Following the departure of longtime Head Coach Gareth Wild at the end of their 2018/19 campaign, the University of Hull Sharks have announced the appointed of their new Head Coach ahead of their 2019/20 campaign – Jimmy Townend.
Having begun his Britball journey as a player for the Sharks in 2008, Jimmy returns to his Alma Mater after a number of years playing and coaching in both senior and BUCS football, most recently coaching the Coventry University Jets D-Line through their hugely successful recent seasons, along with stepping up into the role of Assistant Defensive Coordinator.
Coach Townend spoke with the Sharks’ Facebook page:
What are your past player and/or coaching experiences:
“I began playing for the UH Sharks in the 08/09 season, from there I joined the Hull Hornets senior team in the summer.
After the Hornets collapsed I was asked to get involved with starting a new senior league team, eventually forming the Humber Warhawks.
Once the Warhawks got started I moved to the Midlands where I became involved with the University of Coventry Jets (CU Jets). During my three years at the CU Jets, I was D-Line coach and eventually became Assistant Defensive Co-ordinator.
After my three years at the Jets, I have returned back to Hull and now step into the role of Head Coach of the UH Sharks.”
How are you feeling about joining the sharks?
“This feels like a homecoming. To be able to take up a coaching position within this team, I feel like I’m returning to my roots. I hope to develop these players into a great team, who themselves see this team as a whole new family and home going forward.”
Most memorable coaching/playing experience?:
“Standing on the sideline, coaching for the CU Jets in the Division One National final this year. To see the fruition of hard work put in by all the guys on the team, players and coaches, was amazing to be a part of.”