Andy Hill handed Glasgow Hawks head coach role

Balgray outfit have promoted former no-nonsense No 8 from assitant role to top job as replacement for Heriot's-bound Fin Gillies

Andy Hill
Andy Hill [centre] is stepping up from an assistant role to replace Fin Gillies [left] as head coach at Glasgow Hawks next season. Andrew Douglas [right] is also stepping down as an assistant coach. Image: Crag Watson

ANDY HILL has been promoted from the assistant coach role he has fulfilled for the last two seasons to replace Fin Gillies in the Glasgow Hawks hot seat next season.

The former No 8 with the club with Hawks and Hamilton says he hopes to carry on the good work of Gillies – who is set to take on an assistant role with the Heriot’s Super 6 team next season – and backs coach Andrew Douglas, as the Balgray side look to establish themselves as contenders for the Premiership title in the first season of the Super 6 era.

“The opportunity to work with guys like Finn and Dougal has been a joy and a privilege,” he said. “Their attention to detail and rugby knowledge is second to none and I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity to work alongside them to help my own development as a coach.”

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Hawks President Kenny Hamilton welcomed the appointment. “Andy has been part of a successful Hawks team in the past and understands winning,” he said . “His organisational capacity is exceptional, as is his willingness to take on work. As head coach, he will now have the opportunity to extend his management experience and knowledge. We are delighted he is doing that with Glasgow Hawks.”

Outgoing head coach Gillies recommended Hill for the jon “I want people to know how good he was this year and how good he will be going forward and I know he has the tools to succeed,” he said.

Club captain Stephen Leckey added: “This is a great appointment by the club. In his playing days, Andy had a desire to take the club back to the top of Scottish club rugby, it is exciting that he now gets an opportunity to do this as our head coach. The players have enjoyed working with Andy as an assistant coach for the last two seasons and are excited that he is leading us into the 2019-2020 season.

“His drive has already been evidenced by the extensive planning that has gone into next season. Our plans for pre-season are well underway already, including the training programme, fitness and mental skills development, our squad tour and other friendlies. It also serves to further strengthen our partnerships with the Royal Navy, and the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, to provide the platform of performance club rugby in Glasgow .“

Details of Hill’s assistant and specialist coaches will be announced very soon.

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