Aylesbury Rugby Club have appointed a new head coach following the departure of Dave Larham earlier this month.
Larham’s departure from the club came as something of a surprise given his impressive record of leading the Ducks to three successive promotion play-off games, but a decision was taken at the start of June.
A club statement read: “This was not an easy decision to make, and we thank Dave for all his work in getting the club to the play-offs over the last three seasons, work in bringing through young players and creating a strong base for future growth.
“The club has benefited from Dave’s involvement with the club both on and off the field for the last few years and the club wish to thank Dave for his valuable contribution and wish him success in the future.”
Aylesbury have taken their time to appoint a new coach but on Monday, the club announced Jon Lambden will lead the team going into the 2016/17 campaign.
Director of Rugby Simon Winman said: “I am delighted that Jon has accepted the post of Head Coach at Aylesbury Rugby Club.
“He brings a wealth of experience to the role that will be crucial in taking the club forward.
“Having spent time with Jon discussing the club and the great people we have both on and off the field I am sure that he will be a great fit. I wanted to find a coach who could work effectively with the senior squads and the older teenage and colts players to maintain the conveyor belt of talent; Jon has that experience.”
Lambden’s coaching CV is as broad as it is deep. A level 4 coach, Jon has held senior coaching roles at London Wasps with the first team and U21 squad and head coaching roles at Henley Hawks and Tring.
He said: “I am really excited about taking up this opportunity with Aylesbury.
“The club has a fantastic facility that would be the envy of many senior clubs, and having met with the board and Simon, Rob Smith and Adam Moore I am aware of the potential the club has; it is down to me and the coaching staff to unlock this potential.”