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Bristol Bears have announced that Pat Lam has signed a long-term contract extension at Ashton Gate, which sees him promoted to become the club’s new Director of Rugby.
In his first season at the helm, the former Connacht head coach clinched the English Championship title, winning a club record 16 successive fixtures in the process.
This season Lam led the club to a 9th placed finish in the Gallagher Premiership – the highest points total for a promoted side since 2007.
“I’m proud to commit my future to Bristol and it was an easy decision to make. We’ve set out a plan to bring a Premiership trophy to Ashton Gate and we’re at the start of that journey.” Lam said
“It’s been an incredible two years so far in the city. It’s amazing what can be achieved when you have a clear vision and you approach challenges with strong belief and a positive mindset. We have absolute confidence that we will achieve our team goals as Steve [Lansdown], Jon [Lansdown] and Chris [Booy] continue to drive that vision.
“Although my title changes to Director of Rugby, my passion and enjoyment for hands on coaching remains stronger than ever. I will be in a tracksuit on the field as long as I can still walk! We are striving for the Bristol Bears to be world class at everything we do, so it’s my responsibility to ensure every department fulfils that expectation.
“I want Bristolians to be fiercely proud of their rugby club and of the players who represent them. Our mission is to produce excellent rugby players and even better people off the field. That’s why our commitment to our community, to developing homegrown talent and to working relentlessly in pursuit of our goals remains stronger than ever.”