Dual premiership-winning coach Ron Griffiths will move from the Newcastle Knights’ NRLW team to coaching The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup side next season.
Griffiths takes up the appointment after leading the Knights to NRLW Premierships in 2022-23, beating the Parramatta Eels and Gold Coast Titans respectively.
Griffiths was also head coach for the NRL Indigenous All Stars team which beat the Maori All Stars 28-24 in Rotorua last February.
He also led the NSW Under 16s Koori team to face a Queensland Under 16s Murri in Brisbane last January.
Director of Football Peter Parr said it had been an easy decision for all parties to make.
“Ronald has done an outstanding job as NRLW Head Coach, and we felt coaching NSW Cup was the next phase in his coaching career,” Parr told newcastleknights.com.au.
Griffiths said he had learnt a great deal by working in the women’s program.
“The Knights have afforded me the chance to be a part of a history making NRLW team, I will be forever grateful for those opportunities and the memories created,” Griffiths said.
“Coaching NSW Cup will be an exciting opportunity, I will relish being able to connect with the local league clubs and continue my personal development.”
The Knights have two NSW Cup premierships – 1995 and 2015.
The Knights also announced another coaching appointment with Knights Head of Pathways Michael Dobson taking over as Jersey Flegg head coach. He will do the job in tandem with his pathways program.