Newly-appointed coach resigns, forcing Hibiscus Coast to recruit replacement

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Newly-promoted Hibiscus Coast will recruit a new first-team head coach after the resignation of recently-appointed Brian Murphy.

Coast, who won the Lotto NRFL second division title last season, named former Ngaruawahia United and Onehunga Mangere United coach Murphy as their coach late last year.

But in an announcement in late January, the club said:

“HBCAFC regrets to inform that due to personal reasons and relocating out of Auckland, Brian Murphy has resigned his position as men’s first team head coach, effective immediately.

“We wish Brian all the best with his next move and his future endeavours.

“The club is already working through its options to recruit and appoint a new men’s first team head coach. Watch this space!”

Coast announced in December it had agreed a contract with Murphy for him to coach till at least the end of the 2025 season.

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Last year, he helped Ngaruawahia United achieve promotion from the Lotto NRFL second division, 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.

Main photo: Brian Murphy … leaving for personal reasons.

Pre-season programme gets underway

Coast’s pre-season training programme for their first team and U-23s starts on February 7.

The club invites players interested in joining Coast to email technical director Nathan Cranney at

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