Former Python Joins Stanford Coaching Staff!

Brad’s profile on the Stanford football page can be seen here

Brad Idzik, who played for the Pythons last season (2013-14), has joined the coaching staff of US college football superpower Stanford as a Graduate Assistant whilst studying his for his masters degree. Stanford have sent a slew of players to the NFL including the 2012 overall first round pick Andrew Luck (starting quarterback with the Indianapolis Colts). Their stadium in Palo Alto, California was one of the venues used to host games in the 1994 FIFA World Cup (you may recall Brazil’s Leonardo being red-carded for a vicious elbow on one of the sidelines).

 

For Brad, who came to Cambridge as part of the INSTEP programme, football is the family business. His grandfather John Idzik Snr was a noted player at the University of Maryland before having a long coaching career in the NCAA, NFL (where he was part of the Baltimore Colts coaching staff who won Super Bowl V) and CFL. Brad’s father John Idzik Jnr is currently the General Manager of the New York Jets. He also worked in the front office for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (during their successful Super Bowl season), Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks and before marking his mark as an executive was a coach including a spell with the Aberdeen Oilers in the 1990s. Brad himself played college football at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem North Carolina before joining the Pythons.

 

Notable moments from last season for Brad with the Pythons included his 56 yard touchdown against Anglia Ruskin, one of two touchdowns he had in that game. Pythons Co-General Manager Steve Guy said “Everyone at the Pythons is genuinely delighted at Brad securing this fantastic opportunity. When he came to the Pythons we were all very impressed at his humble attitude and warmth – there was no ego at all with him. I am sure he will bring the same great mentality and appetite for hard work to make a success of things in Palo Alto. We are all now Stanford fans in Cambridge!”