Steve McCormack has returned to the club game as head coach of Championship One side Gloucestershire All Golds.
He led them to the Championship One title in 2011, having previously enjoyed successful spells at Whitehaven and Widnes, where he reached four consecutive Grand Finals.
McCormack said: “I am delighted to be appointed by the All Golds. Having visited the University of Gloucestershire recently it was clear that the team and staff involved are very passionate and determined to improve all aspects of the All Golds. It is a unique opportunity to coach within the All Golds environment.
“The fact that the All Golds is owned by the University enables me to combine my current role as Sports Lecturer at Warrington College with the position at the University. Since the Rugby League World Cup I have been looking for an opportunity to get back into club coaching and I can’t wait to get back onto the training field.”
McCormack lectures in Sports Science at Warrington Collegiate, and will combine that with his new role.
University of Gloucestershire Director of Sport and Chairman of the All Golds, Dr Andrew Pitchford, said: “Steve joins us with a whole host of qualities that sit neatly with our unique model. Mentoring and leadership being key elements. He is one of an exclusive group of the most highly qualified coaches in the land.
“He will bring a great deal to rugby league and sport generally in Gloucestershire. I have no doubt that he will be a real asset to the university and especially its growing number of rugby league teams.”
McCormack, who has initially signed a deal until the end of the season, will take charge for the first time when the All Golds visit London Skolars on May 18.