Ouse Valley Eagles Inviting Applications For Head Coach Role

Following last month’s announcement that Senior team Head Coach Neale McMaster will be stepping down at the end of the season, the club would like to invite applications for the position of senior team Head Coach from the 2019 season. It is hoped to select and appoint the successful candidate during the autumn of 2018 to allow for a full pre-season preparation.

About Us

The Eagles were formed in 2013 following a merger between the Milton Keynes Pathfinders and Bedfordshire Blue Raiders, initially as a Senior contact team based in Bedford offering football to those in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

The club also consists of the Bedford Blackhawks and Milton Keynes Redwings youth teams and Bedford Blackhawks senior flag team and aspire to develop the game throughout the region.

The senior team was promoted from Division One to Division One following the 2014 season and currently play in SFC1 Central.

The Role

The Head Coach of the OVE Senior Team is responsible all senior team football preparation, development and outcomes. This will include, but is not be limited to:

  • The development and implementation of the pre-season programme
  • The appointment of coordinators and positional coaches including from the existing coaching group
  • Practices scheduling, frequency and format
  • Player evaluation, retention and recruitment
  • Player coaching and development
  • Developing youth / junior pathways into the senior team
  • Playbooks
  • Off-field activities e.g. game film evaluation, team film study, gym, workouts
  • Gameday coaching
  • Building appropriate football relationships and networks
  • Liaison with coaching staff and Club Management Team

The Head Coach of the OVE Senior Team is responsible all senior team football preparation, development and outcomes. This will include, but is not be limited to:

  • Proof of Level 1 BAFCA Coaching Qualification in American Football – essential
  • Proof of Level 2 BAFCA Coaching Qualification in American Football – preferable
  • Previous experience as a Head Coach or Co-ordinator
  • Presence for practice and games
  • Priority focus on Ouse Valley Eagles senior team
Selection Process

A short-list will be created. An interview panel will be convened for those short-listed. We’d like any interview to be a free-form discussion about football and your approach. Please be prepared to talk about:

  • Your football philosophy
  • How you would improve Ouse Valley Eagles
  • How you structure your approach to games, practices
  • Your expectations of the players in terms of capability, effort, work / life balance
  • Expectations of remit, autonomy and Management Team support
  • Your football experience and network
  • How you work with and develop players
  • How you run game-day
  • Thoughts about recruiting and developing players
  • Year 1 programme plan
  • 3 year development plan
Application Process

Please email mark.chilton@oveagles.com in the first instance to declare your interest. All correspondence will be treated in confidence.




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