Exeter Chiefs have announced that Rob Baxter and his coaching team have all signed fresh contracts tying them to the club until 2018.
Exeter Chiefs have announced that boss Rob Baxter and his coaching team have all signed new contracts tying them to the club until 2018.
With their current deals due to expire at the end of this campaign, the board have wasted little time in ensuring they have fresh terms at Sandy Park.
Baxter – who took over in 2009 following the exit of former director of rugby, Pete Drewett – has been the lead figure in Exeter’s recent rise out of the Championship and into the Aviva Premiership.
Not only has he guided the club to two top six finishes in the top tier, but he has steered the Devon outfit into the European Cup on two different occasions; won the LV= Cup last term; and has even been part of an England coaching team who toured South America in 2013.
“We talk a lot when we talk about recruiting players and retaining players that we don’t like a big turnover of players and we like to give a group time to mature together and develop together and in a lot of ways it’s very similar with coaches,” the 43-year-old told the Chiefs‘ website.
“We’d all like to think we’re better coaches this year than last year and we were better last year than the year before. That helps us. We’re a relatively young coaching group, we’re not guys lose to retirement by any means, and we’re happy to keep learning and keep developing. That works well for us as a club.
“From my perspective, I’m delighted to be signing a new deal but I’m even happier it’s the same group of coaches who are signing to stay here because ultimately they’re the guys who probably don’t get as much credit as they deserve for the success the team has because I’m the guy in the spotlight. They all work incredibly hard.”