HUDDERSFIELD YMCA have a new coaching team at the helm.

Mark Eastwood has taken over as head coach from Jamie Marsden, with former Fartown forward Damon Scholes coming in as his assistant for the next Yorkshire II rugby union season.

Former Huddersfield Sharks National Conference League rugby league coach Eastwood replaces Marsden, who has stepped down as head coach after admitting he was finding it tough juggling his YMCA commitments with his domestic arrangements.

Marsden will, however, help on the coaching front when time permits.

But YM press officer Martin Hunt has every confidence the new coaching set-up will prove a big hit and can help the Laund Hill club get back on track after a number of lean years.

“Jamie did an excellent job under very difficult circumstances, and we can’t thank him enough for what he did for the club,” said Hunt.

“Because of his changing domestic arrangements, he knows it’s going to become almost impossible to commit as much time to the club in the future and he has reluctantly been forced to step down.

“But he has made it clear he still intends to help out on the coaching front at the club whenever he can, and we’re all absolutely delighted about that.

“Fortunately, we have a ready-made replacement in Mark Eastwood, who has made such a positive impression at the club over the past four or five years in his role as assistant coach.

“I’m sure he’ll soon put his own stamp on the club and make sure we can soon start to rise up the Yorkshire divisions again.

“And with Damon Scholes coming in as his assistant, we all believe we’ve got the right team to take us forward. Before joining us as a player last season, Damon did an excellent job as coach of Halifax Vandals, and we all know he can do just as good a job here.

“We think Mark and Damon will make an excellent coaching team.”

As well as the caching changes, there are also several changes on the YMCA committee front.

Nigel Lumb has taken over as chairman from Gary Haigh, while Hunt has handed over the Director of Rugby reins to David Dyke.

And because of a revamp of the Yorkshire divisions for next season, the YMCA will remain in Yorkshire II despite finishing the last campaign in a relegation spot.