AMBITIOUS Gavin Hogg has this week been appointed the new director of coaching and community development at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club.
As well as taking charge of the the Haberden-based outfit’s 1st XV, the former Stowmarket player/coach will be involved in developing the club’s coaching staff – from the minis section to the seniors.
The 29-year-old Northern Irishman will also undertake a role in the community and work with a number of the local schools.
“My aspiration has always been to become a full-time coach and I have been given a great opportunity at Bury,” said Hogg.
“As a player I always wanted to play and test myself at the highest level and want to do the same as a coach.
“My ambition is shared by the playing committee at Bury, that we should be a National League club, and our aim is to gain promotion tothat level.
“I want to contribute to the development of coaching and playing throughout the club, establishing a healthy pathway for players of all ages to aspire to.”
The fly-half joins following a successful period in charge of Stow – in which he guided the Chilton Fields club to a historic Eastern Counties League crown this season and Suffolk Cup final.
The PE teacher has played for Shelford, New Zealand outfit Nelson Bays, and Northern Ireland’s Rainey Old Boys, where he won the All Ireland League Cup at Lansdown Road.
Bury’s playing chairman Mike Robinson said: “We are very pleased and excited to have secured Gavin’s services. He is one of a breed of up-and-coming talented, dynamic and exciting coaches, with new ideas and a different approach.
“We believe he has what it takes to take Bury to the next level, not only by developing our first team, but improving the standard of coaching we are providing at all levels and at all age groups.
“We are very keen to provide the best possible coaching for our developing youngsters.”