Mark Anscombe has signed a one-year contract extension with Ulster which will keep the head coach at Ravenhill until at least the summer of 2015.
Anscombe joined Ulster in the summer of 2012 and started his tenure by guiding the team to an unbeaten 16 game run.
In his first season he went on to lead the side to the final of the RaboDirect PRO12 and the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup and became the first Ulster coach to win in France when the Province beat Castres by 9 points to 8 in January 2013.
I have enjoyed my time at Ravenhill so far. We have made good progress, we have a great squad and some excellent young players coming through, so I am pleased to be committing for a further year.
“I said when I started at Ulster that I believed that this would be a three-year project. We are half way through that now,” Anscombe said today.
“We have a home Heineken Cup quarter-final and we are competing for a play-off place in the RaboDirect PRO12 once again.”
“My focus over the next year and a half will be to finish the job that I have started and to bring some silverware back to Ravenhill.”
This season he has led the team to an Ulster record six wins out of six in the Pool stages of the Heineken Cup, including memorable wins over Montpellier in France and Leicester Tigers at Welford Road. Ulster will now play Saracens on April 5th in the Province’s first home Heineken Cup quarter-final in 15 years.
“Over the past 18 months Ulster Rugby has made huge progress on and off the pitch,” said Ulster’s Director of Rugby David Humphreys
“Through his coaching, knowledge of the game and experience, Mark Anscombe has taken team performance to a new level and we are delighted he has committed to the Province for a further 12 months.”
“It is an exciting time to be part of Ulster Rugby. The redevelopment of Ravenhill is almost complete, we are in a home Heineken Cup quarter-final, and our representation in the Ireland squad is growing.