The Aberdeen Roughnecks, Britball’s most northern senior side, have begun their offseason by announcing the removal of Head Coach Scott Campbell. Coach Campbell, who had been in post since the team was formed, has just overseen a 5-3-1 season and a first round playoff loss to their divisional rival Glasgow Tigers. A spokesperson for the Roughnecks had this to say:
“Following numerous discussions during the past year regarding the Head Coach position within the club, it has been decided that the Roughnecks and Coach Campbell will part ways, effective immediately.
Coach Campbell has put a lot of work into the team over the past 5 years, growing the club from an Associate team to a 3-time playoff team, and we are grateful for all he has done. Without him the club wouldn’t be where it is today, so his influence shouldn’t be understated.
However, following a tough season where we scraped into the playoffs with one of the lowest scoring offenses in the country, the team mutually decided that it was time for a change of direction. Clearly some responsibility lies with the players, but with the defensive coordinator (Zach Thompson) returning to Canada, the line coach (Monte Conner) returning to the US and the Special Teams Coordinator (Graeme Reith) retiring, it felt like a natural time to make a change.
We will shortly be advertising for a new Head Coach and have already begun discussions with former Roughnecks and Oilers about being involved in a coaching capacity. Anyone interested in applying should send an email to Ally Howe (Club Secretary) at firstname.lastname@example.org”
Coach Campbell, who was shocked to find out his services were no longer required, added the following:
“I’ve provided 5 years dedication and effort to an organisation seeking to teach players basics and improving them from associate level through div2. As a coach I understand my position is always under permanent review and at risk from the whims of a committee but it is rather surprising given the team has been to the playoffs the last 3 years. I fully intend to continue coaching given my experience here and in the US.”