By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE football success that has been enjoyed over a long period of time by Coffs United has prompted the club to only look within their own ranks when finding worthwhile replacements for their senior coaching positions.
The Lions won the inaugural North Coast title last year in the men's competition while the girls were beaten in an extra time heart-breaker by Boambee in the grand final.
Coaches John Ross and Gordon Barton have moved on this season but club president Paul Israel is confident that that not looking beyond their own clubhouse for this year's appointments will pay off handsomely.
"Our club always tries to bring it's own people through," Israel said.
"The players are coached by ours and then the players become our coaches later on.
"I've been at the club 18 or 19 years now and in that time we've only had one or two outside coaches and they haven't lasted long at all."
Brett Adams has been given the role of steering the men around the park this season and Israel has no doubts that the new coach has the attributes to ensure continued success.
Adams had been a Lion throughout his junior days before moving to the Gold Coast playing semi-professional football
"Brett's the coach of the team because Brett's the coach, he's certainly qualified,"
"He wasn't given the role just because John Ross can't do it, if both Brett and J.R had have applied for the job it would've been interesting."
Jodi Worboys has been given the task of coaching the girls and although she herself has been a longtime Coffs United player, her appointment is a slight deviation from tradition.
"I've been playing since I was five and I've never had a female coach," she said.
"I think it will be good for the girls this year to have that different perspective.
"Coaching womens football is different to the men because of the different levels of ability within the team and there'll probably be a lot of new players this year."
New coaches and new players abound down at 'The Den' but the club is hoping that same old winning habits continue. At this stage neither of the coaches is too concerned about fitness being an issue as most of the players are involved in six a side soccer but pre season training did start on Thursday night.
The president said that any new players were welcome and his contact number was 0410 513 686.