Pre-Season turmoil carries through the year
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The 2010 season was oveshadowed by the departure of Scott Rowe during pre-season, leaving the Head Coaches role vacant for the year. This departure also saw several other coaches leave, although the Club were pleased to have Karl Waite step up into coaching Linebackers, and Steve Little (ex-East Kent Cougar, Tonbridge Tigers and Kent Exiles) join the club to coach Defensive Line.
As usual the club welcomed some new faces to the team including Zac Richie (An American with College Experience), Brad Madison (London Rebels Flag Team), Kieron Woolmer (Manchester Tyrants), Ben Westfield (Essex Spartans), Jason Goode (Folkestone Vikings), Sammy Jobson (Greenwich Mariners), Rob Lewis (Manchester Allstars Youth) and a host of promising rookies.
The youth team once again sent a few graduates up to the squad as Tom Mann, Joe Collins and Lee Baxter made the step up to senior ball, with many others progressing to University squads accross the country.
The departure of Rowe and the other coaches, along with many starters from 2009 to Premiership Teams, so close to the start of the season hampered preperations seriously. Despite this the team rallied, and gave good accounts during the first few games, several of which could have been victories if not for one or two mistakes (especially the Ipswich game which was lost by two defensive touchdowns!). But as the season concluded injuries and a little apathy hit the squad, and the year ended with some heavy defeats.
The club acted quickly once the season was finished, and Tony Bainbridge was appointed Head Coach for 2011, ensuring the preperation for the next season was in good hands.
One bright spot on the year was the news that Harry Innis was granted a scholarship place at the University of New Mexico in the USA, and became the first Exile to play NCAA football.
The Tamworth Phoenix went on to defeat the East Kilbride Pirates in the final, the team we had come so close to beating in the quarter finals in 2009.
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END OF SEASON AWARDS
Exile of the Year: Lee Robbins
Players player of the year: Carl Cahoon
Coaches Award: Karl Waite
Offensive player of the year: Zac Ritchie
runner up: John Miller
Defensive player of the year: Carl Cahoon
runner up: Kerry Grey
Special Teams player of the year: Jon Miller
runner up: Marlon Smith
Lineman of the year: Kerry Gray
runner up: Steve Keen
Rookie of the year: Lee Baxter
runner up: Kieron Woolmer