Alex McCloy, John Nicholl, Gareth Fisher and Bryan Young, a rugby consultant with Ulster, will join Head Coach Andrew Graham for the start of the 2017/2018 season

Alex McCloy,a former Ballymena Academy pupil, was Ulster Rugby’s Performance Analyst and was a key member of the backroom team that helped Ulster reach the 2012 Heinekin Cup Final. Alex had been in post since the start of the 2008/9 season, having previously attained a First Class BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Ulster as well as a PHD in Sport Bio Mechanics. He also holds a Level 6 Performance Analyst accreditation from the International Society of Performance Analysis in Sport.

“It’s obviously fantastic to be able to return to coach at my hometown club,” says Alex, who himself played scrum half for Ballymena and Belfast Harlequins and who previously worked with Rotheram Earth Titans.

McCloy’s appointment is the final piece of the jigsaw in Ballymena’s off-field restructuring and he will be working alongside last season’s Head Coach Andy Graham. Club stalwarts John Nicholl and Gareth Fisher make up the rest of the coaching team at Eaton Park.

Head Coach Andy Graham said “We finished this season as the highest placed Ulster team in the All Ireland League and I believe the young coaching team we have in place, combined with Alex’s experience within the professional set-up at Ulster, gives us the boost we need to mount a promotion push next season. Ballymena is the best place for any young aspiring players to develop and push for representative honours.”

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