SUFFOLK SPORTS AWARDS: Bury St Edmunds coach wins top award

Suffolk Sport awards 15/11/13 151113001 at trinty Park, Ipswich. Bury coach Gavin Hogg with the chie

Suffolk Sport awards 15/11/13 151113001 at trinty Park, Ipswich. Bury coach Gavin Hogg with the chief executive of Abbeycroft Leisure, Warren Smyth - Credit: Photo: Keith Mindham Photography

He may have been the driving force behind an 18-month unbeaten run and led Bury Rugby Club to promotion to the National League at a canter, but that didn’t dampen the element of surprise for award winner Gavin Hogg.

The Northern Irishman picked up the Abbeycroft Leisure Coach of the Year award, ahead of Ipswich Hockey Club’s under-16s girls coach Ian Driver and tennis coach, Wortham-based Emily Wharton.

Hogg’s stock is still rising, the former Stowmarket player-coach having led his team to a respectable sixth place, after nine games in their first National 3 campaign, and continued to develop the whole club from the youngest age group up.

Despite this, there was still shock when his name was called out at Ipswich’s Trinity Park, on Friday night.

“I guess it was a bit of a surprise to hear my name called out when I was up against two coaches who are equally as dedicated as myself,” said Hogg, whose team narrowly missed out on the Team of the Year award.

“It was a bit of a reality check sharing the room with such people and thinking you are not going to win, but I was delighted to do so.”

In a full-time position, Hogg leaves no stone unturned in his quest for success and works meticulously with the rest of the club’s coaching staff.

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“By the following Thursday, I will have probably watched the previous weekend’s game between 12 to 14 times, looking at ways we can improve on certain things,” he added.

“I like the challenge my job brings and there is no hiding away from the fact that it is a result-orientated role.

“At the top end the aim is to invest as much time and effort as possible with the senior team.

“When I discussed the coaching role at the club with Terry Sands and Mike Robinson, the goal was always to reach the National League but we don’t want to stand still.

“I also spend a lot of time developing the minis and youth sections. I hope I have made a few improvements during my time here.”

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