Continuing their preparations for the 2017 BAFA National Leagues campaign, the Manchester Titans have announced a new coaching line-up they hope will elevate the club to the next level.
Following 4 seasons as Head Coach, Nigel Dias stepped down with Offensive Coordinator Peter Birds promoted in his place. Coach Birds, a former running back, has been coaching at the Titans for 4 seasons and is currently in his third season as Head Coach of Manchester Tyrants in #BUCSball.
We have assembled a coaching staff which blends experience, styles and youthful exuberance whilst not forgetting who we are and where we have come from. I have a lot of trust in the coaching staff to get the best out of the players that we have here – Coach Birds
Filling the vacant Offensive Coordinator role is the first of four Lancashire Wolverines to make the move to Manchester, Luke Carlton. Coach Carlton began his playing career in 2008 with the Titans’ Youth and Junior sides. In 2013 he made the step up in to coaching with UCLan Rams as Quarterbacks coach, before moving up to Offensive Coordinator in 2015. Coach Carlton spent the 2016 BAFA National Leagues season with the Wolverines as Co-Offensive Coordinator and Running Backs coach.
In at Defensive Coordinator is Coach David Booker. Coach Booker played for Sheffield Hallam Warriors between 2004-2007 and played Adult ‘ball with the Titans from 2005-2010. Before coaching with MMU Eagles, Coach Booker coached the defensive line at Youth and Junior levels with the Titans, and spent the 2016 season coaching the defensive line with the Titans’ women’s side.
Rounding out the coordinator positions, David Stretch makes the move from the Wolverines to the Titans to take up the role of Special Teams Coordinator. Coach Stretch was the Titans’ U19 Offensive Coordinator in 2011, before moving up to Adult, coaching the Wolverines’ running backs in 2014 and taking over as Special Teams Coordinator in 2015 and 2016.
The Titans also confirmed a number of assistant coaches ahead of the new season;
Alex James will once again be working with the wide receivers this season. The former Derby Braves receiver has coached with Manchester Tyrants from 2012 to 2016 and has worked with the Titans’ receivers since 2014.
The third mover from Lancashire, Sam Bloomfield will be assisting in the coaching of the offense as well as kitting up for the Titans in 2017. Started playing career with the Chorley Buccaneers Junior Flag side in 2003, Coach Bloomfield progressed all the way up to Adult ‘ball in 2010 with Lancashire Wolverines, where he has played up to now, alongside 3 years spent with UCLan Rams between 2012-2014 both playing and coaching.
On defense, three further assistant coaches were confirmed in Randall Storey, Jamie Rattigan and Allan Murdoch. Coach Storey has a *ahem* storied history in football, having been an All-American in high school and college in the 80s. The former Head Coach of Seinajoki Crocodiles (Finland) and Waterloo Warriors (Belgium) spent 2016 coaching the Titans’ offensive line.
Rattigan is the fourth Wolverine to make the move to the Titans, having played and coached at Lancashire in 2016.
Exciting times ahead for Manchester Titans!