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Pat Lam unveils new Bears coaching team

Bristol Bears have confirmed their coaching team ahead of the resumption of the 2019/20 campaign in August.

Following the arrival of Omar Mouneimne from Worcester Warriors as Defence Coach, Director of Rugby Pat Lam unveils a Management Team with world class experience as the club continue to strive to achieve our vision of Inspiring Our Community Through Rugby Success.

Lam said: “When I arrived three years ago, I set three key objectives for the rugby programme to achieve our Vision:

  1. Win the Champions Cup (our Ambition)
  2. Produce England Internationals (our Programme)
  3. Develop our Home-Grown Players (our Passion)

“The number one requirement I requested from Steve [Lansdown] and Chris [Booy] to achieve this, before players, facilities and budget, was the need to build a High Performance Management Team to help me drive the programme and I’m so pleased with the quality of staff we have on board to serve.

“I believe we now have outstanding Medical, Analysis and Athletic Performance Teams headed up by World Class Heads of Departments:

  • Rory Murray (Medical)
  • Kevin Geary (Athletic Performance)
  • Stuart Powell (Analysis)

“I restructured our Academy last year with a clear purpose to align everything back to our Bears Vision and to put in structures and processes that enables the Bears Academy the opportunity to be the best in the country. I split the Academy into the Bears Junior Academy (13-16) and the Bears Senior Academy (17-24) to give real focus and care to each age group.

“The Academy Managers role was also split, and we now have two World class Managers heading these programmes and leading excellent committed Academy staff:

  • Gethin Watts (Senior Academy Manager)
  • Gary Townsend (Junior Academy Manager)

“Nick Fenton Wells has transitioned nicely from our Community Leader in the Players Leadership Group into the Team Manager with his high organisational and relational standards coming to the fore.

“The outstanding reputation of our Bears Communications Team lead by our Head of Communications Tom Tainton as leaders in their field is well deserved. Ensuring we have a strong connection to our Bears community and the wider public is very important to us as a club as it’s a big part of our Vision.

“The tremendous work that Craig Capel and the Bears Community Foundation team continue to do in our schools and clubs is another key part of what we stand for. They are an important part of the Bears Culture and the players and staff are proud to support our community outreach programmes.

“JP Paramore, our Kit Manager has the respect of all players and staff with his work-ethic for the team. His reputation is exactly the same as when he played… no one messes with JP as he gets the job done!

“I’m delighted that after an intensive period of recruitment – both internally and externally – we have built a strong Coaching Team that not only have absolute clarity about our game plan and the Bears system, they understand our culture and the world class standards that we demand.

“My ambition was to build a coaching team that has true alignment right across the club from the Senior team all the way through to our Academy to ensure the transition through each stage of the Bears pathway is as seamless and clear for all players wherever they enter our Bears programme.

The Bristol Bears heads of department at the new facility (JMPUK).

“A key part of our vision is not just to develop our players into better players and better people, but also to develop our staff to become world class. While each coach has a specific area of responsibility I like to expose them to all areas of the game on and off the field to ensure they continue to grow as coaches and to help them reach their ultimate goal of possibly becoming Head Coaches themselves which I believe they all can.

“The flow and quality of our brand-new facility ensures excellent internal communication between all our departments and everything is in place for us to serve our playing group, at all levels, to achieve their rugby dreams.”

The 2019/20 coaching team is as follows:

Pat Lam (Director of Rugby): The leader of the organisation, Lam assumes overall responsibility for game plan, Team attack and Team defence.

Conor McPhillips (Assistant Coach): Now in his eighth season with Lam, McPhillips coaches the Backs and assists Lam on Team attack.

John Muldoon (Forwards Coach): Former Irish International Muldoon will coach the Forwards having previously served as Defence Coach.

Omar Mouneimne (Defence & Collision Coach): Newly arrived Mouneimne will assist Lam on Team defence.

Sean Marsden (Skills & Kicking Coach): Long serving Bristolian Marsden will be responsible for the Skills programme for the club.

Alasdair Dickinson (Scrum Coach): Former Scottish international prop Dickinson is responsible for scrummaging set piece across the club.

Jordan Crane (Bears Academy Transition Coach): Following his retirement as a professional player, Crane will work with the Integrated Academy, scholarship programme and U18s programme to ensure all players are physically, technically and mentally prepared for the standards required to represent the Bears first team.

Danny Grewcock (Bears Academy Transition Coach) Former England international Grewcock will oversee the transition of players from the Bears Junior Academy to the Senior Academy and will also continue to coach the U18s alongside Crane.

Both Crane and Grewcock will also be valuable mentors for our Senior Academy players coming through our Bears Pathway.


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