New Coaching Setup Announced

By Dave Picken - June 18 2012
New Coaching Setup Announced
Iain Dixon Iain Dixon and Jonny Boatman will take over first team coaching for next season as the club unveils a completely new structure for next season. It involves all teams ......

Tim Sawyer and Kevan Oliphant will still be involved but will very much take a back seat as last season's coaching understudies take the reins.

Kevan says: "I have always had the belief that any coaching set up only has a certain shelf life and things inevitably need freshening up from time to time.

"As well as time, family and work pressures increasing, Tim and I decided some time ago that we would take a backward step away from coaching as long as we felt the right people would be in place to continue the progress that has been made over the last few years. With Graeme Southern`s help we feel we are now in that position.

"I am to continue in the DOR role but with less emphasis on coaching, acting only to support/step in for the new coaches if they are unavailable for some reason. I still intend to be at most training session and will be assisting the coaches from the touchline on Saturdays.

"Main club coaching responsibilities will be with Iain Dixon (backs) and Johnny Boatman (forwards), Iain has already been coaching in and around the first team squad for a season and has proved himself more than capable in the role. He is ready now to take more responsibility.

"This will be Jonnys first player/coaching role and he will have the back up of support from Tim and myself as well as his own experience and knowledge. Both have the respect of the current crop of players and I am sure they will have a positive effect on the squad."

Tim Sawyer is likely to have more academic commitments next year and says:""I never had any real desire to become a coach, but once knee injuries put paid to my playing career it was something I was asked to do and in a way felt obliged to do, to pay back some of the good times and opportunities that West had offered me since I was a child starting out playing rugby.

"Coaching is full on though and does impact upon other things in life and, with that in mind, I intend to take a bit of a step back from full on, front line duties. This will allow opportunities for others to come to the fore and develop as coaches and of course I will still be around the place to lend a hand and muck in with whatever team.


Jonny Boatman

"To be honest I could have taken this decision at any point in the last couple of years, but wanted to leave the playing squad in as strong a position as possible. I think that with all the help from Kevan and the other coaches we are now in a pretty strong position, and this leaves me hopeful that I can combine a few games of golf and a few bike rides with some rugby viewing throughout next season. I do still not intend to do any Saturday shopping from August to May".

Les Smith, the Chairman of Rugby says: "Tim and Olly have worked remarkably hard and achieved an awful lot  n the last few seasons, and I'd like to record the club's sincere thanks to them.

"It's a testament to their commitment to the club that they will continue to make any contribution they can. I am sure that with this continuity, together with the enthusiasm and talent of the new coaches,  the club will continue to progress."

The hard working Graeme Southern will  have a major role to play in the new set up. "Sos" will be taking on the co-ordination of all player availability and selection of the Stags, Bucks, and 4ths/ams.

The Stags will be run by Sos aided by Anthony Cameron, Phil Wallis and Ian Peart. It is intended that the Stags will be used as a development side, so that it will include not only members of the 1st XV squad but also the younger players who aspire to first team rugby.

The Bucks, will be run by a team, including Michael Siddle but also Phil Jukes and Nic Corrigan. The Bucks will be aimed at a more social side which will include some very welcome returning old faces.

Chris Harrison and Steve "Elmo" Wilkinson will also be helping the organisation of the bucks/Ams to ensure we have the full four teams representing the club as often as possible.


New Coaching Setup Announced
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
18/06/2012 10:01
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Re: New Coaching Setup Announced
Andy Quinn (IP Logged)
18/06/2012 11:47
Since when have Chris Harrison and Elmo been anything to do with the running of the 4ths/ Ams??? The people who have put a hell of a lot of hard work and time are Peter Wilkinson, Graham Frankland and myself!! Are you saying we are being replaced? Would have been nice if someone had the decency to mention something!!! As you can tell here i am really annoyed at this and look forward to some sort of a reply...

Re: New Coaching Setup Announced
KOlly (IP Logged)
18/06/2012 11:54
Settle down Quinny, it is intended to be a link between the teams to help co-ordinate players availability, so we all know where we stand on a Saturday, nothing changing for the 4ths/AMs. Give me a ring if you need clarification.

Re: New Coaching Setup Announced
18/06/2012 12:51
I think it is wise to freshen things up every few years, and having Olly and Tim there to offer support when needed will be of great help to Iain and Jon
Also good to see how many people are involved in all of the teams [including Quinny,of course].
Good luck to everyone involved.

Re: New Coaching Setup Announced
Broken Army (IP Logged)
18/06/2012 16:43
Blimey Quinny, Settle pettle.

I read it as KOlly has put it. Elmo and Chris Having been involved with the Bucks last season will hopefully help with getting players out who would not normally bother if they arent selected in the Stags/Bucks squads.

The more people involved in selection and player availability the better. Some one who might not turn out if you ask them may well do if asked by Chris or Elmo and vice versa.

Re: New Coaching Setup Announced
Andy Quinn (IP Logged)
18/06/2012 19:29
Do they have a magic wand like?????

Re: New Coaching Setup Announced
Doyle Burger (IP Logged)
19/06/2012 09:27
Maybe Quinny, Maybe!

Re: New Coaching Setup Announced
Lucian Freud (IP Logged)
19/06/2012 23:10
Good Craic quinny, very supportive. I don't see Wilko on here crying about his name not being mentioned, probably because he does not need to. He, an GF alike, a personally aware of their contribution to the club and rugby in general and do not require people to inflate/rub/massage their ego in person or via electronic media. They probably have more important things to do like make dinner or get ready for work the next day. Internal v external reward??

Re: New Coaching Setup Announced
Stan the Camel (IP Logged)
20/06/2012 01:00
Surely there must be somebody brave enough in our club who dares speak to Quinny face to face?

Re: New Coaching Setup Announced
aquinn (IP Logged)
20/06/2012 08:06
Lucian whatever, you dont know anything do you?????.I dont need anyone to mention my name or inflate an ego or anything> I do a lot for the club because i like to and enjoy it. What do you do to help the club???

Stan, anyone can say anything to me face to face!! I aint some sort of ogre you know!!

I give up!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 20/06/2012 08:08 by aquinn.

Re: New Coaching Setup Announced
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
20/06/2012 09:20
Having seen Quinny face to face last night I can report that he is in good spirits and treating the omission of his name from the coaching line-up [for the second year in a row] with good humour.

I can also report that he is doing a tremendous amount to help organize the Beer Festival [July 7th!!] even though he will be working in London that weekend.

In the meantime he will no doubt remain a sensitive soul.

Re: New Coaching Setup Announced
Stan the Camel (IP Logged)
20/06/2012 17:21
Don't pick on me, Quinny!

Just a reference to the keyboard warriors who have a go anonymously.

Re: New Coaching Setup Announced
Stan the Camel (IP Logged)
21/06/2012 16:50
Not disagreeing ..... but why so?

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