Cole relishes a fresh start

Brods v Durham'Alex Dawson about to pass to Dave Skinner (out of shot) for try
Brods v Durham'Alex Dawson about to pass to Dave Skinner (out of shot) for try

NEWLY appointed Old Brodleians coach John Cole has been in his new role now for a couple of weeks and it has had a big thumbs up from the family, writes Charlotte Henbest.

John, 46, has been with the club as a player and a coach for nearly 15 years and worked alongside former coach Ian Armitage and is really looking forward to the task in hand.

“I have been with the Brods a long time, firstly pulling on the number six or number eight shirt, and then I moved into a coaching role,” he said

“I started off looking after the Under 10s and moved up through the juniors to the Under 19s Colts side. That’s where I was until the vacancy for the first team job came up.”

John obviously could not comment too much on the new job as it is all new to him right now. However, once he has got settled in and taking a few sessions at training Echo Sport will report back on how things are progessing and the outlook for the new season ahead.

Wife of 22 years Donna, has no choice but to be a fan. The couple’s three sons all play the game, with 18-year-old Luke in the senior Academy at Leeds Carnegie.

“Luke has also played at the Brods, Daniel (17) is there and so is my youngest Jonathan (15). I am also very proud to say that all three of them have representative honours playing for Yorkshire.”

John does not have much time for any hobbies outside of a busy workload and coaching but does enjoy playing cricket in the summer months.

“I play up at Northawram Hedgetop for the 2nd XI, and I am more of a batsmen. Donna doesn’t get involved at the rugby only supporting but does help out with the teas at cricket.

“She is very proud of my new role at the club and so are the boys. They have not said a great deal but I know they are pleased. How pleased they will be when I have them working hard in training will be another matter,” joked John.