Tony Joined Taunton as a Player Coach in 2010 before taking over the reins as Head Coach during the 2011/12 season. He brought with him a wealth of experience having played for teams such as Worcester Bedford Randwick (Australia) Exeter Chiefs and Launceston before joining Taunton. During his playing career he represented England U21’s & England A as well as the Barbarians. During his 12 year professional career he scored over 3000 points including 1800 for Exeter Chiefs in 173 appearances.
Once Tony had taken over as Head Coach he quickly moved to bring in former Chiefs team mate Keith Brooking as Forwards Coach, within 12 months Keith moved into the role of team manager and this made way for Chris Brown who was brought in as the new Forwards Coach. Over the last few seasons the off field staff have changed slightly but Tony feels in Keith Chris Julian Salvi (Defence Coach) Adam Rutter (physio) Sandra Williams (Sports masseuse) & Lyndon Lane (Strength & Conditioning) he has the right blend off the field to drive the team forward.
During his time in charge of the Titans we have seen the Titans turned from a team struggling in National two to a team consistently in the top four. During that time we have also seen the club become a breeding ground for ambitious young players with a number of them moving on to play at a higher level and crediting Taunton as the launch pad they needed to get there. These include the likes of Sam Skinner Jack Owlet Paul Davis - Exeter Chiefs Jake Woolmore - Bristol Dan Frost & Dan Lee - Cornish Pirates to name just a few, with a number of other Chiefs academy players benefiting from time at Taunton these include Joe Simmonds Stuart Townsend Tom Lawday Pete Laverick & Sean Lonsdale. Tony has said that "the aim of the coaches at Taunton is to improve any player that decides they want to join us, we try to create a learning environment for our players to help make them the best that they can be and to create a positive team culture that they can really get behind and feel part of”
We feel at Taunton we are lucky to have such an ambitious coaching team who with the right support off the field can keep pushing this great club forward.
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