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Prendergast Heads Up New UL Bohemians Coaching Team

Prendergast Heads Up New UL Bohemians Coaching Team

UL Bohemians have announced their senior coaching team for the 2015/16 season, with Gearoid Prendergast installed as the Limerick club’s new head coach.

Gearoid Prendergast will be joined by James Hickey (forwards coach), Donn O’Sullivan (backs coach) and Seamus Hassett (assistant forwards coach) for UL Bohemians’ 2015/16 campaign in Ulster Bank League Division 1B.

Prendergast, who has been at the club for two seasons as backs coach, takes over the head coaching role. He previously coached at Young Munster and was also head coach of Richmond.

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In keeping with promoting from within in, O’Sullivan and Hassett, who were both involved with UL’s senior set-up last season, remain in place.

Current Ard Scoil Rís coach Hickey, formerly of Shannon, is a new addition to the team and club; he joins the Bohs senior side as forwards coach. UL are delighted to have such an experienced coaching group in place for next season.

New head coach Prendergast says he is already looking forward to getting down to work, admitting: “To have such a great coaching ticket, confirmed this early, is a real positive. We are keen to kick on from where we were last season and with the mix of continuity both on and off the field, coupled with the addition of James Hickey to the team, the future is bright for us, I believe.

“With the Ulster Bank League going from strength to strength and with more and more players graduating from the club game to the professional game, we believe UL Bohemians have the right ingredients to allow players to develop, through the league and our Academy, to reach the levels they wish to attain.”
 
In other news, Donn O’Sullivan will also take up the role of Academy manager with UL Bohemians. Replacing Mossy Lawler, who has joined the professional ranks at Connacht Rugby, O’Sullivan will run Munster’s only club rugby Academy set-up.

Based at the University of Limerick, the UL Bohemians Academy has helped a number of players on the road to provincial and international rugby, including the likes of Tommy O’Donnell, Dave Kilcoyne, Barry Murphy, Cathal Sheridan, Dave Foley and Sean Henry.