FORMER Birmingham & Solihull Bees player Peter Glackin has taken over the role of Head of Rugby at the club for the 2016/17 season.
The 37-year-old is a well known figure in Midlands’s rugby circles, having played and coached for a number of clubs in the region over the past 20 years.
The former outside half made 35 appearances in a four year spell at the Bees between 1998 and 2002, before moving on to Stourbridge, Nuneaton, Rugby Lions and Coventry, while his rugby CV includes representative honours with Scotland at both U19 and Senior 7s levels.
An RFU Level 3 Coach, Glackin has been part of the coaching set up at National League 1 side Coventry since 2011, and he was Head Coach at Rugby Lions RFC in the two preceding years.
His appointment at Birmingham & Solihull for next season builds on the excellent work that has been done by interim coaching duo Paul Williams and Dave Spencer.
The veteran coaching duo are unable to commit the requisite time to the role next season, and Glackin has been recruited to lead a backroom staff that will retain the services of the duo in an advisory role.
Bees President Mike Brennan said: “We have seen a dramatic improvement in our fortunes on the pitch since Messer’s Williams and Spencer were ‘parachuted in’ at the end of January.
“It is vital that we maintain this momentum – not only to the end of the current league and cup campaigns – but also into next season, where we hope to be in a position to challenge for promotion.
“Pete is well known and respected both at our Club and in the wider regional rugby community and brings with him proven credentials as a player and coach alike. With the continuing ‘wisdom’ in the background of Willy & Spanner next season and the benefit of Pete being able to work with the players both now and for the whole of the pre-season period, we are in an excellent position to take things forward.”