« on: April 30, 2012, 12:06:18 PM »
Change to the Coaching Structure
With regret the club (Halifax RUFC) announces the resignation of Ian Clarke as 1st team coach. This is for personal reasons but the club would like to thank Ian or Sniffer as he is better known for transforming the performances over the last 14 months and instilled belief in all the players who played first team. The club faltered at the last hurdle for promotion last season but it was a fantastic success given the league position the year before. The 2nd team (Dukes) had a successful season and they too fell a little short of achieving promotion. The club has moved swiftly to appoint Mark Walton as Senior Head Coach ably supported by Nick O’Connor, Craig Emmerson, Stuart Hill and Chris O’Connor and we wish him well for what is an exciting time at Ovenden Park. Mark is a former player at Bedford, Sheffield, East Retford and was a player/Coach at Burley before becoming Head Coach. He joined Halifax in pre-season of 2011 and has impressed everyone around with his work ethic, enthusiasm and knowledge of the game at this level.
Jason Brian Chairman of Rugby “It has been great working with Sniffer over the last 14 months but I am sure that the foundations he has put in place will be enhanced by Mark and his coaching staff who will develop and coach all senior players as the club is very much looking forward to pre-season. There is a real buzz about the place when the seniors, juniors and Ladies are playing and hopefully that will continue into next season”
Mark Walton Senior Head Coach “I am happy to be part of an ambitious club and hope to mirror the successes in relation to both Burley's double promotion over the past 3 years.
The plans for pre-season are well underway and a players meeting will be held at the club on 30th May 7pm. An invite will go out to all Senior, Academy and Ladies players to attend. Watch this space for further details