Papamoa have appointed former All White Mark Cossey as their first-team coach for next season.
Cossey (57), joins the Bay of Plenty club for its first season in the newly-established Lotto NRFL Southern Conference.
He moves to Papamoa after leaving Claudelands Rovers who will also play in the Southern Conference.
Main photo: Cossey has previously coached Claudelands Rovers and Hamilton Wanderers.
Rovers will be coached by Paul Richardson who was Cossey’s assistant last season.
Announcing Cossey’s appointment, Papamoa FC said next season would be the first that the club had competed at NRFL level with a men’s side, though the club had fielded a women’s Northern Premier League team almost 10 years ago.
Cossey, who has an NZF/OFC B Licence, said: “The club has grown hugely over recent years. I have been around the football scene for a number of years and can see an enormous upside.
“The fact the club is creating partnerships outside of itself for the benefit of all speaks volumes. The partnership with TCAFC and the development of FC Tauranga Moana will be integral to the growth and development of our footballers in this region.
“The scale alone, when compared to any other WaiBOP clubs, offers endless possibilities.”
Players wanting to play at NRFL level should contact Cossy at [email protected], the club said.
Club creates new role to support community and school players
The club has also boosted its coaching support for its community footballers and local schools.
Jim Burtenshaw has been appointed as Director of Football — Community.
An NZF/OFC C Licence holder, Burtenshaw has been a PE teacher at Tauranga Boys’ College and has coached junior, youth and senior players at Tauranga City. He will coach Papamoa’s U-23 side next season.
Northern and WaiBOP clubs have been busy with their coaching appointments for 2023.
Click on the following links for our coverage of announcements made so far:
NORTH SHORE UNITED | METRO FC | TE ATATU | MATAMATA SWIFTS | BAY OLYMPIC | CLAUDELANDS ROVERS | TE AWAMUTU | WESTERN SPRINGS | MT ALBERT PONSONBY | MANUKAU UNITED | WAITEMATA | CAMBRIDGE | MANUREWA | ONEHUNGA MANGERE UTD | HAMILTON WANDERERS | HIBISCUS COAST | NORTHERN ROVERS |
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