Manchester Titans announce new Senior Contact Head Coach

The Manchester Titans announced in mid-August that Head Coach Nigel Dias’ four year tenure with the programme was coming to an end.

The Titans have displayed great growth in recent seasons, with success in both the Junior and Senior formats, and as such it was with great pleasure that they shared the following announcement with the #BritballNation:

The Titans are happy to announce that Pete Birds has been selected as the new Head Coach of our Adult Contact Team.

Coach Birds succeeds outgoing Head Coach Nigel Dias and becomes the Titans 4th Head Coach since our inception in 2003.

Coach Birds played for Titans as a running back before moving in to coaching. Starting as Defensive Coordinator on the U17 team, he moved to the Adult Contact team where he has held the position of Running Backs Coach and spent 2016 as Offensive Co-ordinator.

Coach Birds has been Head Coach of the University of Manchester Tyrants since 2014 and led them to the Division Two Bowl game and promotion last season. Coach Birds will hold dual roles as Head Coach of both teams.

Titans GM Jonathan Homer said

“We are delighted to be able to promote from within. We are committed to developing coaches and to be able to offer Pete this chance shows that our systems are working.”

On the dual roles he added

“We are building a close relationship with the University of Manchester. We are hoping to achieve Club Link status with SPORT Manchester and base all of our teams at the Universities Sports Grounds. Having a shared Head Coach reflects that we already share a significant proportion of coaches and resources, and while both teams have coaches dedicated to just one team, we hope the joined up approach will allow both teams to flourish.”

Coach Birds added

“I am proud to have been selected, excited for the challenge ahead and looking forward to see where the coaching staff and the players can take the team.”

The Titans will announce the Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Co-ordinators in the coming weeks.

We can also announce that former Head Coach Nigel Dias will remain with the club as Director of Football. Coach Dias will still attend practices on a regular basis but he will be available to all of our teams and act as a contact point for our head coaches to talk to. We are delighted that he has chosen to remain with the Titans.

It certainly sounds like the Titans are making great progress in building a truly sustainable football programme!




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