Plymouth Albion today unveiled 36 year old former player James Shanahan as their new Head Coach, replacing Nat Saumi who is returning to his native Fiji after a 10 year association with the club.
Shanahan who played for Plymouth Albion in 2002-2003, is currently Director of Rugby at National 1 club Old Albanian RFC as well as being Head Coach of Cambridge University RFC.
Shanahan has also coached Hertfordshire in the County Championship, leading them to the title for the first time in their history in 2012.
Shanahan who gained his level 4 RFU Coaching Certificate in 2012 is well known to Westcountry rugby fans having also played for Exeter Chiefs and the Cornish Pirates.
Shanahan has signed a two year contract with the option of a third year.
Announcing the appointment Plymouth Albion Chairman Dr Graham Stirling said, “We had a very competitive field of applicants and James ticked all the relevant boxes. James is a very ambitious and enthusiastic coach and we are delighted he is joining us.”
Shanahan commenting on his appointment said, “I’m really excited to be joining Plymouth Albion. It is going to be a big challenge, but I can’t wait to be coaching one of the top 24 clubs in England.
“Plymouth and Devon rugby wise has huge potential and I want Plymouth Albion to attract and develop the best young players in the area.”
16th April 2013