Following relegation from the Premier Division at the end of the 2016 season, the London Olympians are gearing themselves up for the new campaign in the SFC1 East.
Head Coach Neil Edwards has announced a coaching line-up featuring many former Olympian stars who played semi-professionally or professionally in Europe and NFL Europe, bringing a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the programme.
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Edwards himself will double up as Defensive Coordinator. In at Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receivers coach will be Michael Dunson. As a player, Dunson won British championships with the London Olympians and PA Knights as well as European titles with the Bergamo Lions and Maastricht Wildcats. Dunson has been an assistant coach for a number of European and British teams and is currently the Head Coach of the Royal Holloway Bears in #Uniball.
Assisting Dunson on offense is Stephen Hutchinson, who will also be Running Backs coach. Hutchinson played professionally for the London Monarchs and Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe. Before that, the running back won the Euro Bowl with the London Olympians (named final MVP) and a number of other domestic titles with the O’s.
In as Quarterbacks coach is Aaron Griffiths. Griffiths has started for six different teams over a playing career spanning more than 20 years.
Mark Adjei will be responsible for the Offensive Line and Defensive Line, with Gbenga Brown coming in as Assistant Offensive Line coach.
On the defensive side of the ball, Edwards will be assisted by long-time Olympians Francis Hatega (Linebackers coach) and Michael Mainoo (Defensive Backs coach). Hatega starred for the Olympians in the late 90s, winning Britbowl MVP in 1998, and was selected to play for the Monarchs and Great Britain.
Assisting the team’s development in other capacities will be David Drane and Shola Goppy. Drane, recently Head Coach for the Cologne Crocodiles and Maastricht Wildcats, played semi-professionally for many years in Europe and represented GB at Youth and Adult levels. He will be providing film breakdown and analysis for Coach Edwards’ staff. Goppy is a graduate of the NFL Europe developmental coaching programme, and has applied this knowledge in coaching experience in roles with the Olympians and London Warriors.