Thursday 23 March 2017

My Job in Munster: Noel O'Meara, Coach Development Officer

Coach development officer Noel O'Meara
Coach development officer Noel O'Meara

Noel, a Tipperary man living outside Nenagh, at the foothills of the Silvermines, played rugby with Young Munster and Nenagh Ormond, and now enjoys participating in triathlon and running events. He served for 21 years in the Irish Defence Forces, and served as part of the United Nations in Lebanon before joining Munster Rugby.

When did you join Munster? I joined in 2005 as a Youth Development Officer for Nenagh Ormond before moving to the role of Rugby Development officer and then Coach Development Officer.

What do you do? I work in the domestic game department and I assist club coaches with their development, through coaching courses, mentoring, pitch assistance and facilitating workshops across all stages of rugby. I also work in player development, overseeing the North Munster cadet and regional development programmes, and I coach Munster U-19s.

What is the best part of your job? Working with people. Assisting coaches to achieve their desired coaching accreditation, and supporting players through the different stages of the player pathway is very satisfying.

Most memorable match? The All Blacks in 2008. I attended the game with my father and son who was then seven. We watched the game from the temporary seating which was pitch-side and the atmosphere from the walk up to the grounds to an hour after the final whistle was intoxicating. I remember throwing my son into the air when Munster scored in the corner and the immediate fear that I had thrown him way too high through pure adrenalin. Even though Munster lost, I never felt so proud to be part of anything. That day will live in the memory of three generations of my family and hopefully will be passed on to the fourth, who will hopefully inherit the passion and joy that it is to be part of Munster rugby.

Irish Independent

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