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Birmingham Lions HC
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Great Britain Lions Adult DC
Great Britain Lions Student HC
Great Britain Bulldogs Asst. HC & DL
IFAF World Development Team LB
LaSalle University Defensive Assistant
Southern Conference All-stars HC & DC
Birmingham Bulls OC
Redditch Arrows HC / DC
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After retiring from playing due to injury coaching became Wayne’s footballfixation for the last 15 years with the Birmingham Lions. After spending 1year as the Defensive Coordinator Wayne was promoted to Head Coach in1999. This was to a team who trained on a muddy patch of grass at theside of campus with limited equipment and players.
From the onset Wayne’s vision with the support of then General ManagerPeter Biddulph was to turn the programme into the most professional andwell respected organisation on campus. After a 3-4-1 opening season thiswhich was the last time the Lions did not make the playoffs.Since the 2000 season the Birmingham Lions under the guidance of CoachHill have developed into one of the most successful and professional sportsprogrammes in University Sport.After being in the playoffs each year from the year 2000 to 2004. The Lionsfirst National Championship game in the 2005 season, seeing the Lionsconvincingly defeat the Glasgow Tigers.
With deep playoff runs in 2006 & 2007, Hill then decided family had to takepriority and took the 2008 season out to get married. In his year away fromcoaching Hill still remained close to football acting at the Operations Direc-tor for the new British Universities American Football League.However, after just one year away the coaching bug was too strong and hereturned to the Lions as an advisor to the Head Coach and Special TeamsCoordinator / Defensive Line Coach. After two years and two champion-ships for the Lions, Hill gain took over the programme as Head Coach.
Since returning as Head Coach the Lions have been in the National Cham-pionship game each of the last 4 years coming close on 3 occasions andtriumphing in one championship game vs Hertfordshire Hurricanes.In total Hill has been involved in all 4 of the Lions National Championships.
Since returning to coaching Hill has also take up positions on the newlyformed GB Student Programme which in the first ever student internationalGB defeated Sweden 41- 21. Hill is also Defensive Coordinator of the GBAdult Programme which has seen a steedy transition of players from uni-versity football to full international honors.The Lions under the direction of Hill have also gone from strength tostrength off the field with the squad growing in recent years from 65 to 120in 2013. Also, the Lions are proud to have a fully marked out 3G floodlitfield on campus as well as a string link with the university Strength andConditioning High Performance Centre.
There has also been a continued development and commitment to enhancing provision of American Football in the local area with the development ofthe Birmingham Lions Junior and Women’s programmes. Who have bothhad extremely successful inaugural season in 2014. Further developmentsunder Hill’s watchful eye will continue to develop football for the Birming-ham area in 2014 /15 with the introduction of a schools programme andyouth team.
It is easy to see that Coach Hill’s philosophy of Work Ethic, Effort and En-thusiasm has seen the Lions develop tremendously in his tenures as HeadCoach.