The Tamworth Phoenix Adult team play in the BAFA National Leagues. They currently compete in the Premiership North which is the top level of amateur American Football in the country. Since their promotion in the Division 1 final in 2010 the ‘Nix have been a Midlands powerhouse reaching the Premiership playoffs every year. The team’s goals are to increase participation in American Football in the UK, develop players into top level talent and to create a team that strives to play for each other
Coach Scott’s illustrious football career reached its pinnacle on August 26th 2017 at Worcester Sixways Stadium when the Tamworth Phoenix won Britbowl XXXI. Scott’s Defense dominated teams through the season and Ben Davies’ pick six to bring home the trophy was a fitting end to a record breaking and historical season. Jason’s coaching career at the Phoenix has been nothing short of spectacular, from being the club’s first Defensive Co-Ordinator at its foundation in 2007 to undefeated National Champion ten years later. In his first period at the Nix, the team were promoted and two years later won the Division 1 Championship to be promoted to the BAFA Premiership. His time at the Nix has been punctuated by two highly successful development periods in the US where he honed his coaching skills and truly learned the art of Defense under the tutelage of true greats of the game. From 2010 Coach Scott worked as Assistant Coach at Endicott College in Massachussetts – coaching Defense and in the process winning two ECAC bowl games, two Conference Championships, and earning two trips to the NCAA playoffs. In 2014 Coach Scott joined Mississippi State Bulldogs as a Graduate Assistant working with the Defense. The 2014 Bulldogs team spent five weeks as the number one ranked team in the country. Returning to the UK in 2015 he re-joined the Phoenix, and as Defensive Coordinator helped the team to back-to-back Northern Conference titles in 2016 and 2017. Scott was also Head Coach of Loughborough University from 2005-2011 with a record of 41 & 6 and won four divisional titles, three conference championships and two visits to the National Championship game. He is back in the Uni game as Head Coach of Nottingham University for the 2017/2018 season. Coach Scott is also two-time Vice President of the British American Football Coaches Association and a member of the British College Football Hall of Fame. He is relishing the prospect of another hugely successful 2018 Phoenix campaign as he continues to build the Tamworth Phoenix American Football dynasty.
Coach Smith has been at the helm of the Nix offense since 2015, and played a huge part in moulding the National Championship winning Britbowl XXXI side in August 2017. In this unbeaten season, Dan’s offense racked up an incredible 540 points in 12 games, scoring over 70 touchdowns and breaking several team and national offensive records. QB Pat Daley’s incredible two years are testament to Dan’s ability to nurture and develop young talent. Dan’s University links are very strong, having coached Offensive Line at Loughborough Uni from 2011 to 2014 followed by two years as Offensive Co-Ordinator of the Sheffield Sabres. It was at the Sabres Dan started his playing career in American football way back in 2005. During his time in Sheffield he was a NW Division Champion in 2007 and represented the Northern Allstars on the Offensive Line. He joined the Lübeck Seals in Germany in 2009, winning the Oberliga North title in his season there. He returned to Uni ball to play at Loughbourough in 2010 where the team were MAC Champions in an unbeaten regular season and had his first taste of British senior football at the Phoenix in 2011 and 2012. Dan mentions he has an all-time post season playing record of 0 & 8, but now he has a big shiny gold Britbowl medal round his neck, who cares? Dan is currently Offensive Co-Ordinator of the Loughborough University team and is working hard preparing for the Nix’s assault on Britbowl XXXII.
Coach Steel joined the Nix at the beginning of the National Championship winning 2017 season, transferring in from local rivals the Birmingham Bulls where he had been since 2014 in the capacity of Defensive Co-Ordinator. During his time at the Bulls he also coached Linebackers, Defensive Line and Special Teams. Coach Steel had previously been at the Coventry Jets since 2009 – he started his coaching career with the Jets Junior team as Special Teams Co-Ordinator. In his time at the Jets, which included a Britbowl appearance, Steel progressed through the positional coaching ranks culminating in 2 years as Defensive Co-Ordinator and Special Teams Co-Ordinator. He also spent two years at the Coventry University Jets as Defensive Co-Ordinator and Linebacker coach. Alan’s early playing career included several Scottish Championships with the Glasgow Lions – highlights of his time there included Defensive MVP at the Scotbowl Final and scoring the winning touchdown at the first ‘international’ junior kitted game v the Leicester Panthers in 1987. Despite holding the all-time Lions punt and kickoff average distance records, Steel states winning the National Championship with the Nix in 2017 was the highlight of his career so far!
Club President Hossack is the beating heart of the Tamworth Phoenix. Since taking over the positon in 2015, the club has enjoyed unprecedented success both on and off the field – his unfaltering and selfless dedication to the Nix have played no small part in this. Hossack’s American Football journey began at the Leicester Eagles flag team where he spent 4 years before joining Loughborough University’s contact team in 2003. In his time at Loughborough he represented GB Bulldogs 5 times and kicked off his career in senior ball by joining the Jets in 2004. As well as forays in to Europe, participating in the EFAF Cup and Eurobowl, Hossack was invited to NFL Europe National player trials in 2005. The Jets won consecutive championships culminating in the Britbowl win of 2008 where he had 6 receptions for 89 yards. In 2009, he took the decision to join the recently formed Tamworth Phoenix. In no time at all the team had won the 2010 Division One Bowl – Hossack won Team MVP and Player’s Player of the Year. In the following years, his talent was awarded with a further 10 appearances for the GB Lions including European Championship tournaments in Frankfurt and Milan. Hossack started coaching at Loughborough in 2007 and spent 5 years there including a year as Offensive Co-Ordinator in 2010 when the team reached the College Bowl. He also coached Wide Receivers for the GB Student Lions from 2014-2016. If his triumphant playing career is anything to go by, Hossack the Coach is only just out of the starting blocks! The Nix receiving corps of 2017 were nothing short of sensational and he hopes to develop the unit further in 2018 and onwards. Although it was amazing to see three players he had coached represent GB at Worcester last year, Hossack’s career highlight was August 26th 2017 when he lifted the Britbowl Trophy above his head. He is busy preparing for 2018 and hopes to be at the wheel of the Phoenix Phamily juggernaut for many years to come.
A well known name in British American Football, Andrew will join the Britbowl Champion Tamworth Phoenix for 2018 as Coach of the Wide Receivers unit. He spent 8 years as a Wide Receiver for Shropshire and Sandwell and is a product of the successful Birmingham Lions University programme. It was here he started coaching, spending 5 years with the team, one as Assistant Coach, one as Running Backs Coach when he won Coach of the Year and three as Offensive Co-Ordinator. In his first year as OC, the Lions won the National Student Championship. On the international front, Andrew was Assistant Coach for GB Juniors in 2012 and is currently Assistant Wide Receiver Coach of the GB Senior team. In 2016 he spent the summer at the University of La Verne in the USA as coaching intern and has spoken twice at the BAFCA Convention on topics including OC Philosophy and Implementation of the Hurry Up No Huddle. Andrew brings great playing and coaching experience to the team and we are very excited to welcome him to the Phamily.
The Nix are delighted to welcome one of the UK’s leading DB Coaches for 2018. Adam has had a relatively long and illustrious career for one so young – Biggs started playing for Lancashire Wolverine Colts Junior programme in 2001, making an English final in 2002 and national final in 2003. During his junior career he represented GB and England at Junior level in 2003 and played in the GB Senior European Championship winning side of 2004. Rising through the ranks of the Coventry Jets (much like President Hossack), Biggs won consecutive national championships culminating in Britbowl 2008. He also played in European competitions for the Jets from 2007 to 2011, representing in GB national team in 2010. Biggs’ coaching career started in his home town where he was Head Coach of Bolton Braves Youth team which led to an invitation to be GB Juniors DB Coach, a position he held from 2012 to 2014. He led the Coventry Jets Junior team as Head Coach from 2008-2011 and was DB Coach of the National Championship runner’s up Loughborough University team of 2010. Since 2011, Biggs has been Head Coach of the Coventry University Jets and are the current Div 2 Northern Champions. Nix Head Coach Jason Scott said “I am over the moon to have Coach Biggs on board after several years of trying! My aim is to have the very best positional coaches and I have no doubt that he will be a tremendous asset for the team”.
Coach Cowen is bringing 4 decades of experience to the coaching staff of the Nix. He started playing in 1987 with the merger of Coventry and the Milton Keynes Bucks. In 1991 he won his first Division 2 Championship with the Coventry Jaguars before moving to Leicester Panthers in in 1994, leading to a national championship in 1996. After a year at the Birmingham Bulls and a six year football break, Cowen joined the Coventry Jets where he picked up consecutive Divisional Chasmpionship medals culminating in a Britbowl winner’s medal in 2008. He continued playing with the Jets until 2013 when he started coaching the Linebackers – in 2014 and 2015 he was Defensive Co-Ordinator of the Jets before moving to the successful Birmingham Lions Juniors Programme where he gained experience on the other side of the ball as Assistant Offensive Co-Ordinator. Dave said “over the years I have followed the progress of the Phoenix and have been very impressed with their development of young talent and have heard so much about the culture and coaching staff, I couldn’t resist the move and look forward to developing myself as a coach and passing on my experience to the younger generation”
Robyn-Jade (or Bo for short) is joining the Nix in 2018 in what will be her first coaching appointment. She hopes to emulate her extremely successful playing career on the coaching front, and where better than at the current National Champions? Bo will assist Coaches Scott and Steel with the Middle Linebackers and Defensive Line and is relishing the prospect of coaching this elite group of players whose run stuffing abilities in the 2017 campaign were a major factor in the team’s monumental success. Bo has played for the Leeds Carnegie Chargers since 2014 and has made her mark in a variety of positions including Receiver, Defensive Line and Linebacker. Already an established international, Bo has been an ever present in the GB setup since 2013 and has a European Silver Medal and an incredible 4th place spot at the World Championships of last year. We are really delighted to welcome Bo to the Nix and hope this will be her first step on a long and successful coaching career.