Cambridge’s senior coaching group has been further boosted with the addition of Paul Richardson who recently resigned as Matamata Swifts’ head coach.
Richardson arrives at John Kerkhof Park with a strong record having coached the Swifts to third place in the 2016 WaiBOP Premiership and into the runners-up spot behind Cambridge last year.
The Englishman will coach Cambridge’s third team, to be entered in the WaiBOP Championship this season, with Steve Thomas as his assistant.
Cambridge has a particularly strong roster of coaches and team managers for its senior teams this season, with half a dozen coaches having Northern League and/or WaiBOP Premiership experience.
The title-winning first team, who return to the Northern League this year after a six-year absence, will be led by Mike Woodlock (head coach), Ray Pooley (assistant coach), Kim Brierley (goalkeeper coach) and Chrissy Goodin (team manager).
Woodlock and Pooley have previous experience in the Northern League, Brierley has coached several age-group internationals through his Just4Keepers academy and Goodin is an accomplished senior player and manager.
The Reds reserves, who will play in the Northern League reserves competition, will be coached by Mike Taylor, who also has Northern League experience with Metro FC, with assistance from Nick Sickelmore, an arrival from Te Awamutu FC, and team manager Des Beeney.
The club’s highest-graded Waikato League side, which will play in division A, will be coached by veteran player Lee McNally, who briefly coached Cambridge in the Northern League in 2012, with Ron Kardas as assistant coach.
The D1 team will be steered by familiar faces Harry Bomans and Jim Thomassen while Chris Hill will return in his role as D2 coach.
The Red Devils Sunday League team will be led by Brett Halliday and Eddie Roberts.
Cambridge’s Waikato title-winning women’s team will again be coached by Andrew Taylor, providing continuity and experience.
Want to play for Cambridge FC?
If you are looking to join a progressive club that has experienced coaches, excellent facilities and a warm welcome, email first team manager Chrissy Goodin or phone her on 021 307294 (mob).
Photo: The Cambridge first team coaching group of (from left) Ray Pooley, Shane Ridgway, Mike Woodlock, Kim Brierley and Chrissy Goodin.