Victoria Thunderbolts announce 2019 Coaching Staff
The Victoria Thunderbolts are pleased to announce their 2019 Coaching Staff.
Ben Jack has been re-appointed as Head Coach of the U20's Victoria Thunderbolts after leading his squad to Week 2 of the QRL U20's Hastings Deering Colts Finals series in 2018.
A majority of the 2018 Coaching staff have been retained while there have been a few changes to the Performance Unit structure and personnel.
NRL Victoria Pathways & Coaching Manager, Ryan Walker is happy with the Coaching staff appointed moving into 2019;
"After achieving some success in our inaugural season, it was important to have continuity of staff to build on for 2019. We have made some structural changes to our Performance Unit with Luke James taking on our Head Strength & Conditioning role as well as adding a fulltime Physiotherapist in Jackson McKellar which will help us continue to improve our program for our players."
Head Coach Ben Jack is looking forward to his second year in charge of the U20's Thunderbolts;
"I am very excited to take on the position again, the opportunity to work with some exciting young players and an experienced coaching staff will no doubt lead to exciting times in 2019."
As announced last month, the U20's Victoria Thunderbolts will play in the NSWRL Jersey Flegg competition in 2019 and Jack, who is originally from Western Sydney, is excited for his men to play against the best in NSW;
"Growing up, the Jersey Flegg competition was extremely prestigious and something that we all strived to play in and now being able to coach in this competition is a privilege."
The U20's Thunderbolts will commence Pre-Season training on November 17 with the Jersey Flegg competition to kick-off in March.
The U18's Victoria Thunderbolts will be coached by Janan Billings in 2019 after a season as a co-coach in 2018 where the Thunderbolts finished 8th in the QRL Mal Meninga Cup.
As with the U20's, the U18's will compete in the NSWRL S.G Ball competition in 2019 where a team from Victoria last competed in 2014 as the Melbourne Storm when making Week 1 of the Finals.
Billings is excited by the challenge that lays ahead for his Squad;
"It is an exciting time for Rugby League in Victoria, going back into the NSW competitions and playing against some foundation clubs. Everyone is looking forward to the challenge ahead."
The U18's will start their Pre-Season training tomorrow (5th November) with the S.G Ball competition beginning earlier with Round 1 starting on the weekend of the 9th/10th February.
2019 Victoria Thunderbolts Coaching Staff:
U20's Jersey Flegg
Head Coach - Ben Jack
Assistant Coach - Jason Warr
Assistant Coach - Ash Lanfranchi
Assistant Coach - Tim Smith
Defence Coach - Dallas Johnson
Head of Performance - Tom Frost
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach - Luke James
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach - Dean Ryan
Head Trainer - Adam Leary
Physiotherapist - Jackson McKellar
Manager - Neff Tapelu
U18's S.G Ball
Head Coach - Janan Billings
Assistant Coach - Wayne Adams
Assistant Coach - Terry Constantinou
Head of Performance - Tom Frost
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach - Rachel Pezzano
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach - Tom Bennett
Head Trainer - Paul Fisher
Osteopath - Ashton Wilson
Manager - James Grego