Richie Williams becomes director of rugby at Cambridge
Richie Williams has earned a new two-year contract at Cambridge Rugby Club and been promoted to director of rugby.
He arrived at Volac Park in 2018 to replace Ross Stewart as head coach and, after avoiding relegation from National League One in the final game of the season in his first year, they showed progress to conclude the truncated 2019/20 campaign in 10th place.
Williams will continue as head coach, but will also take up the director of rugby role.
The new role will seem him develop a route for players to make the transition from junior to senior rugby, and continuing to raise coaching standards by helping with the development of the mini and youth coaches.
He will also take charge of managing the Vipers rugby academy, which will be entering its second year, and by overseeing the first team as head coach, will look to further develop the young squad which showed significant signs of improvement last season.
“I’m really excited about continuing my coaching journey at Cambridge for the next two years," said Williams. “It’s a great opportunity to enhance our current environment and continue to work with a talented and hardworking playing and management group.
“I’m extremely grateful to the committee for showing so much support during these difficult times. I am confident that we will augment last season’s successes and develop even further on and off the
“Cambridge is a special club and I am enthused about connecting and engaging with the wider club and seeing us reach our potential. “
Cambridge chairman Rob Dean said, “We are very pleased to have agreed terms with Richie to be our director of rugby. This is a position we have been discussing for some time now and we think it is a key appointment to continue the development of all age group rugby at Volac Park.
“Richie has demonstrated that he has the skills to improve our young squad to further cope with the demands of National League rugby. Despite a shortened season our finish in the top 10 of National One showed the improvements Richie has made.”
Despite the early finish to our season Williams has been busy preparing for next season, whenever it starts. This has included re-signing most of the existing squad and providing coaching sessions via Zoom.