Hibiscus Coast unveil Bays’ Nathan Cranney as their new technical director

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Hibiscus Coast have unveiled Nathan Cranney as the club’s new Technical Director of Football.

Cranney joins Coast after departing East Coast Bays where he was the club’s Football Development Officer, Future Bays head coach and men’s first team assistant coach.

He’s previously helped Forrest Hil to promotion to the Lotto NRFL Premier League and worked as a Player Development Officer for Northern Football.

Main photo: Nathan Cranney … making the move from East Coast Bays to Hibiscus Coast.

Announcing the appointment, Hibiscus Coast said:

“Nathan is well-known within our federation and New Zealand Football, and has a proven success record in football development and coaching at all levels and ages.

“From grassroots to seniors across both community and elite pathways, Nathan is passionate about supporting the development of all players at all levels, helping them be the best players they can be.”

Cranney sends farewell message to Bays

East Coast Bays say Cranney will continue in his current role till the end of 2022.

In a social media message to Bays followers, Cranney said: “It is with a heavy heart that I will be finishing my time at East Coast Bays. In the past three and a half years I’ve had the pleasure to work with so many awesome people, a massive thanks to all the board members, volunteers, parents, staff and players that have made it so special.

“During my time at Bays, the club has grown from strength to strength and across our juniors, youth and seniors, it seems like the club is more connected than ever.”

Hibiscus Coast president Scott Beard said: “He is a fantastic addition to our growing hub of experienced, dedicated, and passionate high-profile coaches at the club. We have full confidence that Nathan — his skills, experience, and connections — is the right fit to support our club’s evolution as we continue to go from strength to strength in delivering best-in-class football programmes within our community.”

Title-winning year for Hibiscus Coast. Photo: Jackie Tran Van / Phototek.

At Coast, Cranney replaces Adam Dickinson who is stepping down due to family commitments and alternative career opportunities. Dickinson recently became a licensed real estate agent.

The club has publicly thanked Dickinson for helping their achievement of NZF TDP Accreditation, renewal of their NZF Skills Centre Licence, as well as supporting the successful delivery of our various football programmes and initiatives at all levels across the club.

“Adam also played a pivotal role in the success of our senior men’s first team this year, helping them secure the title and promotion (to the Lotto NRFL Premiership).

“While he has also indicated he might be retired from playing, we’ll see what 2023 brings!”

Coaching changes

Northern and WaiBOP clubs have been busy with their coaching appointments for 2023.

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