Director of Rugby
Mark McCall joined Saracens at the start of the 2009/10 season as First Team Coach and in that first season, helped guide the club to their first Premiership final.
In January 2011, following the news that Brendan Venter will be moving to the role of Technical Director, McCall moved into the role of Director of Rugby with the North London Club.
Capped 13 times by Ireland, the former inside centre coached Ireland U21s and Ireland A and was assistant coach at Ulster for two years before being given the Head Coach’s job in 2004.
During his three seasons in charge of the province, they won the Celtic League in 2006 and he oversaw the development of nine of Ulster’s players into the Irish national side, the highest number since the game went professional.
He moved to France in 2007 to join the coaching staff at Castres before joining Saracens.
After being forced to retire as a player aged 26 because of injury, Alex Sanderson then moved into coaching and has taken up the role of Forwards Coach for the 2008/09 campaign.
He had a brief stint working with the Saracens Forwards at the end of the 2005/06 season following his retirement and having identified that he would make a good coach, Saracens supported his development throughout his spells with Queensland Reds and the England U18 teams.
As a player, the abrasive back row forward won five caps for England and it would have been more were it not for the back injuries that affected his playing career that saw him spend six seasons with Sale Sharks and two years with Saracens.
Defence & Forwards Coach
Paul Gustard was a new addition to the Saracens coaching team for the 2008/09 campaign although he spent the previous two seasons as a player at the North London Club.
After calling time on his 11-year professional career at the end of the 2007/08 season following spells with Leicester Tigers, London Irish and Saracens, Gustard has made the successful move into coaching as the club’s defence and forwards coach.
Sorrell retired from professional rugby at the end of the 2009/10 season and took up a role on the club’s coaching staff after a career that saw him make 303 appearances for the club.
After two years working with the Saracens Academy, Sorrell was promoted to first team back coach at the start of the 2012/13 season.
Sorrell joined Saracens in 1995 and has been one of the club’s most consistent performers for more than a decade.
Kicking Coach Dan Vickers joined Saracens in 2006.
For the past three seasons, the former Manly and NSW Waratahs full back has been the Saracens Kicking Coach – a time in which the club has twice reached the Premiership final and crowned champions in 2011.
Working with the likes of internationals Charlie Hodgson and Owen Farrell on a daily basis, Vickers also helps to oversee the development of the younger players within the Saracens squad.
He initially joined Saracens from Bath as part of the club’s medical team as a physiotherapist but in recent years his, as a former player, his knowledge of the game has seen him move into a coaching role
As a player, Joe Shaw spent 11 years in professional rugby with Sale Sharks, Northampton Saints and Newcastle Falcons.
Coaching has always interested Shaw and long before he considered retirement from the playing side of the game, he had coached Northampton Ladies, Newcastle University and Westoe Rugby Club.
Following his retirement from playing in 2009, he headed East to become national coach for Hong Kong and was also head coach for domestic team Kowloon. He joined Saracens last year, spending the season coaching within the Academy before moving into his current role as first team skills coach in the summer of 2013.
A World Cup winner with South Africa as a player, Brendan Venter joined Saracens as Director of Rugby at the start of the 2009/10 season.
With coaching experience at London Irish and the South African Super 14 franchise the Stormer, the former centre brings a wealth of knowledge with him to Sarries.
He was in charge of the London Irish side that won the Powergen Cup in 2002. As a player, Venter won 17 caps for South Africa and was in the South Africa World Cup Winning side in 1995. He represented South Africa Schools, Junior Springboks, South Africa U20′s, Free State and the Stormers.
Venter guided the club to the Guinness Premiership final in his first season in charge but in January 2011, Venter’s role within Saracens changed with his need to return to South Africa.
He now holds the role of Technical Director, making regular visits to the London club and supporting the coaching staff and players at the club
Philip Morrow joined Saracens at the conclusion of the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand having been Head of Fitness with Ireland.
Morrow began his career with the Ulster Rugby Academy in 2001 before being appointed National Academy Fitness Manager working with the Ireland U19 and U21 sides.
In October 2003 he took up the post of Head of Strength and Conditioning with Ulster and in 2008, he became the IRFU’s High Performance Fitness Manager.
He is a graduate of the University of Ulster where he gained a Masters in Sports and Exercise.