Photo: Stuart Lomax is Northern Rangers' new Director of Youth Football [Photo courtesy of Brendan Lichtendonk]
Stuart Lomax has been appointed to the newly created position of Director of Youth Football by Northern Rangers.
Lomax has had a year off from coaching and returns full of enthusiasm for his new role at the Northern champions.
He has previously coached the Devonport Strikers Northern Premier Women’s League team and, in that role, inflicted a defeat on Launceston City, which was a unique feat in recent seasons.
Rangers have created the new position to better manage the large pool of young talent coming through at the club.
Lomax will be directly responsible for the development and overseeing of the club’s junior team coaches and he will focus on the under-18s, under-16s, under-14s and under-12s.
He will ensure that all these sides play in a similar way to the seniors so that players can readily be promoted to teams above their current age groups. It will prepare the under-18s for ready promotion to the reserves or seniors.
Lomax will also indentify and develop the club’s talented juniors and ensure that they are technically and physically equipped from as young an age as possible.
The position was identified during strategic meetings conducted by the club during the off-season. Member surveys were taken into account and people may still contribute to these surveys by going on to the Rangers website.
Senior manager Adam Whitemore and his assistant Tony Ludby are reported to be excited at the prospect of working closely with Lomax.
The under-18s will be coached by John Crooks and Mel Cuschieri. Crooks took over last season following the untimely passing of Jeff McHugh.
Training for the seniors, reserves and under-18s will commence at 6pm on Monday, 10 January, at the NTCA Ground.
The club’s annual cricket series will take place at the Trevallyn cricket Ground on Monday, 3 January.
Ian Loft is the Rangers’ women’s coach for 2011 and the search is still on for an assistant, and for a Division One coach.
Rangers will hold their AGM at the NTCA Ground at 7.30pm on Thursday, 9 December.