TOM Rance will step down as Stratford director of rugby at the end of this season after more than four years in charge of the club.
The 33-year-old took over the reins at the start of the 2013/14 campaign, having originally joined the Black and Whites as a player at the age of five.
Rance, who guided Stratford to their best ever league finish in 2016, now feels the club will benefit from having a new man at the helm.
“I think it’s time to allow some new ideas to come into the club,” said the former Shipston head coach.
“Five years is a long time and I only ever said I wanted to do three. Ultimately, I have achieved what I wanted to achieve and I believe now is the right time for someone else to step up.”
On Saturday, Stratford slipped to their third straight South West 1 East defeat as they were beaten 20-13 at Oxford Harlequins.
Rance’s men return to action this weekend when they welcome Royal Wootton Bassett to Pearcecroft.