May 05, 2017
Saracens appoint Mike Hynard as Academy Manager
Saracens can confirm that Premiership Rugby Head of Academies and Development Mike Hynard has been appointed the Club's new Academy Manager.
After five years at Premiership Rugby as Head of Academies and Development, Hynard re-joins Saracens where he previously held the position of Academy Manager and Rugby Manager during his previous 13-year stint with the north Londoners.
In his time as Academy Manager, Hynard oversaw the likes of current senior players, Owen Farrell, Will Fraser, Jamie George, Alex Goode, George Kruis, Ben Spencer, Duncan Taylor, Mako Vunipola and Jackson Wray all graduated from the Academy system.
Hynard will head up the Academy at Saracens with former players Kelly Brown and Adam Powell working as Academy coaches alongside current coach and ex-academy player, Jimmy Tirrell. Former centre Adam Powell, who made 135 appearances for the Men in Black over eight seasons before signing with Newcastle Falcons in 2013, will join Kelly Brown who has made 155 appearances for the club in a seven-year stint.
Hynard replaces Don Barrell at Saracens, who has had an 18-year association with Saracens as a player, coach and Academy Manager. Barrell has joined the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as Head of Regional Academies.
Mark McCall the Director of Rugby at Saracens said: “We’re very happy to welcome back Mike to the club. He knows Saracens inside-out and we think he’ll be the perfect fit in our organisation. Mike will be working alongside Kelly Brown and Adam Powell - two guys who have a real hunger to coach and have a real understanding of our club - so we’re extremely confident that we have the right coaching team in place to continue our recent success of producing high quality rugby players and young men here at Saracens.”
Hynard added: “I’m very excited to be returning to a club that is so close to my heart and rekindling old friendships with the senior coaching and playing staff. I’m really looking forward to working with some exciting young players, talented young coaches and performance staff that drive the Saracens Academy with their energy and enthusiasm.
“Kelly (Brown) is one of the most respected people within our game, and Adam (Powell) has Saracens in his blood, having come through the ranks as a player to make over 100 appearances for the club,” said Hynard. “I’m as equally motivated to work with these young coaches and to see them develop.”
He added: “I’m determined to build on the good work that Don Barrell has achieved and ensure the Saracens Academy continues to produce top quality academy graduates who have the skills to break into a successful Saracens senior squad and make an impact.”
Hynard joined Premiership Rugby in 2012, from Saracens, enjoying a very successful five-years which saw a number of achievements, assisting with the negotiation of the new Academy Licence Agreements which form part of the Professional Game Agreement between Premiership Rugby and RFU. This has secured the 14 club academy licences and their revised academy regions until 2024.
Phil Winstanley the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby said: “Mike has been an integral part of Premiership Rugby for the last five years.
“He has overseen huge change and development of the academy landscape in the time he’s been with us and has masterminded the introduction of a new Under-18 competition, developed the academy review process and, more recently, has managed the academy boundary revisions as part of the Professional Game Agreement.
“Mike has worked closely with the RFU to establish a real collaborative approach in all areas of player development. The quality of players which are now showing being developed through the Clubs and into Aviva Premiership Rugby and through to International rugby - across the age groups and senior squads - is a testament to the academy landscape that has been created.
“Mike has been a real asset for Premiership Rugby and will be a difficult act to follow. I’m delighted that he is staying in rugby and look forward to continuing working with him back at Saracens.”
Hynard will start at Saracens in June 2017.