Cape Town - Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold will be heading up the Sharks' coaching team for this year's Absa Currie Cup campaign, the franchise confirmed on Friday.
He will be supported by experienced backline coach Sean Everitt and Ryan Strudwick, who will look after the forwards.
"Everitt has been a part of the Sharks set-up for a while now while Strudwick recently won the Varsity Shield trophy with the UKZN Impi and has also been involved in the Sharks coaching set-up for a few years.
"For the first time since I arrived, I am satisfied that there is continuity and clarity amongst the various age-groups and this has been achieved through the redeployment of the coaching structures," Gold said via a Sharks statement.
"The historic structure lacked the necessary focus throughout the age-groups. We had approached and considered a replacement for Brad (MacLeod-Henderson). However, we have after consultation with all stakeholders including the team, decided within this new framework, that it will be in the best interest of the team and for continuity for me to oversee the campaign with the assistance of Sean and Ryan."
Michael Horak will head up the Sharks U21 campaign and will be assisted by AB Zondagh.
The U19 team will be headed-up by Paul Anthony, whose deputy will be Andre Barnard.
"My long-term vision though is to place particular emphasis on our academy, local clubs and school structures. This is a critical focus area that will enable us to ensure that the very best home grown talent get the opportunity to come through the Cell C Sharks ranks," concluded Gold.