August 30th, 2010 by Pete Wrigley

Norwich Devils find themselves looking for a new Head Coach just a year after former player Andy Starling took over from the then outgoing coach, Nick Rockell.

Starling who guided the Devils to a respectable mid-table position with a 6 - 4 record, only missing out on a playoff birth on a tie-break, has decided to step down from his head coaching position, citing personal reasons for the move. He still intends to stay involved with the club, whilst also helping the UEA in a coaching assistant role.

It leaves the Devils once again looking for a new head man, as well as potential coaches in lesser roles. Last years offensive and defensive co-ordinators, Steve Playford and Miles Innes intend to stay with the club. The club is also looking to bolster its backroom staff and looking for people to help in management roles within the club. Anyone interested in any of these positions, or would like to know more about them should contact current general manager Steve Williams ( All of the positions in the club are non-paid.

Starling's last function before stepping down was to preside over the Devils awards night for the 2010 season. Top honour as team Most Valuable Player deservedly went to Nathan Evans. Defensive back Simon Harbottle took the Defensive MVP, with quarterback Heith Johnson the Offensive MVP. Lineman of the year went to center Steve Charman, whilst Adam Whitbourn won the Rookie of the year. The Perriton Award for the most improved player was Ben Stockwell and Wayne Diggines won the Coaches' player award.

The Devils are already starting their preparation for next year and are holding rookie sessions for anyone interested in playing for them in the 2011 season. The sessions start this Sunday, 14th November, and continue the following three Sundays. Each will start at 10.30am at the Bayer Crop
Science Social Club on Hellesdon Road in Norwich.

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