Harlequins have announced that Mark Mapletoft will transition from his current role to take over as academy coach ahead of the new season.
Alongside his new role Mapletoft will assist with coach mentoring and continue to support sections of the professional rugby environment.
After nine years with the senior team serving as backs coach, attack coach and most recently head coach, he has decided to step away from the first team environment to concentrate his skillset on pathway development and coach education.
“I am passionate about the whole coaching spectrum and this is a great opportunity for me to develop my skills and knowledge in another area,” he explained.
“Player development is central to that and this presents the opportunity for me to continue developing our Harlequins Academy as well as our elite performance pathway. The impact this area has on our sustainable success is massive and I’m really looking forward to working with Chim and the rest of the team to ensure the production line remains strong.
“Gussy has done a fantastic job in his first season and I know we have the ability and mindset to challenge for honours this year.”
General Manager of Rugby at Harlequins, Billy Millard added: “Mark is an experienced and talented coach and a great Harlequins man.
“Those on the player pathway and associated staff members will benefit greatly from his rugby eye and mentorship in all aspects of professional rugby.
“He has a passion for this area, and I look forward to watching the positive impact he and this Academy group have on the club going forwards.”