Horne & Harley named as Ayrshire Bulls Assistant Coaches
Following the announcement last month, that former Scotland international Pat MacArthur will lead Ayrshire Bulls as Head Coach for 2021, the west coast FOSROC Super6 team have today confirmed their backroom team which include two current Glasgow Warriors players, with over 65 Scotland international caps between them.
Pete Horne and Rob Harley are joined by former Ayr 1st XV Captain Dean Kelbrick as assistant coaches for the 2021 season.
Headed up by MacArthur, the coaching group brings with it a wealth of club, professional and international rugby experience with the high-level appointments showcasing how FOSROC Super6 is fast becoming a platform for aspiring young coaches to gain valuable experience before moving onto the stage of their coaching career.
Ayrshire Bulls Head Coach Pat MacArthur said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have Pete, Dean and Rob working with me, they all bring so much knowledge, experience and game understanding to the team.
“They are all very well respected and I know they want to support the development of our players. I’m confident we will develop a culture around hard work and effort, both on and off the pitch that everyone at the club can be proud of.”
On taking up his Ayrshire Bulls assistant coaching role, current Glasgow Warrior centre Pete Horne said: “I’m really looking forward to getting started with the Ayrshire Bulls.
“I’m really impressed with what I’ve seen from the players - We’ve got a really good bunch of guys with a good work ethic.
“I get on really well with Pat having played with him for years at Glasgow Warriors and I’m looking forward to building towards the new season with him, Rob and Dean.”
Forwards coach and Glasgow Warriors most capped player of all time, Rob Harley, said: “I’m looking forward to getting started at Ayrshire Bulls.
“I have a good history working with both Pat and Pete and I believe we’ll complement each other as a coaching group.
“We’re all excited for the season to get underway and to begin working with the squad.”
Also joining the coaching team is Dean Kelbrick, a former Ayr 1st XV Captain, he was part of the clubs first ever double league and cup winning team in 2012/13. Since retiring the strong running mid-field player has been involved with coaching several different teams, the Scotland U20 Women’s team and both the Hillhead Women’s and Men’s 1st XV’s.
Kelbrick said, “It’s great to be back at Millbrae, I had a very enjoyable time here with lots of good memories.
“I know this place means a lot to so many people, there is such a strong culture and community feel to this place. Of course, I also know the crowd has become use to winning, that’s something I’m sure we all want to see continuing.”