Sunday 19 November 2017

My job in Connacht: Eamonn Molloy - Coach Development Manager

Eamonn Molloy
Eamonn Molloy

Eamonn played at all grades for Connacht and was a member of the highly successful Buccaneers team of the late 1990s. He went gone on to coach with several clubs, leading Westport to the league title in 2007 and most recently with Galwegians.

When did you join Connacht?

In 2006, initially as third level development officer and summer camp manager.

What do you do?

I oversee a team of 12 full time and part-time development officers. My role includes the upskilling of all club and school coaches from minis to UBL coaches. Our talent ID programme sits below the Academy where we monitor and develop players from U-14 to U-18 to fuel the Academy and the senior team.

What's a typical day like?

 Days can be very varied depending on the time of year. Much of my time is spent liaising with clubs and coaches to arrange courses or help them attain their coaching badges.

What is the best part of your job?

Connacht has been a huge part of my life so to help develop the game here is a dream job. The real highlight is when a player I've coached, such as Darragh Leader or Robbie Henshaw, takes to the field with Connacht or Ireland.

Most memorable match?

Buccaneers' 1998 play-off win away to Dungannon having travelled with a 10-point deficit from the first leg. From our huge travelling support singing outside our dressing-room to the final whistle, it epitomised what the club game is about.

Irish Independent

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