Aug 01, 2018
Austerberry named Saracens Women Head Coach
Saracens Women are delighted to announce Alex Austerberry will be joining the Tyrrells Premier 15s champions as Head Coach.
The 34-year old will link-up with the club ahead of the new season, replacing Rob Cain who took up the position of USA Rugby Women’s head coach last month.
Austerberry will leave his position as Performance Pathway Officer for the RFU, a role which saw him develop and nurture young talent through the Talent Development Group (TDG) and other programmes. He has worked closely with the senior England EPS players and coaches, Under-20s and has also fulfilled the role of National Academy coach.
Austerberry is no stranger to Sarries having worked with the club in 2006 initially through the Saracens Sports Foundation and then through his involvement in the Men’s Academy. He began coaching with Saracens Women in 2010 and then took a role as a performance coach in the pathway with England.
“We are delighted to be able to bring Alex into the team,” said Saracens Women Club Director Laura Eddie.
“He embodies the values of Saracens, shares our vision and brings a wealth of experience of the women’s game. Alex has coached several of our players in the past and they all speak very highly of him. His track record of developing talent is extremely impressive and we are excited to see how he can help us move the club forward.”
On joining Saracens Women, Austerberry said: “It is a great opportunity to work with an extremely talented group of players. I am very excited to come into a team that has so much potential and returning to Saracens to create more memories is very special for me. It is an honour to be a part of a club with such a rich history and I look forward to playing a part in writing the next chapters.”
“I’d like to thank England Rugby for their support and the opportunity. I look forward to working with them closely going forward ensuring success for both Saracens and England.”
Nicky Ponsford, RFU Head of Women’s Performance, said: “Alex has made a great contribution to the women’s performance pathway during his five years at the RFU and I would like to thank him on behalf of everyone, including the numerous players who have gone on to represent the Red Roses.
“Alex has proven himself a talented coach during his time with the U18 Talent Development Group and regional academies.
“This is an excellent opportunity to take over at the helm of reigning Tyrrells Premier 15s champions Saracens. We wish him all the best and I’m sure Saracens will flourish under his leadership. We look forward to continuing to work with Alex through our club-country relationship.”