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29 November 2018
Swinton Lions are delighted to confirm that Allan Coleman has joined the club as Assistant Head Coach.
The club is delighted to confirm that Allan Coleman has joined the Lions as Assistant Head Coach for the 2019 Betfred championship season.
Coleman joins the Lions coaching staff following the departure of Tommy Gallagher on Thursday afternoon.
The 40-year-old coach has most recently been in charge of the Rugby Football League’s England Community Lions, a role in which he will continue in, having previously guided Leigh Miners Rangers to their first NCL Grand Final title in a decade in 2015, to add to the Premier Division’s League Leaders’ Shield and Conference Cup.
Coleman also had experience coaching Leigh Centurions’ reserve grade and Under-19s for the British Amateur Rugby League Association and will take up the position with immediate effect.
Stuart Littler, who welcomes Coleman alongside fellow coach Dougie Owen, said: I am very excited to be able to announce that Allan Coleman has agreed to come on board as assistant coach and will be massive for our group moving forwards.
“Allan is renowned in the amateur game and has a coaching record second to none. Allan was coach of the all conquering treble-winning Leigh Miners Rangers team whilst also being previously involved with the reserves at Leigh Centurions.”
“Since then Allan has progressed to international level with England both with the youths as well as the latest Commonwealth Games, in which recent signing Frankie Halton participated.
“Allan has an infectious enthusiasm for the game and from everything I have seen, he knows how to get the players to buy in. This year is all about good people striving to take this great club forwards and Allan certainly fits into that mould. I am really excited about this new season and as a club I feel we are ready to take a step forwards. Allan has bought into what we are about and I am sure he can add a lot of value within that journey.”
“Delighted to welcome Allan to the club. Allan ticked all the boxes for Stuart and we targeted him as we felt he would be a major coup for the club as we continue to build.
“Allan has an outstanding coaching CV and he is experienced at all levels of the game having worked under Ian Millward at Leigh Centurions in the professional ranks. His record as a head coach at the very highest level of the amateur game, youth International level and also in a recent spell in Rugby Union is quite remarkable.
“Alan will continue his role with the RFL working with England Community Lions and this will be another big tick in the box in terms of our player pathway development.
“I have known Allan since being kids and had the pleasure of working with him albeit briefly with Lancashire ARL in 2016 and saw first hand what his credentials and it was Lancashire ARL Chairman Phil Johnson who christened him Mr Silver as everywhere he goes he wins things.
“Welcome to the Lions, Allan.”