Following their successful Connacht League promotion last season, NUIG RFC have further bolstered their coaching staff with the appointment of Galwegians stalwart Brian McClearn as Head Coach for the 2015/16 season. The imposing lock has taken to coaching following a hugely successful playing career with the Dublin Road based club and the former Galwegians captain, who has 8 Connacht Eagles caps to his name, will take up the reigns with the University side with immediate effect. Assistant Coach Barry Kilroy and former Ireland U19 forwards coach Bartley Fannin complete the coaching team.
Speaking about the new role Brian said:
“I’ve had a great playing career and I always knew I’d be involved in coaching when I hung up my boots so I’m delighted to take on this fresh challenge with NUIG. They’re a club that are really going places and I’m looking forward to building on the good work done over the last couple of years and taking the club to the next level.”
Chairman of NUIG RFC Michael O’Mahony was equally happy with the appointment:
“Securing Brian’s services has been a huge boost for the club, his significant experience with Galwegians and the Connacht Eagles will bring a dynamic and robust edge to our squad as we start preparing for the season ahead. Attracting coaches of this calibre shows the ambition of the club and is another step on the way to restoring this historic club to its former glory.”