Northampton Saints' Jon Curry takes reins at Bury
It is with regret that we announce that Ollie Smith will be stepping down from the role of Pro-Am head coach from the end of February.
The time and travel commitment required to fulfil the head coach role on a full time basis is such that Ollie has reluctantly made the decision to relinquish the position in order to be able to devote his time to his young family and other business interests.
He will be replaced by new head coach, former Northampton Saints academy coach Jon Curry. Jon is no stranger to Bury having previously been an important member of the coaching team, only stepping aside when his coaching responsibilities at Saints were increased. Joining him will be James Storey as Backs coach. Howard Parr continues as Wolfpack forwards coach.
Speaking about the appointment Bury St Edmunds Pro-Am Performance Director Terry Sands said, "We are obviously disappointed to bid farewell to Ollie but respect his decision to place his family first. We are thrilled to welcome Jon back to Bury, a huge opportunity for the club, only made possible following recent coaching changes at Northampton. Together, with James Storey as backs coach they will form a formidable team."
Jon Curry was previously head coach at North Walsham RFC for seven years where he guided the club to National League status, whilst also working for Leicester Tigers as Norfolk elite player development coach. He was also coach of the Spanish national team. He and James will be supported by the current experienced pro-am coaching team including Performance Director Terry Sands and Director of Rugby, Kevin Maggs.
Sands added: "The club wishes to thank Ollie for all his efforts this season, stepping into the role at short notice over the summer and we wish him well for the future."
Updated 16:45 - 6 Apr 2018 by Will Scholes