South Auckland Rangers looking for new coach after Geoff Cooper steps down

South Auckland Rangers are recruiting a new men’s head coach for next season’s NRF League One campaign.

This follows a decision by Geoff Cooper to leave the club after a season in which the side came runners-up in the league and reached the last 32 of the Chatham Cup.

Cooper (62) has a long record of coaching Auckland clubs, and was previously with Onehunga Mangere, Franklin United and Papakura City.

Main photo: Geoff Cooper … Rangers are looking to replace him ahead of next season. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Rangers say they’re looking for a coach with a minimum OFC/NZF C-Licence and, ideally, a B-Licence or working towards achieving the qualification.

Here’s the club’s advertised role description:

Head Coach – South Auckland Rangers

Report to: Technical Coach

Job summary

The head coach of the team is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the team’s culture performance.

Key responsibilities

  • Creates and maintains a team culture in alignment with the SAR’s vision and values
  • Identifies, recruits, and motivates players who will positively represent SAR
  • Creates and oversees a recruitment strategy for players
  • Develop and implement training plans that prepare the players for upcoming games
  • Use game footage to review and plan for upcoming games
  • The development of players in the first team (Individual player development plans)
  • Work with the reserve team coach to manage the squad selection of players

Responsibilities may be reviewed.


  • Minimum OFC/NZF C-Licence
  • Eligible to work in New Zealand
  • Willing to undergo a police check

Remuneration will be based on experience.

How to apply

Email a cover letter and CV to:

Applications close on October 31, 2023.

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