8th Dec, 2016

Blaze skipper Ashley Tait confirmed as coach Stewart's assistant

Shaun Reynolds 29th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY BLAZE head coach Danny Stewart has confirmed that long time player Ashley Tait will become his assistant coach for the forthcoming season.

Tait, who will still continue to play, will also take on a back-room office role with responsibilities for the commercial side of the club.

The 40-year-old, who returned from Croatia last week with the GB squad, said: “It looks like I am going to be a busy guy.

“I am really looking forward to both of these new opportunities.

“On the commercial side I am looking forward to learning more from the business point of view – it’s obviously a different area of the game for me to learn about and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Tait will partner new coach Danny Stewart for his new role, something Tait said he’s really looking forward to.

“It’s exciting for me to be involved in the coaching side of things again,” said Tait.

“It’s something I have done before and when I was asked to become Danny’s assistant I jumped at the opportunity.”

Coach Stewart, who earlier today confirmed that Renny Marr and David Clements will be returning to the Skydome next season, said: “Having an experienced guy like Ash is a huge resource for myself and this club.

“He has an invaluable amount of experience at this level and is very well respected around the league and most importantly in our room.

“I will rely heavily on him, along with our leadership group to keep our room a good place, whilst also helping me on the coaching front.

“Having someone to confide in and trust is important and the fact that he continues to play at a high level allows him to lead by example and help keep guys motivated and on the right course.”