London Scottish have appointed Ricky Khan as backs coach and first-team manager to the coaching team for the upcoming season.
He will work alongside the club’s newly appointed head coach Stevie Scott and director of rugby Matt Williams.
London Scottish say Khan, pictured, is the only BAME coach in the English Championship.
He was as an academy coach at Wasps for 13 years and he has been backs coach at Chinnor for the past six seasons. He is also the assistant coach to the Jamaican Sevens side.
A Lancastrian whose heritage is originally Guyanese, Khan’s great great grandfather, Menzies, was Scottish.
He said he was looking forward to working with Scott, the former Melrose, Edinburgh and Scotland hooker.
“I met Stevie last season when we played Scottish in a pre-season friendly,” said Khan. “I’m looking forward to learning from someone with his experience, but also sharing with him the knowledge and experience I have built up in my 20 years of coaching rugby.
“In the past two seasons my backlines have had the top try scorers in National One and I know my success will complement Stevie’s coaching skills and deliver winning results for the club.”
Before becoming a coach, Khan’s playing career saw him turn out for Blackburn RUFC, and he also played rugby league. He moved on to Preston Grasshoppers in the National Leagues, but injury forced him to turn to coaching and a role with Wasps.
Regarding his new role with London Scottish, Khan said: “I’m massively looking forward to it. It isn’t just the prospect of working with a club in the Championship, but more about working with London Scottish.
“I know how proud Scottish are of their culture and heritage, but also I am impressed with how they have progressed their exile philosophy to become a truly diverse and inclusive club where all are welcome regardless of ethnicity, religion, social demographic, geography, and sexuality.”
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