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  • Luke Tucker
    Luke Tucker
    26
  • Ryan Wilson
    Ryan Wilson
    99
  • Dave Brignell
    Dave Brignell
    Special Teams Coach
  • Craig Ndip
    Craig Ndip
    60
  • Kieran McKeogh
    Kieran McKeogh
    3
  • James Abraham
    James Abraham
    65
  • Clayton Latimer
    Clayton Latimer
    32
  • Michael Johnson
    Michael Johnson
    4
  • Kurt Carlson
    Kurt Carlson
    WR Coach
  • Ethan Harlan
    Ethan Harlan
    DB Coach
  • Ben Beales
    Ben Beales
    45
  • Simon Fenson
    Simon Fenson
  • Maleek Addae
    Maleek Addae
    87
  • Ben Atkinson
    Ben Atkinson
  • Mikey McLaughlin
    Mikey McLaughlin
    44
  • Hayden Wiffen
    Hayden Wiffen
    56
  • Kurtis Pye
    Kurtis Pye
    83
  • Crig Pike
    Crig Pike
    72
  • Guy Milne
    Guy Milne
    85
  • Michal Liszewski
    Michal Liszewski
    93
  • Brett Hartley
    Brett Hartley
    20
  • Daniel Costello
    Daniel Costello
    33
  • Ben Bailey
    Ben Bailey
    57
  • Tom Mann
    Tom Mann
    1
  • Jack Harness
    Jack Harness
    69
  • Vicky Ware
    Vicky Ware
    92
  • William Browning
    William Browning
    9
  • Thabiso Mpofu
    Thabiso Mpofu
    7
  • Mark Finbow
    Mark Finbow
    77
  • Callum O’Connor
    Callum O’Connor
    91
  • Ben Bingham
    Ben Bingham
    13
  • James Horne
    James Horne
    12
  • Jaylon Darden
    Jaylon Darden
    2
  • Andrew Rhys Evans
    Andrew Rhys Evans
    28
  • Dion Duke
    Dion Duke
    73
  • Oli Howes
    Oli Howes
    63
  • Jamie Carter
    Jamie Carter
    Assistant Coach
  • Steve Playford
    Steve Playford
    Offensive Coordinator
  • Ainsley Richards
    Ainsley Richards
    Running Backs Coach
  • Adam Blowers
    Adam Blowers
    Defensive Coach, Special Teams Coach
  • Jess Guthrie
    Jess Guthrie
    64
  • Chris Carter
    Chris Carter
    25
  • Lewis Harvey
    Lewis Harvey
    14
  • Callum Laing
    Callum Laing
    79
  • Mark Womble
    Mark Womble
    24
  • Ben Abbott
    Ben Abbott
    Assistant Defensive Coordinator
  • Brian Jelley
    Brian Jelley
    Offensive Line Coach
  • Marco Fasulo
    Marco Fasulo
    Head Coach
  • Jonathan Williams
    Jonathan Williams
    75
  • Jonny Hodgson
    Jonny Hodgson
    5
  • Gregg Prettyjohns
    Gregg Prettyjohns
    19
  • Dan Smith
    Dan Smith
    40
  • Chris Fenton
    Chris Fenton
    61
  • Ady Queripel
    Ady Queripel
    68
  • Mike Lee
    Mike Lee
    55
  • Dan Lloyd
    Dan Lloyd
    Assistant Offensive Coordinator, QB Coach
  • Kay Dennis
    Kay Dennis
    17
  • Ryan Smith
    Ryan Smith
    81
  • Leigh Sessions
    Leigh Sessions
    Offensive Line Coach
  • Neil Dempsey
    Neil Dempsey
    10
  • Mark Rivett
    Mark Rivett
    6
  • Andy Whiteoak
    Andy Whiteoak
    Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach
Luke Tucker
26
Ryan Wilson
99
Dave Brignell
Special Teams Coach
Craig Ndip
60
Kieran McKeogh
3
James Abraham
65
Clayton Latimer
32

RB/LB

Michael Johnson
4

WR

Kurt Carlson
WR Coach
Ethan Harlan
DB Coach

DB Coach

Ben Beales
45


Hometown: Newark


Experience: 7 Years

Simon Fenson
Maleek Addae
87
Ben Atkinson
Mikey McLaughlin
44

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Hometown: Peterborough


Experience: 1 Year

Hayden Wiffen
56

#56


Hometown:


Experience:

Kurtis Pye
83

#83


Hometown: Fordham


Experience: 3 Years

Crig Pike
72

#72


Hometown: Nottingham


Experience: Rookie

Guy Milne
85

#85


Hometown: Bury St Edmunds


Experience: Rookie

Michal Liszewski
93

#93


Hometown:


Experience:

Brett Hartley
20

#20


Hometown:


Experience: Rookie

Daniel Costello
33

#33


Hometown: Cambridge


Experience: Rookie

Ben Bailey
57

#57


Hometown: Cambridge


Experience: 1 Year

Tom Mann
1

#1


Hometown: Bury St. Edmunds


Experience: 8 Years


Uni team: Swansea Titans

Jack Harness
69

#69


Hometown: Huntingdon


Experience: 2 Years

Vicky Ware
92

#92


Hometown: Bury St. Edmunds


Experience: 2 Years

William Browning
9

#9


Hometown:


Experience: 2 Years


Uni team: Bath Killer Bees

Thabiso Mpofu
7

#7


Hometown:


Experience: 2 Years


Uni team: Anglia Ruskin Rhinos

Mark Finbow
77

#77


Hometown: Ely


Experience: 16 Years

Callum O’Connor
91

#91


Hometown: Cambridge


Experience: 4 Years


Uni team: Anglia Ruskin Rhinos

Ben Bingham
13

#13


Hometown: Cambridge


Experience: 8 Years


Uni team:

James Horne
12

#12


Hometown: Peterborough


Experience: 4 Years


Uni team: Brunel Burners

Jaylon Darden
2

#2


Hometown: Stamps, Arkansas


Experience: 18 Years

Andrew Rhys Evans
28

#28


Hometown: Peterborough


Experience: 6 Years


Uni team: Essex Blades

Dion Duke
73

#73


Hometown: Cambridge


Experience: 2 Years


Uni team: Anglia Ruskin Rhinos

Oli Howes
63

#63


Hometown: Norwich


Experience: 3 Years


Uni team: UEA Pirates

Jamie Carter
Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach


Hometown: Peterborough


Experience: 12 Years

Steve Playford
Offensive Coordinator

How did you get in to football?

This is not only how, but I can tell you exactly when. The evening of January 15th 1978, 11.15pm. I was a young lad still living at home doing what most young lads were doing in bed at that time… No, not that! I was listening to Radio Luxembourg 208 under the bedsheets! But whilst trying to tune in on my little radio I stumbled across AFRTS. What’s that? I’ll tell you. It’s the American Forces Radio and Television Service. And at the aforementioned time, Superbowl XII between the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos had just kicked off. My main experience of sporting broadcasts in those days was David Coleman and Jimmy Hill on Match of the Day, hardly exciting. But when this appeared! Wow! I was hooked, and I stayed up listening until the end of the game, not knowing the rules, or who the teams were. What transpired was that the team I found myself leaning towards during those 3 or 4 hours, the Dallas Cowboys, ended up winning and were crowned World Champions! This was the sport for me!

How did you start coaching?

As with most coaches I had a playing career before coaching. Quite a long one! The last few years of playing, because I had those games under my belt, I was helping to guide the rookies and younger players, and became a player/coach. Or that’s what I thought. Knowing what I know now, I wasn’t a coach, I was just someone who knew a lot about football and loved to pass it on. When playing days ended for me, I took to coaching position groups, all on offense, and for the only team I ever played for, the Norwich Devils. Sadly, after helping to form them back in 1984, the team folded in 2010. That’s when I took a year out to recover, reflect and rue the fact that another team didn’t exist within earshot of Norwich.

What’s the defining moment of your coaching career so far?

It was a day in 2012, after my time out, when I was approached by Nick Rockell, well known in Britball circles, and my ex-HC, and title winning HC at that. He asked if I wanted to help coach the students at his current HC job at the University of East Anglia. By this time I was ready to get back into it, and jumped at the chance. I listened, watched, learned, bugged him for information all the time, and eventually, I got it! He left the team after 3 years but he’d made me see what it took to be a proper coach. And as it was coaching young athletes and students I looked at it with an extra sense of responsibility. From then on I’ve been treading my own coaching path, trying to see how far I can get, how successful I can be, and how successful I can help others to be.

How do you approach coaching?

By following the examples of Coach Rockell mentioned above. Coaching is an opportunity to affect someone else’s life for the better, or if you aren’t careful, for the worst. I strive every day to ensure its the former.

What are the most important things to you in coaching?

I guess that’s my coaching philosophy:

  1. I want to provide a meaningful and enjoyable experience to my athletes and coaches, to provide them with the opportunities for physical, social, emotional and mental enhancement that will lead each of them to become a good and productive person on and off the field. To instil a discipline and work ethic in them that will help them enhance their talents and life values through sport.
  2. To give them the coaching and information they need to help them progressively improve from session to session. That would mean improvement as a player and as a person, in the hope that they one day will want to pass it forward.
  3. I will ALWAYS coach players to play within the rules and regulations, and will expect them to treat all opponents and officials with the respect and moral behaviour that they would wish for themselves.
  4. I will succeed or fail on decisions that I make myself, based on two things – my own personality, and the knowledge gained so far by learning from, and studying others.

Tell us about your best game as a player.

I don’t know how you would define ‘best’. I was blessed to have many game winning scores and performances under my belt, both as a QB and as a RB, but one game that stands out in my memory is an away game at the Carterton Wildcats. It turned out we were a better team altogether, and after 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter, with us winning handsomely, our stats man informed me and my team mates and coaches that I’d just broken 300 yards rushing. Well it was a really hot sunny day, and the lure of a cold Budweiser and a juicy burger was too tempting, and we agreed I could call it a day and let someone else ‘have a go’. I watched the rest of the game, which we won, from the sidelines wearing shades, and a big hat, and with my bare feet loving the feel of the warm grass beneath them. On the trip home, a sheepish stats man came towards the back of the coach to inform us he’d made a mistake and that it was only 297 yards.

I hated that stats man.

What college or pro team do you support, and why?

America’s Team: The Dallas Cowboys, see above.

Which NFL coaches do you respect and why?

Respect them all really, lots of them have qualities I like, which are probably very similar to mine. I love coaches that push the boundaries or are innovative in their play calling, like Andy Reid, Jon Gruden or Sean Payton, but also the more studious and laid back guys like Don Shula, George Seifert and Bill Walsh from years gone by.

Favourite NFL player, past or present?

Deion Sanders, the best ever at his position, ‘nuff said!

Are you superstitious about football? How?

Not in the least. However, I have worked with several coaches who are, and they did all manner of weird and wonderful things “until we lose”. If it makes them happy, and doesn’t break any team rules, and doesn’t offend anyone, carry on.

As a player, I did things every game that I wouldn’t class as superstitious, more sensible. Ensuring my body, uniform and equipment was in prime condition, and I looked the part!

That’s pride!

What are your goals for the 2021 season?

I told the HC when I gladly took the job when offered it, that I want to build an offense that not only would get us promotion to the Premier, but that would help us first and foremost, compete, and eventually, be successful there. Whether that would mean winning a title remains to be seen, that’s a tough ask. But certainly, to establish the team in the top tier, to allow us to build on that for the future.

What are your goals in your coaching career?

To continue on my chosen path to be as successful as life will allow.

For the players, to instil in them a winning and ambitious culture, to enable them to be as good as they can be.

And for my fellow coaches, I would hope to be as big and as positive an influence on them, as my mentor was on me.

Ainsley Richards
Running Backs Coach

I have been around the sport from a very young age. My dad played DB for Milton Keynes Pioneers and Bedford Bombardiers in the 80’s and 90’s. It has always been a part of my life. My earliest memory of football is watching the 2000 NFL draft and seeing the Jets pick Chad Pennington.

 

My dad and I bonded for years by throwing a football and running routes. At 15, I decided to actually start playing myself. Some of my dad’s former team mates were coaching the Cats Adult team at the time, so it made sense for me to join the Cats Youth team. I was hooked from my first training session. I started out as a receiver, but I also put some time in as a DB too. We had a great success with two undefeated seasons and making it to the quarter finals.

 

I left the Cats Youth at 19 and joined the brand new Bury Saints. I had bulked up at bit, so tried my hand at TE and RB. We went undefeated and won the SFC 2 championship. I took a year out, but the Saints gained promotion again. I lost some weight and went back to playing, this time in the Premiership, at WR and RB.

 

I left the Saints and gained my Level 1 coaching qualification during a year out of football. I had just moved to Northamptonshire and so my dad and I joined the Northants Knights, to help them through their associate status. We helped on both sides of the ball and after 2 years, they achieved league status.

 

Covid happened and I took time away from football again, though not by choice. I saw an advert that the Cats Adult team was looking for coaches. I thought that it would be an honour to go back to where it all started for me. To be honest, it’s been the best decision I have ever made.

Adam Blowers
Defensive Coach, Special Teams Coach

I started my football journey with Bury Saints at the end of 2013. I got involved after my brother told me about the club, and suggested that I go along. I was snapped up straightaway to play on the Offensive Line.

During many times at the Saints, I was mainly started at Guard. But I also filled in at Centre and Tackle when needed. I played for the Saints until the end of the 2016 season. That was when I switched focus to coach the Youth Squad.

In 2019, I joined the Cats to coach alongside my friend and fellow Saint, Dan Vicsik. I primarily helped with coaching the Defensive Line. But I also help to coach on Special Teams.

Jess Guthrie
64

#64


Hometown: Huntingdon


Experience: 3 Years


Uni team: Anglia Ruskin Rhinos

Chris Carter
25

#25


Hometown: Peterborough


Experience: 8 Years

 

Lewis Harvey
14

#14


Hometown:


Experience: 3 Years

Callum Laing
79

#79


Hometown: Kelso, Scotland


Experience: 3 Years

Mark Womble
24

#24


Hometown: Porthleven, Cornwall


Experience: 8 Years

Uni Team: Plymouth Blitz

Ben Abbott
Assistant Defensive Coordinator

Having been a player for 11 years on the Offensive Line at Centre Ben Abbott is no stranger to Britball, having started his playing days at Coventry Jets and Warwick Wolves University, Ben then lead the effort to co-found the Coventry University Jets who have since gone on to become a very competitive University team and is now honoured in their Hall Of Fame.

He then went on to play numerous seasons with the Peterborough Saxons, he has been to 4 Britbowl finals but only managed 4 runners up medals, since playing Ben has held coaching positions with the Saxons youth team DC, Northampton Uni OC, Coventry Uni OL and now the Cambridgeshire Cats Ass DC, Ben plans to use his extensive knowledge of offensive schemes and systems to assist the Cats defence in shutting down opponents.

Brian Jelley
Offensive Line Coach

I started playing American football way back in 1990 for the Newmarket Hornets as both a Defensive Tackle and Offensive Guard. After a couple of years the Hornets folded and I moved to the Cambridgeshire Cats. After breaking my arm playing in 1993 I returned for the 1994 season where the Cats won the National title in the British National Gridiron League division 3.
Following promotion to division 2 the Cats repeated the feat of the previous season and won the division 2 title. I continued to play for the Cats until 2005 when I moved to the East Midlands Saxons as a player and started my coaching career as the Offensive Line Assistant Coach.
After 2 years with the Saxons my very good friend and mentor Coach Bob Shaw decided to accept the Offensive Line coaching position with the newly formed Cornish Sharks based in Newquay! Bob persuaded me to play for the Sharks for the 2007 season and I clocked up thousands of miles playing in every game. At that time the Sharks became the first team to qualify for the playoffs in their first year in the league.
In 2008 I played for the Bedfordshire Blue Raiders and continued to develop my skills and knowledge as the Offensive Line Assistant Coach.
In 2009 I returned home to the Cats as the Offensive Line Coach and continued to play in that position. In 2011 had the privilege of becoming the Head Coach of the Cats. I had 3 seasons as H/C while continuing to play until injury forced me to retire in 2014 at the grand old age of 55! After taking some time out I have been the Offensive Line Coach for the last 2 years.
I stepped down as Head Coach of the Anglian Ruskin University team after 5 years with the team at the end of the 2017/18 season. I’ve been privileged to have played with and been coached by some of the best athletes in both the UK and America where I was fortunate enough to be selected to play in 3 Minor League Hall of Fame All-stars teams in Las Vegas, Miami and Dallas.
I’m still passionate about developing players to play on the Offensive Line, because without an effective Offensive Line you don’t have any offense and you won’t score. If the big guys don’t win their battles in the trenches then our Running Backs don’t have holes to run through and our QB doesn’t have the time to pass the ball.

Marco Fasulo
Head Coach

I Started playing for the senior Cambridge team at the age of 18. When the team unfortunately folded in 1998 I wanted to continue to play, so I joined the London Olympians. During my time there we won 6 Britbowls, came runners up in a 7th and won a Euro Cup Final.
I played for Leicester University, coming runners up in the College Bowl in 1999. The Great Britain Bulldogs University team and the Great Britain Lions, winning a medal in 2004. I had to reluctantly stop playing in 2005 due to a back injury, and although I couldn’t play I still wanted to be involved with Football so moved onto the sideline and coaching.
I started coaching for the Cats in 2006, as a Lineman coach under Rick Bice. In 2009 we formed the juniors team, with Coach Smith as Head Coach and myself as Defensive Coordinator. In 2013 I progressed to Head Coach, enjoying my 2 seasons until 2015, when I was asked to step up to Head Coach of the senior team.
In 2016, we were runners up in the Division 2 South final, winning promotion to Division 1. Our 2018 season ended with us finishing joint top of the league with a 7-3 record, narrowly missing out on the playoffs by 3 points scored against us. 2019 is looking promising and we are hoping to continue the hard work and secure promotion to the Premiership.

Jonathan Williams
75

#75


Hometown: London


Experience: 4 Years

Uni Team: Cambridge Pythons

 

 

Jonny Hodgson
5

#5


Hometown: Oundle


Experience: 7 Years

 

 

Gregg Prettyjohns
19

#19


Hometown: Cambridge


Experience: 5 Years

 

 

 

Dan Smith
40

#40


Hometown: Cambridge


Experience: 4 Years

 

 

 

Chris Fenton
61

#61


Hometown: Ipswich


Experience: 20 Years

Uni Team: APU Phantoms/ARU Rhinos

 

 

Ady Queripel
68

#68


Hometown: Peterborough


Experience: 6 Years

 

 

 

Mike Lee
55

#55


Hometown: Newcastle upon Tyne


Experience: 18 Years


Uni Team: Newcastle Raiders

 

 

Dan Lloyd
Assistant Offensive Coordinator, QB Coach

 

Hometown: Birmingham


Experience: 10 Years

Uni Team: Anglia Ruskin Rhinos

 

 

Kay Dennis
17

#17


Hometown: North London


Experience: 5 Years


Uni Team: Anglia Ruskin Rhinos

 

 

Ryan Smith
81

#81


Hometown: Cambridge


Experience: 10 Years

Leigh Sessions
Offensive Line Coach

Hometown: Newmarket


Experience: 5

Neil Dempsey
10

#10


Hometown: Cambridge


Experience: 6 Years

Mark Rivett
6

#6


Hometown: Norwich


Experience: 12 Year

Uni Team: UEA Pirates

 

 

Andy Whiteoak
Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach

I started playing football in 2004 for University of Sunderland Kings/Spartans on both Defensive and Offensive Lines; playing predominantly on the DL over 4 seasons.

After a couple of years away from Football I was invited to join the Peterborough Saxons where I started my coaching career as the Defensive Line Coach under Mike Fears and Head Coach, Chris Wallis. In my second season I took over as Defensive Coordinator: a position I held for two seasons with the Saxons, including the 2012 season where the Saxons were undefeated through the regular season.

I moved up to Assistant Head Coach for the 2013 season before taking a year away from Football, returning in 2015 as the Special Teams Coordinator for the Peterborough Saxons, where I stayed until the team folded.

Joining the Cats in 2017 was a challenge and opportunity too great to pass up and I was honoured to be able to join such a storied and successful organisation.

After installing a simple yet varied defensive strategy in my first year, I am looking forward to developing our system alongside Coach Fasulo and Assistant Defensive Coordinator, Ben Abbott, and working with a growing squad going in to year 2.