Scarborough RUFC have announced club stalwart Jason Lowde as their new club coach, following the recent resignation of Dave Beck.
Beck left his role after eight years in charge recently due to a family illness, and Lowde has been installed as the man to take the Silver Royd club forward into their new Yorkshire One campaign.
Lowde, who has played for the club since 2006, will be assisted by another former club player in Phil Barker.
Scarborough’s director of rugby Mike Holder believes the new appointments are a huge step forward for the club.
Holder said: “Obviously we’re disappointed to see Dave Beck leave his role.
“He will be missed and has put a lot of effort in during his eight years at the club.
“But Jason knows the club, he has all the qualifications too and has impressed the players with the coaching he has done here, so he is a natural replacement,
“Phil Barker is in as assistant coach this season too. He has all the necessary coaching qualifications and he was a player at the club as well.
“He has done a lot of work at Bramcote School and I know he’s keen to further his coaching into senior rugby.”
Craig Farrell, who was an assistant coach to Beck last season, will also help out when time permits.
Holder added: “Craig’s work commitments mean he will help out with coaching if and when he can, which will be a further boost to the club.”
Holder is already looking forward to the 2012/13 Yorkshire One campaign, which gets under way with a home fixture against Driffield on Saturday September 1.
He added: “While I’m sad to see Dave stepping down from his role, I’m very excited to see what the new people coming in will bring to the club.
“I’m sure the players will rise to the occasion and bring the success that the club merits and is looking for.”
Another management appointment sees Dave Smith return as first team manager after a year away travelling in New Zealand.
Andy Downes will move from coaching the Danesmen to take control of the Vikings, with the Danesmen yet to appoint a successor.
Richard Dean will continue to run the Norsemen this season.
Holder added: “All in all there are a few changes at the club this summer.
“We think that the club will have a re-inforced impetus for development this season going forward, and we’re all excited to get the new season under way now.”
Pick up next week’s Scarborough News for more on Lowde’s appointment, plus more on the new first XV captain at the club.