Author: Arran Jenks

sam johns

Linebacker coach appointed

Jets linebackers have a new positional coach to prepare them for the upcoming season.

This time a second Jets player has come forward to test his previous experience and knowledge of playing in a coaching capacity.

We welcome Sam Johns who will be joining the Jets ranks as a player coach.

Sam told us

I am excited to be taking the role of coaching the linebackers this season. A strong LB unit is the foundation to building a solid defence and should set the example for the rest of the defence to follow.

Coach was on hand again to tell us about Sam

Following the appointment of Josh Kelly and reappointment of Danny Smith, I am pleased to welcome Sam Johns to the coaching team as LB positional coach. Sam has been with the Jets as a player for several years and it is good to see another player stepping up to share their knowledge. Sam and I worked together during last season and I believe he will be another great asset to the team in a coaching capacity. I look forward to working with Sam this year.

Coach Branagh is pleased with yet another member of staff added to the backroom and will be keen to get everyone on the same page preparing for the season.

With rookie sessions coming up soon thick and fast it will be interesting to see what player the Jets will have to work with next season!

Find out more about rookie sessions

Danny Smith

Special teams coach to take new role

Danny Smith, last years special teams coach has now moved to become the defensive back’s positional coach.

Danny initially started at the Jets as a DB coach before taking on the mammoth task of special teams coordinator in his first year showing great willingness and determination to help out where needed and not shying away.

The special teams certainly improved game after game and came into their own when depended on in a do or die rival relegation game on the last day of the season.

Coach Smith will definitely be missed on special teams this year but where we have a big loss in one area the DB’s have certainly gained a great boost.

QB’s will certainly have to think twice when throwing towards their WR’s with Coach Smith’s DB’s around, especially with the drills he has in place!

Speaking with Coach Smith about the move to DB’s he told us

This is my second season coaching with Jets and I have gained a wealth of knowledge from last season most of it coming in the form of disappointing results but I wouldn’t have had it any other way, the low’s that the team and I went through will be the springboard to this years success. This gives me great excitement, enthusiasm and confidence going into the new season.

Coach Colin weighed in on the appointment

Another coach who I am pleased to announce is returning for the 2018 season is Danny Smith our defensive back coach. Danny was new to coaching last year and he will be key this year and the experience he gained in 2017 will serve the team well. Danny will also assist in other areas of the team as needed.

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KG Fitness 92 to put the Jets to the test

We are delighted to announce that we have agreed terms with KG Fitness to help get the Jets back in shape for the forthcoming season.

Kyle took charge of a few sessions last season and we are very happy to have him back for next year.

His area of expertise are:

  • Level 3 personal trainer
  • Level 2 Gym instructor
  • Advanced fitness testing
  • Circuits
  • Toning
  • Weight loss and management
  • Nutritional advice
  • Creating tailor made programmes
  • Motivation and support
  • Sports specific training

Kyle is keen to expand his knowledge and help us achieve our fitness ambitions ahead of the season and personally understands what is required having previously lost 7 1/2 stone himself.

Kyle had this to say:

Im happy that myself and the Coventry Jets will continue our partnership and carry on the hard work we started towards the end of the season. Coming back was a no brainer and it’s all thanks to the players and coaches who made my first ever team coaching role a fun and challenging one! With a good pre-season I’m confident that Coventry Jets will flourish and make the season a successful one.

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josh kelly positional

Head coach appoints positional coach

Head coach Colin Branagh has added another member of staff to his backroom.

It comes in the form of Josh Kelly who will taking the reigns of O Line coach.

This will be Josh Kelly’s first official appointment as a coach having previously played predominantly on the O line including a rookie season in the premiership helping us to the playoffs which was one of the best seasons in recent years.

Josh will be looking to use his experience and dexterity to help develop an O line to fit into Coach Colin’s system.

We caught up with josh and asked his thoughts on the appointment:

I am excited to have the opportunity to coach the offensive Line for the up coming season.I believe that the O line is the heart and soul of any championship winning offence and can’t wait to get going. I want to work with the coaches around me to produce a offensive line that is Shrewd, determined and courageous, with this in place it can only bring prominence.

Coach Colin has now shown confidence Josh and told us:

Following the arrival of Sam Kendall as Assistant HC and DC I am pleased to welcome Josh Kelly to the coaching team as OL positional coach.
Josh has been with the Jets as a player for 4 years and it is good to see players stepping up to share their knowledge. Josh and I worked well together during last season and I believe he will be a great asset to the team in a coaching capacity. We have already mapped out the style we want to go with this year and Josh understands the changes. I look forward to working with Josh this year.’

With Colin moving quickly on securing more staff to the ranks we’re excited to see what the future holds, congratulations Josh Kelly on your first coaching position and hopefully soon to be a fruitful one.

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JOIN US NOW!

We will be hosting four taster sessions over November & December.

Both of the November sessions will be held at our home ground for 2018, Coventry Welsh RFC. The two December sessions will be held at the Alan Higgs Centre.

This is a show up on the day affair and we will show you the ropes of American football. This is suited to rookies and past/current players interested in joining the Jets in Div 1 next season.

These sessions are free of charge and we ask that you were suitable sports clothing and bring water with you. This will be no contact so you will not need helmets or pads.

taster sessions

sam kendall

Assistant head coach and defensive co-ordinator appointed

We would like to officially announce that Sam Kendall has joined the coaching ranks at the Jets.

Sam will take up position as Colin Branaghs second in command and defensive co-ordinator.

For the past 5 years Sam has been playing but more importantly coaching at various levels within the Swindon Storm organisation, overseeing the youth team development from an inter-club flag team to a fully fledged contact team as well Head Coaching the Junior U21 team during its time in the BACL (Bristol Academy Community League).

Sam has worked in producing school taster sessions to youth aged players and below. This in turn aided Sam help set the foundations for an Oxford Saints youth team, which is still currently in development and continuing to grow.

Last year turned out to be the final year for Sam at Swindon Storm where he was the Special Teams and New Player Development Co-Ordinator, this went on to be one of their most successful season to date.

Having moved back to the Midlands he wasted no time in getting into coaching by joining the coaching ranks of Warwick Wolves University Team becoming their WR and special teams co-ordinator.

We asked Sam about this move:

Having known Colin from his season with the Storm, I approached him about coming over to the team and starting the next chapter in my coaching career as his number two. I’m really looking forward to the new challenges that I will be faced with and setting new goals for the team to aim for.

This is the start of something new and exciting season at Jets.

Coach Colin was full of praise with this a stated:

Following my promotion to head coach I have moved quickly to appoint additional coaching staff and it was important that I got a coach who I have complete trust in and knows the system we introduced on defence last season.

So it’s with great pleasure that Sam Kendall will be joining the Jets as my number two he will be assistant head coach and defence co-ordinator. Sam comes to the Jets from Swindon Storm who he excelled both as a player and a young up and coming coach, I expect great things from Sam and looking forward to working with him again.

This is an exciting time for the Coventry Jets with foundations from last year ready to be built on with two enthusiastic Coaches ready to #TAKEFLIGHT we welcome the 2018 season.

Bob Shaw Eagles

Bob Shaw classic

Our very own Head Coach Colin Branagh will be the Head Coach for the Bob Shaw Eagles for the third year in a row!

The Eagles will take on the Sharks in what will be an entertaining affair.

This is a charity game in the memory of Bob Shaw who sadly passed away due Cancer.

The game raises much needed funds for charity in Bob’s name and will host a numerous amount of players from the local and wider area from various team within the BritBall community including Coventry Jets players.

This will be held Saturday 21st October with KO at 12:00 at University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, AL10 9EU. Tickets are now available for £2.50. To order your tickets please email lees@applesandpears.homes with your name and quantity of tickets required. Payment details will be emailed to you and tickets will be available for collection on game day. Alternatively tickets can be posted to you at an additional charge.

colin head coach

Head coach appointed

We are very proud and delighted to announce Coventry Jets new Head Coach, Colin Branagh.

Colin brings a wealth of experience, enthusiasm and knowledge. This was witnessed last season as Defensive Co-ordinator at the Jets. Colin was thrown in at the deep end, having to install a playbook through out the season showing his adaptability. Although the results were not always wanted Colin always produced a defence that worked hard for the team.

We are looking forward to seeing how Colin will get on with the offensive side of the team this season, something that we seemed to lack last season.

His hard work and dedication last season show us that this was a perfect fit for one of our ethos at the Jets ‘Hard work, Pays off’.

We asked Colin about his appointment:

I am very proud to have been appointed as the head coach of the Coventry Jets.

The jets have been historically a major part of Britball at the highest level and it is my goal in the medium term to restore that stature.

I joined the team last year as special teams coordinator working with Sean Martin (who i hope will put in a few coaching sessions as and when his work allows) but, just before the season began I was asked to move to dc.

It was a frustrating year regarding results, being so close on many occasions, but that will serve us well for the season ahead in div 1, a status we secured against our close rivals Birmingham Bulls at the end of the season.

It’s now time to build the coaching staff and I want to retain the current coaches and add quality additions in key area’s to help us succeed in our goals (announcements to follow).

Recruitment will be key and the club have taster days planned where we can introduce people to the Jets family and American football.

I look forward to working with you all on our goal to bring success to the Coventry Jets.

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Time to build on foundations set

Are you a coach who thinks you have the abilities to become a leader as a Head Coach?

Do you want to coach for a team who are constantly building and improving?

Do you have the skills to bring the best out of your players?

Then we want you!!

We have various Coaching positions available in both Adult and Youth including Head Coach and positional roles.

After a second 1-9 season which saw us battling for survival in division 1 we are looking to regroup and progress.

We are disappointed that Head Coach Sean Martin has had to step aside due to work commitments but this opens up a great opportunity and with this opportunity the Jets organisation is fully committed to the development of all members, players and coaches alike and would encourage applications from all levels and experience.

So get in touch now and prepare to #TakeFlight!

Contact Arran Jenks on comms@coventryjets.com before it’s too late!