ELF: Berlin Thunder announce Johnny Schmuck as new HC

The Berlin Thunder have announced that Berlin native Johnny Schmuck will take over as head coach of the team following the release of former head coach Jag Bal.

The Thunder’s new co-owner and Sports Director, former NFL player Björn Werner:

“Coach Johnny was the first name on my list once I decided to be involved with the Berlin Thunder. He has been around for a long time here in Berlin as a player and coach. He is a true BERLINER! We needed a leader that will hold himself, his coaches, and his players accountable and knows how to score a lot of points. I know for a fact that Johnny Schmuck will bring this football team to the next level, and will have my back while doing so.” 

The 40-year-old Schmuck is a well-known name in the Berlin football community and has worked with several youth programs as well as having coached men’s football. In addition to taking over as head coach, he will likely assume the role of offensive coordinator after the departure of former offensive coordinator, Marcus Herford.

Schmuck commented on joining the Berlin Thunder as their new head coach:

“I’m extremely grateful and excited to get the opportunity to coach the Berlin Thunder in the European League of Football. The new additions clearly show it’s the most competitive league in Europe and as a true competitor you want to be a part of something like that. I’m thankful for the trust the organization and especially Björn [Werner] have been giving me and will do everything I can to make sure we will compete for the championship.“

The Thunder finished the inaugural season in the ELF with a 3-7 record but won two of their last three games.


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