DblCoverage.com has received word that the Premiership North’s East Kilbride Pirates and Head Coach Ross Templeton have decided to part ways following a disappointing start to their 2018 campaign.
Templeton took on the lead coaching job at the Pirates back in 2012 following the departure of then-HC Andrew Mackintosh to the US, and has lead the club to a number of Northern championships before recent seasons have seen a number of other programmes rise to contest the Pirates’ dominance of the North.
We reached out to the Pirates for comment:
“After an extremely disappointing start to our season we’ve decided to make a change to the coaching leadership of our senior team.
Ross Templeton has stepped away as Head Coach with immediate effect. Jamie McLaughlin will move from his role as Offensive Coordinator with our junior team and will lead the senior team through the remainder of the season. With tougher games to come, and the prospect of relegation from the Premiership ahead, we feel his energy, enthusiasm and offensive experience will give us a fresh perspective and help us finish the season out to the best of our ability.
The decision wasn’t taken lightly and is no reflection of the effort that Ross has put into the Pirates over the last seven seasons as head coach or his commitment to the club. He is, and will remain, held in very high regard within the organisation and we hope that after a break he will continue to work with us in other ways as we further develop the different levels of football we can offer.”
McLaughlin coordinated one of the most explosive offences in all of Britball last season, let alone the Under 19’s game, as the Pirates fought their way once again to a second place finish at Britbowl with a dangerous passing game that’d be the envy of most senior teams!
Having already gotten the U19 Pirates off to a hot start to their 2018 campaign, it’ll be interesting to see if Mclaughlin can inspire a bit more wind into the Adult Pirates’ sails as the season progresses!