Smith eyeing silverware as Scarborough coach

Scarborough RUFC's head coach Simon Smith
Scarborough RUFC's head coach Simon Smith

New Scarborough RUFC coach Simon Smith wants to get people talking about the club’s on-field achievements rather than their facilities.

Smith takes over from Lee Douglas in the Silver Royd hotseat after the former coach left following four years in charge, and the ex-Filey School teacher wants the plaudits to fall to his players rather than their off-field surroundings.

Smith said: “I am thrilled.

“It’s something that’s always been in my plans, but it’s happened sooner than I expected.

“I see the club as a bit of a sleeping giant. When people come up here they talk about the spectacular facilities.

“It’s about time people stopped talking about the facilities and start talking about the rugby, and there has to be a desire for that to happen.”

Smith jetted off back to Chicago to continue his role coaching sevens this week, but will return earlier than expected to oversee the latter part of the club’s pre-season schedule.

“I am heading back out to the States, which doesn’t make things easy,” added Smith.

“The plan is pre-season will start around July 4, I will be preparing sessions for my coaching team.

“It’s not ideal, but it doesn’t mean we can’t hit the ground running and start the season on the front foot in August.

“The club want promotion, that’s the aim put on me.

“I want to win some silverware, it won’t be easy though as Yorkshire One is tough.”

Director of rugby Mike Holder added: “After the decision was made that the club and Lee (Douglas) would part ways, we started to look at our options and we always came back to Simon.

“Anybody who knows him knows he’s a winner.

“He took a chance going to America to coach sevens.

“We had a players’ meeting and he left them all in no doubt what he expects from them.

“Simon is ambitious as a coach and we are ambitious as a club, we just hope the players will respond.”