Hibiscus Coast have appointed Brian Murphy as their first team head coach, agreeing a contract with him till at least the end of the 2025 season.
Murphy joins Coast after helping Ngaruawahia United achieve promotion from the Lotto NRFL second division last season, in which the Waikato side finished second behind champions Coast.
In 2021, he was head coach at Onehunga Mangere United when they won the Lotto NRFL first division title.
Club president Scott Beard told the club’s website: “Securing Brian will be excellent for the future of our club, especially the men’s first team. He is well-qualified and in high demand by many other clubs.
“He has already shown his passion and commitment by supporting our junior prizegiving and national U-19’s tournament in Napier
“We are thrilled to have him join our growing array of high-calibre coaching talent at the club.”
Murphy will work closely with the club’s newly-appointed Technical Director of Football, Nathan Cranney.
“I am delighted to be joining Hibiscus Coast for the next three years and hope to build on an already-solid foundation,” Murphy said.
“When Coast approached me, they seemed to have the direction and ambition I desire at a club. They have shown a strong faith and desire to get me on board with such a long contract.
“I look forward to work closely with the club’s new Technical Director of Football, Nathan Cranney, and working with an already very strong playing group which will only get stronger as we continue to bolster the squad.
“I’ve already had the pleasure attending national U-19 tournament in Napier where our young Coast men took out the title. The future certainly looks bright for the club.”
Murphy has coaching qualifications from Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), Asian Football Confederation (AFA), New Zealand Football (NZF), Football Association of Ireland, The FA, and FIFA.
His playing career spanned five countries, playing National League level in Ireland, Brunei, Australia, England and Northern Premier League in New Zealand.
Pre-season starts on January 17 for the Coast first team.