Michael Foley takes over as head coach


19/08/2011



By HSBC Waratahs Media Unit

Michael Foley has been appointed head coach of the HSBC Waratahs for the next three years.

Foley has served the past three seasons as assistant coach to Chris Hickey who steps down from the role as the most successful HSBC Waratahs head coach in the professional era with a 64% winning record from 2009 to 2011.
One of Australia’s most-capped front row forwards, Foley moved straight into a coaching role with Bath in England at the conclusion of his playing career where he developed their forward pack into one of the most formidable in Europe.
Foley joined the Wallabies coaching staff in 2006 as a set-piece specialist and remained with the national side for three years before signing on to join the HSBC Waratahs at the start of 2009.
Scott Bowen will remain with the team as an assistant coach along with Alan Gaffney who will join the HSBC Waratahs at the conclusion of Ireland’s World Cup campaign.
“We have undertaken an extensive global search over the past few months and on behalf of the Board I’m delighted to announce that Michael Foley will be the next head coach of the HSBC Waratahs,” said Jason Allen, Waratahs Rugby CEO.
“Michael has a reputation as one of the best technical coaches in the world and the respect he has from the playing group is second to none.
“It is also fantastic to have Alan Gaffney come back to the Sydney to once again be a part of Waratahs Rugby as the senior assistant coach. His results in European Rugby over the last decade or so at provincial and international level are hugely impressive and the experience he brings will be of great assistance to both Michael and Scott.
“He has strong links to Sydney and Waratahs Rugby at a club and state level and I know he is looking forward to the role.”
Hickey, who sits second on the all-time NSW list of matches coached and won, decided not to seek reappointment for the role.
“I approached Jason and the Board before the end of the season to let them know I would not be seeking reappointment beyond 2011,” said Hickey. “It was important to me that this did not become a distraction to the team and that a sound process was in place to appoint my successor.
“I’m proud of what we have achieved in my three years at the Waratahs and I know the organisation is in great hands with Michael Foley who will provide a seamless transition.
“We have developed a strong playing squad and have a group of experienced and dedicated staff who will continue to strive for future success.
“As a Rugby coach from New South Wales, there’s no greater honour than being asked to coach the Waratahs and I’ve enjoyed both the challenges and the rewards that come with the role.”
With planning now in place for the pre-season which commences in November, Foley said one of the key aspects for 2012 and beyond will be reconnecting with the community both on and off the field.
“It is important for the team to have a real connection with the fans, to have a strong relationship with our members and supporters and a major initiative will be finding ways to do that both on and off the field,” said Foley.
“From a Rugby perspective we need to execute at a higher skill level with greater consistency – that’s what we want to do on the field and we know that’s what the crowds want to see.
“We need to put in performances which have mums and dads saying ‘that’s worth bringing the kids to the stadium to have a look at’.
“Our connection to the community at that level is really important.”
Foley added that while the end result in 2011 was not where the players and coaching staff had aimed, there was a lot to admire and take out of the past season as preparations for 2012 kick into gear.
“The amount of character that was shown in some trying times this year was unquestionable,” said Foley. “From my perspective, to see that first hand was really inspiring.
“That doesn’t hide the fact that there were performances this year that were very disappointing, but it does create the belief that this group of players has the ability to achieve great things and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”
 
2012 HSBC WARATAHS COACHING STRUCTURE
Michael Foley
Position: Head Coach
Born: 07.06.67, Sydney NSW
Coaching Experience: Assistant Coach, Bath (2001-2006); Assistant Coach, Australia (2006-2008); Assistant Coach, HSBC Waratahs (2009-2011)
Alan Gaffney
Position: Senior Assistant Coach
Born: 16.12.46, Sydney NSW

Coaching Experience: Coach, Randwick (1984-1996); Assistant Coach, HSBC Waratahs (1997-1999); Backs Coach, Leinster (2000-2002); Head Coach, Munster (2002-2005); Assistant Coach, Australia (2005); Director of Rugby, Saracens (2006-2008); Technical Consultant, Leinster (2008-2010); Backs Coach, Ireland (2008-present)
Scott Bowen
Position: Assistant Coach
Born: 20.09.72, Sydney NSW
Coaching Experience: Assistant Coach, Eastern Suburbs (2002-2005); Assistant Coach, Australian Sevens (2004); Head Coach, Australian Youth Sevens (2004); Head Coach, Eastern Suburbs (2006-2008); Assistant Coach, Sydney Fleet (2007); Assistant Coach, HSBC Junior Waratahs (2009-2010); Assistant Coach, HSBC Waratahs (2011-present)

HSBC WARATAHS SUPER RUGBY COACHES
Name
Span
Matches as Coach
Won
Lost
Drawn
Win %
Chris Hickey
2009-2011
44
28
16
0
63.64
Ewen McKenzie
2004-2008
66
37
27
2
56.06
Bob Dwyer
2001-2003
34
19
15
0
55.88
Ian Kennedy
2000
11
5
6
0
45.45
Matt Williams
1997-1999
33
14
17
2
42.42
Chris Hawkins
1996
11
5
6
0
45.45

 


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