It was a rather turbulent year for American Football outfit Coventry Jets last campaign. After just avoiding relegation from the BAFA NFC 1 South, the club decided that a revamp of the team set-up was very much needed.
Former Head Coach Sean Martin took up the role of chairman with Sam Kendall taking over the hot-seat from predecessor Colin Branagh in February.
Speaking to Sport in Cov, Kendall admitted it felt “great and exciting” to be chosen as the Jets’ new Head Coach.
“Its a challenging and rewarding job, that is more than full time job than my actually job,” he explained.
The ex-firefighter is also very much in the mindset that change will not come overnight for the outfit.
The Jets are winless in their first three games this season
“This season is a transitional year, we are building our strong foundations and changing the culture within the team,” he said.
“Its about developing players, coaches and the presence of the club in the community. Having an impact on players lives. Wins will come, we are improving each week and working harder each time we step on the field.”
American Football is on the rise within the UK, with Coventry starting to become a real force in the sport, with the city’s university side claiming the double in league and cup this year.
The attraction of the sport is growing too, with Kendall stating that recruitment of both players and coaches virtually being a non-issue.
The side have lost their first three opening games of the season and lie bottom of the 6-team division but the former Swindon Storm coach has visions for the future beyond just this campaign.
“The long term goal for the Jets is to continue to grow as a club, expand into Youth and Junior, develop players and coaches for them to reach their full potential.”
“Whether that be to be the best they can be from anything from being the best they can be at the Jets to GB to Europe or in the USA. It’s all about growth and continual improvement.”
Kendall next takes charge of his men on the 3rd June against Sandwell Steelers in search of their first victory of the year.
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