The University of St Andrews RFC is pleased to announce our new coaching team for the upcoming 2016/2017 season. Director of Rugby David Ross has added Luis Arola as forwards coach, and Chris Martin as 2nd XV coach for the upcoming season. Burhan Torgut will continue in his 3rd XV Head Coach, video analysis, and strength and conditioning roles.
David Ross had to say on the appointments, “Appointing such dedicated and enthusiastic coaches to compliment the work that Burhan Torgut and I have been doing for the last year is very exciting for the club. Both Luis and Chris are keen to make an impact at the club to ensure we remain the number 1 rugby programme in Scotland and become even better with their input. With pre-season just over a month away we are all planned and ready to go and will be working hard to prepare the teams for The Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Match and the start of the BUCS season.”
New forwards coach, Luis Arola, formerly of Heriots FP RFC and Merchiston Castle School, noted, “Joining the University of St. Andrews RFC is an exciting opportunity. It brings immense responsibility to perform to the high standards this institution requires. I’m looking forward to working with both the coaches and players in the upcoming season to support the development of the club.”
2nd XV coach Chris Martin, currently a PE teacher at Madras College and former player for Howe of Fife RFC, had to say, “Being given the opportunity to become part of the team at St. Andrews is something I feel extremely privileged about. The culture of professionalism and the attention to detail that David has built up is incredible and it’s the type of environment you want to be part of as a coach. Since being forced to stop playing through injury, I’ve been waiting for the chance to express my passion for the game again and I’m now very excited to start working with the squad in August.”
The club would also like to thank departing 2nd XV coach Andrew Durward for his commitment to the club over the past four years, and wishes him well for his move to Edinburgh and engagement.
Building towards the 2016 Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Match, the Saints are in very good hands to hit the ground running when they return for preseason in August.