FORMER Black Cats footballer David Rush will be passing on his playing skills to teenagers on Wearside.
The ex-SAFC player has been appointed as head coach for the Football Development Centre at Sunderland College’s Bede campus.
David, who was a professional footballer at the age of 18, played in the 1992 FA Cup Final against Liverpool, and the team that won promotion to the Premier League in 1990.
His career also took in Oxford United, York City and Hartlepool United, before retiring and returning home.
As head coach, David will act as a role model to sport students, oversee all competitive fixtures and, with the rest of the coaching team, educate more than 50 footballers studying A-levels or a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence.
He said: “I am very excited about my role and am looking forward to working with the coaching team.
“We will be talent spotting ahead of next year’s intake and looking to combine football talent and academic ability, so that we can help turn our students into first-class football players.
“This is a great time to be joining Sunderland College. I’ve high ambitions and I would like us to win all the leagues and cups, whatever we enter in fact.
“I am confident that the new coaching set up will progress the football development centre to new heights.”
The college recently invested £22million in facilities, which include a four-court sports hall, fitness suite, classrooms and changing amenities.
Graham Mytton, head of department for Sport and tourism at Sunderland College, said: “Students in our football development centre have always received an excellent footballing and academic education, but now they will benefit even more from our state-of-the-art facilities.”