We are pleased to announce our full coaching team - assisting Head Coach, Ben Cairns, through the FOSROC Super6 Championship.
Eddie Pollock and Sean Kennedy will continue in their roles as set piece coach and backs coach respectively, while we also have two new additions to the coaching team this season. Adam Ashe comes in as defence and contact coach while Luke Guerin joins us as Head of Athletic Performance for the club.
Eddie played over 350 matches for County during his playing career, which saw him become an integral part of the side, before he retired in 2001. He has had various roles at the club since then including 2nd XV head coach, 1st XV forwards coach and Director of Rugby. Eddie has been working with Stirling County’s Super6 side since the launch of the competition. He has also coached at Grangemouth, Haddington and OMBAC in the USA Super League, as well as working for Scottish Rugby where he has coached the Nation U18’s and U20’s.
Sean returns for his second year coaching the Super6 team and is currently playing professionally with Glasgow Warriors. Sean played for County from U18s through to becoming professional. He has previously played for Edinburgh and has represented Scotland A and Scotland 7s.
Adam Ashe returns to the club as a coach, having come up through the youth system playing from U15 to U18 level. He has also played for County’s first team and the Super6 team. He joins us from LA Giltinis, retiring due to a neck injury, and has also played for Glasgow Warriors. Adam has excellent coaching experience, having coached at West of Scotland rugby club, Whitecraigs and Glasgow Accies during his time in Scotland. After moving stateside, he took on the role of UCLA men’s defence and forwards coach, whilst he also had a spell as their interim head coach.
Adam spoke on returning to the club:
“I’m excited to be back at the club that I came through as a youth player. I have made lots of my first rugby memories at Bridgehaugh. It’s great to be back working with the club and we will be looking to build on our performance from the Sprint Series into the Championship.”
Luke Guerin graduated from Setanta College with a degree in strength & conditioning and has previously worked with Presentation Brothers College and Munster Rugby. He spent last season working with Leicester Tigers as first team strength and conditioning intern, with Tigers winning the Gallagher Premiership.
Luke was asked about joining the club:
“It’s an exciting time that’s for sure. It’s been very easy to settle in here and that’s a credit to all players, coaches, other staff and the environment they have created.
I’m looking forward to being part of the journey with the Super6 guys as we approach the Championship. I’m keen to help back up the brand of rugby we play from a physical performance point of view, whilst also adding value to the structure and development of the Strength & Conditioning in our men’s, women’s and youth sides as they play a large part in the club’s development.
I’m really looking forward to my time here at the club.”
Head Coach, Ben Cairns, had this to say on his new coaching team:
“I’m delighted to announce the full coaching team. We have a great group of support staff which is paramount to success, as they give the players the support they need to develop.
With Eddie, Sean and now Adam, all 3 assistant coaches have a great connection with the club and the area. All 3 coaches came through playing at the club, so it’s good to see them continue their careers coaching here too. They know what the club is all about and all have a real desire to bring about success.
We also have Luke coming in as head of athletic performance, which is a role we’ve worked hard to establish. Having a dedicated position for this sets us aside from the rest and helps to bridge that gap between ourselves and the professional game. This will help drive the physical development of the players and give us that extra advantage on the pitch.”
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