The Northumberland Vikings, newly dubbed following their merger between the Newcastle Vikings and Northumberland Lightning, have announced the exciting next step in their programme’s development.
Currently still on course for their five year goal of reaching the BAFA Premiership, the Vikings played their first season of Division One football in 2017, finishing with a 5-5-0 record.
Looking to keep them on track, the Vikings have brought in Journeyman International Head Coach, Mike Sholars ahead of their 2018 campaign.
Coach Sholars, originally from Louisiana, USA, began his football career playing high-school football in Texas, and originally crossed over to Europe as a player, which gave him his introduction to coaching – where he’s found significant success all across the European football scene.
Sholars has won five national championships. in Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden, hence the given nickname ‘The Golddigger’. His latest accomplishment is being named ENFL Coach of The Year 2016. Sholars has also achieved a perfect season in every country he has coached – something the Vikings are yet to achieve in their three league seasons to date.
Coaching his previous season with the Teplice Nordians, in the Czech Republic CAAF League Four, Coach Sholars is almost certainly the only full-time, professional Head Coach in the British middle-tier… Possibly the whole of the BAFA Leagues?
Per the Press conference, Coach Sholars said his immediate goal was to push the Vikings, who we’re expecting will be competing in a very feisty NFC 1 North once again in 2018, to six wins – surpassing their five win record of 2017, and then onwards and upwards from there. The Coach said it had always been a goal of his to coach in the UK, familiar as he was with the UK’s extensive University league system, owing to a brief coaching foray with the Derby Braves back in 2015.