We at Goldenacre firmly believe that our coaching team is the most important part of our rugby platform. Therefore, we are delighted to announce what we believe is one of the strongest coaching teams in the Scottish club game.
Phil Smith continues as Heriot’s Head Coach for his seventh season. After a dissapointing season last year, by his own high standards, Phil is confident his squad is maturing and, with a few select additions, can look to mount a significant challenge in the last season of Premiership. Jamie Parker is stepping up from his role as Academy Coach to be 1st XV forwards co-coach alongside Bruce Douglas. Neil Hinnigan continues in his role as 1st XV Team Manager.
One of the most exciting young coaches in the Scottish club game, Oliver Brown, continues in his role as 2nd XV Head Coach, assisted by Goldenacre stalwarts Malcolm Welch (2nd XV forwards coach) and Michael Goldie (2nd XV backs coach).
Chris Rennie returns as 3rd XV coach, and with lots of changes going on the league structures, driven by our own Iain Milne (The Bear), an exciting season lies ahead for him and his team.
We have a significant number of very good young players coming through the system at Heriot’s. Our academy system ensures our young players maximise their potential- whether that to be playing professionally, or for our 1st XV, 2nd XV or indeed 3rd XV. With Jamie Parker moving up to the 1st XV forwards coaching role we are delighted to announce that Alex Haggart will be leading our Academy Programme this season. Alex has had to end his playing career early and we are delighted he is staying involved with the club. With young players like Martin Hughes, Iain Kay, Charlie Jupp and Nick Stingl there is lots of playing potential to work with!
Our physio team of Sandy Lyall and Mandy Costello embark on yet another season of keeping people fit, getting the fit fitter, and making sure that even the most physically fragile are able to step on the pitch!
Finally, Uti Oussellam joins us as S&C coach, so we can look forward to bigger, stronger, faster, fitter, better looking players at Goldenacre next season- even Stewart Mustard has been spotted in the gym.