July 11, 2019

Wayne Hirst steps down as Trinity Ladies Head Coach

Wakefield Trinity Ladies’ Head Coach, Wayne Hirst, has stepped down from his role as Head Coach after 18 months in charge. 

Hirst led the ladies team to the championship league leaders title in 2018 during his first full season in charge, also picking up the 2018 coach of the year award and ultimately promotion to the 2019 women’s Super League competition. 

This year has seen a number of playing personnel changes and in their first season of women’s Superleague, Trinity ladies have found it a tough challenge in the top flight. 

Sitting 7th in the Super League table, Hirst has however found success leading the team to the women’s challenge cup semi final. 

The club would like to thank Wayne for all his efforts and commitment for the Wakefield Trinity Ladies over the last 18 months and wish him all the best in the future. 

James Stephenson paid tribute to Hirst, “ I can’t thank Wayne enough for what he has been able to achieve in such a short space of time. From where we were in 2017 to see him lead the team to the top of the table in 2018 and promotion to the Superleague is great testimony to him. He knew the challenge that this year was going to be and has put his heart and sole into trying to improve the team further. Days like this are no good for anybody, but I think Wayne needs a break and the time is right”. 

Hirst commented; “ I would like to thank Wakefield Trinity for believing in me and giving me the opportunity. We have had some great times with the ladies team and have seen them develop well over the last 18 months. Their is plenty of talent in the team to compete in Superleague. However I feel that now is the right time for someone else to take the team forward and I am looking forward to spending more time with my family. I would also like to personally thank James Stephenson & Sian Turnbull so much for everything that they have done for me and the team while I’ve been there and for being good friends”. 

“I will still be around the team as Maddie will still be playing up there and will try and help out where I can”. 

The club will now look for an interim coach for the remainder of the 2019 women’s Superleague season and any interested parties should contact James.stephenson@wakefieldtrinity.com with a covering letter and coaching CV.