Exeter Rugby Club chief executive Tony Rowe has spoken of his delight at securing the long-term futures of the club’s current coaching staff until 2015.
Head coach Rob Baxter, assistant coach Ali Hepher, together with team manager Robin Cowling, skills coach Ricky Pellow and academy coach Rob Gibson, have all put pen to paper on new three-year deals with the Aviva Premiership outfit.
With the Chiefs currently third in English rugby’s top flight, Rowe said he was determined to keep hold of all the coaching group, which in recent years have lifted the club out of the RFU Championship and then last season to eighth spot in the club’s maiden year in the Premiership.
“I’m so pleased that I’ve finished negotiating an extension on all their contracts because I really wanted to keep them all,” said Rowe. “It’s a fantastic coaching team and as you try to progress, the most difficult thing is to get hold of a good coaching team. But I’ve got one and I’m the first to acknowledge the effort they have put in.
“They were untested in the Premiership and apart from Ali, who Rob recruited himself, I was instrumental in putting that group together. It’s an awesome group and I consider it quite a coup to have kept them all.”