You are here
Former Italian international Mark Giacheri will coach SFGG's Pacific Rugby Premiership team alongside long-standing assistant coach Grant Wells and newly appointed team manager Mike Bobis.
Giacheri and Wells have just over one month to continue preparations for the 2015 PRP season. SFGG will be looking to achieve the consecutive ‘treble’ and continue their dominance of the highest caliber of US club rugby; having previously won the Elite Cup in 2013 and the PRP in 2014.
Giacheri, capped 48 times for Italy between 1992 and 2003, also played professionally with Waratahs, Benetton Treviso and Sale. Upon retiring from professional rugby in 2005, Giacheri began a successful coaching career, working with Randwick, Warathas A, New South Wales Country, and most recently, the newly established New South Wales Country Eagles.
‘Excited’ and ‘optimistic’ are terms Giacheri has used to describe his appointment as head coach. A specialist forward coach, Giacheri will be looking to add a hardened and structured edge to an already established forward pack.
There will also be a focus on youth development as Giacheri will be working with the club's youth program, helping to introduce SFGG’s brand of rugby at a young age and further develope the club's growing number of youth coaches.
Grant Wells, former USA Eagle and SFGG stalwart, will return in the assistant coach role, working with the SFGG backline; nurturing the attacking, attractive form of rugby that has brought unprecedented success over the last few seasons.
Mike Bobis, newly appointed 2015 PRP team manager, brings a wealth of managerial experience having previously guided Seattle-OPSB and worked closely with USA Rugby. Bobis has been instrumental in the hiring of Giacheri.
David Ridley has been appointed head D1 coach for the 2015 season and will be assisted by former SFGG player Jeff McKay; picking up where long-standing and hugely successful D1 coach Mike Cravelli left off. Ridley, originally from the UK, has playing experience at England Regional School Boys level and also played for Scotland Military Selects. He plans to work closely with Giacheri to see SFGG’s depth of senior teams used effectively for player recruitment and development.
SFGG’s storied coaching recruitments are not only limited to the senior sides. Alastair ‘Red’ Robinson returns for a second year with SFGG, now in the head coach position for the high school program, having formerly been the championship winning PRP forwards coach during 2014. Red, a former New Zealand All Black, will be looking to inject a winning culture in the high school program and replicate many of the systems the senior teams are running.