List of Widnes Vikings coaches

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I’m really excited to be joining Widnes. The plan is simple, we need to get Widnes into Super League where we belong.

Paul Cullen[1]

On 16 February 2009 Widnes declared that they had parted company with coach Steve McCormack, through 'mutual consent'.[2] The news came 3 days after Widnes were controversially beaten 22-20 at home to Co-Operative Championship 1 side Oldham Roughyeds in the Northern Rail Cup Stage. Vikings' chairman Steve O'Connor was quick to announce that the decision wasn't made on the back of the Oldham defeat alone.[3] John Stankevitch was appointed as caretaker coach after McCormacks exit from the club.[4]

Paul Cullen is the current coach of the Widnes Vikings. He was appointed as Head Coach on 8 Mar 2009,[1] Cullen first aided John Stankevitch in his final game as caretaker coach, beating French side Toulouse Olympique 70-0[5] in the first game of the 2009 Co-operative Championship.

Cullen had a successful first season with the Vikings, finishing in 4th position in the 2009 Co-operative Championship and winning the 2009 Northern Rail Cup.

Coaching Register[edit]

Below is a list of Widnes Vikings coaches since the 1972 season to present.

Name Nationality From To Record
P W D L F A W%
Vince Karalius  England Jan 1972 May 1975 - - - - - - -
Frank Myler  England May 1975 May 1978 - - - - - - -
Doug Laughton  England May 1978 May 1983 - - - - - - -
Colin Tyrer  England Mar 1983 May 1983 - - - - - - -
Harry Dawson  England May 1983 Mar 1984 - - - - - - -
Vince Karalius  England Mar 1984 May 1984 - - - - - - -
Eric Hughes  England Jun 1984 Jan 1986 - - - - - - -
Doug Laughton  England Jan 1986 May 1991 - - - - - - -
Frank Myler  England Jun 1991 May 1992 - - - - - - -
Phil Larder  England May 1992 May 1994 - - - - - - -
Tony Myler  England May 1994 Aug 1995 - - - - - - -
Doug Laughton  England Aug 1995 May 1997 - - - - - - -
Graeme West  New Zealand May 1997 Aug 1998 - - - - - - -
Colin Whitfield  England Aug 1998 Mar 2000 - - - - - - -
David Hulme  England Mar 2000 Mar 2001 - - - - - - -
Neil Kelly  England Mar 2001 Jul 2004 - - - - - - -
Stuart Spruce (caretaker)  England Jul 2004 Oct 2004 - - - - - - -
Frank Endacott  New Zealand Oct 2004 Oct 2005 - - - - - - -
Steve McCormack  Scotland Oct 2005 Feb 2009 - - - - - - -
John Stankevitch (caretaker)  England Feb 2009 Mar 2009 - - - - - - -
Paul Cullen  England Mar 2009 2010 20 11 0 9 649 438 .55
Denis Betts  England 2010 Present

Source: rugby.widnes.tv.[6]
Win Percentage is worked out as number of wins, divided by total number of games.
Table currently only lists records from league games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Paul Cullen appointed head coach by Widnes Vikings". Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News. Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  2. ^ "McCormack leaves Widnes Vikings". BBC. 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  3. ^ "End of the road for Widnes boss". Liverpool Echo. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  4. ^ "Vikings in no rush to act". Liverpool Echo. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  5. ^ "Vikings thrash Toulouse". Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Coaching Register - Since 1972". rugby.widnes.tv. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-13.