Farewell Daniel Atkins
The Gungahlin Eagles would like to thank and congratulate Daniel Atkins on an amazing four years as head coach in the red and black.
An emotional Atkins informed the Eagles board this morning that he will be moving with his family to Brisbane, QLD for career purposes, and therefore won’t be available to continue in his position at the club.
Dan says “My four years as the Head Coach with the Gungahlin Eagles have been some of the proudest years of my life. I have made so many new great friends and I have reconnected with old ones.”
When Dan took on the role of head coach in the preseason of 2015, the Eagles consisted of 96 registered players. After facilitating a 2016 tour to New Zealand, a revitalized set of club values, and a sustainable rugby program tailored to both elite and social rugby players, he leaves the club in great shape with 196 registered players and the title of the only club to have a team registered in every Brumbies Region competition.
Dan was announced The Michael Hickey Coach Of The Year in 2016, which is a reflection of the commitment and excellence Dan brought to the club.
Atkins added “My motto is ‘hard work will get you everywhere’ and it’s because of the players, the support staff, the coaching and management staff, the committee, the club captains and the Board putting the hard work in, is why we have become the biggest club in the competition with the most participants and the most number of club teams! We have been pushing that motto every year and every year the club just keeps getting bigger. It is inevitable that the Gungahlin Eagles will have the greatest success in the top grades for many continuous years to come.”
Club President Eoghan O’Byrne was quick to thank and congratulate Dan on what he’s achieved at the Eagles in recent years.
O’Byrne says “On behalf of the Eagles, we commend Dan’s passion and commitment to our club. He will be truly missed by the Eagles community.
“I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Dan for all of his time and work with our playing and volunteer group. He has built a positive culture and provided us all with fantastic opportunities to be the best we can be.
Eoghan also says “Although it is with a heavy heart we bid Dan farewell, the Eagles Board see an opportunity to bring a fresh perspective and structure to the rugby program, which will build on the foundations that Dan has established.”
“Our players, volunteers, members, and sponsors can expect to have a new head coach appointed in the near future.”
The club will make announcements over coming weeks in regards to coaching, club planning day, Annual General Meeting, and the Golf Day on 7 December.