Danny Vaughan, one of a handful of Level 4 coaches in the country, is departing Sevenoaks Rugby First XV leadership duties
- Amicable and natural break follows a five-year turnaround period, during which Danny took the team from staring down to barrel of relegation to winning promotion back to the highest ever standing in Sevenoaks Rugby Club’s history
- While actively seeking roles with other Clubs, Danny will stay involved in a 'Coach the Coaches' capacity at Sevenoaks Rugby Club
Having overseen a remarkable turnaround from battling relegation to promotion to London Division One – the Club's highest ever standing – Danny Vaughan has decided now is the right time to step back from his First XV coaching duties.
Danny, one of only a handful of Level 4 Coaches in the UK, will not be withdrawing from Sevenoaks Rugby Club life altogether. He will be staying on to ensure a lasting legacy and impart some of the coaching qualities that have helped the Club to achieve so much in recent seasons. During his tenure Danny has developed a playing style that combines cussed experience with the exuberance of youth – the First XV fielded 26 Academy players in the past three seasons.
Although Danny is now looking to pursue other coaching opportunities away from Knole Paddock, Sevenoaks Rugby Club is delighted that he will stay involved to share his coaching talent with others within the Club.
“I don’t know where to begin in thanking Danny,” says Sevenoaks Rugby’s Director of Rugby Roger McKerlie. “He has been an inspiration not just to the players but to the entire coaching and leadership team. We were very lucky to secure Danny’s services in the first instance and he has remained undaunted by the task, going from the low of a relegation battle to the recent high of promotion.
“He came on board five years ago when Oaks’ 1st XV was in poor shape and facing relegation. He took over, helped us avoid relegation and achieved the target of improvement with each season; without doubt he has been instrumental in bringing the best out of our players and attracting new talent to the Club, and it’s fitting that his tenure has culminated in promotion to London & South East One this season.
“Danny deserves a huge amount of credit and respect for the improvement in Oaks’ fortunes on the pitch and the Club owes him a massive debt of gratitude for the work he has done.”
“I have had a highly enjoyable time with Sevenoaks Rugby Club, making good friends during the time that I have been with a Club that has a clear passion for developing young talent,” says Danny.
“I am not sure where the past five years have gone. During that time of highs and lows, the constant has been the fantastic support of the players, coaching team and a loyal and hardy group of supporters. The Club is now set fair for its challenges in a new league and I have decided that now is the right time to look for new coaching opportunities. I look forward to staying involved with the Oaks and hope to see them go well next season.”