John Trana will be the new Head Coach for the Limhamn Griffins located in Malmo Sweden.
Coach Trana has a long coaching career. Most recently he was the Head Coach of the Moscow Patriots (2013), Zagreb Patriots (Ass. HC, 2012) Hudson Valley Community College (OC 2011) and Priest River Lamanna High School (HC, 2010). He has won a State Championship, 7 Conference Championships, Croatian National Championship and coached in 17 playoff games. He spoke about coaching overseas at the American Football Coaches Association Convention, which is the largest coaching convention in the United States. He has had several articles published about American Football in Europe.
Coach Trana will take over for former Head Coach Johan Vajnlie who has been the head coach since 2010. He had to step down due to personal reasons. He will however remain on the team as the Offensive Coordinator.
The Griffins are making a major investment for the upcoming season as the move up a division to the Super Series League. They made the decision early in the off season to strengthen the organization by bringing over an American head coach that can also be the defensive coordinator. They interviewed several quality candidates but in the end the deciding factors were Coach Trana’s great experience in Europe, the fact that his coaching philosophy matches with the Griffin’s team values and his ability to motivate players.
Coach Trana, “I am excited to be a part of the Griffin football program. I could hear the passion for American football while speaking with Hampus Persson of the Griffin management. It is never easy leaving your family for several months, but the opportunity to work with the Griffins was too great to pass up. I have spoken with coach Vajnlie several times and believe we can compete for a championship this year even though we are moving up to the toughest division in Sweden.”
The Griffin’s will play a 10 game schedule beginning in May and ending in August with the top 4 teams moving on to the playoffs. “I look forward to leading the Griffin’s into a challenging 2014 season with the goal of winning a Super Series League Championship.” Coach Trana.