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Head Coach Lee Denham to Step Down at the End of the Season

Head Coach Lee Denham to Step Down at the End of the Season

Mark Gronnow23 Apr - 21:09
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Thank you for 8 years of incredible service.

Our Head Coach, Lee Denham has decided to step down at the end of this season. His career at York started in 2000 as a player, having previously played for British Army, Combined Services, Otley, Leeds and Worcester, the uncompromising back row played for two seasons before moving on to Hull and returning for the 2007-2008 season – amassing around 100 York caps in total.

When he called time on his playing career coaching was a natural move for a man with so much love and knowledge of rugby. Initially he began coaching at Hull Ionians before rejoining Clifton Park in the 2015-16 season. He has coached over 200 games at York and alongside this role he also coached Yorkshire U18 and Ronin 7s amongst others.

He leaves Clifton Park a far better place than when he began. His love of rugby is demonstrated by him never accepting a penny for his role and giving so much to the team - although he does love new stash whenever it’s on offer! He managed to turn out for the Cavs whenever he can. Most notably, Lee has guided the team through Covid to two promotions out of Yorkshire 1 and on to North 1 East, our highest ever league position.

He has initiated numerous innovative ideas around the squad. The player of the month award tankard and man of the match belts have been influential in bringing the players together to achieve great things. Lee was the initiator of the charity shirt day and auction which has raised thousands of pounds for the various charities whilst being a lot of fun for players and supporters alike.

Thank you for all your contribution to the club, you have certainly left a lasting legacy. You will always be welcome at Clifton Park. Thank you and all the best for the future.

An album with some photos of Lee's coaching time at York.

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