The Melbourne University Gridiron Club has a new head coach and new identity.
Moving into its seventh season, the Club’s three teams of the Royals (Mens), the Chargers (Womens) and the Lions (Colts/Under 19s) are now collectively known as the Melbourne University Royals. Regarding their new identity, Club President Robert Smith said, ‘The branding aligns perfectly with our Club motto of One Club, One Family’.
The new branding has an updated logo of a roaring lion’s head wearing a gold crown, which will be showcased on updated uniforms in the Mens team season launch this Sunday against reigning Gridiron Victoria Division 1 champions and league stalwarts, the Monash Warriors.
In addition to sporting a new look, the Mens Royals team recently appointed Head Coach John Trana. Coach Trana joined the club in February and brings a wealth of coaching experience from the United States and Europe. Trana has previously coached High School and Junior College Gridiron in New York, Idaho and Colorado and his European coaching experience includes seasons with the Zagreb Patriots - Croatia, Moscow Patriots - Russia, Viterbo Pitbulls - Italy and Limhamn Griffins - Sweden. When he is not coaching, Trana considers Arkansas in the US his home.
Regarding his current role with the Royals and life in Australia, Trana noted all has gone very smoothly. ‘Everyone at the Club has made me feel a part of the Royals’ family. The players are coachable with a number of great personalities, which makes coaching both fun and rewarding’.
Trana has high expectations for the Division 1 Mens team this season. ‘We are looking to compete for a Championship. The players and coaches are committed to reaching our goal, and we’ve developed game plans to put our talented players in a position to be successful.’
To learn more about the Melbourne University Royals Mens team and its 2017 season, click here
2017 Royals Head Coach John Trana
The new Melbourne University Royals logo