Sweden’s Örebro Black Knights Gearing Up For 2016 Season

In the past week the Örebro Black Knights , Swedish finalists for the last three years, have made two more significant announcements. New head coach Aaron Fiddler has been busy signing his new quarterback John Knox and defensive coordinator Matt Hamme.

The versatile Knox, (6’0″, 190lb) was a four year starter at the University of Charleston (Div. II) playing both quarterback and defensive back.

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Photo: Charleston Gazette-Mail

Fiddler is pleased with the signing:

“I am really excited that we have signed John Knox as our quarterback. Meeting with John and having conversations with him, I know he is the person that we need as the leader of our team on the field.”

As a player John is a great athlete and when you see him throw the ball you can tell that he has a great baseball player because of his quick release and strong arm. John is a great addition to our organization.”

Hamme new DC for the Örebro Black Knights

Matt Hamme, a New York native has an impressive resume. He has served as the defensive coordinator, defensive backs coach, linebackers coach or defensive line coach at a number of schools. Most recently he ran the defense for Columbia University (D1-AA). Prior to that he was at the University of Albany, Asa College, the US Merchant Marine Academy, Monroe College and St. Mary’s Hall.


“Matt brings a great level experience to our organization especially on the defensive side of the football. Matt’s coaching style and personality align with the direction that we are looking to take with player development in our organization.”

Hamme is excited about the opportunity:

“After talking to the Black Knight Administration, I feel as if we are on the same page as to the direction of the Program. We are committed to excellence and the development of the program. I’ve heard a lot of great things from my friends who coached in Europe and I’m excited to see the sport grow.”

Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.