Matt Long to step down as Vikings HC following Div2 Final

The Newcastle Vikings have been in touch to let the #BritballNation know that Sunday’s Division Two North Final in Leeds will be Matt Long’s final outing as Head Coach of the programme’s Senior team.  

Coach Long led the team through its first two seasons in the league where they have been impressive from the off – a combined regular season record of 17-3-0 through two summers of #Britball.

The Vikings got in touch with the following statement:

After guiding the club through its first two seasons in the NFC2, Newcastle Vikings Head Coach Matt Long is stepping down due to family and work commitments.

He will remain as a Senior player and has offered his services as a positional coach to the new Head Coach once they are appointed.

Matt lead the Vikings to an 8-2 first season in 2015 and a trip to the semi finals of the playoffs, before being beaten by Sandwell Steelers.

This season he has lead the Vikings to promotion into NFC1 with a Final still to come on Sunday 11 September against the Leicester falcons, this will be his final game at the helm.

During his time in charge he has successfully combined playing and coaching by working with his coordinators to fill in gaps and move players around where they were required.

With a recent promotion at work and a new house and family he felt that he could not commit the necessary time that the job required to continue the clubs growth.

GM Mick Tyler shared:

“Back in 2015 when we had the vacancy, although he had no experience as a head coach he was the natural choice as he had the respect of all the players and the coaching staff – he has been a magnificent example to us all, a real leader. He has amazing talent on the field, which everyone gets to see, but most people don’t see the work that he does off the field behind the scenes when everyone else is finished.”

Coach Long himself stated:

“It has been a privilege to work with some young enthusiastic coaches who want to win as much as they want to learn. I did not want to go into 2017 and not be able to offer 100% to the role, I am an “all or nothing guy”. I want to offer my help to the next man up and to continue to be part of a successful club going forward.”

DC joins the rest of the ‘Nation in complimenting Coach Long as the amazing job he has done with the young Vikings programme and look forward to see the clubs continued progress!

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