Brad Hepi has confirmed that he will step down as coach of the University of Gloucestershire All Golds, when the current season comes to an end.
The 46-year-old former NZ Maori international believes that he has taken the club as far as he can. As well as his work in Championship One with the All Golds, Hepi also coached the university’s student side to its first BUCS Universities Championship title last year.
A former Super League player with Hull FC, Castleford and Salford between 1998 and 2001, Hepi began his coaching career with Hull FC Academy and England Colleges Rugby Union, before joining the All Golds in 2012.
“It’s been a pleasure to be involved with such an exciting new entity from the outset,” said Hepi.
“I’ll miss not only the exciting times but also the tough times we encountered as a team these past 20 months. As for me, there are a lot of exciting things happening out there in the world of sport at the moment so watch this space.”
“Brad has been superb for us,” added the University’s Director of Sport, Andy Pitchford.
“He’s established us as a viable professional team and given us credibility in the rugby league world at this early stage of our development.
“We wish him well in the future and hope that he remains part of the growing rugby league family in Gloucestershire.”
The Hepi dynasty will continue in professional rugby league with Brad’s son Tyla, who began his career with Hull Kingston Rovers. He is now playing in the NSW Cup with Wyong Roos.
Meanwhile, the All Golds have also confirmed the return to the club of back row forward Richard Jones, who was their very first signing in 2012. Jones has signed a deal which will keep him at the club until the end of the current season.