The family of the late Rod Larnach have donated a magnificent trophy to celebrate the achievements of our club’s coaches.
The trophy, known as the Rod Larnach Memorial Trophy (see main photograph), will be awarded annually to the club’s Coach of the Year, selected from all the club’s coaches, including those who have coached junior, youth and senior teams.
The elegant silver trophy was unveiled at the memorial service held at the clubrooms on October 30 when family and friends shared memories of Rod Larnach, one of only 13 people to be honoured as Cambridge FC Life Members.
Technical director Ricki Herbert said the trophy would be appreciated by any coach deemed worthy to receive it.
“We’ve got many hard-working and committed coaches and this trophy gives us the chance to thank them, and recognise the extent of their efforts,” Herbert said.
The Coach of the Year title would not necessarily go to whichever coach had the most successful team, in terms of results or competition titles.
“Our criteria for judging will take into account the lengths to which the coach went to do the best possible job; the benefits they created for players and the club; and how they conducted themselves.”
Ricki Herbert and a panel of committee members have been considering nominations for the first recipient of the trophy, to be announced soon.
Rod Larnach coached junior teams at Cambridge FC in the 1980s after playing Northern League football for the club. He served as the club’s treasurer and held various committee roles before being named a Life Member.
About Rod Larnach