The Ouse Valley Eagles have announced their search for a new Head Coach ready for #Britball17 is over – with longtime Offensive Coordinator Neale McMasters stepping up into the role of Head Coach of their Senior Team.
Neale has been with the Eagles since before they existed, having joined the Bedfordshire Blue Raiders following a successful playing career in Scotland as part of the Glasgow University Tigers and East Kilbride Pirates.
McMasters was appointed offensive line coach of the Blue Raiders in 2013, ahead of their merger with the MK Pathfinders that led to the creation of the Eagles. From here he advanced into the role of offensive coordinator and has met with great success during his tenure – putting together a 19-11 win to loss ratio and was the playcaller behind a club-record 75-6 victory over the Ipswich Cardinals in 2014. He is also part of the coaching set-up with the Great British Lions.
Speaking with OVFootball.com
“I am incredibly proud and honored to be named the third Head Coach of the Eagles.
It’s a role I take with great excitement. I know the standards the club expects, I know what the goals are and I can’t wait to get started and help the club achieve those goals.
I’m taking charge of a team that for the first time is expecting to return more than 75% of its players from last year, which gives us a much better platform to start from than in previous seasons, and by focusing on culture and developing people as well as just ‘players and coaches’, I’m sure we can exceed our expectations early and be consistent in that.”
Similarly, the club committee of which Neale has previously been a member released a joint statement:
“Nellie is one of brightest young coaches in the country and we look forward to working closely with him in his new role.
We would like to thank him for his efforts and dedication as Chairman, during which time we have firmly established ourselves as one of the leading Clubs in the area, and have expanded to include Flag and Youth teams.
We would also like to thank Darren Hill for his hard work as Interim Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator, and wish him all the best for the future.”
DC joins the #BritballNation in wishing Coach McMasters and the Eagles the best of luck in their preparations for 2017!