Management Team 2019-20

We are please to announce the new Macclesfield Senior Squad Management Team 

Lead Coach – Andy Appleyard

Taking the Lead this year will be Lead coach Andy Appleyard (Apps) 

Apps joined Macc last summer as an Attack Coach and has implemented his unique style of coaching over the past season and has influenced a culture shift. Stepping in as head coach at the end of last season he is now ready to guide the staff and the team to success. 

“I’m excited to get the season underway, we’ve have assembled a great management team who all carry specialist skills. We are super keen to get started with the boys, things are stepping up, preseason will be tough, hell for some but if they have the minerals to get through it they will be a part of something special, share a great journey and create some quality memories”

Forwards Coach – RIck Jones

Rick Jones (Jonah) joins us form Wilmslow RUFC. Rick who is an ex Macc Captain with over 500+ games left 7 years ago to learn his coaching trade, he became head coach at Wilmslow RUFC but has also coached for 8 years at Kings School Macclesfield where he is now forwards coach for the first team. 

“Really excited about being back at Macc & working with all the staff and players & getting us back to the national league where we should be.”

“Rick will bring new ideas to our pack but more importantly is keen for the boys to show leadership as well, he will help us build on the strong foundations we laid last year. Great to have him aboard” Andy Appleyard

“The club means everything to me & my family. Cut me in half I bleed blue” Rick Jones

Second Team Coach – Pete Langley

Pete has confirmed to take a lead on the 2nd team for the 2019-20 season. 

“its an absolute pleasure to be on board with the 2s next season. I owe the club and community a lot since moving to Macclesfield in 2016, many of the players and members helped me settle in.

The guys showed what they were about at the end of last season and this time i believe we can go one better” Pete Langley

“Langers is a great guy and a good coach, I’m really pleased he is on board this season. The 2nd XV is just and extension of our squad, we need the 2s set up to be an professional and challenging environment so lads  are playing quality rugby” Andy Appleyard

Performance Analyst – Matt Coleridge

Matt a master in statistics and video analysis starts 5th season at Macc. 

Matt explained, “I had said my goodbyes at the end of last year but a change in circumstances has happily allowed me a 5th year at Macclesfield, in which I’m looking forward to the lads I know and some new ones, as well as excited to be part of a new coaching team, and between I hope we can be in the mix for promotion back to N2 come April time” 

“Its great to have Matt this season, I was a little worried at first as the quality of his work is immense. It would be a hard task to find someone of his caliber so its great for Macc that he is carrying on”  Andy Appleyard

Head of Sports Science and Medicine – Mike Carolan

Mike Carolan returns, previously at Macc for 5 years in National 1 and  2, Mike will now head up the sports science and medicine. 

Currently a full time lecturer at Salford, he leads on all S&C modules for Sports Rehab. Mike also is England basketballs S&C/therapist for age group teams, S&c/therapist for GB basketball U20 men’s and private S&C coach with GB sprinter Andy Robertson. 

“I’ve come back to help rebuild the great success and culture of the club with a new team made up of both old and new faces, I look forwards to the challenges ahead”

“Mike will be a fantastic addition to the team, some of the boys know him and know his skill set so it will be great for that to develop with them and our new players. Mikes CV is class and I will be encouraging him to bring anything to the table to help take this squad to the next level” Andy Appleyad

Sport Rehabilitator – Megan Thorley

Megan has been at Macc a year now, she graduated university with her degree and is now currently studying a masters in Strength & Conditioning.  Meg has also been working with Lancashire RFU.

“I’m really excited for Meg, she did a great job for us last season stepping in when Ollie left but now she will be surrounded by some real experience to help her develop her skills further” Andy Appleyard 

Strength & Conditioning Coach  – Jason Curtis

Jason is the Founder of 5S Fitness Ltd. He is a highly experienced Strength & Conditioning Coach who has worked with professional athletes from countless sports, specialising in both the development of elite level performance and reconditioning after injury.

Jay is a bestselling fitness author who has published numerous titles on Amazon, ranging from “Fix Your Posture” to Strength & Conditioning books for various sports.

He is also an experienced Boxer and a Muay Thai instructor and can implement these styles of training into our sessions. 

“I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and getting stuck in, Ill be looking to push the lads in preseason but also looking forward to working on them develop as athletes. The mind will give in before the legs” Jay Curtis 

“Jay is great, I’ve seen his work, a number of the boys are already training at his gym and I’m keen to increase that. its imperative that the boys are working hard away from our sessions. I know that Jay is the man to inspire” Andy Appleyard




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