After receiving applications for this position from across the globe we were delighted to secure a candidate with Tom's track record. Having played in AIL Division 1B as recently as 2 years ago, and been part of the coaching team that steered Ballynahinch to promotion this season, he brings a wealth of experience in All Ireland rugby at the top level and this can only benefit not just the seniors but all sections of our growing club. Also, having experienced at first hand both the excitement of promotion and the pressures of avoiding relegation, Tom is well placed to help steer Bangor in the right direction and support the players in their efforts to do so.
Living locally to Bangor and acknowledging the Club’s long and prestigious history played a big part in his decision to come to Upritchard Park and, with a young family now at primary school, it’s very likely that we’ll see more of the Rock family involved at Mini Rugby level in due course. As Tom begins to settle into his new role, we wish him well and look forward to more exciting times and success in our goal to not only progress in the All Ireland League, but also see our young players develop through the successful Mini and Youth sections before hopefully fulfilling their potential at senior level.
Outgoing Director of Rugby Danny Curran commented, "I am pleased and excited with the appointment of Tom Rock as Director of Rugby at Bangor RFC. I believe it is a fantastic addition to the club , Tom brings in an excellent level of experience on the coaching front and will help develop our young players and drive Bangor RFC to the next level. Tom will have the full support of club and we all look forward to the coming seasons.
After taking the position on some three years ago from Davy Morrow I have thoroughly enjoyed the position but also feel I am handing the reins over to a vastly experienced and overall good guy, in the meantime I will look forward to moving to another position in the club. However my wife is unconvinced the workload will decrease!"
Updated 08:37 - 26 Apr 2019 by Roger Corbett