Coaching and team management group takes shape for 2019 season

Cambridge FC’s senior coaching and team management group is looking strong ahead of the 2019 season.

The club’s committee has appointed key roles for the Northern League first and reserves teams after recommendations from Technical Director Ricki Herbert.

The line-up for next year

Men’s first team

Head coach: Paul Richardson

After successful seasons at Matamata Swifts (where he took the team from the threat of relegation to second in the WaiBOP Premiership), Richardson joined Cambridge in early 2018 to coach the club’s WaiBOP Championship side.

The retirement in May of long-time Reds coach Mike Woodlock opened the way for Richardson and he steered Cambridge from a five-match losing streak to mid-table security by the end of the Lotto NRFL second division season.

Assistant coaches: Richard Wade and Blair Hoad

This pair come to Cambridge after working as a coaching partnership at Melville United where they spent 4-5 seasons.

They were responsible for Melville’s Northern League first division reserves squad and acted as assistants to first team coach Steve Williams.

They helped develop more than 10 players who progressed to first team status and collected a Special Recognition Award and Coaches of the Year Award at the Hamilton club.

Goalkeeper coach: Kim Brierley

The principal of the Just4Keepers academy, Brierley has produced three NZ goalkeepers to play at the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and has coached WaiBOP Federation goalkeepers and been the WaiBOP women’s ASB League goalkeeper coach.

He’s helped the career of Cambridge’s Patrick Steele, a member of the national U-18 futsal squad, and played a big part in the success of our club’s senior goalkeepers who took a swag of awards at our 2018 senior prizegiving.

Brierley has been with Cambridge since 2014.

Strength and conditioning coach: Marcelo Sosa

Sosa returns for 2019 as the Northern League squad’s strength and conditioning coach, a role he performed last year which led to the team starting their season with a string of victories.

Sosa is also a member of the NRFL squad, performing a high-energy midfield role.

Co-team managers: Fairlie Morton and Michaela McQuarters

These sisters will share the team management role, working to their strengths. Both have served on the club’s committee and Fairlie Morton was men’s club captain last season.

Both have played women’s football and will work to ensure the coaches can concentrate on playing matters.

Men’s Reserves

Head coach: Mike Taylor

Taylor returns to coach the Reds reserves who finished second in last season’s Lotto NRFL second division reserves competition.

He joined the club for last season after moving from Auckland where he had coached Metro FC in division 1 of the Northern League in 2016.

Team manager: Des Beeney

Beeney is experienced in all aspects of the game, having played, coached, refereed and served on the club’s committee. He was the reserves’ team manager in 2018.

WaiBOP Championship

Arrangements are still being finalised for roles with the club’s WaiBOP Championship squad.

Expressions of interest are still open for coaches and team managers wishing to develop their skills at this level. For more information or to express interest, please email Cambridge Football Club.

Women’s team

Head coach: Andrew Taylor

Taylor returns for his fourth season as coach of the women’s team which finished runners-up in last year’s Waikato Cup and third in the Waikato A League. He also coached Cambridge High School’s girls’ first eleven in 2018.

As a player, he won the club’s Golden Boot last year, spearheading the men’s reserves attack in the NRFL second division reserves competition.

Team manager: Juhli Burnett

Burnett has been re-appointed for her second season with the women’s team.

Support for coaches

Cambridge FC is putting in place a comprehensive support programme this year to help develop its coaches

The club’s coach development programme is overseen by its Technical Director, former All Whites coach Ricki Herbert who holds a UEFA ‘A’ International Coaching Licence and a UEFA ‘Pro’ International Coaching Licence.