Super Series: Stirling Wolves confirm coaching line-up for 2023 Championship

Eddie Pollock goes from interim to permanent head coach

Stirling Wolves kick-off their 2023 Super Series Championship campaign at home against Ayrshire Bulls on Friday night. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Stirling Wolves kick-off their 2023 Super Series Championship campaign at home against Ayrshire Bulls on Friday night. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

EDDIE POLLOCK has been appointed Stirling Wolves head coach on a permanent basis having taken over the side on interim basis when Ben Cairns moved on ahead of this Spring’s Sprint Series.

A long serving figure at Bridgehaugh in various capacities, Pollock has previously coached several Scotland age-grade sides including a stint as head coach of the under-18s programme.

Duncan Hodge and Sean Kennedy will once again assist Pollock, while Craig Jackson has been appointed as a player-coach.


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Jackson joined the Wolves’ ahead of the Sprint Series having previously played for Melrose, Southern Knights and represented Scotland 7s at the 2018 World Cup in San Francisco.

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with this group of extremely talented coaches during the Sprint Series and I’m excited to continue doing so again throughout the Championship,” said Pollock, whose team kick-off their Championship campaign at home against the Ayrshire Bulls on Friday night.

“We saw glimpses of what the squad is capable of during the Sprint and the longer they spend together, working with such an experienced and dedicated coaching team, I’m sure we’ll see some of that positivity more consistently moving forward.

“Craig’s playing career speaks for itself and he has been a leader at every club he’s been at. During the Sprint we saw him working closely with all of the coaches in terms of running things on the field and during the Championship he’s taking some of those responsibilities to the next level in a more official capacity.”

Jackson added: “I’m very excited to be working with such an experienced coaching team from whom I’ve already learnt a lot as a player.

“Coaching is something I’ve always been interested in transitioning into and I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to do that this Championship, whilst also giving my all out on the pitch.

“This is a squad that is hungry to learn and improve, with a great blend of experience and youthful enthusiasm. It’s been a joy to be apart of as a player, coach, and a person so far.

“We are under no elusion of the challenge at hand as we face Ayr, the current Sprint champions, at home on Friday night but we are looking forward to starting the season strong.

“We have put the hard work in off the season and now this is what it’s all about.”


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