Gloucester Rugby can confirm that Forwards Coach Andrew Stanley has agreed to become the new Director of Rugby at Dean Close School.
Stan, as he is known by everyone at the club, has spent the past two seasons at Kingsholm, firstly as Senior Academy Manager and subsequently as Forwards Coach.
A qualified RFU Level 5 coach, he played almost 200 first team games for Gloucester before he retired from senior rugby in 1998.
He joined the Warriors Academy from Hartpury College, where he was Director of Rugby, in January 2005. At Sixways he took on the role of Head of Skills Development & Academy Manager.
He also took temporary charge of the Worcester first XV following the departure of Mike Ruddock in 2010 before Richard Hill's appointment.
However, he was recently approached by Dean Close School and offered the role of Director of Rugby, an opportunity he is keen to pursue. He will start his new role in a few weeks time.
CEO Stephen Vaughan paid tribute to the impact that Stanley has had at the club since his return two years ago.
"Stan is Gloucester through and through, and his contribution to the club cannot be underestimated. Our Academy is in great shape and his role in that has been significant. And, of course, he worked tirelessly last year as our Forwards Coach.
"However, this is a great opportunity for him and, when he approached us about it, we immediately felt that it would be wrong of us to try and stand in his way.
"He's not leaving immediately, of course, he'll continue in his current role as Forwards Coach while our new Coaching team arrive and there will be a managed handover of responsibilities.
"On behalf of everyone at the club, I'd like to thank him for his all his efforts over the years and wish him well in his new role. He will always be most welcome at Kingsholm."
Meanwhile, Stan told the club website that leaving Gloucester was an incredibly tough decision to make at such an exciting time at the club.
"Gloucester Rugby has played a huge part in my life, both personally and professionally. But the role at Dean Close is a fantastic opportunity and one that is absolutely right for me at this time in my career.
"It's been a doubly tough decision to leave as we genuinely look to be on verge of something very exciting here at Gloucester. The make up of the squad and the coaching appointments hint at great things to come.
"I'll still be local though and, as always, will keeping an eye on the progress of the team."
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