New Cobh Ramblers U19 manager Darren Murphy has confirmed the make-up of his backroom staff for the 2021 U19 League of Ireland season.
Firstly, the experienced Eric Higgins, re-joins the club as a coach, having lead the first ever Cobh Ramblers U13 League of Ireland team in their debut season back in 2019. He has many years of National League experience and is currently studying for his UEFA A Coaching license.
Entering his second season at the club is Peter Murphy, continuing in the role as U19 goalkeeping coach. Peter began his coaching career with Macroom FC before moving to representative level within the ladies game. Peter was one of the Gaynor Cup winning coaches in 2019, before joining up with the Rams.
Robbie O’Sullivan is another coach that the club are delighted to welcome back to our coaching set-up. Robbie is a UEFA A licensed coach who has spent a number of years coaching at underage representative and national league level. Robbie has also successfully coached in the Munster Senior League in recent seasons and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.
Joining the club from Cobh Wanderers alongside manager Darren Murphy is Dermot Ryan. Dermot is a qualified and certified personal trainer for the past eight years, predominantly focusing on the area of strength and conditioning. Dermot played with the successful St Michael’s junior side in Tipperary, before moving to Cork and the Munster Senior League. He then turned his attention to coaching within the MSL, and will be a great asset to the senior academy side.
Finally, Andrew Croke moves from his position as U19 coach to a new role as Lead Academy Strength & Conditioning coach. Andrew is a professional personal trainer, who will oversee the Strength and Conditioning needs of all players in the Academy.
Ivan Bevan, Cobh Ramblers Head of Youth Development, spoke about the announcements earlier today,
“We are very excited about the groups of coaches that we have assembled for the season ahead. We worked, in conjunction with the first team Head Coach Stuart Ashton, to ensure that the Academy players are coached by top quality staff.
The Academy staff have been working remotely with the squads in recent weeks and are looking forward to get back on the pitch, as soon as it is safe to do so.”
We will announce the coaching staff of our remaining Academy teams within the coming days.