Titans appoint new Head Coach
Rotherham Titans are delighted to announce that Alex Codling has been appointed as their new Head Coach.
Titans Chairman Nick Cragg confirmed, ‘We were delighted by the quality of candidate and the general level of interest shown in the post of Head Coach at Rotherham Titans.
“We have undertaken a very thorough process and the outcome of our deliberations is to appoint Mr Alex Codling as the new Head Coach of Rotherham Titans. Alex will commence his duties officially with the club on Monday 26 November, although he will be in attendance for our next home game against Leeds Carnegie.”
Alex Codling brings a wealth of experience to the South Yorkshire outfit, both in terms of his playing and coaching abilities and he is eager to get his tenure under way. Commenting on his appointment, Alex said, “I am honoured and thrilled to have been appointed as Head Coach of Rotherham Titans and can’t wait to get started. It is a club with a great tradition and passionate supporters. I share their passion for the club and this great game and will do everything possible to keep moving the club forward.”
Titans Director of Rugby, Martin Jenkinson, is delighted to have recruited someone of the calibre of Alex Codling and added, “We believe Alex is the outstanding choice to be the next Head Coach of Rotherham Titans. His record as a player and a coach is of the highest order and his overall track record is excellent.
“Alex is highly respected within the game and we believe he has the right values to build a great Rotherham team and to take the club forward on the field of play. We are eagerly looking forward to working alongside Alex as we strive for a season-ending top four spot.”
Alex Codling has both an impressive playing and coaching record dating back to 1996 when he started his professional rugby career at Richmond. A season at Neath followed before he spent five years at the elite level of Premiership rugby with Harlequins and Saracens. Alex rounded off his 10-year elite playing career in France with Montpellier.
During his illustrious playing career he hit the pinnacle in 2002 when World Cup winning coach Clive Woodward selected him to represent England against Argentina in Buenos Aires. Alex has also represented England A on six occasions and the Barbarians twice.
Alex’s coaching talents surfaced in 2003 when he became involved in the RFU Elite Coaching Development Programme. Also, around 2003 whilst playing for Saracens, he was charged with the coaching aspects of Analysis & Statistician for the Premiership outfit.
In 2004 Alex was Lineout Consultant for the England Rugby Team for Autumn International Series v Australia & South Africa. Alex conducted an extensive review of the Australian & South African Lineout, attack & defence structure and also conducted a review of England’s Lineout attacking options.
In 2006 he was appointed Head Coach at Ebbw Vale RFC (Principality Welsh Premiership), who were joint bottom when he took over. Alex turned the Welsh club around and guided them to second spot in the Principality Premiership. His achievements were recognised as he was awarded 'WRU Principality Premiership Coach of the Year 2006-07'.
Following his spell at Ebbw Vale he joined London Welsh as their Assistant Coach, helping to guide the Semi-Professional team to a very respectful 7th place spot. From London Welsh Alex spent two and a half seasons with Barking as their Head Coach, who were 2nd from bottom in National 2 South when he took over.
Alex guided them successfully as Barking won the National League 2 South Championship in 2010. The following season Barking missed out on winning the league and promotion to Championship by conceding a try in the last play of the last game of the season, having won 27 and drew 1 of their first 28 games, leaving Barking as runners-up in National League 1.
This past year Alex has been at London Scottish where he was appointed as their Forwards & Defence Coach. Alex was responsible for all aspects of the set piece, which was widely regarded as one of the very best within the Championship.
Rotherham Rugby Club would like to put on record their thanks and appreciation to Lee Blackett and Mike Whitehead. Lee and Mike have done a tremendous job during this transitional period for the club; their diligent work further enhances their growing reputation within the game.