After much deliberation, Dees have brought in two very experienced Head Coaches in the form of Mick Coogan and Martin Morris, backed up by two new Assistant Coaches in Dave Coker and David Roberts, who transition into senior coaching from Dunstablians’ Academy.
Mick is an RFU Level 3 Coach and an Advanced International Rugby Academy Coach with over 25 years’ experience, whilst Martin played over 380 1st XV games for Dunstablians and has 15 years coaching experience - both believing that player enjoyment is the key to success on a rugby pitch. David and Dave are both Level 2 coaches with vast experience from coaching within the Dunstablians set-up for the last 12 years.
Mick’s coaching career has seen him lead East Midlands and Midlands Representative sides, hold a Director of Rugby position at National 3 Level, be part of Bedford Blues senior coaching team, refine his skills in New Zealand and of course, coach at Dunstablians. Martin has coached Dunstablians before, with various spells as Head Coach and Backs/Attack Coach from 2000 – 2013, a period where Dees enjoyed considerable success.
Mick has gained substantial experience spending time behind the scenes at several Premiership clubs and with the New Zealand and Australian International sides. Mick was also hosted by All Black legend Wayne Smith in New Zealand, spending significant time with the Canterbury Crusaders coaching team.
We hope these highly-experienced coaches will recreate their time as the Dunstablians’ back room team that achieved promotion to Midlands One (now National 3), won The Intermediate National Cup at Twickenham, won The Bedfordshire and East Midlands Cups multiple times and saw the team named as "Rugby World Junior Team of The Season”.
I hope you’ll all join me in extending a warm ‘Welcome Back’ to both Mick and Martin, and a ‘Welcome to Senior Rugby’ for Dave and David, as they begin writing a new chapter in the Dunstablians playbook for 2018/19.
Updated 19:29 - 10 Jun 2018 by James Noel