WHITLEY Warriors have appointed a new coach following the resignation of Simon Leach at the end of last season.
Garry Dowd, pictured, has been appointed to lead the successful Warriors side.
The 35-year-old – who has played for Billingham Bombers, Dundee Stars and Chelmsford Chieftains – was part of the successful Warriors trophy winning team of the last couple of seasons, but missed much of the last campaign due to injury.
A club spokesman said: “We are delighted that Garry has accepted the position, and we are looking forward to him helping the Warriors to maintain their position as one of the leading sides in the league.”
Whitley have dominated English National League North for the best part of two seasons, completing back to back league and play-off trophy successes.
And having been part of those title winning sides, the new man at the helm is well aware of the expectation at Hillheads.
“It is a new start for me and the team,” said Dowd following his appointment.
“I will be looking to give the kids a chance to shine at the club, and they will get more ice time as they will be a big part of next season.
“Obviously we will be looking to retain as many of last season’s squad as possible, because they have obviously been very successful, but there is always change and we will be looking to add some new faces as well.
“English National League North is shaping up to be a very tough competition come September, several sides have already made good additions to their squad, but we will be doing our best to make sure Whitley are as competitive as normal once the campaign gets under way.”
Dowd is expected to begin the process of signing up the Warriors 2011-12 squad as early as this weekend and is also looking to appoint his assistants quickly.