The Pride continue their success – expand coaching staff

The PRIDE, at SGS College in Bristol, have made yet more strides to improve their offering to young aspiring American Footballers with the hiring of another coach.

Anthony Fitzpatrick joins the team as it’s specialist Lineman Coach. As a player Fitzpatrick started with the long gone Luton Huskies, after which he moved forward to start for Hertfordshire University in back to back Title wins. As a coach he went back to Hertfordshire to help bring further titles to one of the most successful programs in BUCS History, before moving onto the London Blitz Adult Team. There he enjoyed yet more National Titles and of course many great European campaigns with the Blitz. During this time Fitzpatrick has been the coach for the Great Britain Lions Men’s team, a position he still holds today.

“I know he is very excited to get started” commented Head Coach Ben Herod. “He is an incredible find for us, a coach with this much experience is exactly what we need to mould our young lines into something that can consistently win on the European stage.”

The hiring is a further sign of SGS College’s continued investment in the sport.

An investment instantly rewarded with the team’s largest squad to date. 75 players will report for camp August the 29th. These players are not just local to Bristol with players from all over England, Wales and Scotland, being joined by those further afield in Europe. The PRIDE welcome players from Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Holland. Many with international experience as well as one from GFL1 and another from GFL2.

With a firm link to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy established this off season and more European Fixtures confirmed the team expect even more to make the NCAA Ranks, joining recent graduates Eric Sjoestedt (West Virginia), Cameron Burkinshaw (Beuna Vista) and Stefan Collins (Austin College). In fact, returning QB Calvin Stitt, already has a D1 offer on the table and a D2 school is very interested in both recently graduated Tapiwa Munemo and returner Alex Ngunjoh.

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You can learn more about the Pride by visiting their Facebook page or the Bristol Academy of Sport website.

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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