“Well done Mr W!”
Dave Wheaton, a Heathens veteran, has been appointed joint Head Coach.
Dave who has been with the club for many years and who currently holds the position of 1st XV Captain and Assistant Head Coach has now been appointed Joint Head Coach.
DOR Bernie Rhodes said "Dave helped out with coaching last season ans has become more actively involved this year. Nick Davis who has been serving the club as Head Coach has been away serving with the Royal Navy and Dave has been doing a fantastic job. Due to Nick's job we may not see him for sometime. This is something he was concerned about at the beginning of the season. Dave has stepped in and has done a fantastic job. Dave has also shown his commitment by taking his RFU Level 2 coaching badge which he is due to complete on Sunday 19th November. To help provide continuity and to recognise Dave for the hard work he is doing we decided it would be appropriate to appoint him as Joint Head Coach.
When Nick returns from sea we will work on planning for next season.
Dave, who is also currently 1st XV Captain recognises that his playing days are coming to an end and we are pleased that he want to continue to offer the club his commitment in a coaching role.
We will also start to look a succession planning for 1st XV Captain as Dave moves into a more permanent Coaching role.
Chairman Chris Harper said " We can see the benefits Dave's approach to Coaching is having. Dave takes the lessons from previous weekends game and applies them to his sessions during the subsequent week. It is definitely having a positive impact on the field on a Saturday."
Updated 18:38 - 18 Nov 2017 by Bernard Rhodes