Brian McDermott became the second ever head coach of the Wolfpack in time for the start of the 2019 Championship season, after signing as the successor to Paul Rowley in the off-season.
McDermott brings a wealth of experience both on and off the field to Toronto and has enjoyed levels of success, as both a player and a coach, many in the game can only dream of.
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A no nonsense prop in his playing days, Toronto’s new boss won every domestic honour in the game at Bradford, in the glory days of the early 2000 when the Bulls were nearly unstoppable.
His success transferred into coaching as he took over as coach of a fellow rugby league expansionist side in Harlequins RL (now London Broncos.)
Four seasons building some marked stability and sustainability in the capital led to a move back up north where McDermott became one of the most successful coaches in Leeds Rhinos history over a staggering eight-year spell.
During his time in charge at Headingley, he guided Leeds to four Super League titles, as well as two Challenge Cups, a World Club Challenge and a League Leaders’ Shield in 2015 when the Rhinos won a famous treble.
Bringing success and winning things is part of the fabric of McDermott’s rugby league journey, and, after leaving Leeds mid-way through last year, the 48-year-old has come in looking to mastermind a promotion winning Championship campaign in 2019, with the view of bringing Super League to Canada in 2020.
Following the departure of former Wolfpack assistant Simon Finnigan, former Leeds Rhinos assistant coach Chris Plume joined the Canadians mid-way through the 2019 season to add some real quality and experience to the off-field team at the club. Having spent time more recently out of the game as Sports Performance Director for Workshop College in Nottinghamshire in the North of England, Plume jumped at the chance to return to the sport of Rugby League as part of the ground breaking Wolfpack, with years of knowledge of the game both as a player and coach under hit belt. A former player for Huddersfield Giants, where he originally started, Sheffield Eagles, Gateshead Thunder and Hunslet, Plume joined the community coaching ranks at Leeds in 2007 and soon built a reputation in the coaching world, becoming assistant to now Toronto coach Brian McDermott at the Rhinos, helping them win numerous Super League titles. Now reunited with his former head coach, Plume is looking to play an integral part in helping the Pack achieve promotion to the topflight this season and continuing to spread the gospel of the sport across North America in the process.
One of two assistant coaches at the Wolfpack, Kurt Haggerty joined the club ahead of their inaugural season in 2017 after hanging up the boots as a player only months before.
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Haggerty played eight years as a professional, predominantly at Championship level, after originally debuting for Leigh Centurions in 2009 and actually had two spells with the Leythers alongside stints at Blackpool Panthers, Barrow Raiders, Bradford Bulls and played a season of Super League with Widnes Vikings.
The Ireland international chose to retire at just 27 and took up his current role with the club, after four years tenure as head coach of amateur side Pilkington Recs, which served as the ideal apprenticeship whilst still playing.
Due to being so soon removed from the playing side, Haggerty’s strong relationship with both the players and the rest of the coaching staff is invaluable and his ability to see things from both sides of the whitewash has made him an instrumental part of the organisation.
Now in his third year with the Pack, Haggerty’s main remit is defence, particularly the wrestling aspects of the players’ preparations. An extremely physical and tenacious play on the field, the 30 year old looks to get the best out of Wolfpack players to make sure they exert similar physical dominance on the field, as part of an effective three pronged coaching team.
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