Slice of Cheese

Lions Assemble Experienced Coaching Team

The Kingborough Lions have pulled off a major coup as they today announced an experienced coaching panel for their 2018 NPL Tasmania campaign, bringing in Greg Calvert, Nick Di Martino, Andrew Duncan and Jez Kenth.

After a tumultuous 2017 season the Lions are aiming to get back on track in 2018 with promotion/relegation looming on the horizon. To do so they have managed to assemble a coaching group with some highly respected names in Tasmanian football to support Head Coach Mark Broadbent.

Joining from Olympia is a man many expected to be a Head Coach in his own right next season in Greg Calvert, who returns to the Den having previously coached and played with the Lions 19 years ago. He has coached at various levels with his most recent experiences being with youth teams both at State and club level. He will take up the role as an Assistant Coach and will also lead the Lions’ Challenge League side. Calvert said he was looking forward to the opportunity his new role presented.

I am passionate about creating an environment players aspire to be a part of…. For many years Kingborough has been spoken about as a sleeping giant [around 600 members] that’s never truly awakened and this is a great opportunity as a collective to make a difference” said Calvert.

Also joining the Lions coaching team as Broadbent’s assistant will be Nick Di Martino, who has worked with multiple NPL clubs in Tasmania and has assisted multiple championship winning coaches such as Ken Morton, Peter Savill & Chris Hey. He said that he would be seeking to bring extra intensity to the playing group.

“Without intensity you will not get to the next level. To get noticed you need to knuckle down and train and commit as if you’re at that level already” said Di Martino.

The other new arrivals are Andrew Duncan, who will take up the role as goalkeeping coach and former University coach Jez Singh, who will join as a video analyst. This area of the game has become a major focus of NPL clubs in recent years and the increased importance of scouting and match analysis is reflected in the hiring of Singh for the new role.

Technical Director Simon Edwards said the coaching staff was carefully selected and was great news for the Club.

“We have taken care to establish this coaching team, a team with the skill, experience, knowledge and desire to work collectively toward on field success”

“This coaching team is not making up numbers, they are passionate, professional and committed to achieving results. These appointments reinforce our strategic goal of bringing focus and stability to the High Performance Men’s Program and our academy pathways for players this means depth and consistency in the coaching ethos of the Club. ”

“Mark appreciates the importance that input from others brings in the coaching process and the importance of the coaching team being aligned – especially on the goal of delivering on-field results which are an outcome of quality player education” 

Club President Warren Isles said the appointments would continue the Club’s focus on development.

“Our commitment is to our players, community, sponsors and football development in the region. We maintain focussed on our junior and youth development programs, continual improvement of our high performance senior programs, facilities and coach development in the region. We believe that this coaching team will enhance our ability to deliver on these goals.”

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