It is with somewhat mixed feelings that we have to announce the departure of our backs coach, Jonny Goodridge, who will be moving his place of work a few junctions up the M5 to Sixfields, the home of the top-flight Worcester Warriors.
Jonny first arrived at Hartpury in 2016, following a period at Christ College, Brecon. This, in turn, followed on from a playing career as a classy full-back that included a six-year spell at Gloucester Rugby, as well as periods with Leeds, Bristol and Esher.
His first coaching role at the Alpas was with our highly successful Junior Academy (Under 18) set-up, before stepping up to coach in Championship rugby.
Whilst we are obviously very disappointed to be losing his talent and enthusiasm from the coaches office, we recognise that moving to a Premiership set-up is an excellent opportunity for him and he goes with the very best wishes of everybody at Hartpury. We’re not only about developing talent ON the field…
He moves to the Warriors in the role of Transition Coach, providing a coaching link between the club’s Senior Academy and the first team squad. He will also provide assistance to Matt Sherratt, Warriors’ newly-appointed Backs and Attach Coach, with whom he worked at Bristol, where Goodridge had a community and academy coaching role. At Sixways he will also team up with with Mark Irish, recently arrived from the Bristol Bears, who also spent an early part of his coaching career at Hartpury.
Director of Rugby John Barnes paid tribute to Jonny’s contribution, saying, “Jonny has been brilliant at Hartpury. Firstly, with his u18 role and then moving into his senior position as backs coach for the Championship side.
His work ethic and desire to improve players is second to none. We are disappointed to lose him but, as with our players, we are a place built on developing and improving individuals, moving them into the Premiership/professional environment. Jonny is another success of Hartpury and we wish him all the best.”
“We are delighted to be welcoming Jonny into this role and look forward to him starting with us,” said Mike Hall, Three Pears Warriors Academy Manager.
“What made him the ideal candidate for the role was his variety of playing and coaching experience. He played in both the Premiership and Championship, has coached Academy age-group teams, been Director of Rugby in a school and is currently involved in coaching at Championship level with Hartpury.
“Many of the senior Academy players worked closely with him last season whilst on dual registration at Hartpury and had very positive things to say about him as a person and a coach.
“He has also coached with Matt Sherratt before, so to have him helping with the skill development work of the whole squad will be a real asset to the coaching group.
Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons is delighted to have secured the services of Goodridge as an experienced coach to replace the out-going Gordon Ross, who has moved to the Newport Gwent Dragons.
“Having alignment and synergy and our coaching team is very important. Jon has already worked with Matt Sherratt during their time together at Bristol so they already have a good working relationship.
Go well, Jonny!