The Nashville Boot Scooters introduced Kevin Henning as their coach for the X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) franchise.
Henning formerly coached the Boston Night Riders of Major League Qudditch (MLQ). He had led Boston to league titles in 2015 and 2016. He has a record of 29-12 over four seasons.
“I am excited to be here and to be a part of this unique league. It will be fun putting this team together and giving the fans a team they can be proud of.”
Nashville team manager Ryan Cooper was happy to snag Henning as the franchises’ first coach.
“He is a well known coach in the quidditch community. He knows how to put together a competitive team. Nashvillans don’t know it now but they will see the results on the field later.”
So what’s the next step for the Boot Scooters?
“We need to fill the roster and start practicing,” said Henning. “It is very important to get players playing together and in sync. You can’t just throw people out there and expect them to play well. This isn’t a playground league. It requires timing, stamina and you have to be able to take the contact.”
Henning is known for his blunt comments but is also a fun coach. After winning back-to-back titles with Boston, he took his players to Fenway Park to give Red Sox players a chance to try quidditch.
Henning was also asked about Nashville Mayor’s threat to ban electric scooters.
“I think the city has more pressing problems to worry about than scooters. I mean that’s my personal opinion. To be fair, I am just visiting Nashville for the first time so I really don’t know the frustration people are having with it. I just think the mayor needs to concentrate on other things.”
Henning plans to take advantage of the open tryouts as well as experienced players from MLQ to fill the Boot Scooters roster.
Cooper also announced that the XSQL has reached a deal with the SciFi Network to televise weekly league games this season. The network will feature a game-of-the-week of one live game on a weekend night during the season. More details will be released when the league reveals the regular season schedule. The regular season will be played in October. Each team will play 14 regular season games followed by the playoffs.
The Boot Scooters are also narrowing down locations for their “home” field with Centennial Park, Bicentennial Park and a location in the Gulch in consideration.
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