CHESTER RUFC’s head coach and Director of Rugby Nic Corrigan has left Hare Lane midway through his third season in charge, after a successful period that saw the club’s promotion to the National 2 North.
He joins League 1 strugglers Cinderford RFC, to act in a consultancy role to help develop the club’s coaching system.
Corrigan leaves with the Chester club ten games into the season and sitting comfortably in 3rd place, despite their loss to league leaders Hull Ionians on Saturday.
Chester have promoted development coach and Corrigan’s predecessor Dave Craven to Director of Rugby with immediate effect, as well as bringing Phil Greening into the coaching team.
Club Chairman Jonny Beck said: “Both appointments bring great coaching experience and signal our commitment to provide first class coaching at Chester RUFC.
“Nic’s time with the Club has seen us achieve Level 4 rugby and he has helped to develop the Club’s coaching and player development structure which we see as a foundation for our continued success. We wish Nic well in his future career.”
Nic Corrigan said: “I have been incredibly happy at Chester and am incredibly proud to be part of this Club.
“Whilst sad to be leaving the future ahead of me within the business of sport I am looking forward to my next challenge.
“I would like to thank everyone at Chester who helped to make the past three years very special. I would like to thank personally the support staff over the last three seasons and I wish them all well for the future careers.”
Corrigan’s success as director follows a playing career as a second row for the Royal Navy and the Henley Hawks, prematurely curtailed by injury.
His new challenge is an ailing team that sits only one place from the bottom of the table, with only one win to show on the season’s record.
Corrigan said of his appointment to Cindeford’s coaching team: “Naturally the opportunity to take this consultancy role was one I was excited and happy with.
“There is no doubt that this challenge excites me and I am grateful to the Board at Cinderford for choosing to contract my consultancy service at this point in the season.”
Chester RUFC host Leicester Lions at Hare Lane on Saturday, as they adjust to life under new management.