Brian McDermott wins Coach of the Year gong

Leeds Rhinos’ Brian McDermott has been named Coach of the Year at the 2015 UK Coaching Awards.

McDermott guided the Rhinos to an historic treble this year; winning the League Leaders Shield, Challenge Cup and Super League Grand Final.

Previous winners of the award include Gary Street, Warren Gatland, Toni Miniciello and Andy Flower.

The 45 year-old said via the Rhinos’ website: “Whenever one person gets recognised for coaching there are so many more people that are part of it.

“The whole club here has a part to play in it so personally I am unbelievably proud but I am proud for the whole club because it is a club achievement.

“It was a massive season and to see everything come together brought a combination of a few emotions. To pick up all three trophies is still sinking in but I think the emotion at the end was relief.”

In total the Rhinos won 26 of 36 competitive matches in 2015 including a 50-0 hammering of Hull KR in the Challenege Cup Final, a last-gasp win over Huddersfield to clinch the League Leaders Shield and a narrow Grand Final triumph over Wigan Warriors to complete the treble.

“Once we got the first and second to go into the Grand Final and be so close, had we lost it would have been a crying shame,” McDermott continued.

“We had some significant people leaving the club so we wanted to send them out on a high so my initial thought after the game was relief.

“Everything needed balancing, there was some pressure coming to the back end and there was almost an anxiety because it would hurt not to do it.”

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