Head Coach vacancy filled!

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We are pleased to announce that our Head Coach vacancy has now been filled and that current Northumberland Lightning Defensive Coordinator Dale Clarke will take charge of the club from September 2016 onwards.

The club were informed by current Head Coach Mal Ditcham earlier in the season that he intended to take a break from the game at the end of our current 2016 NFC North II campaign, following almost two years in the position, including our debut National Leagues season in 2015.

Since then we have been working behind the scenes to find suitable candidates to fill the role, including publicly advertising the role from the end of June. As a result, we received expressions of interest and applications from both internal and external candidates.

With only two games remaining over the next fortnight and the club eager to make plans for a productive post season, the committee met last Thursday to discuss the situation.
After careful consideration, the decision was made to offer
Clarke the position of Head Coach from the end of the season.

Clarke has been with the club from almost the beginning as both a player and a coach, before taking on our defensive coordinator position at the end of 2015, receiving positive feedback from the players.

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Coach Clarke at the recent Jacksonville Jags UK Coaching Academy

He impressed the committee with his plans for developing the team and his desire to move the club forward, focussed on building a sustainable outfit capable of competing at National Level.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who expressed an interest in the role and again congratulate Dale on his new appointment. The committee and the players look forward to working with him in the post season and beyond.

Mal Ditcham will continue in his role for the remaining two games, with his final fixture being away to Carlisle Sentinels on Sunday 14th August 2016. We would again like to express our sincere thanks to Mal for his hard work at the club over the past two years and we hope to see him back involved again in the future.

 

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