The Leicester Falcons have announced that Head Coach Noel Cassar will be stepping down at the end of the 2019 season, to take some time away from coaching.
Coach Cassar has lead the Falcons through the past three seasons, the team’s most successful to date as the Leicester side built their way up to Premiership status in 2019.
Boasting a record of 25 wins and 8 losses at the time announcing his intent to step down, Coach Cassar’s tenure with the Falcons not only includes their undefeated 2018 promotion campaign, but he was also a Coordinator during the Falcons 2016 undefeated season that earned the team promotion out of Division Two.
Speaking ahead of the Falcons’ Week Fifteen loss to the Manchester Titans, Coach Cassar told spoke on Onside Productions’ UKAFL broadcast about how he felt this season, in particular, was a tough campaign – particularly due to the Falcons’ tumultuous relationship with the sport’s National Governing Body, BAFA.
“The goal was to get the Falcons to the Premier League, I’ve done that goal. I wanted to stay at least two years here, but I’ve just decided to step down now. Main reason? It’s been a hard year. Mainly BAFA. BAFA have put a knife in and I’ve just had enough of it so I’ve decided to give someone else a chance to do it.”
Club President Guy Kersey shared on the Falcons’ Facebook page:
“I would like to thank Noel for all his efforts over the last four years, where he has had an incredible and successful record and achieved his goal of getting the Falcons to the Premier League.”