East Kilbride FC Manager, Billy Stark, tonight confirmed the make-up of his back-room staff for the season ahead, with Craig Young being appointed Assistant Manager, and David Proctor named as First Team coach.
Young, who held the same position in the Club’s maiden Lowland League season in 2013/14, is confirmed after assuming the number two role on a temporary basis since Stark became gaffer in June, whilst Proctor will combine a playing role alongside undertaking some of the weekly coaching duties.
Manager Stark was pleased to confirm the appointments, telling ekfc.co.uk, “Craig is a local coach with a great passion for the club, who I have been really impressed with over the summer, and who has the respect of the players and everyone at the club. He also possesses a huge knowledge of the Lowland League and the player market we work within, and has really earned his spot in the dugout. It will also be great to see David step up and start to combine some coaching with his playing time, his experience at the highest level of playing in Scottish football commands the full respect of the dressing room and I believe he can grow into a good coach and be a big asset to East Kilbride in the future.”
Speaking of his delighted at being formally named as assistant boss, Young, known throughout the game as ”Gigz” stated, “ I am absolutely delighted to officially become assistant manager of the first team again. As a local guy from East Kilbride, I have a real passion and determination to help the club achieve its aim of SPFL promotion, and to get the opportunity to do this alongside Billy Stark and David is a very exciting prospect”
Young will continue to work with Graeme Mullin and Ally Graham with the U-20 SPFL Development squad who will participate in the U-20 SPDL Development League West this season.
Experienced defender Proctor also spoke of his pride at being asked to join the coaching staff, commenting. “It has always been my ambition to explore a pathway into coaching, and I hope to be able to pass on some of my experience, whilst remaining available for selection to play as often as possible. The chance to learn and improve my coaching knowledge with the gaffer and Gigz, alongside my Physiotherpy studies is fantastic, and an opportunity I intend to grab with both hands.”
The new look back-room team will get the Lowland League season underway in Saturday’s curtain raiser against Dalbeattie Star at K-Park. Kick-off is 3pm and admission is £6 for adults and £3 concessions.
Season tickets for all home Scottish Lowland League and selected home Cup matches remain on sale at K-Park, representing outstanding value at £75 for adults and £30 concessions. Children Under-12 can continue to gain free access to home matches all season when attending with each paying adult.
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