Malone RFC has announced that former Ulster and Ireland player Chris Henry will take over as Head Coach this summer.
He will take over the reins from Paddy Armstrong, who informed the club that he would be stepping down at the end of the season.
Armstrong has made an immense contribution to the success of Malone, having secured an AIL title and promotion to AIL 1B. He will retain links with the Cregagh Red Socks going forward.
The transition should be relatively seamless given that Chris has been working with Paddy and the coaching staff for the past few seasons. Chris will bring his vast playing experience, enthusiasm and love of Malone to the table and the club is looking forward to further success.
Chris Henry, who has had a strong connection with Malone RFC since his mini rugby days, commented:
“I am delighted to be involved with such an ambitious rugby club next season and really excited to be working with a talented group of young players. I am also looking forward to working with Assistant Coach Josh Pentland, who has done a great job at Malone over the last number of seasons.
“Now my own playing days are over, this gives me a fantastic opportunity to throw myself into coaching and stay involved in the game that I love.
“I began my rugby as a 5-year-old at Malone and my parents were President and Lady President, so I’m thrilled to be associated with a club that has already given me so much over the years.
“It’s been a pleasure to get to know Paddy Armstrong and his team over the past two seasons. He is extremely well respected and has been pivotal to Malone’s recent successes. I would like to thank him for the time he has given me, and to wish him and his family all the best for the future.”