McKean becomes first winner of Rod Larnach Memorial Trophy

Cambridge FC’s women’s team coach Jamie McKean has been named the inaugural winner of the Rod Larnach Memorial Trophy, awarded to the club’s Coach of the Year.

McKean received the trophy from members of the Larnach family (pictured) who attended matches at John Kerkhof Park on Saturday May 22, 2021, a day declared by the club as ‘Rod Larnach Day’ to honour the Life Member who died last year, aged 71.

The family donated the trophy to recognise the efforts of all club coaches, including those who have coached junior, youth and senior teams.

Main photo: McKean (with help from his three daughters) receives the Rod Larnach Memorial Trophy from members of the Larnach family.

McKean was named the winner of the award for the 2020 season but the presentation was delayed till this year so members of the Larnach family could be present.

Cambridge FC’s technical director, Ricki Herbert, said McKean was a worthy first recipient of the trophy because he had become coach of a squad struggling for numbers and confidence at the start of last year.

McKean had enthusiastically set about rebuilding the women’s squad and after a few early challenges, the team found form and finished second in its competition.

“Our criteria for judging (the award) takes 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,” Herbert said.

McKean said he was thrilled to win the award, especially as he was aware of the contribution made by Rod Larnach in many roles with the club.

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

Click here for more about Rod Larnach >>>>