Troy Atkins becomes Eagles first Director of Rugby
As of Saturday 20th of October, Eagles own rugby coach Troy Atkins will commence in an exciting new role as the Director of Rugby.
Troy’s efforts as the head coach of Colts and conducting all strength and conditioning training for the club hasn’t gone unnoticed and the new position will allow him to drive the grow the playing group, continue the culture of the club, and lead the club’s coaching and medical personnel forward in 2019.
The Eagles’ objectives of delivering a rugby program that provides an elite pathway for high-performance players and welcoming culture for more social players and volunteers means there must be balance in personnel for the club’s members.
In conjunction with responsibilities as Director of Rugby, Troy will also play the role of 1st-Grade assistant coach alongside the recently appointed 1st-grade head coach Marco Caputo.
Troy has been with the club for many years as a coach and says he is excited to continue on his rugby journey with the Eagles.
Atkins says “I’m excited to lead an extensive and challenging rugby program for players in 2019 and onwards and continue on with Dan’s work of creating a tremendous club culture and brand.”
Troy added “My priorities will be delivery of a Rugby program that will challenge and engage all players, from the elite to the social athlete, which will include skill acquisition, talent development and performance preparation.”
“Other key priorities will be the development of a leadership program, player retention and junior recruitment, coach support and education and a schoolboy to senior rugby program.”
“I’m excited at the prospect of working with Head Coach Marco Caputo and continuing to work with Ben McGee and Glen Carey. I look forward to continue working with the clubs hardworking volunteers and can’t wait to assist in the development and growth of our young colts coming through and the experienced players at the club.
Growth in participation at the senior club is something that encouraged club officials to consider a restructure, and General Manager Trent Pollard said Troy was the perfect fit for leading the change.
Trent says “As a club, we’re always aiming to become a place for people to develop and excel in any area, whether that be as a player, coach, administrator, strapper, media person etc. and it’s great to see that continually becoming a reality”
“Everyone at the club loves Troy as a coach and friend, and what he’s been able to do with the colts in recent years shows us he’s more than capable of driving the rugby program and culture forward for every level of player in coming years” he added.
“It’s important to us that every player and volunteer feels appreciated and looked after, and we feel Troy and Marco will compliment each other nicely to ensure this is the case”
“We are always looking to develop our own people and give them opportunities. Troy has done great things at Gungahlin and deserves this opportunity to take his coaching and management skills to the next level”.
Players are encouraged to join Troy and his coaching team on this Saturday 20 Oct for the club planning day and leadership workshop.