
Offensive Coordinator Jason Smith added “I am extremely honoured to be joining the Halton Spartans coaching staff. The challenge has been laid down, and that is something I relish. 2017 will be an amazing season for the Spartans. I intend to make that happen.
The Spartans will again be playing the 2017 season in the superb Select Security Stadium in Widnes, and boast a playing squad in excess of 50 players. This coupled with a very strong committed off-field team make the Spartans a great organisation to be involved in.
The Spartans are looking strong for #Britball17